Bicycle Circuits for Exploring the Townships

Updated on Feb 12, 2024

The Eastern-Townships have an abundance of routes to be joyously discovered on a bicycle. This is known to be true because they offer such magnificent landscapes, they introduce you to some very unique regions, they allow you to meet our many local producers…

We’re presenting you these five bicycle circuits for part-time cycling enthusiasts, who, without being true weekend warriors, have pedaled their way through quite a few outings.

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Circuit du patrimoine

If you enjoy pedalling without making too much of an effort on well-maintained paved roads set in the countryside, while admiring different heritage attractions, you’ll be thrilled with this 42 km circuit. The Walbridge 12-sided barn in the hamlet of Mystic, Cornell Mill and Hodge’s General Store in Standbrige East, the very small Guthrie covered bridge … all attractions you’ll be able to visit on your way. And then, there are all the lovely landscapes you’ll discover as you pass by farmlands, ancestral homes and forestlands! This circuit’s charm is never-ending!

On your way or nearby: The Missiska cheese factory, the Café Rouge, the Missisquoi Museum, the Domaine du Ridge, the Vignoble de l’Ardennais, the restaurant and chocolate factory L’Œuf

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This route is designed as a 33 km loop demanding enough to spice up this circuit just a little bit! From Pointe Merry by Lake Memphremagog, you cycle on a bike path, which starts out on a paved surface, but then switches to rock dust before heading out on asphalt roadways. The route will take you to the Mount Orford ski resort (careful, it’s uphill most of the way!) to then head back down to the town of Orford. On the return route, you’ll enjoy a lovely view of Mount Orford.

On your way or nearby: The Parc national du Mont-Orford, Ducs de Montrichard, the Vignoble d’Orford, the microbrewery La Memphré

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Grand tour du lac Mégantic

As the name indicates, this circuit will have you pedal 56 km all around Lake Megantic, sometimes close to the shore, other times in the middle of the woods further away from the lake. Wherever you find yourself, you’ll enjoy many beautiful points of view. Well-designed and safe, this circuit is quite popular with cyclists. And, although there are a few steeper climbs, you don’t need to be a pro to challenge yourself here!

On your way or nearby: the microbrewery La Gare’nison, Camping Aventure Mégantic, Station touristique Baie-des-Sables

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The Grandes-Fourches Loop

The Grandes-Fourches Circuit is a combination of the Axe de la Saint-François, the Axe de la Massawippi and the Magog Loop, which together form the Véloroute des Grandes-Fourches. Mostly set on a bicycle path, this 52 km route crosses Sherbrooke and runs along three of the region’s rivers. It will also take you to North Hatley where you’ll enjoy taking a break on the shores of Lake Massawippi.

On your way or nearby: The Golden Lion Pub and Brewery, the microbrewery Le Siboire, La Cie Vilandé, The Capelton Mine, Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre, Ström Spa, the Marais Réal-D.-Carbonneau marsh.

The Cleveland Loop

This 44 km loop, partly set on a bike path but mainly on gravel roads, is a lot of fun to ride and will have you discover some charming places such as Denison Lake, where you’ll find an old Anglican church. You’ll also enjoy Grandmont Road, which looks more like a mountain bike trail than a roadway since it’s located in the middle of the forest. Here, tranquility is guaranteed!

On the way or nearby: Mante du Carré, Café du Couvent, Burbank Pond, Fromagerie le Campagnard’s cheese factory, L’Ardoise, Coopérative brassicole, Musée de l’ardoise slate museum.

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