Gravel Bike Routes to Try in the Townships

Updated on May 26, 2022

With almost no car traffic, landscapes as diversified as they are magnificent, the freedom of riding as you wish … here are four itineraries essentially on gravel roads perfect for your cycling outings. Gravel bike lovers hurry! Come discover them!

Circuit 100 à B7

Our Canadian champion cyclist Lyne Bessette is at the base of this dirt road circuit, she designed as her personal training route. Might as well tell you right away, you’ll be making quite a few efforts on this 64 km loop which starts out in Bromont. In the second half of the circuit, expect a couple of steep uphill climbs, notably near the Domaine naturel du lac Gale with a portion of the route offering a 14% slope. But before attacking this section, you might want to pause at one of Brome Lake (Knowlton) gourmet stops, or yet again, relax a bit at Douglass beach to regain your strength.

Suggestions for an après-biking in Bromont: Pittstop Vélo-Café, the microbrewery Le Brouemont, Edgar Hyperlodge, BALNEA Spa, Gaïa resto vegan

©Gaelle Leroyer

Gravel Biking the Valley

The Coaticook Valley is the ideal region for a gravel bike outing. You’ll find a profusion of country roads here with endless amounts of bucolic landscapes! When you take this 52 km route, you’ll ride freely far from any stressful car traffic and paved roadways. Here also, you’ll discover plenty of farms and agricultural fields. On Holmes Rd., you’ll in fact be able to observe the very impressive Stanley-Holmes round barn, built in 1907. Would you like to learn a little bit about the local history? Watch for the sculptures you’ll discover throughout the Pioneer Trail; You’ll discover three historical personalities on this itinerary.

Suggestions for an après-biking in Coaticook: The Coaticook microbrewery, the Hop Station microbrewery, Coffret de l’Imagination

©Simon Diotte

The Traverse des Townships

From Sutton, where this circuit starts out, your legs won’t get a break as you ride through the first few kilometres: it’s truly an uphill challenge! Luckily, the beauty of the landscapes will compensate somewhat for your efforts, especially when you reach Stagecoach Road, where several open fields offer grandiose panoramas overlooking the Sutton massif. After a good descent towards the shores of Lake Brome, you can stop for a bite to eat in the Cœur villageois of Brome Lake (Knowlton) before you head out again to complete this 47 km loop. The last five kilometres, on a paved road, will be quite pleasant since you’ll once again enjoy an amazing view of the Sutton mountains before heading down to the village itself.

Suggestions for an après-biking in Sutton: Auberge Sutton Brouërie, À l’Abordage microbrewery, Mollies, Pleasant Hôtel & Café

©Jessie Jolin

La Grande Boucle de la Vallée

Here a circuit for hard-core cyclists … or perhaps those who own an electric bike! On this 115 km loop, cumulating elevation gains of 1,415 m, you’ll sometimes be pedalling inside a farm valley and other times right in the heart of a forest. You’ll ride through several municipalities such as Coaticook, Dixville, Saint-Herménégilde, East Hereford, Sainte-Edwidge, Martinville and Compton. Everywhere you’ll be surrounded by the aromas of nature—field flowers, balsam firs, just cut trees. When you take this route, you’ll find yourself in some very isolated dirt roads at times. So much so that if you study the route on Google Map, you discover that some roads are identified as being dead ends, when it truth, they can be taken quite easily on a gravel bike!

Suggestions for an après-biking in Coaticook: Bar Ailleurs, the Coaticook Microbrewery, the Hop Station microbrewery, Coffret de l’Imagination

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