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.

Straight-talk: The Eastern Townships is a beautiful region with a unique charm. Our route choices utilize some hard-packed dirt roads where it makes sense to. If you wish to stay on paved roads entirely, this is possible but may result in a longer route or some light traffic.

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
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 $1,950*
Single supplement: CAD $485*

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,450*
Single supplement: CAD $675*

*Prices before tax. Province of Quebec applies 14.975% GST+QST.

Bike Rentals

Hybrid Bikes: CAD$240

E-Bikes: CAD$400

The price of e-bike rentals takes into consideration the additional cost for delivery and pick-up as we source the best available in the region, which may not be convenient to the trip start and/or finish.

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: 45km; 340m or 64 km, elevation gain 636 m.*

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Day 3

Stanstead

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. Spend the night in charming Stanstead. If you are here on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you may be able to dine at Auberge Stanstead’s renowned restaurant. Or you can stroll across the border to Vermont to dine there!

Ride Distance: 45-50km; 450m*

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Day 4

North Hatley

As you wind your way north, stop and learn how cheese is made at a farm that has been doing so for 4 generations. The family farm also has a sugar shack where they make organic maple syrup from their 6000 maple trees on the property. In Comptom, 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. Arrive to North Hatley, founded in 1897 and one of the most beautiful small towns of Québec. Visit the artisanal pastry shop Saveurs et Gourmandises.

Ride Distance: 42km, elevation gain 380m or 61km; 470m.*

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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 or a more casual but equally delicious meal at Massawippi Mercantile.

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

Verso Boutique Hotel, Magog

With an outstanding view of Lake Memphremagog, this property was re-designed in 2021 into a boutique hotel with contemporary decor and friendly, attentive service. Downtown Magog is 600m away.


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Lee Farm Inn, Stanstead

On a 5-acre estate, this quaint 1810 inn boasts guest rooms with traditional antique-style furnishings and en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Other amenities include gardens and a guest lounge with fireplace.


Auberge La Chocolatière, North Hatley

Nestled on the shores of Massawipi Lake in the centre of North Hatley, this chocolate-themed inn offers a lake view. It features a restaurant with fireplace and an on-site boutique. Enjoy a breakfast of chocolate crepes or waffles!


Luxe

Hotel Boutique Verso, Magog

With an outstanding view of Lake Memphremagog, this property was re-designed in 2021 into a boutique hotel with contemporary decor and friendly, attentive service. Downtown Magog is 600m away.


Lee Farm Inn, Stanstead

On a 5-acre estate, this quaint 1810 inn boasts guest rooms with traditional antique-style furnishings and en-suite bathrooms, an outdoor heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Other amenities include gardens and a guest lounge with fireplace. If you wish to upgrade to Ripple Cove Hotel & Spa in Ayer's Cliff, there is a supplement that depends on the room booked (from $100pp). Let us know if you have a preference when you register.


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 starting at
CAD $1,950

Trip Reviews

October 30, 2023

“We had a great trip! The countryside was beautiful and the bike paths were wonderful. The lakes and great hotels were outstanding. The small towns each had some character and the accommodations were world class.”

October 30, 2023

“We had a fabulous trip. It helped that the weather was perfect but the scenery was amazing, the roads were mostly very accessible/safe, food was great, and the accommodations were lovely. Loved the gravel paths and routes. North Hatley and Magog were sweet little towns. Our Travel Advisor was lovely, responsive and very organized!”

October 30, 2023

“The accommodations and routes were excellent. The mix of bike paths and quiet back roads were great for biking. Our Travel Advisor was prompt, responsive and helpful.”

October 27, 2022

“Great riding in an area I knew little about…great hospitality. Keep up the good work!”

October 27, 2022

“It was a seamless experience. The routes were very safe for bicycling, car drivers friendly and ample ability to stop at small bakeries for food. Our Area Manager was a great host.”

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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