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.
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. Enjoy lunch in Stanstead and then continue north to Ayer’s Cliff and Lac Massawippi.
Ride Distance: 65km, elevation gain 580m (45-50km; 450m when staying in Standstead).*
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.*
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.*
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.*
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.