Quebec – Eastern Townships Bike Tour Itinerary
This tour takes us through the beautiful region where the northern boundary of Vermont merges into the French speaking Eastern Townships of Quebec. You are treated to gorgeous vistas, pretty villages, spectacular biking, and excellent inns.
DAY ONE | Arrival Day | Phineas Swann
Sunday is Arrival Day. Settle in at the Phineas Swann in Montgomery Center, Vermont. This beautifully restored 1880s farmhouse is now considered one of the most romantic inns in America (Trip Advisor).
DAY TWO | Distance: 33 or 40 miles | Intermediate | Auberge & Spa West Brome
Monday we cycle into Canada, passing some of Montgomery’s famous covered bridges before arriving in French-speaking Frelighsburg. From here we ride to Pigeon Hill, have a special lunch and wine tasting at Domaine du Ridge, visit the fascinating Musee Missisquoi and then begin to follow Quebec’s famous “Route des Vin”. We have several opportunities to stop and sample the wines and ciders at some of Quebec’s most famous vineyards, including Opailleur and Domaine des Cote D’Ardoise and enjoy a tasting of cider wines and apple products at the renowned Cidrerie Fleurs de Pommiers. Monday night we are the guests at the beautiful Auberge & Spa West Brome. Access to the sauna, gym and indoor heated pool are also included with your visit.
DAY THREE | Distance: 46 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Chateau Bromont
Tuesday takes us through beautiful rolling terrain to Mystic where we visit the twelve-sided Walbridge barn and Museum and then to Farnham where our route crosses the Riviere Yamaska on a former RR bridge that takes us high above the river. We then take a scenic route along Ch. Gaspe where we gain spectacular views of the area as we pass the equestrian facilities that were home to the 1976 Olympics. Our destination is the pretty village of Bromont where we can explore its many shops and the delicious Musee de Chocolat before arriving as guests at the elegant Chateau Bromont. Weather permitting, dinner this evening is on the deck at the Chateau Bromont.
DAY FOUR | Distance: 38 or 45 miles | Terrain: Easier to Intermediate | Domaine Jolivent
Wednesday takes us on part of Quebec’s famous Route Verte, a series of interconnected bike paths that have made this area a mecca for cyclists. The path takes us along the shore of Lac Boivin, around Reservoir Choiniere in Parque Yamaska, and through the village of Waterloo. We then cycle through the tiny village of Fulford before arriving at Domaine Jolivent near Lac Brome. Thanh Nguyen and Jean Martel will welcome you here to their award-winning small inn and you will delight in the pleasant rooms and celebrated cuisine. While here, we will take time to visit the resort town of Knowlton whose main thoroughfare is lined with bistros, restaurants, specialty shops and bakeries.
DAY FIVE | Distance: 20, 33 or 50 miles | Terrain: Easier | Le Pleasant Hotel And Cafe
Thursday, our easy ride, takes us past Domaine Les Brome, one of the most celebrated wineries in Canada that has stunning views over the lake and mountains. We then ride southerly taking either a leisurely route to Sutton, or a more lengthy ride through the Missisquoi Valley. Sutton is a celebrated resort town located in a pretty river valley. It has a vibrant main street with sidewalk cafés, galleries, craft stores, and specialty shops, as well as excellent restaurants. Tonight we stay at the Le Pleasant Hôtel and Café, and the recent transformation of this Victorian heritage property into a handsome and modern boutique inn has resulted in rave reviews. Tonight we take an easy walk to Bistro Beaux Lieux to have a celebratory feast.
DAY SIX | Distance: 21 miles | Terrain: Easier
Friday’s ride takes us south through the tiny mountain community of Abercom where we might indulge ourselves at the great little bakery (Boulangerie Croissanterie) before re-entering the United States at Richford. Our last few miles are partially along a pretty bike path and then a winding road, passing covered bridges before arriving back at the Phineas Swann Inn.