Where to start off your cycling season? Our suggestions.

Updated on Apr 10, 2024

Your bike is all tuned up. You’ve been training (a lot?) during the winter months. The problem is that not all bike paths are ready for you yet. Luckily, there are a few places better prepared than others to get your cycling season started in the Eastern Townships. Here are six of them.

The Estriade

The portion of the Estriade in the Canton de Shefford, and the portion of the Route Verte # 4 that leads to Bromont (La Villageoise) are usually accessible quite early in the season. The Bromont and Canton de Shefford areas offer a mostly paved and relatively even trail to slowly warm up your pedalling muscles. You’ll be able to cover about twenty kilometres to smoothly start out the season; or, you might want to stop at Edgar Hyperlodge to savour one of their delicious West Shefford Brewing Company beers.

©Mathieu Dupuis

Circuit du Patrimoine

The Circuit du Patrimoine (Heritage Circuit), a loop covering a little over forty kilometres (easy and intermediate levels), will immerse you in the Anglo-Saxon history of the region. you’ll ride by buildings and churches with typical architectural styles and Mystic’s Wallbridge twelve-sided barn, built in 1882. From Bedford, you’ll pass through Saint-Armand and Pigeon Hill where you’ll probably stop in the area vineyards. Check out our trip idea about this circuit.

©Mathieu Dupuis

Grandes Fourches Circuit

If all goes well (and no snow falls on our heads in May!), the Grandes Fourches Cycling Network - Magog Loop, in Sherbrooke, will open on May 1. Just by staying within the city limits, you’ll cover 13 kilometres of trails, mostly taking you along the Saint-François River and one that will lead you around the Lac-des-Nations. In all, the Grandes-Fourches Cycling Network - Grandes-Fourches Circuit covers 52 kilometres all the way to North Hatley. However, you should, check if this part of the path has been cleared in May.

The Magog-Orford Circuit

The Magog-Orford circuit offer 33 kilometres on an intermediate level trail where you’ll find your inspiration to continue on with all the surrounding landscapes (Mount-Orford, Lake Memphremagog…). You’ll also want to stop and taste some of the tempting gourmet treats on the way—Vignoble d’Orford, Vanden Eynsen chocolate shop, Ducs de Montrichard’s duck products, etc.

©François Poirier

Vallée de la Coaticook Circuit

You’re among those who never turn down a challenge? Even this early in the season? You’ll find what you’re looking for by taking the La Grande Boucle de la Vallée circuit in Coaticook. There are more than a hundred kilometres of routes (with elevations of up to 1,400 metres), for experienced level cyclists to take on in part or completely! Spectacular farmland views, ideal country routes and many gourmet stops at local producers, such as Fromagerie Les Broussailles and the Laiterie Coaticook.

©Ian Roberge

The Grand Tour du Lac Mégantic

The Grand Tour du Lac Mégantic is also reserved for pedalling professionals! From Lac-Mégantic, Marston, the Cœur villageois Piopolis … up to the top of Mount Mégantic, this is one of the most important uphill routes of Quebec with an average 9% slope! If you take on the challenge in May, imagine the summits you’ll reach by September!

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