Experience French joie de vivre right here in North America! Step into history and take in the European ambiance in the heart of southern Québec’s Eastern Townships. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, discover a land of enchanted forests, babbling brooks and peaceful lakes. Pedal along undiscovered country roads and specially-designed bike paths through covered bridges, past serene monasteries, and spectacular round barns. Listen for the toll of local church bells. The perfect souvenir awaits your discovery among the many galleries, studios and antique shops that populate the many picturesque villages you’ll encounter. Each night settle into your cozy accommodation and be treated to first-class cuisine. You’ll never forget your visit to this breathtaking corner of Canada.

Location

Magog

Magog, QC, Canada

Day 1+2

Stanstead

Stanstead, QC, Canada

Day 3

Ayers Cliff

Ayers Cliff, QC, Canada

Day 3

North Hatley

North Hatley, QC, Canada

Day 4+5+6

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

5 nights hotels
Use of a high quality performance hybrid bike and accessories
All breakfasts & 1 dinner
Detailed route instructions & maps
GPS data of the route
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
All baggage transportation
Area manager services for the duration of the tour

Specifics

TRIP DATES

Start any date between May 15 and October 31
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights, with 4 days of biking

ARRIVE / DEPART

Magog / North Hatley

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average daily distance is 55 km (35 miles). This usually requires 4 to 6 hours of pedaling per day.

TERRAIN

Moderately hilly. In general you can expect a number of hills on most routes. It might take about fifteen minutes to ride up some of the hills. Approximately 35% of the route is on crushed rock bike trails and hard packed dirt roads.

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD $1,750*
Single supplement: CAD $450*

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,050*
Single supplement: CAD $550*

*Price before tax (Quebec applies a 14.975% tax).

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. If you have any questions before making your reservation, please contact us.
Getting There Your tour starts in the town of Magog, about 115 km (70 miles) east of Montréal. It is possible to reach Montreal by air from all major Canadian cities and most major American cities. Magog can be reached by bus from Montreal. Or a private transfer from Montréal to the tour start can be arranged. If travelling by car, it is possible to leave your car in Magog, where you will be able to pick it up at the end of your cycling trip. If you are coming from the United States, Magog is only a short drive north of the Vermont /Canada border via Interstate 91.

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Day 1

Magog

Arrive in Magog, known as the ‘jewel box of the Townships’. Take the time to discover the vibrant main street, filled with boutiques and restaurants. You may also choose to explore the lake-front walking and biking paths. This afternoon you will meet your area manager and get fitted to your bikes.

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Day 2

Magog

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 biking 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.

Ride Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 636 m.*

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Day 3

Stanstead/Ayer’s Cliff

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 (if booking Luxe, the ride continues to Ayer’s Cliff on this day). The Stanstead inn is a lovely Victorian manor house and the Luxe option is a 5-star property on the shores of Lac Massawippi.

Ride Distance: 42km, elevation gain 609m or 64km, gain 580m.*

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Day 4

North Hatley

The Classic trip heads north through the lakeside village of Ayer’s Cliff (the Luxe option starts from there) 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. Founded in 1897, the village of North Hatley is known as one of the most beautiful small towns of Québec. Visit to the artisanal pastry shop Saveurs et Gourmandises. For dinner, dine in the Tap Room of Manoir Hovey. Here, inside a friendly ambiance, you’ll be able to savour simple, but well-mastered dishes, concocted with amazing local products: Abénaki poutines, half-cockerels, lobster rolls, Québec bred Wagyu beef burgers. Bon Appétit.

Ride Distance: 42km, elevation gain 360m or 65km, gain 490m.*

5

Day 5

North Hatley

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 Québec. 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. Back in North Hatley, treat yourself to dinner in Manoir Hovey’s fine dining room for an exquisite meal.

Ride Distance: 51km, elevation gain 399m.*

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Day 6

Departure Day

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.

Classic

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La Maison Drew B&B, Magog

This beautifully restored heritage building is located downtown, steps from the theatre, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Each room has cozy bedding and a fireplace. Enjoy a healthy, gourmet breakfast in the solarium.


Domaine Les Boisés Lee Farm, Stanstead

This five-acre estate is in the heart of Stanstead. Rooms are furnished with antiques, thick duvets, linen sheets and each has a fireplace; the property also features a therapeutic bath, and an outdoor salt-water pool.
Alt: The Yellow House B&B


Le Cachet B&B, North Hatley

Le Cachet B&B is a perfect place if you are looking to get away from the city and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Eastern Townships. Beautiful rooms that would suit different tastes. You will feel welcomed in this lovely B&B since they truly love to serving their guests and they make sure that everyone leaves North Hatley with grand experience.


Luxe

La Maison de Ville, Magog

Set in a Colonial-style house, this warm bed-and-breakfast has 4 cozy rooms with wooden floors have en-suite bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the intimate wood-floored bistro, which also offers dinner. The B&B has a lounge with a fireplace and a porch with seating.


Ripplecove Hotel & Spa, Ayer’s Cliff

Dating to 1945, this refined 5-star hotel is set on the shores of Lac Massawippi. Amenities include a lakeside restaurant (views are superb) serving regional cuisine, a bar and a full-service spa with an outdoor hot tub. You won’t want to leave!


Manoir Hovey, North Hatley

This Relais & Chateaux property is one of the finest in Eastern Canada. Superior rooms are unique and have lakeside views and the restaurant is superb. Located 3 km outside the town of North Hatley.


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Trip Reviews

April 12, 2019

“The B&Bs were all excellent. The Boisee de Lee Farm was spectactular. For all of the B&Bs, the food in particular was fabulous. Really excellent breakfasts, gourmet fare.”

April 12, 2019

“I thoroughly enjoyed staying at Le Maison Drew. The hosts were very helpful and friendly, and the breakfasts there were superb. It’s location was also ideal with an easy walk to the lake or the main streets of Magog.”

April 12, 2019

“All the breakfasts were fine. All had nice gathering areas to relax after the days ride. The dinner at Pinnochies in Magog was excellent & likely our best meal, keep that as part of the package.”

April 12, 2019

“Overall, we enjoyed our first cycling tour very much – and will definitely do another one.”

April 12, 2019

“Pinnochio was a fantastic evening. The food was delicious and the service was great!”

September 10, 2016

“The cycling was lovely with beautiful scenery. It was a little harder than I had anticipated with many more steep hills. I live in a hilly area and thought I was prepared but not prepared enough. I loved the wide open vistas along some of the routes. I also loved the bike trail we did, the Tomifobia. The covered bridges and the little farms we wonderful. The hotels were superb. We enjoyed the visit to the monastery and the chanting monks. We also visited a lavender farm and cheese factory and enjoyed them both. The bikes were excellent. We also had no technical issues. Our luggage was always at the next hotel, waiting for us.”

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