Arrive in Lac Brome. This region boasts many of Quebec’s most beautiful villages and is sprinkled with orchards, vineyards, and farms. Stay at Auberge Knowlton, built in 1849 and newly renovated and especially welcoming to cyclists.
Ride a lovely loop to Bromont where you can taste chocolate at the Musée du chocolat de la confiserie. Ride the part of the wine route passing boutique wineries. Back in Lac Brome, discover the lake and then enjoy dinner at a favourite local bistro.
Distance: 45 km; 400 m gain*
Ride from Lac Brome to Magog. After passing Lac Waterloo, you have a choice of a gravel trail through Mount Orford Park or a paved route. Distance: 66.8 km; 142 m gain (gravel trail) or 58 km; 500 m gain (paved route)
Pedal along the shores of Lake Memphrémagog en route to the lakefront
Abbey Saint-Benoît-du-Lac — where Benedictine monks have worked and
lived since the early part of last century. Be sure to pick up a few
supplies for a picnic lunch at the monastery, which is famous for
excellent cheeses and apple cider. It is then off to take up the
challenge of cycling through Mount Orford Provincial Park along the Trans-Canada Trail.
This wonderful park is noted for the beauty of its scenery. Ending your
day in Magog, with a relaxing dip in one of its many beaches.
Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 636 m.*
Leave Magog to cycle through the rolling foothills of the Appalachians,
encountering a postcard-picturesque covered bridge and scenic little
hamlets. Reach the American border town of Beebe Plain, where the main
street straddles the border. Canadian flags are prominently displayed to
the north, while American Flags fly proudly to the south. Your
destination is another border town—Stanstead. Tonight you will spend the night in a lovely Victorian manor house.
Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 609 m.*
Head north through the lakeside village of Ayer’s Cliff to North Hatley,
your destination for today. Along the way you may choose to stop at the
birthplace of Louis Saint-Laurent—Canada’s 16th Prime Minister, in
Compton (an excellent spot for an ice-cream stop!). Be sure to save some
time to investigate the many studios and antique shops in the area.
This village has long been a haven for artists and artisans, and is
renowned for its wonderful antiques and art. You will also want to
explore the lovely shores of Lake Massawippi.
Distance: 34 up to 61 km, elevation gain 354 m.*
Your day ride out of North Hatley takes you through a diversity of
experiences - beautiful countryside with quiet forests, rolling pastures
and stunning vistas, to a riverside bike network through the City of
Sherbrooke - the 7th largest city in Quebec. Take the time to explore
the delightful architectural heritage, amazing art galleries and
excellent museums, before you weave your way back to North Hatley via
the university town of Lennoxville and an amazing Capleton copper mine.
Distance: 51 km, elevation gain 399 m.*
Take a final stroll around North Hatley or do some last minute souvenir hunting, before departing for another adventure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.