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.

Only Great Explorations:

· Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
· Order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks
· Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups
· We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Location

Magog

Magog, QC, Canada

Starting Location

Stanstead

Stanstead, QC, Canada

Day 3

North Hatley

North Hatley, QC, Canada

Day 4

Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
5 nights lodging
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2020

June 26-July 1 (private departure)
Aug 28 - Sep 2
September 4-9

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

6 days / 5 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Magog / North Hatley

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Average daily distance is 55km/35 miles

TERRAIN

Some gently rolling hills but generally level.

COST

Land Cost (current year):
CAD $1950
Includes 5B/2L/4D

Single Supplement:
CAD $440

Bike Rental:
CAD $180

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

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. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

Getting to Magog:

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 you are coming from the United States, Magog is only a short drive north of the Vermont / Canada border via Interstate 91. 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.


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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 cycling paths. This afternoon you will meet your guide at 4:00 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 cycling 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.
Distance: 69 km, elevation gain 636 m or 88 km, gain 794 m.*

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Day 3

Stanstead

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. Canadian flags are prominently displayed to the north, while American Flags fly proudly to the south. Your destination is another border town—Stanstead. Tonight you will spend the night in a lovely Victorian manor house.
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 625 m.*

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Day 4

North Hatley

Head north through the lakeside village of Ayer’s Cliff to North Hatley, your destination for today. Along the way you may choose to stop at the birthplace of Louis Saint-Laurent—Canada’s 16th Prime Minister, in Compton (an excellent spot for an ice-cream stop!). Be sure to save some time to 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. You will also want to explore the lovely shores of Lake Massawippi.
Distance: 36 km, elevation gain 320 m or 27 km, gain 290 m.*

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Day 5

Sherbrooke

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 and an amazing Capleton copper mine.
Distance: 50 km, elevation gain 400 m.*

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Day 6

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.

 

La Maison Drew, 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.


Domaine Les boises Lee Farm, Stanstead

This beautiful five acre estate is located in the heart of Stanstead. Rooms are furnished with antiques, thick duvets, linen sheets and fireplaces; the property also features a therapeutic bath, outdoor spa and heated salt-water pool.


Le Cachet B&B, North Hatley

Le Cachet B&B in North Hatley is the perfect place if you are looking to get away from the city and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the Eastern Townships. They treat their guests as their friends and make sure that they leave North Hatley with a beautiful experience and already wanting to come back once more. You'll love their homemade breakfast!



			

Trip Reviews

October 7, 2019

“Thank you so much for organizing such an awesome trip…….and for getting me an e-bike. Without the e-bike I don’t think that I would have been able to do the ride with my injury so the extra effort you made was greatly appreciated! This was my first guided cycling trip and I enjoyed everything about it. The routes, the B & B’s, the restaurant choices and Jean as a guide. His enthusiasm and knowledge for the area truly made the experience so much better than if we had done a self guided trip. I have never been to Quebec before and now I have a much greater appreciation for both the beauty and the culture of the Province. Once again thank you for a truly wonderful experience. I will definitely be booking any further trips through your company!”

October 7, 2019

“The riding was delightful. I also enjoyed the evening meals and tours. My favourite stopover was North Hatley and really appreciated Irina’s attention to detail at her Inn. Jean was a lot of fun and made sure everyone was having a good time. All of the hotels were comfortable and lovely. The hosts/hostesses were very welcoming and accommodating. My favourite meals were in Magog and the pub in North Hatley. The ride was definitely more difficult than I expected. It would not have been enjoyable if I hadn’t had an ebike. I’m glad I did it.”

October 7, 2019

“Everything was great – guide, hotels, scenery and food. Loved the restaurants, guide and inns. Best meal at Manoir Hovey. I liked the perfurmerie, milk tasting. We didn’t need the map because of the great guide. The rides were more difficult than expected but it was fine.”

October 7, 2019

“The best bike trip we have ever done (out of about 8). Wonderful guides, great location and weather, awesome accomodations and meals, wonderful people. The locations were so amazing. The bikes were in perfect condition (new). The guides were fun, energetic and interesting. The Bed & Breakfast locations were very nice and the proprieters were very welcoming. Beautiful scenery, interesting towns and attractions, wonderful meals. We enjoyed all the hotels. I particualrily liked the one in North Hatley as the proprieter was so interesting and made wonderful breakfasts. I really enjoyed the meals everywhere. The meal in Vermont was memorable. We were luck in that there was a wine festival in Magog when we arrived. We enjoyed the Grange parfumery. We loved the milk tasting! Our guide was so familiar with the area that we did not need maps. I liked the level of difficulty but the second ride was tough.”

October 7, 2019

“I enjoyed the camaraderie. Best meals: Alesso. Manoir Hovey. The place in Sherbrooke for lunch. Loved the milk tasting. In terms of riding it was hillier than anticipated.”

September 19, 2016

“The best bikes that we have ever rented! Gears worked flawlessly and nice personnel at the shop. The maps were very clear but the written instructions would have been too much to read when en route. We really appreciated our guide’s knowledge of the area. Les Boisees de Lee Farm was perfect! Our hosts were welcoming and accommodating. Invited us to select the room we preferred rather than assigning a room, welcomed us to swim in their pool which was great after a hot day of cycling, and drove us to the nearby market for wine and snacks.”

September 10, 2016

“The cycling was lovely with beautiful scenery. It was a little harder than I had anticipated with many more steep hills. I live in a hilly area and thought I was prepared but not prepared enough. I loved the wide open vistas along some of the routes. I also loved the bike trail we did, the Tomifobia. The covered bridges and the little farms we wonderful. The hotels were superb. We enjoyed the visit to the monastery and the chanting monks. We also visited a lavender farm and cheese factory and enjoyed them both. The bikes were excellent. We also had no technical issues. Our luggage was always at the next hotel, waiting for us.”

August 21, 2015

“Slightly more difficult than expected, but very comfortable bikes. Our Guide was fabulous – loved him – he loved biking and it was very obvious – also took us to his favorite swimming and hiking places – He became part of our family in 4 days! I can not express how helpful, enthusiastic, skilled and friendly he was – This was his first tour with Great Explorations and I hope for the sake of your company he will continue to do many more – An extraordinary individual”

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