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

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 and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT 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 cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Magog / North Hatley

ACTIVITY LEVEL

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

TERRAIN

Moderately hilly. Approximately 35% of the route is on crushed rock bike trails and hard packed dirt roads.

COST

Classic Accommodation: CAD$1650
Single supplement: CAD$580

Luxe Accommodation: CAD$1950
Single supplement: CAD$475

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada. 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 at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
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 cycling 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 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.
Ride Distance: 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. 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.
Ride Distance: 42 km, elevation gain 609 m.*

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Day 4

North Hatley

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.
Ride Distance: 34 up to 61 km, elevation gain 354 m.*

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

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Day 6

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, 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.


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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.


Le Cachet 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 and budgets: largest Romantique suite, the delightful Soleil Levant, the charming Nuit de Rêve, the cozy Champêtre, and the warm Rayons de Lumière.
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. A beautiful region with the diversity of local businesses as well as gorgeous landscapes.


Luxe

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Le Chateau du Lac, Magog

This historic and luxurious inn and spa is located in the heart of Magog but only minutes walk from a lakeside beach. Recently renovated, this inn is the best in Magog.


Domaine les Boisés Lee Farm, Stanstead *Classic Inn

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.


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Manoir Hovey, North Hatley

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


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Trips starting at
US $1,230

Tour 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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