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.
Magog, QC, Canada
Stanstead, QC, Canada
Ayers Cliff, QC, Canada
North Hatley, QC, Canada
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
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
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).
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.
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.*
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.*
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.*
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.*
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.