Quebec Eastern Townships Bicycle Tour
We have a great tour to share with you. British history and Québécois tradition – this tour of Quebec’s Eastern Townships, known in French as Cantons de l’Est, will feature beautiful, rolling farm country, stretches of forests, and some of Quebec’s most beautiful villages. We will face a few hills along the way. We are keeping the daily distances for this tour down to handle the terrain as well as have time to enjoy the many diversions. We will have several options every day of this tour for those feeling they want to put in a few more kilometers.
Having a New England charm, we will be amid Francophone culture and its friendly people. The towns and villages will offer us many places to linger – at small cafes with excellent coffee, farm markets, family-run boulangeries and fromageries, chocolate makers, maple sugar farms, wineries, and craft cider and beer makers..
Day 1 – Granby to Frelighsburg
Day 2 – Frelighsburg to Bolton-Sud
Day 3 – Bolton-Sud to Mont-Orford
Day 4 – Mont-Orford to Coaticook
Day 5 – Coaticook Day Ride
Day 6 – Coaticook to East Angus
Day 7 – East Angus to Magog
Day 8 – Magog to Granby
Day 1 – Granby to Frelighsburg 69 km (42 mi.) We begin our tour with a stretch on Quebec’s Route Verte, the province’s massive cycling path network. The afternoon will feature riding through the Eastern Township’s wine route. There are several wineries where you can stop and enjoy a wine tasting. Some of Quebec’s most beautiful villages will be explored this afternoon.
Day 2 – Frelighsburg to Bolton-Sud 59 km (37 mi.) We expect riders will find today hilly. We get to the southernmost parts of Quebec, alongside the U.S. border and the Appalachians. A landscape dotted with lakes, marshes, mountains and short valleys follow the scenic Missisquoi River where are nestled the beautiful villages of Bolton Center and South Bolton.
Day 3 – Bolton-Sud to Mont-Orford 51 km (32 mi.)
We will have beautiful countryside for most of the day. Saint Benoit du Lac Abbey will offer an amazing setting with its architecture and location on Lac Memphremagog. We end at Mont-Orford, a large forested preserve at the northernmost outpost of the Green Mountains.
Day 4 – Mont-Orford to Coaticook 72 km (43 mi.)
We have a lovely ride through Mount Orford Park. After morning on the Route Verte, mid-day break is in the beautiful small town of North Hatley. We cycle during the afternoon to the town of Coaticook.
Day 5 – Coaticook Day Ride Distance TBA
We stay based in Coaticook and take a ride to the U.S. border with great look-offs.
Day 6 – Coaticook to East Angus 73 km (46 mi.)
The hilliest day of our tour, we go northward through the eastern side of the townships to the sleepy town of East Angus.
Day 7 – East Angus to Magog 58 km (36 mi.)
We cycle on the Route Verte through Sherbrooke. Our tour’s last night is near the lively town of Magog.
Day 8 – Magog to Granby 75 km (47 mi.)
Our last day alternates between forests and fields back to our starting point at Granby and our farewells.