This Spring, pedal the Townships!

55 km

8 stops

2 days

Your calves are itching for some exercise? Your cycling shorts are back in your closet? Your bicycle is eyeing you? All those nodding their heads, here is the perfect cycling getaway to get your cycling season started.

  • Day 1
  • Day 2

Get on your bike

The Heritage Cycling Route—Starts in Bedford

In Bedford, head out on the Heritage Circuit where ancestral homes, historical churches and bucolic landscapes unfold as you go. Totalling 54 km, and with an elevation of barely 200 metres, this itinerary will slowly awaken your leg muscles. You’ll ride mostly on paved routes and will have ample time to admire the surrounding beauty of the landscapes.

Pause in a Vineyard

Vignoble Pigeon Hill, Domaine du Ridge and Vignoble l’Ardennais

On your way, take a moment to relax at one of the three vineyards you’ll pass on this route. At the Vignoble Pigeon Hill, you’ll discover carefully produced organic wines. At the Vignoble L’Ardennais, you’ll meet Pier and Stéphanie, the two passionate owners. Finally, when you stop at the Domaine du Ridge, you’ll be able to take a guided tour of the vineyard, participate in their wine tasting activities and have a bite to eat before heading off again.

Visit the Missisquoi Museum

Cornell Mill and Hodge's General Store

Two of the three buildings which make up the Missisquoi Museum are located in the town of Stanbridge East: Cornell Mill, an old grain mill built in 1830, where you can explore local citizens’ way of life in olden times Brome-Missisquoi, and Hodge’s General store with its authentic period merchandise collection, dating back to the Second World War.

Stop and Spend the Night

Espace Old Mill in Stanbridge East

Sleep peacefuly at Espace Old Mill. This place, run by a team passionate about the culinary arts and agro-ecology, is a huge garden, an inn, a restaurant, as well as a true historical monument that has shaped the Stanbridge East landscape since the mid-19th century. Facing the riverfront, you'll have a great view of the old Cornell Mill from your room. Take advantage of your getaway to discover the local dishes prepared by the talented chef Éric Gendron and his team. The cuisine is simple and refined, featuring the best local ingredients from Brome-Missisquoi, including vegetables from their own farm and products from local artisan farmers.

Savour Fresh-from-the-Oven Bread

Capitaine Levain bakery

The town of Stanbridge East has an artisanal and organic bakery, where you’ll savour products that are truly kneaded with love. There is only one downside, they’re both closed on weekends. However, you can find them at the Frelighsburg Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

Head back out on the road towards Bedford and visit Walbridge Barn

Complete the loop by returning to your starting point after pushing your pedals for the last 20 km. A little before you arrive back in Bedford, in the hamlet of Mystic, you can visit the third building belonging to the Missisquoi Museum: The Walbridge Barn. Named a provincial historical monument, it’s the only twelve-sided barn in Quebec.

Brunch at Café Rouge

Exercising so early in the morning has made you hungry? Have a seat at Café Rouge in Bedford where they offer a delicious variety of dishes for breakfast: omelettes, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, waffles, French toast, pancakes, eggs and breakfast poutine are all the menu. This café de village also roasts its own sustainable coffee beans and offers several different types of specialty coffees.

Bring Home a Gourmet Souvenir

Fromagerie Missiska in Bedford

Discover the products of the Fromagerie-Boutique Missiska cheese factory, inaugurated in 2018. This shop offers you delicious cheeses made with their Jersey cow milk, fresh Jersey cow milk and creamy yogurts. You can also learn how they make their cheeses as you watch their operations through a window accessing their production workshop and participate in interpretive activities.

Visit Dunham’s Cœur Villageois

Do you still have some energy left? Then head out to Dunham’s Coeur Villageois. Visit the Clos Ste-Croix vineyard right in the heart of the town; Browse through the shops and art galleries; Stock up on fine products in gourmet boutiques and savour the beers of the Brasserie Dunham, established in the magnificent Relais de la Diligence building.

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