8 Bicycle Outings to Enjoy with your Family

The Eastern Townships region is known to be cycling enthusiasts’ favourite haunt for practising their sport. Your whole family is addicted? Perfect! We’ve found 8 circuits that will make everyone very happy. Whether you’re heading out with the entire or only part of the brood! You’re sure to have a lot of fun. We promise!

NB The proposed stops, without a doubt, will add to the pleasure of these ballads. However, some attractions and restaurants are still closed for the time being. But don’t let this stop you and your family from getting on your bicycles; your outings will be fabulous! And since things are evolving very quickly, check for what is open or closed before you leave home!


Artria’s Cultural Loop

Don’t be discouraged when you see the 56 kilometres the loop covers; the elevation difference is barely 2% and the 34 kilometres of paved route is perfect for shorter legs! A note to art amateurs: You’ll discover about sixty giant size works of art spread throughout the circuit, starting in Granby (111, Denison Est) and in the towns of Roxton Pond, Warden and Waterloo.

A jumping in the water is a must at the Parc national de la Yamaska, where you can also rent a boat to explore the Choinière Reservoir. The highlight of your outing? Discover this still well-hidden secret: the amazing Pumptrack, in Waterloo. Your more adventurous kids will simply love it!


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The Tomifobia Nature Path

This 26-kilometre long bike path linking Ayer’s Cliff to Stanstead runs along the magnificent Tomifobia River and will have you discover a rich flora and wildlife. The trail begins in Ayer’s Cliff (150 Tyler St.). Ponds, marshes, many bird species… You won’t believe your eyes!

Those more curious among your crew will surely be very happy to visit the Standstead library, where they’ll find a Canada-U.S. border crossing right in the middle of the building! Quite unusual, indeed! And if you like French crêpes bretonnes, two restaurants offer these delicious pancakes: the Café Folies in Ayer’s Cliff, and Le Tomifobia in Stanstead.


Véloroute des Grandes-Fourches – The Grandes-Fourches Loop

To complete this loop, we suggest you start out at the Lucien-Blanchard park, in Sherbrooke. This 52-kilometre route runs mostly through a wooded area and crosses over three rivers—the Massawippi, the Saint-François and the Magog—it will take you across Sherbrooke, Lennoxville, North Hatley and Rock Forest. A serving of delicious fish and chips savoured at the Golden Lion Pub in Lennoxville will give you a little boost as you take on this challenge. And a stop in the beautiful town of North Hatley with its view of Lake Massawippi will reenergize you. Finally, a family visit at Strøm spa in Sherbrooke will end your day in style. (Your aching muscles will thank you!)


Véloroute des Grandes-Fourches – The Magog Loop

This loop runs along the Lac des Nations and the Magog River in Sherbrooke and is perfect for your younger ones. With its 13 kilometres and a flat landscape, it offers nevertheless some fine views of the city and the surrounding nature. Start your outing at the Lucien-Blanchard park. Halfway, take advantage of the Circuit des Murales, the first of its kind in Canada. Then, when you’ve completed your tour, drop by the Marché de la Gare, where, among others, delicious cheese selections, charcuteries and breads await!


©Ian Roberge

Véloroute des Grandes-Fourches – The Massawippi Axis

By starting out at Halte-Vélo in Lennoxville and returning to North Hatley, this 14.5-kilometre circuit, set on an old railway track, runs along the quiet Massawippi River offers only a little elevation. Perfect for younger cyclists! A visit to the Capelton mine is a true must! Your family will love going underground and pretend to be prospectors searching for gold in the surrounding creeks! Once you’ve arrived at your destination, don’t forget to go for a dip in the lake at the North Hatley municipal beach.


Richmond – Danville – Warwick

Head out to the old train station in Richmond. You can start your outing on this circuit set on an abandoned railway track that will take you inside a luxuriant nature landscape. The 39 kilometres that you’ll pedal across these farmlands for sure will have you savour amazing moments of true plenitude!

There are two not-to-be-missed stops you must make. First, the Burbank pond in Danville, which shelters and exceptional fauna; Then there’s the Marie-Victorin park, in Kingsey Falls, with its six theme gardens, its giant mosaic cultures and its recycled metal insect sculptures. It’s all about pure pleasure!


Parc régional du Marécage-des-Scots

8.5 kilometres long, this circuit will have you discover an impressive biodiversity. Because your departure point is located in the Walter-McKenzie municipal park, in Scotstown, begin by filling your basket with a few provisions at the Charcuterie Scotstown. Their delicious artisanal sausages will calm those little cravings you might feel on the way! Throughout your ballad, notably by the Rivière au Saumon and the McLeod Creek, you’ll find these lovely halts where you can relax and reenergize. At the end of your adventure, visit the Parc national du Mont-Mégantic, in the Franceville sector, where you’ll enjoy many family activities.


©Ian Roberge

The Baie-des-Sables Bike Path—Rivière Chaudière

This short 6.5-kilometre trail runs through a wooded area and will offer you a delightful view overlooking Lake Mégantic. To star your outing, choose the Station touristique Baie-des-Sables. Then, head out towards Lac-Mégantic, where your family can experience Le Marcheur d’étoiles, a historic and cultural circuit presenting 15 different points of interest set throughout the town. When you return, there are plenty of activities waiting for you at the Station touristique Baie-des-Sables : tree-top adventures, swimming at the beach, nautical equipment rentals… Plus, the site is magnificent!

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