Cycling through Southern Québec !
From the southern shores of the St. Lawrence River to the American border, Southern Québec is renowned for its charming landscape and gourmet food. Comprised of the Eastern Twonships, Centre-du-Québec, and Montérégie regions, Southern Québec is a destination that is easy to explore by bike.
Upon leaving the Longueuil metro station, you’ll embark on a journey through the Montérégie region’s scenic countryside. You’ll gradually leave behind the urban landscape and see major historic sites from Fort Chambly to the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Then you’ll travel through beautiful farmlands and pass through the town of Farnham, which is a great place for cyclists to make a stop.
Welcome to the Eastern Townships. Between the lakes and mountains, explore the shores of Lake Memphrémagog and spectacular forests. This day will challenge your calves, as you will be climbing slopes in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains.
Explore villages and discover the flavours of various Créateurs de saveurs. Make the most of your day and visit Coeurs villageois. Stop by the Cafés de village to enjoy local products from Créateurs de saveurs. Round off your day with a delicious meal in Sherbrooke’s urban setting.
Stock up on local products at Sherbrooke’s Marché de la Gare. The former railway line has been converted into a bike path that will take you to Victoriaville, arriving by end of day. The Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs offers many stops along the way where you can observe nature and have a picnic.
Day 5 – Rest day in Victoriaville
Give your calves a break and enjoy Victoriaville’s architectural heritage. Savour local dishes, such as the famous poutine, and discover local artists. Feel like stretching your legs? Visit the Vélogare for information on loop routes around Victoriaville.
Leave the Appalachian Mountains and enjoy a gentle ride into farmlands. Safe country roads will lead you to the St. Lawrence River.
Cycling along the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the Lac-Saint-Pierre Biosphere Reserve on la Route des Navigateurs, and admire fields as far as the eye can see before making a stop to immerse yourself in Abenaki culture.
Between the St. Lawrence River and Route 132, the Riveraine cycling trail passes several parks and features spectacular views of the city of Montreal.