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. The Classic level Accommodations here are somewhat more modest than our Classic accommodations; the Luxe options are quite luxurious in Ayer’s Cliff, at Ripplecove Hotel & Spa and in North Hatley at Manoir Hovey, a Relais & Chateaux property that is one of the finest in Canada.

Location

Magog

Magog, QC, Canada

Day 1+2

Ayers Cliff

Ayers Cliff, QC, Canada

Day 3+4

North Hatley

North Hatley, QC, Canada

Day 5+6+7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

6 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

7 days / 6 nights, with 5 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 $2,250*
Single supplement: CAD $570*

Luxe Accommodation: CAD $2,950*
Single supplement: CAD $750*

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

Bike Rentals

Hybrid or Racing Bikes: CAD$240

E-Bikes: CAD$320

E-bikes are generally available but are on an ‘on request basis ‘ and will be confirmed on receipt of your booking registration. E-bikes provided are the best rentals available in the region. Our regular fleet of hybrid and race bikes are fun to ride and light and fast, but if having an e-bike will make your trip, we’ll do our best to provide.

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

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. Enjoy lunch in Standstead and then continue north to Ayer’s Cliff and Lac Massawippi. The Classic trip stays right in town at a charming auberge. The Luxe trip stays at the 5-star Ripplecove Hotel & Spa on Lake Massawipi.

Ride Distance: 65km, gain 580m.*

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Day 4

Ayer’s Cliff

Ride through rural landscapes and farming country to the village of Coaticook whose name was inspired by the word “Koatikeku,” from the Abenaki name of the river that runs through the territory. The bridge spanning the gorge just outside of town is the highest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America. There are plenty of lunch options but save room for the famous Coaticook ice cream while here and cycle back to Ayer’s Cliff afterward.

Ride Distance: 55km, elevation gain 500m.*

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Day 5

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 360m.*

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Day 6

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. After a final night reception, we’ll dine in the Tap Room of Manoir Hovey. Typical of Eastern Township restaurants, you’ll find a friendly ambiance and enjoy imaginative dishes featuring local products such as Abénaki poutines, half-cockerels, lobster rolls, Québec bred Wagyu beef burgers and more. Bon Appétit.

Ride Distance: 50km, elevation gain 400m.*

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Day 7

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.


Auberge, Ayer's Cliff

This historic and charming auberge boasts 10 guest rooms, each with ensuite bathroom, a popular restaurant and large outdoor terrace, which hosts musicians on Thursday nights in the summer. The location is ideal as it is a short stroll to anywhere in town. Alternate: Bruliere O 1909.


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

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 starting at
CAD $2,250