Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
The popularity of mountain biking has increased exponentially—and so have the efforts of the Eastern Townships to offer some amazing experiences. But don’t take our word for it: Come ride our trails and see for yourself!
Note: As a general rule, mountain bike season starts in sping and ends in fall (a.k.a end of October for some and mid-November for others). The best is to call before you show up to get informations on the trails's conditions.)
Tucked in the heart of Sherbrooke, this mountain stands out for its accessibility. In addition to stunning hiking and ski trails, Mont Bellevue boasts a wide variety of mountain biking trails to suit any skill level—including pros! It’s true: Mont Bellevue played host to mountain biking events during the 2013 Canada Games and in preparation for the occasion, its terrain was massively improved and continues to be maintained. Whether you’re just starting to ride or have been at it for a while, you’re sure to find your new favourite trail within its boundaries. Not sure where to start? Zigzagzoulou is a favourite, as is The Rock, a classic loop.
Looking for a big ride? A heart-pumping workout? Notorious trails? Check out East Hereford’s Circuits Frontières trail network that offers 50+ kilometres of singletracks in a pristine setting. Because this type of trail rarely covers so much ground, people come from near and far to enjoy. (The proof? Check out the wildly popular FestivAllezY Jean D’Avignon.) If you’re a mountain biking enthusiast and haven’t yet explored East Hereford, prepare to be blown away.
Take well-maintained trails, add wooden freeride structures and you’re pretty close to the perfect mountain biking adventure. Want more? Try 50+ kilometres of trails, including downhill, all-mountain (a.k.a. Enduro), progression circuits (for beginners to develop at their own pace) and a freeride park. The difference between downhill and all-mountain trails? A downhill trail is lift-accessed, meaning you’ll reach maximum speeds as you dodge trees, roots and rocks riding down the hill. This extreme sport isn’t for the faint of heart! An all-mountain trail features climbs and descents, plus plenty of obstacles to keep things interesting.
You can even test-drive an electric assist mountain bike if you feel so inclined.
If you’re looking to try mountain biking for the very first time or to hone your skills, the Centre National de Cyclisme de Bromont (CNCB) is the place to be. With its signature 100% Vélo camps—geared at kids, teens, girls, and more—and equipment rental, it's the perfect starting point. You’ll find 3.5 kms of trails on site, which are connected to the city of Bromont’s expansive trail network. Mont Oak is nearby too, and offers tons of terrain.
If you’re looking to hit the hill as a family, try the mountain biking trails at Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook. There are 20 kilometres of beginner paths, so everyone can climb and enjoy the views. You’ll also find a packed schedule of activities throughout the summer, making it the ideal spot for a weekend of outdoor adventures.
Plein Air Sutton has developed an all-new mountain bike trail network on the hills of Mont Sutton. With a total of 30 kilometres of cross-county trails (with terrain ranging from family-friendly to advanced), it’s quickly become a go-to spot for riders seeking new thrills.
Given the popularity of this sport, the Parc national du Mont-Orford has set up a pilot project for the development of a 10 km network dedicated to fatbike and mountain biking. The fatbike trails which opened for the 2018-2019 winter season, are accessible for mountain biking for the first time this spring. The trails are for beginner and intermediate cyclists.