There are so many reasons to visit the Eastern Townships: breathtaking scenery, a warm welcome anywhere you go, unique outdoor activity ideas, plenty of gourmet experiences and much, much more! Cycling enthusiasts will agree, however, that the region's main attraction has to be its many outstanding bike paths.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert rider, the Eastern Townships offers bike paths to suit your skill level. To make the most of your trip and enjoy nature to the fullest, rent a cottage for a few days. From there, you can explore the region's many cycling routes. To help you plan your trip, we have rounded up for you a few of the Eastern Townships' staple bike paths and their surrounding sights.

The Easy Trail (51 km): Sherbrooke—North Hatley

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Stretching from Sherbrooke to North Hatley, this bike path totals 51 km. Located at the confluence of the Saint-François and Magog Rivers, Trois-Rivières offers a whole range of cultural activities in an exceptional setting. North Hatley, a genuine natural amphitheatre, is one of Quebec's most beautiful villages.

> Download the Sherbrooke-North-Hatley bike path map

On your ride, you can stop at the Épopée de Capelton, an old copper mine now offering unique underground tours. You can also enjoy the beautiful sights of the Magog River's shores. All in all, this circuit is ideal for riders wishing to enjoy the landscapes and attractions available at a leisurely pace.

Where to stop, along the way:

  • Saveurs et Gourmandises: A charming cafe that will fuel your break with delicious hand-made pastries.
  • Microbrasserie Siboire: Enjoy hand-crafted beer, made right before your eyes. After riding so many kilometres, you deserve it.
  • Café Pierre Jean Jase: Grab a bite at this neighbourhood restaurant which promotes local agriculture and producers.
  • La Table du Chef: Located in an old rectory, this restaurant serves unique and delicious dishes.

Trail description: Approximately half of the trail is paved (24 km). The remaining 27 km is not. Most of the ride enjoys good surface quality (32 km), while 18.5 km is adequate and 0.5 km is bad.

The Intermediate Path (55 km): Le Grand Tour of Lac Mégantic

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This second circuit is 55 km long and slightly harder than the first one. It offers beautiful mountain scenery and views over Lac Mégantic. The path is safe and easily accessible, with low to moderate traffic density.

> Download the Grand Tour of Lake Megantic bike path map

Amongst other things, you can visit two charming towns along the way. Firstly, stop by Piopolis, an attractive little town located on the west shore of Lac Mégantic. You will love its quaint shops, beach and breathtaking viewpoints. Secondly, the town of Lac-Mégantic overflows with natural, cultural and geographical resources. Surrounded by mountains and a lake, the town offers beautiful views from every angle.

Where to stop, along the way:

  • Complexe récréotouristique Baie-des-Sables: Want to take a break from pedalling? This resort offers a multitude of activity options.
  • Plage du Parc de l'O.T.J.: The municipal beach is located on the shores of Lac Mégantic. Stop by the beautiful beach for a quick cool down or a relaxing break.
  • Halte Frontenac: When at Halte Frontenac, climb to the top of the lookout. From there, you can enjoy panoramic views of Lac Mégantic.

Trail description: The trail is almost entirely paved (51.5 km), with only 3.5 km left unpaved. The vast majority of it (49 km) offers good surface quality. The remaining 6 km has adequate surface quality.

The Expert Path (96 km): Le Tour des Monts Sutton

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This third bike path is better suited to more advanced riders. Over 96 km long, the trail offers many stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

> Download the Sutton mountains bike path map

On your ride, you will cross two main villages: Sutton and Lac-Brome. Crisscrossed with panoramic roads, Sutton is located in the heart of the mountains and offers outdoor activities all year long. Lac-Brome, on the other hand, is located on the shores of its namesake lake and is known for its charm and picturesque vistas.

Where to stop, along the way:

  • Vignoble Chapelle St-Agnès: The vineyard, which specializes in local wine production, offers guided tours and product tastings.
  • Le Cafetier: The perfect spot for a quick break. Grab a coffee, a beer or a glass of wine. The choice is yours.
  • Bistro West Brome: The bistro's creative and inspired menu is the perfect backdrop for a mouth-watering end to your day.

Trail description: The trail's entire 96 km is paved. The surface quality is good over 49 km and adequate on the other 47 km.

Other circuits available

Looking for a few more kilometres to explore on your bike? The Eastern Townships boasts even more bike trails, ready to welcome you. Here are three additional circuits available in the region:

The Estriade trail and its network

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On this 56 km circuit, you will discover the Lac Boivin, the Parc National de la Yamaska and the city of Waterloo. Make a detour by Bromont's downtown core and visit beautiful heritage buildings which now house restaurants, shops and much more.

Follow the water from Memphrémagog to Massawippi

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This 79 km intermediate route, which stretches from Magog to the Canada-US border, is littered with stunning landscapes at every turn. Make sure you stop by Stanstead, a village-relais, and Bleu Lavande, Canada's largest lavender producer.

The Coaticook Valley

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Take a break in one of the many gourmet pitstops available along this 106.5 km loop, ideal for expert riders. On your way, you will come across the Laiterie de Coaticook, the Fromagerie La Station and the villages of Saint-Venant-de-Paquette and East Hereford. In other words, there are as many interesting sights on this trail as there are kilometres!

On your bikes!

The Eastern Townships boasts cycling options for every taste. Whether planning a quick weekend away or a long summer vacation, there is plenty to do to keep you busy! Many quality chalet accommodations are available for rent in the area. For more information, visit this page on our website.

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