Cycling in the fall

Updated on Sep 2, 2022

Have you ever cycled in the Townships in the fall? It’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful seasons in which to do so. The air is crisp, the weather is good, a few warm days still slip in here and there, and you can pedal at your leisure while contemplating the colourful scenery to your heart’s content.

©Jessie Jolin

For Road Cycling Amateurs...

Here’s a little, well-kept secret for those who enjoy road cycling: Cochrane Road in Compton. With its truly exceptional vista over the Coaticook Valley and several tree tunnels along the way… you’ll wish the road would never end.

Consult the complete Coaticook Valley itinerary, a 98 km route starting out in Coaticook, and which will have you cycle through Compton, Martinville, Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton, East-Hereford and many other charming villages.

Another exceptionally pleasant route to try this fall: The Maxi Tour des Monts Sutton, with a section that will take you through the magnificent Missisquoi Valley road and the legendary Scenic Road. With a substantial elevation gain, this route is for experienced cyclists. To regain your strength, you can stop at the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey where a postcard type panorama awaits.

©Ian Roberge

For Cycle paths Amateurs…

The must-see Estriade bike path, which passes through Waterloo and Granby, is worth the pedal stroke in the fall. The route is paved and its elevation is almost flat. A particularly pleasant point of view on the circuit? The halt by the Lake Boivin near the nature interpretation center!

As a couple in contemplative mode or as a family, the Tomifobia Nature Trail is also a great option with its 24 km route between Ayer's Cliff and Stanstead. The route runs along the Tomifobia River and it's a nice excursion to do under the fall colors.

©Gaelle Leroyer

For Gravel Bike Amateurs…

Little-known, small roads and unpaved routes, you’ll find a multitude of them in the region! Create your own circuit or get inspired by reading A bicycle outing on our gravel roads with Simon Diotte, as he takes you on the back roads between Sutton and Brome Lake. Tranquility and magnificent landscapes are guaranteed!

Another equally peaceful and charming route: Gravel biking the Valley, a circuit that will take you through the village of Hatley and the municipality of Barnston-Ouest. A beautiful 52 km loop to discover!

©Ian Roberge

…And more!

To discover the complete cycling offer in the Townships, consult our section Cycling in the Eastern Townships. Road circuits, gravel bike routes, cycling paths and mountain bike centers are listed there!

Come and pedal in the Townships… it’s great for the calves and the soul.

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