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Mont Bellevue, in the heart of the city of Sherbrooke, is within easy reach. In addition to hiking trails and ski runs, the mountain is criss-crossed with bike paths, designed for cyclists of every level.
Mont Bellevue also played host to the mountain bike competitions during the 2013 Canada Games - an event that led to the expansion of the trails and brought them up to professional standards.
This is one of the best places to learn mountain biking or to improve your cycling skills. Try out a popular run – the aptly-named Zigzagzoulou – or for a more conventional circuit, The Rock!
Pick up a trail map. The bike trails are well marked.
A well-kept secret
Looking for a really great outing? A good workout? Above average trails? Well, you’ll find all that and more along the Circuits Frontières – 50 kilometres (31 miles) of single-track mountain bike trails surrounded by breathtaking scenery, in East Hereford, close to the New England border. It’s rare to find single-track trails that cover such a large area and the region attracts mountain bikers (those in the know!) from near and far. Another major draw is the popular FesivAllezY Jean D’Avignon. The backwoods of East Hereford are truly a well-kept secret!
For advanced cyclists
Once the snow has melted, the trails at Bromont, montagne d’expériences, are cleaned, then obstacles, fashioned from logs, are placed across them, creating challenging runs for skilled mountain bikers.
More than 50 kilometres (31 miles) of trails make up the Downhill, Enduro, Learning Circuits (for beginners who can advance at their own speed) and a Bike Park. The difference between the Downhill and the Enduro? On the former trail, you take a chairlift to the top, then zoom down the mountain, trying to avoid trees, roots and large rocks – definitely an extreme activity best undertaken by the most advanced (not to say brave!) cyclists. The Enduro offers mountain bikers a mix of uphill and downhill cycling. In other words, Bromont has something for everyone!
The best place for beginners… and youngsters
The Centre national de cyclisme de Bromont (the National Cycling Centre) is an ideal place for beginners and those who want to brush up on their cycling skills. It runs bike camps for even the youngest of cyclists and equipment can be rented on site. The Centre offers 3.5 kilometres (2.17 miles) of trails, which are, in turn, linked to the bike trails in the city of Bromont. Nearby Mont Oak also offers hours of fun.
For the family
The mountain bike trails around the Coaticook Gorge Park are ideal for family outings. The 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) of trails are not difficult. It’s easy to pedal uphill while admiring the views. During the summer months, the Park also offers a range of other activities - a great place for a weekend of outdoor fun!
New trails to discover
Plein Air Sutton, an outdoor centre, has opened a new network of mountain bike trails. The 23 kilometres (14.3 miles) of cross-country trails are designed for every level - from ‘family-friendly’ to advanced – and they have quickly become popular with cyclists seeking new venues to practice their favourite sport.