Canada: Québec

Eastern Townships Bike Tour


Six nights; six days. Hilly cycling through Québec’s lovely south, with luxurious lodging, outstanding cuisine and the prettiest forests and farmscapes in Central Canada.

“Great job. Freewheeling pays close attention to all the details. This was our first fully guided trip and given the very short time frame we had to arrange the holiday it was nice not having to research everything” - Miriam B. & Peter F.








Itinerary


Start: Montreal, Hotel Gault, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.


Finish: Montreal, Hotel Gault, 11:00, day seven.


Day 1:

Introductions 22km

Meet your guides in Montréal at around 13:00 for a one-hour transfer to Bromont You’ll have some time to browse the shops and galleries of Bromont while your bikes are unloaded and prepared for the short ride to your inn and spa at West Brome. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)
Auberge & Spa West Brome, West Brome

Day 2:

70km. Optional extra 11km through Hunter Mills.

Ride along the Vineland Route through Dunham to Sutton, passing five vineyards in the morning. The rolling landscape becomes progressively hillier as you pass through several quiet towns, cross a covered bridge, and enjoy beautiful tree-lined roads around Pigeon Hill on the way to Frelighsburg for a picnic and a visit to the bakery. After lunch, ride to Abercorn and follow the scenic route along the Canada-US border. BLD
Same lodging

Day 3:

77km

Touch the US border again, as you ride through beautiful Glen Sutton and along the Missisquoi River. In Bolton Centre you can cool your feet in a pleasant river before continuing to the Abbey of St-Benoît-du-Lac where for lunch you can sample and buy cider and cheese made by the monks. Continue riding north around Lake Memphremagog, perhaps stopping at the labyrinth in Magog before finding your comfortable inn. BLD
Manoir de la Rue Merry, or

Café Crème et Spa, Magog

Day 4:

66km plus golf option

This is a day to explore the trails to waterfalls in Mont-Orford National Park, or to circumnavigate it through Eastman, where you can visit the soap lady, and Stukely, before returning on cycle paths to try the Memphremagog Labyrinth. Finish the day with a swim in the lake, and deciding which of several excellent options you will choose for dinner. B
Same lodging

Day 5:

82km

Ride through Georgeville and Fitch Bay enroute to Beebe Plain and Stanstead. Visit the Haskell Opera House and the Colby Curtis Museum, then ride to Ayer’s Cliff, where you can coast down a long hill to the top of Lac Massawippi in North Hatley. The Pilsen Pub serves its own excellent draught. Finish at a sumptuous Relais & Châteaux inn. B
Manoir Hovey, North Hatley

Day 6:

53km

Ride past two more covered bridges to the Capelton Mines. Follow the rail trail to lunch at yet another covered bridge or the Louis St. Laurent National Historic Site in Compton, then return to enjoy your lakefront lodge via Hatley and Massawippi. BLD
Same lodging

Day 7:

Farewell

Morning transfer 90 minutes back to Montreal. B





Description




Note about the route:

A challenging ride with manageable distances, becoming hillier and more challenging as the trip progresses. Relaxed riders may require van support over some of the hilly sections. Advanced riders will enjoy the opportunity to spin. All will enjoy the vistas.






The Eastern Townships of Québec combine the convenience of access from Montréal with the true pleasures of Québecois tradition and culture, and a largely anglophone culture. Outstanding cuisine is being discovered, and the quiet roads, charming towns and green pastures are a perfect canvas for this exquisite holiday. The flavours and luxuries will pervade your senses and lead you to a deep appreciation for the townships, known locally as L’Estrie. You will tour through the vineyard region near Dunham, and bicycle through forests and villages past stone churches toward Sutton, stopping for great bowls of café-au-lait and rich croissants at fabulous bakeries along the way. At L’Abbaye St-Benoît-du-Lac, you can try the cider and cheese made by monks in their picturesque lakeshore monastery. Circumnavigating Lac Memphremagog, you will enjoy splendid views on your way to a particularly luxurious final two nights, where the dining is among the most highly rated in Canada. Be careful! Not only will this adventure treat your palate, but the local joie-de-vivre will easily rubs off on visitors, and is likely to send you to new heights of lively appreciation for all the Townships have to offer.


Trip history Freewheeling directors Cathy and Philip are involved with a bicycle advocacy board, whose mission leads it to follow the excellent example made by Quebec’s bicycle network - la Route Verte. Studying la Route Verte led to the discovery of some wonderful routes, perfectly suited to Freewheeling’s week-long holidays. Some of our past guides came from Quebec and helped us discover the little things that make a trip outstanding. We now frequently travel to Quebec for biking and skiing and having become familiar with some fine inns and cuisine in rural Quebec, have developed five unique itineraries in superbly scenic and fascinating regions.





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Montréal is an amazing city and deserves an extra night or two.

Culinary inspired travellers will appreciate the Food Guy's blog.

Be sure to spend some time exploring the Old Port area and try to coordinate with the impressive fireworks displays which take place on multiple occasions throughout the summer.





Costs

Start:
Montreal, Hotel Gault, 13:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location.


Finish:
Montreal, Hotel Gault,11:00, day seven.



Guided Cost

US 2625 C 3095

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and full-time guide).

Self-Guided Cost

US 2375 C 2795

(includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Day 1), luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers and emergency support).

Single Occupancy

US 845 C 995


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 125 C 145
Racing: US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395
Electric-assist: US 335 C 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.


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Custom or Private Tours

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Here are some terms:

Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked. If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group. Ask for changes to the itinerary.

We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.