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Eastern

2020-2021 Edition

20 Cycling Routes 8 Mountain Bike Centres 4 National Parks

Townships


Your Guide to Cycling in the Townships Weekend warrior or leader of the pack? Laid-back explorer or aspiring ultra-cyclist? Paved roads, gravel paths or mountain trails? No matter where you stand on the cycling spectrum, you’ll find plenty of reasons to spend time in the saddle in the Eastern Townships. Besides being supremely bike-friendly, the Eastern Townships is packed with must-see attractions like Mont-Mégantic Observatory and Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. Throw in unique cultural heritage, breathtaking scenery, charming Cœur Villageois villages, local flavours and world-class hospitality and voilà: The cycling destination par excellence.

About this Guide Peruse 20 curated routes classified into three categories. Technical details, plus essential sights like attractions, eateries and accommodations are outlined the (detachable!) maps. Ready to roll?

Cyclists, don’t miss the new biking section at EasternTownships.ORG It’s packed with useful content including detailed routes, must-visit attractions, expert tips, blog posts and several articles to keep you informed and inspired for your next visit. Note that all our routes are available on Ride with GPS. Handy, right?

Cover photo: BALNEA Spa


Cycling Experiences

Index Km ExpErience Page

My Place for a Challenge If you want to put your hamstrings to the test, you’ve come to the right place. These routes cover lots of ground (80 to 100 kms) and include steep climbs. Clearly, novices need not apply!

Brome-Missisquoi

Maxi Tour des Monts Sutton – Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Circuit 100 à B7 La Doyenne des Vignes Circuit du Patrimoine La Traverse des Townships Granby & rEgion

Artria Cultural Loop

My Place to Explore If your perfect ride is all about enjoying the view, stopping along the way and sampling local flavours, these 13 road circuits are for you. They combine the best of both worlds: Excellent cycling and fun sightseeing. You’ll also find family-friendly bike path rides under this heading.

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Magog-Orford Entre-deux Rives Tomifobia Nature Trail Au Fil de l’Eau Circuit

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Sherbrooke

Grandes-Fourches Cycling Network – Grandes-Fourches Circuit 52 km Grandes-Fourches Cycling Network – Magog Loop 13 km Grandes-Fourches Cycling Network – Massawippi Axis 14.5 km Coaticook River Valley

Circuit de la Vallée de la Coaticook Gravel Biking the Valley

The Mountains are Calling

Val-Saint-François AND MRC des Sources

Mountain biking’s popularity is increasing exponentially—especially in the Townships! Every year, the offering increases with the addition of more and more singletrack trails. Whether you’re a new to the sport or are a seasoned pro looking for speed, climbs, and obstacles, you’ll find what you’re looking for—and then some!—in the Townships.

Haut-Saint-François AND MEgantic Region

Richmond – Danville – Warwick Parc Régional du Marécage-des-Scots Baie-des-Sables – Rivière Chaudière Bike Path From Lake to Mont Mégantic Grand Tour of Lac Mégantic MOUNTAIN BIKING Cycling our Four National Parks STAY, DINE and VISIT SAFE CYCLING TIPS AND Cycling EventS LEGEND AND REGIONAL MAP

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Brome-Missisquoi

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Focus is de rigueur on this challenging route but don’t let that stop you from appreciating the breathtaking mountain and lake views. Along the way, you’ll ride through the villages of Sutton, Lac-Brome and Mansonville, plus catch a glimpse of the iconic Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac. As far as challenges, you can expect a few, including the epic climb of Chemin Scenic in Sutton.

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Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac

Mansonville Round Barn

Visit the abbey and its grounds, purchase food handmade by monks (cheese, jelly, cider…) or simply revel in the serene ambiance that reigns at this the century-old monastery.

This heritage landmark built in 1912 is a unique piece of architecture. And, on Saturday mornings in the summer, the Round Barn Plaza Note host a weekly farmer’s market (until Thanksgiving).

1, rue Principale, Saint-Benoît-du-Lac 819-843-4080 abbaye.ca

25, rue Joseph Blanchet, Mansonville potton.ca

2 The Village of Sutton This mountain village is a treasure trove of great finds, including craft beer (Sutton Brouërie, À l’Abordage) coffee shops (Le Cafetier) and cozy accommodations (Le Pleasant Hôtel & Café, Auberge des Appalaches).

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5 Douglass Beach Located right near the heart of Knowlton village, this public beach is a great spot to enjoy a picnic or take a dip in the pristine water. 213, chemin Lakeside, Knowlton 450-243-1221 tourismelacbrome.com

1-800-565-8455 tourismesutton.ca

3 Fall Foliage Fiery autumnal colours are striking throughout the region but according to our expert cyclists, they’re especially vibrant here.

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Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 52.


Brome-Missisquoi

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The proposed starting point, the Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont, pays tribute to cyclist Lyne Bessette, who trained there and rode this itinerary as one of her training routes on the road to the Olympics. It’s also a great spot to discover the joy of riding dirt and gravel paths as these are some of the region’s most scenic.

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Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont

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This cycling hub has it all: Track cycling, mountain biking, BMX, lessons, camps, paracycling… Don’t miss your chance to visit. 400, rue Shefford, Bromont 450-534-3333 centrenationalbromont.com

2 BALNEA Spa Come for the natural setting and access to Lac Gale, stay for the thermal baths, body treatments and healthy (yet tasty) spa fare.

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This village stands out for its exceptional architectural heritage and New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny would tend to agree: She based the setting of her wildly popular Three Pines novels on this Townships village. 450-243-1221 tourismelacbrome.com

5 Musée du Chocolat de la Confiserie Bromont A chocolate shop, chocolate museum, chocolate crêpes at the restaurant… Chocoholics, this one’s for you. 679, rue Shefford, Bromont 450-534-3893 lemuseeduchocolatdelaconfiserie bromont.com

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Stop at the public beach on rue Frontenac for a dip in the lake or a spot of lunch at a picnic table. 1, rue de Frontenac, Bromont 450-534-2006 bromont.net/loisirs-et-culture/ parcs-municipaux

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49, 50 and 51.


Brome-Missisquoi

Calling all oenophiles! Don’t miss this gorgeous ride through the heart of Townships wine country. The route also makes its way through picturesque villages like Frelighsburg and Dunham, two spots you’ll definitely want to explore. You’ll also pedal along Chemin St-Armand, a notoriously beautiful road that’s renowned among avid cyclists, and, if you’re up for it, the infamous Joy Hill, on Chemin Richford just outside Frelighsburg.

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Frelighsburg

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Rolling hills, apple orchards, unique architectural heritage, world-class hospitality… You’ll love everything about this village! Tip: Beat & Betterave cultural café and Café de village is a popular stop.

Take a heritage building (Le Relais de la Diligence, built in 1865), add modern attractions—think brewery (Brasserie Dunham), restaurant (La Table Fermière) and boutiquehostel—and you’ve got the perfect place to spend the afternoon—or longer.

450-298-5630 frelighsburg.com

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Established in 1980, it’s the oldest vineyard in the province. It also boasts an impressive sculpture collection—just two of the many reasons you’ll want to visit.

3809, rue Principale, Dunham 450-295-1500 brasseriedunham.com

5 Vineyards Cycling in wine country is always a good idea. Whether you stop at Val Caudalies, Clos Ste-Croix or any of the other vineyards along the way, you’re sure to experience a memorable experience punctuated by warm hospitality. laroutedesvins.ca

879, rue Bruce (route 202), Dunham 450-295-2020 cotesdardoise.com

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 52.


Brome-Missisquoi This route departs from Bedford and takes you to some of the region’s most unique historical landmarks like Walbridge Barn, the only dodecagonal barn in Quebec and the province’s smallest covered bridge (!). There are also countless heritage homes and churches to admire, plus some gorgeous scenery, especially along the U.S. border.

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Café Rouge

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Fuel up at this Bedford Café de village, which offers a menu that’s as appetizing as it is varied. Finish on a sweet note with pastries or cake, plus tea or coffee (the latter brewed from house-roasted beans).

There are plenty of reasons to drop by this Stanbridge East vineyard: the setting, the hospitality, the wines… And while you’ll certainly want to sample the whites, reds and rosés, treat your palate to the flavoured mistelles, too.

32, rue Principale, Bedford 450-248-0007 caferouge.ca

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Sample award-winning wines at this Bedford vineyard: Bise d’Automne (a late harvest wine), Le Stanbridge (a vibrant white), Champs de Florence (a light and fruity rosé), and Fado (a port-style dessert wine), for starters. Note: Picnic tables are available. 205, chemin Ridge, Saint-Armand 450-248-3987 domaineduridge.com

158, chemin Ridge, Stanbridge East 450-248-0597 vignoblelardennais.ca

5 Restaurant et Chocolaterie l’Œuf A restaurant, tearoom, chocolate factory and quaint inn all under the same roof. Bonus: This adorable property is located in the equally charming village of Mystic. 229, chemin de Mystic Mystic (Saint-Ignace-de-Stanbridge) 450-248-7529 restaurantloeuf.wixsite.com/mystic

3 Missisquoi County Museum This museum is comprised of three buildings: Walbridge Barn, Cornell Mill (built in 1830), and Hodge’s General Store, which served the community for 120 years. 12

2, rue River, Stanbridge East 450-248-3153 museemissisquoi.ca

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 52.


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This 47 km gravel path loop connects Sutton and Lac-Brome. If you’re looking for a peaceful ride, note that this route takes cyclists far from traffic and paved roads. Did we mention the beautiful views and natural surroundings? Bonus: Plenty of off-the-beaten spots to discover as your pedal along this former coach road.

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Canards du Lac-Brome

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An institution since 1912, this duck producer more than lives up to its stellar reputation.

This Sutton vineyard sits pretty in a picturesque décor. Pop in to enjoy the view, sip some wine and shop the boutique.

40, chemin du Centre, Lac-Brome 450-242-3825 canardsdulacbrome.com

2 Chemin Stagecoach This Lac-Brome road stretches through vast fields, offering breathtaking views on the Sutton mountains.

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3 Cafés de village Star Café (Knowlton) and Le Cafetier (Sutton). Come for the fresh and simple cuisine, stay for the warm ambiance and excellent coffee. Star Café 61, chemin Lakeside, Lac-Brome 450-243-5222

303, chemin Draper, Sutton 450-538-3303 vignobledomainebresee.com

5 Musée des Communications et d’Histoire de Sutton Find this one-of-a-kind-museum tucked in heritage buildings dating back to the late 19th century. It features a permanent collection of artifacts recounting the region’s history and a new exhibit every summer. 32, rue Principale Sud, Sutton 514-891-9560 museedesutton.com

Le Cafetier 9, rue Principale Nord, Sutton 450-538-7333 facebook.com/lecafetier

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Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 52.


Granby & rEgion

Artria Cultural Loop

This leg of the Estriade network offers a unique cultural point of view thanks to 60+ works of art strewn along the way like an open-air museum. With a climb of barely 2%, it’s accessible to even the tiniest of legs. If you want to complete the loop, definitely stop at Parc National de la Yamaska.

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Waterloo Pumptrack

Zoo de Granby

This paved pumptrack is very popular: It is big, cleverly designed and located in the heart of the town. At night, the site is illuminated.

Interactions with 1,500 animals, fun rides, an amusement park, special activities… Just some for the reasons why a day at Granby Zoo is always a good idea.

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2 Artria This circuit corrals 10 works of art conceived during five International Symposiums of Monumental Structures. 1-800-567-7273 artria.ca

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525, rue St-Hubert, Granby 1-877-472-6299 zoodegranby.com

5 La Villageoise Trail This 12 km bike path connects the Estriade to Old-Bromont, a village typical of the Eastern Townships. It’s a great place to shop local boutiques or grab a bite to eat.

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Hike, bike or enjoy watersports— think beach, kayak, paddleboard and fishing—on Réservoir Choinière. 1780, boul. David Bouchard Roxton Pond 450-776-7182 sepaq.com/pq/yam

Café de la Brûlerie This Café de village boasts a perfect location in the heart of Granby—not to mention a crowd-pleasing menu and sunny patio. 4, rue de la Gare, Granby 450-372-2200 cafedelabrulerie.com

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 53.


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Not only will you have the pleasure of riding through postcard-perfect villages, Parc National du Mont-Orford and Mont-Orford Ski Resort (get ready to climb!) but you’ll also come across local producers and artisans—local wine and chocolate, anyone? In fact, you’d be wise to bring an extra pannier to fill with your finds.

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This Orford country road spans from Route 112 to Chemin AlfredDesrochers and offers one of the prettiest vantage points on Mont Orford.

Sample exquisite wines while admiring the beautiful views. If that’s not the perfect reason to take a break, we don’t know what is!

2 Magog Thanks to a recent makeover, a stroll along Principale Street has never been more enjoyable. Key stops include Maison Merry (the oldest house in urban Magog), La Memphré brewpub, Pinocchio restaurant and, of course, a walk on the shores of Lac Memphrémagog.

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318, chemin Bice, Orford 819-212-1211 auvignobledorford.com

5 Parc National du Mont-Orford The latest addition at this hub of outdoor adventure? Five new mountain biking trails, for a total of 12 kms. 3321, chemin du Parc, Orford 819-843-9855 sepaq.com/pq/mor

3 Ducs de Montrichard Duck, including excellent rillettes and terrines, is the speciality at this Orfordbased company. 388, chemin Alfred-Desrochers, Orford 819-868-4217 ducsdemontrichard.com

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Stock up on favourite organic cheeses like Alfred Le Fermier, Chemin Hatley or Comtomme, then devour a caramelized pear grilled cheese sandwich on the sunny patio.

Admire the architectural heritage and natural beauty of North Hatley, a village widely considered as one of Quebec’s most beautiful. No matter where you go—from the shores of Lac Massawippi to quaint boutiques and restaurant patios—you’ll be smitten.

440, chemin de Hatley, Compton 819-835-5301 fromagerielastation.com

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Looking for a cool place away from the sun? Head underground at this 150-year-old former copper mine. Between the guided tours, obstacle course and museum, you’ll want to plan about two hours for a complete visit.

Built in 1829 and designated as a historical site in 1989, this is the oldest Anglian church in the Townships. It’s worth the detour—as is the charming village of Hatley with its heritage homes and mature trees.

5800, chemin Capelton, North Hatley 819-346-9545 capelton.ca

100, rue Main, Hatley

5 Domaine de Courval This family-owned Waterville producer specializes in delicious, 100% organic goat cheese. 825, chemin de Courval, Waterville 819-837-0062 domainedecourval.ca

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This 19 km trail follows the route of a former Canadian Pacific railway along Tomifobia River to connect the towns of Ayer’s Cliff and Stanstead. Far from traffic and tucked in nature, it’s the perfect setting for a laid-back family ride. If you’re up to it, you can also take the Wippi ferry from Ayer’s Cliff.

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Pedal the path along this winding river to see ponds, marches and bogs and the creatures than call them home—including several bird species. For an even closer look, you can also paddle down the river by canoe or kayak.

Organic milk packaged in retro glass bottles is just one of the delicious products you’ll find stocking the shelves of La Pinte, an artisanal dairy shop in Ayer’s Cliff.

2 Stanstead This town was created by the merger of three villages (Stanstead Plain, Rock Island and Beebe Plain) in 1995. According to the Beautiful Villages of Quebec Association, Stanstead is home to some of the most picturesque architectural gems in the entire region. 819-876-7181 stanstead.ca

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1060, rue Westmount, Ayer’s Cliff 819-867-0131 lapinte.ca

4 Café Folies Pro tip: Order the Breton Crêpes at this Ayer’s Cliff Café de village. There’s also a small boutique where you can shop décor items, tea, coffee and more. 1105, rue Main, Ayer’s Cliff 819-200-0677


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Stanstead Farmer’s Market

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This is the place to be every Saturday morning in the summer, when artisans and farmers gather to offer their best wares at this market. It is located on Chemin Fairfax, right near Marché Tradition grocery store.

Tucked in Fitch Bay, this cute gourmet grocery store is teeming with local delicacies and home-made meals.

14, chemin de Fairfax Stanstead 819-876-7300 createursdesaveurs.com/fr/ marche-public-de-stanstead

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2 Bleu Lavande While their lavender-based beauty and home products are widely distributed, a visit to the brand’s gorgeous Fitch Bay property is always worthwhile—especially when the fields are in bloom. 891, chemin Narrow (chemin 247) Stanstead Township (Fitch Bay) 1-888-876-5851 bleulavande.com

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4 Colby-Curtis Museum This magnificent Stanstead heritage house was built in 1859. Today, its exhibits depict the culture and history of the area. Don’t miss the pretty tearoom and Victorian gardens. 535, rue Dufferin, Stanstead 819-876-7322 colbycurtis.ca


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Can’t decide between nature and the city? This circuit offers the best of both worlds! You’ll cross no less than three rivers (Massawippi, Saint-François and Magog) on this 52 km ride through mostly wooded terrain. And in towns like Sherbrooke and North Hatley, plenty of attractions await. Perfection!

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Marché de la Gare

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Grab a bite to eat—or stock your panniers for a picnic en-route—at this popular public market. Don’t leave without trying the famous gelato!

Tired legs are no match for spa facilities like hot tubs, saunas and a eucalyptus steam bath. The best part? It’s just minutes from downtown Sherbrooke.

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Siboire Jacques-Cartier Take a well-deserved break at this microbrewery near Lac des Nations. You can’t go wrong with the three cheese pizza—all local, of course!— and Sherbrooke-brewed lager.

2902, rue College, Sherbrooke 819-562-4589 lionlennoxville.com

40, boul. Jacques-Cartier Sud Sherbrooke 819-791-8440 siboire.ca/jacques-cartier

3 Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre Peruse art exhibits showcasing local talent at this cultural centre. Fancy a cuppa? Traditional English tea is served on the veranda by staffers donning period costumes. 9, rue Speid, Sherbrooke 819-564-0409 uplands.ca

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A new aquatic installation makes exhibits like “Live Critters!” possible. (Those critters? Frogs, turtles, snakes and fish native to the region.) There’s also beach volleyball courts, picnic tables and play structures for kids. 755, rue Cabana, Sherbrooke 819-821-5893 maisondeleau.ca

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It takes no less than 100,000 plants to bring these moisaicultures to life. Kids will love to see the giant rubber ducky, school of fish, lotuses, floral fresca and more. 819-821-1919 / 1-800-561-8331 destinationsherbrooke.com

Delicious options abound at this charming Café de village. A warm, welcoming spot to kick back and relax… 1497, rue Galt Ouest, Sherbrooke 819-820-0142 cafearagon.ca

5 Musée de la Nature et des Sciences Animals, science, hands-on experiments, workshops, interactive exhibits… Visitors young and old are sure to learn something new—and have a whole lot of fun, too. 225, rue Frontenac, Sherbrooke 819-564-3200 / 1-877-434-3200 mns2.ca

6 Parc Jacques-Cartier This park has a sublime location on Lac-des-Nations and acts as a gathering space ideal for relaxing, playing games and even hosting large-scale festivals. Walk the Lac-des-Nations Boardwalk to access Marché de la Gare. 220, rue Marchant, Sherbrooke 819-823-8000 destinationsherbrooke.com Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49, 56 and 57.


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Capelton Mine

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Kids love this underground adventure into a former copper mine—as do grown-ups! Little ones can also pan for gold in the stream and enjoy the obstacle course. Set aside at least two hours to make the most of your visit.

Easily accessible and near city parking lots, this park is outfitted with a playground and picnic tables. Visit on a Saturday morning to shop the pop-up farmer’s market.

5800, chemin Capelton, North Hatley 819-346-9545 capelton.ca

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Rue Ladouceur, North Hatley northhatley.org/en

5 Le Lion d’Or Brewpub This spot opened in 1986, making it Quebec’s oldest microbrewery. Come check out what’s on tap (Psst: Lion’s Pride is a favourite!) while soaking in all the local history preserved within its walls. 2902, rue College, Sherbrooke 819-562-4589 lionlennoxville.com

This pretty park is home to the Dreamland Concerts Series. Don’t miss free outdoor concerts on Saturday and Sunday evenings through July and August. 819-842-2754 northhatley.org/en

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Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49, 56 and 57.


Coaticook River Valley

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Ice cream break, anyone? Those in-the-know swear by the chocolate, double caramel and maple taffy flavours but, of course, you’re free to find your own fave.

A poetry trail, Maison de l’arbre, museum/church… Things you can only find in Saint-Venant-de-Paquette.

1000, rue Child, Coaticook 1-800-846-7224 laiteriedecoaticook.com

2 The Pioneer Trail Use a map or GPS to explore this historical route and discover prominent personalities in the region’s history. Each is represented by a large statue that simply cannot be missed.

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5 Ferme Les Broussailles Stop at this artisanal cheese shop to sample organic, raw goat milk cheeses. Expect a warm welcome, beautiful property and plenty of adorable goats. 277, chemin Bulwer, Martinville 819-861-2021 fermelesbroussailles.com

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Hiking (12 km), mountain biking (40 km) and natural beauty in abundance! Incidentally, the forest’s founder, M. Neil Tillotson, is one of the characters you’ll meet on the Pioneer Trail. forethereford.org

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49, 58 and 59.


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Looking for tranquility and gravel paths? Look no further. On this route, sturdy tires are a must—you might even want to opt for an electric bike. (Rental at Foyer du Sport, Coaticook, foyerdusport.com). You’ll pedal through quaint villages like Hatley and the municipality of Barnston West (Kingscroft, Way’s Mill) before returning via Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. Gravel roads, like Chemin Perreault, offer some of the most stunning views onto the region.

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For a memorable stay, check out this so-called “eco-futurist lodge”. It features yurt-style cabins just a stone’s throw from Parc de la Gorge.

Hiking, mountain biking, camping and, come nightfall, the magic of Foresta Lumina.

153, rue Thornton Nord, Coaticook 819-200-0055 auberge.generoville.org

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This road offers a breathtaking 360-degree view on the fields, farms and mountains in the distance. Bask in the area’s serene ambiance and, if you’re as lucky as our cycling experts were (twice!), come across deer along the way.

135, rue Michaud, Coaticook 1-888-524-6743 gorgedecoaticook.qc.ca

4 Round Barn Holmes Located on Chemin Holmes, this is the largest round barn in the Townships. While it hasn’t been in use since 2009, it offers a glimpse onto the past. 2523, chemin Holmes Barnston-Ouest

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49, 58 and 59.


Val-Saint-François AND MRC des Sources

This route is built on a former railway and is a leg of the Route Verte. Between Richmond and Danville, you’ll ride through agricultural fields—a calming, quasi-meditative experience if we do say so ourselves! Good to know: In Danville, the Welcome Centre connects onto a bike workshop. And between Danville and Warwick, you’ll have the option ride the bike path to Kingsey Falls, an utterly charming village.

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Guided kayak or canoe excursions (single or doubles) down beautiful Rivière Saint-François. Rentals also available.

With six gardens, giant topiarylike structures (mosaicultures) and sculptures of insects made from recycled metal, this park is a mustvisit.

220, rue Principale Sud, Richmond 819-826-2414 canotkayak.weebly.com

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This Danville pond is home to an exceptional array of wildlife—most notably some 200 species of birds, a number that increases dramatically in fall when migratory birds stop over on their way to warmer climes. 150, rue Water, Danville 819-839-2771 etangburbank.blogspot.com

385, boul. Marie-Victorin, Kingsey Falls 1-888-753-7272 parcmarievictorin.com

5 Centre d’Interprétation de l’Ardoise Never mind gold: In the 1850’s, there was a slate rush in the region. Curious? Learn more at this museum. 5, rue Belmont, Melbourne 819-826-3313 centreardoise.ca

3 La Mante du Carré Mingle with both locals and visitors at this popular farmer’s market/ restaurant/Café de village. 6, rue Daniel-Johnson, Danville 819-839-2843 manteducarre.com/aire-de-restauration

Stay, Dine and Visit, page 49.


Haut-Saint-François You’ll find a diverse array of flora and fauna in this pretty park—not to mention a leisurely bike path made especially enjoyable thanks to a new crushed stone surface. There are several rest area to enjoy along the way, most notably on Rivière au Saumon and Ruisseau McLeod. Access the route via the village of Scotstown or Parc National du Mont-Mégantic campground.

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Meat lovers will appreciate the highquality, locally made products on offer, including dried sausage, pancetta, capicollo, and more.

Stunning scenery, loads of activities, diverse lodging options, the Observatory and ASTROLab, and, most importantly, the most stunning stargazing conditions come nightfall.

40, chemin Victoria Ouest, Scotstown 819-657-4955

2 Camping de la Rivière Étoilée This small Scotstown campground (25 sites for camping and RVs) boasts an enviable location in Parc WalterMacKenzie, right on Rivière au Saumon. 11, parc Walter-MacKenzie, Scotstown 819-231-8600 campingriviereetoilee.com

189, route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois 819-888-2941 sepaq.com/pq/mme

4 International Dark Sky Reserve In 2007, Mont-Mégantic became the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve. To this day, the site remains nearly 100% free of light pollution for the ultimate astronomy experience. 189, route du Parc, Notre-Dame-des-Bois 819-888-2941 sepaq.com/pq/mme

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MEgantic Region

Baie-des-Sables – Rivière Chaudière Bike Path

This multipurpose route is well-laid out and connects Station Touristique Baie-des-Sables and the town of Lac-Mégantic. Its short distance and flat, paved surface make it ideal for a family adventure. One of the highlights? Pedalling through a quiet forest where, if you’re very lucky, you might just come across some deer.

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A beach, hiking trails, watersport rentals, mountain biking and more. Camp or rent a cabin, room or apartment to make the most of your time at this magnificent property. 2370, rue de la Baie des Sables Lac-Mégantic 819-583-3965 baiedessables.com

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A haven of recreation (soccer fields, splash pad, picnic table, beach) just a few minutes from downtown Lac-Mégantic. 3293, rue Victoria, Lac-Mégantic 1-800-363-5515 tourisme-megantic.com

4 Le Marcheur d’Étoiles Walking Tour Highlights on this cultural and historical tour through Lac-Mégantic’s city centre include an exhibit devoted to the 2013 railway disaster and 48 giant sculptures. 5490, rue Komery, Lac-Mégantic 819-583-2441 tourisme-megantic.com

Stay, Dine and Visit, pages 49 and 60.


MEgantic Region

From Lake to Mont Mégantic

Ready to push yourself? Take on the toughest climb in Quebec: It spans 5.3 kms with an average grade of 9.6% (and up to 15% in some spots!). At the top, you’ll find yourself at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory perched at 1,100 metres of altitude. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Exercise caution on the return down to the charming village of Piopolis: It’s a steep ride down.

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Founded in 1978, the observatory is home to the second most powerful telescope in the country. (It’s open for visits during afternoons in the summer.)

Just five minutes from Piopolis, this small 560 metre mountain is worth the climb, if only for the view on the Appalachian Mountains in the distance, as well as Lac Mégantic.

189, route du Parc Notre-Dame-des-Bois 819-888-2941 astrolab.qc.ca

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4 Yurts, hammock-tents, cabins… This property offers an array of unique accommodation options, all grounded by indigenous values. 250, rang des Grenier, Piopolis 819-583-0885 auxcinqsens.ca

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Stay, Dine and Visit, page 49.


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Grand Tour of Lac Mégantic

This route is well-designed, safe and offers a great snapshot on the region. No wonder it’s so popular! Bonus: The ride is peppered with breathtaking mountain and lake views. While it’s a relatively accessible route, keep in mind that there are several climbs and descents along the way, terrain that is typical of the region.

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There’s always plenty on tap at this microbrewery, including La Méganticoise, an easy to drink blonde, Feu Sacrée, a red ale, Les Sacrifiés, an IPA with notes of passionfruit. Better order a flight!

No, there are no spiders in the lake: It is named after its shape. So go ahead and jump in: The water is shallow and the view of Mont Mégantic are stunning. Gravel bike recommended. Located 16 km from the circuit.

4256, rue Laval, Lac-Mégantic 819-583-3737

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Want to extend your stay? Check in to a pod, treehouse, yurt, Hékipia tent or ready-to-camp site for the night.

1-800-363-5515 tourisme-megantic.com

Camping Aventure Mégantic

1255, route 161, Frontenac (Lac-Mégantic) 819-554-6466 campingaventuremegantic.com

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Mountain Biking Looking for an exhilarating ride? Whether you’re a novice taking the kids mountain biking for first time or an expert rider looking to hone your skills, there are some 400 kms of mountain bike trails to discover in the Townships. Visit one of our eight centres to enjoy a tailormade experience—not to mention countless opportunity for fun, laughter and adventure.

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Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont National cycling centre, skill development, BMX track

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Cycling our Four National Parks There are no less than four national parks in the Eastern Townships. That’s four expansive playgrounds for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and avid campers— not to mention cyclists!

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With plenty of wildlife, two beaches, activities and, of course, the mountain itself, there are plenty of reasons to visit this park. Oh, and did we mention biking? Some 30 kms of trails weave through the park, including a 7.4 km leg of the Route Verte and La Cavalière, a new 10.6 km (one-way) trail. Also new? Five beginner-friendly mountain bike trails inaugurated in 2019. When you combine fatbike and mountain bike trails, you’ll find 26 kms of fun at the PNMO.

Tucked in a forest valley typical of the Appalachian Lowlands, this national park is part of the sprawling regional bike path network that spans over 250 kms. In the park itself you can ride a 19 km path that winds around Réservoir Choinière, then cool off at the beach.

This park sits on the shores of Grand Lac Saint-François, a choice launching spot for outdoor adventures of all kinds including, of course, biking. There are some 30 kms to explore within the park’s boundaries, plus 16 kms used exclusively for fatbiking in the Saint-Daniel sector (rentals available).

Not only is this park the world’s first Dark Sky Preserve but it has two mountains (Saint-Joseph and Mégantic), the Mont-Mégantic O b s e r va t o r y a n d A S T R O L a b . Activities abound, including 8 kms of gravel bike path (return). Note that Parc Régional du Marécage-desScot’s 8 km multi-purpose path is connected to the park.

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599, chemin des Roy Lambton (Sainte-Praxède) 418-486-2300 ext.: 221 sepaq.com/pq/fro

189, route du Parc Notre-Dame-des-Bois 819-888-2941 sepaq.com/pq/mme


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Did you know?

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Founded in Frelighsburg by two cycling enthusiasts, Ravito offers turnkey bike trips for a zero-hassle adventure. In the Sutton region you’ll be able to cycle in mid-air —Vélo Volant—unique in all of Canada.

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Reserved solely for pedestrians and cyclists, “Le Wippi” is a shuttle that sails Lac Massawippi between the villages of Ayer’s Cliff and North Hatley. The Eastern Townships region offers the greatest amount of Bienvenue cyclistes accommodations in all of Quebec.

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Our Bienvenue cyclistes accommodations must provide an overnight covered and enclosed locked shelter for your bicycle. Bienvenue cyclistes certified campgrounds must guarantee tent sites at all times for cyclists travelling exclusively by bike. No reservation is needed!


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ADJUST YOUR HELMET A bike helmet should fit snugly and cover the top of your head: It shouldn’t wobble or fall forward or back. When shopping for a helmet, look for certifications like

CSA, CPSC, ASTM, EN or SNEL to guarantee that the helmet meets rigorous safety standards.

For your safety and that of everyone around you, including pedestrians, drivers and fellow cyclists, always follow the rules outlined in the Highway Safety Code. RIDE WITH TRAFFIC Bicycles must ride in the same direction as traffic.

NO headphones! Quebec’s Highway Safety Code prohibits riding with headphones. USE OF ELECTRONICS IS PROHIBITED … Unless it is safely mounted on your bike and used for hands-free calls or GPS. … Unless you’re stopped on the side of the road.

Certification stickers are usually found inside the helmet or on the packaging.

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Cycling Events

2020

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Eastern Townships Cycling Events

Grand Tour du lac Mégantic

Critérium de Bromont

June 7, 2020 - Lac-Mégantic A family bike excursion in a beautiful setting along Lac Mégantic. Refreshments and snacks provided along the course.

A spectacular event not to be missed, where close to 100 Québec elite runners are expected to compete for the jersey Champion in Bromont’s streets!

gtlacmegantic.com

centrenationalbromont.com/ceriterium

Canada Man/ Canada Woman Xtreme Triathlon

The Eastern Townships Challenge

July 4-5, 2020 - Lac-Mégantic Breathtaking course in the heart of the forest and the mountains of the Megantic region which includes the following competitions: swimming (3.8 km), cycling (180 km) and an Ironman race (42 km) with an ultimate finish at the summit of Mont Mégantic, at the Observatory! This triatlon is the most intense, the wildest and the most beautiful in North America.

July 26, 2020 - Bromont

September 12, 2020 - Cowansville Presented as part of the Summer Challenges, this year’s cycling event will start in Cowansville and finish the season on a high note. Regardless of the distance you choose to ride, your efforts will be rewarded by the beautiful scenery. velo.qc.ca

caxtri.com

Coupe Québec de Cyclocross (Junior à Maître) September 26, 2020 Close to 650 cyclists are expected to participate in this gravel bike event—the most important of its kind in Québec! It is open to all, from avid cyclists looking to push the limits of their abilities to enthusiasts who want to ride at their own pace centrenationalbromont.com

Cyclosportive Les 100 à B7 September 27, 2020 - Bromont This fun cycling event is open to all. Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, with family or friends, a rider or a spectator, this Québec cup is a must-attend event. Riders will tackle an improved course strewn with technical features, jumps, mud, and plenty of surprises. 100b7.com

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Regional Map and Legend PLAN your bike route with Québec 511. Narrow shoulder

Steep slope

Playground area

Beach

Rest area

Scenic route

Sheltered rest area

Covered bridge

Scenic lookout

Hiking

- Bike paths, which are separate from traffic lanes.

Permanent tourism information site

Bike repair (with service)

- On-road sections, chosen to minimise exposure to motorized traffic.

Seasonal tourism information site

Restaurant

Note that on-road sections do not necessarily have paved shoulders or signage for cyclists.

Self service bicycle station repair (Biciborne)

Parking

Camping

$

The recommended itineraries were vetted by Tourism Eastern Townships during the summer of 2019. They are comprised of:

Damaged riding surface Phone

CARTOGRAPHY by Vélo-Québec.

Washrooms

GRAPHIC DESIGN BY Atelierhuit.

Ferry

Photo credits of Cycling Routes 2020-2021: Julien Payette-Tessier, Michel Saint-Jean, Simon Diotte, Sébastien Larose, Mathieu Dupuis, Jimmy Hamelin, Daphné Caron, Jean-François Bergeron, François Poirier, Sarah Arseneault-Dumais, Stéphane Lemire, Antoine Petrecca, Association des commerçants de North Hatley, Stéphane Lafrance, Sylvain Laroche, Guillaume Poulin, Claude Grenier, Ian Roberge, Sébastien Giguère, Patrick Kaczorowski, Martin Lortz, Sept 24 – Tourisme Bromont, Vincent Cotnoir, Denis Bouvier, Bear Cieri Photography.

Rented parking

Customs Water source Boat rental Mountain biking Round barn Vineyard Bicycle rental service

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quebec511.gouv.qc.ca/en

The mapped information reflects the condition of the paths and roads during the field work done by the Tourism Eastern Townships team in 2019. Some information may have changed. We recommend checking road conditions and planning your trip carefully by contacting Tourism Eastern Townships.

Busy automobile traffic

Marina

A handy tool to plan safe, enjoyable roads.

Stay, Dine and Visit pages 49 to 60.


Victoriaville

CENTRE-DU-QUÉBEC Drummondville

CHAUDIÈRE-APPALACHES

Warwick

Disraeli

Kingsey Falls

Lambton Danville

Ham-Sud Weedon

MONTÉRÉGIE Richmond

Acton Vale

Saint-Hyacinthe

Parc national de Frontenac

Parc national du Mont Ham

Lac-Mégantic

EASTERN TOWNSHIPS Saint-Pie

Waterloo

Saint-Armand

Lac Lac-Brome Brome

Notre-Dame-des-Bois

Parc national du Mont-Orford

Orford Eastman

(Knowlton)

North Hatley Lac Magog

Magog

Austin

Saint-Ignacede-Stanbridge

Dunham Bedford Frelighsburg

Vermont (USA)

Piopolis

Sherbrooke

Bromont Brigham

Val-Racine

Parc national du Mont-Mégantic

Cookshire-Eaton

Parc national de la Yamaska

Granby

Stanbridge East

Scotstown

Valcourt

Lac Mégantic

Sutton

Potton

Saint-Benoîtdu-Lac

Lac Massawippi

Ayer's Cliff

Saint-Venantde-Paquette

Coaticook

(Mansonnville) Lac Memphrémagog

Waterville Martinville Compton Sainte-Edwidgede-Clifton Saint-Malo

East Hereford Stanstead

New Hampshire (USA)

Maine (USA)


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