Offered in partnership with Ravito Bed & Bike, Ekilib joins forces with the best local partners to offer you an exceptional experience. A tour designed by cyclists for cyclists.
The Eastern Townships are full of gravel roads that give you access to quiet areas for cycling, hilly roads to discover along fields of crops, forests, and lakes. It offers you the know-how of local producers: vineyards, orchards, microbreweries, fruits and vegetables, tasty and healthy local products.
A different way to travel by bike!
Also available in a shorter program.
Route description: ride mainly on gravel roads, except for some small paved sections used to access the towns and villages. Nearly traffic-free roads to better enjoy nature.
The first few kilometres of this route are on a well-maintained asphalt road. A covered bridge can be seen starting out. You then ride along the US border on gravel roads... very little elevation-change in this section. You can leave the gravel road for a few kilometres and go to the town of Stanbridge East for a short break, if you feel like it. A few kilometres further on you pass the Orpailleur and Gagliano vineyards. Two other vineyards are located near the Orpailleur. Take the opportunity to taste the local wines or bring a bottle back with you as an aperitif. After the vineyards, you will encounter a series of hills. To recharge your batteries, you can take a short lunch break in Frelighsburg. Leave by the Garagona road, a magnificent gravel road that leads you to Dunham, where among other things, the beer is delicious!
Night in Dunham
Route: 59 km, altitude gain + 400 m.
Today has more hills. Leave Dunham following a beautiful tree line...albeit paved! Once back on gravel, you ride quietly on these country roads for several kilometres. You pass by the town of West Brome and Brome to finally arrive at Mount Echo before cycling down to Sutton. Although this is a pretty tough ride, you can enjoy many beautiful views on this very quiet tour. If you wish, there is an optional shortcut at the end.
Night in Sutton.
Route: 55 km, altitude gain + 667 m.
Leaving Sutton, you set out on a road that has quite a long gradual climb, not too steep. The shade of the forest offers good protection from the sun. You’re heading towards the town of Knowlton and a break for refreshments is possible. A section of asphalt awaits you before and after Knowlton. Upon reaching the top of Mount Glen, you’re back on gravel for the descent towards Bolton Centre and then to South Bolton. Time to refuel before hitting the final stretch of gravel roads and hills.
Night in Mansonville.
Route: 53 km, altitude gain + 668 m.
Leaving Mansonville, you end up on quiet gravel roads. You begin a long, gradual climb to Owl's Head. If you need supplies, the Jewett General Store is a nice place to stop. The next part of the route takes you up the mountain on a gravel road with a few steep climbs. You will come onto as asphalted section to reach Austin. If you feel like it, make a small detour to the Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey. The remainder of the route is along very quiet and beautiful asphalt roads, which are equal to and once were gravel back roads.
Night in Magog
Route: 51 km, altitude gain + 769 m.
A day filled with beautiful, rolling, relatively hilly country roads. The alternating fields of crops and forest take you through the surroundings of Lake Massawippi. Towards the middle of the route, the circuit follows the Tomifobia bike path for a few kilometres before arriving in Ayers Cliff for a break. A good climb is needed to leave the village on Benoit road, the steeper portion beginning once you reach the pavement. You finish the day riding the bike path that brings you back to Magog.
Second night in Magog.
Active route: 57 km, altitude gain + 520 m.
You leave Magog using Chemin des Pères. After five to six kilometres, the tranquil atmosphere of the gravel roads is back. At kilometre 14, take on your first challenge of the day, the 2.5 kilometre climb up Taylor Road. Afterwards, gradually descend towards the town of Bolton Centre (possible break to refill water bottles). Take Baker Pond road to leave town, your 2nd challenge of the day... this road that is mainly in the forest leads towards Mont Glen. Once at the top, you’re back on asphalt enabling you to go faster for a few kilometres. Take the opportunity to admire the scenery! You arrive in Knowlton where there are several places to grab a bite to eat. Once back in the saddle, take the Centre Road and Iron Hill Road to Bromont.
Night in Bromont
Route: 58 km, altitude gain + 698 m.
Take Bromont Boulevard followed by Iron Hill Road to start your day, leaving town on a gentle slope, one of the last of the trip. Don't be surprised to see a couple of chickens as you turn onto Howard Road in the little hamlet of Iron Hill. This first section of dirt road, which stretches for about 15 kilometres, is very quiet and pleasant to ride. A little past kilometre 20, you enter the village of East Farnham, which is an opportunity for a break. A few kilometres further on, the town of Brigham is another opportunity for a short break. Once south of Route 104, you are back on the dirt roads before entering the town of Standbrige East... almost there. You are back at the Vignoble de l'Ardennais after seven days of cycling. Why not celebrate your efforts by enjoying the site: visit the vineyard and stop by the shop to pick up your victory bottle of wine (not included)!
Active route: 51 km, altitude gain + 351 m.
|Prochains départs||Durée||Prix avec aérien||Prix hors aérien||Supplément personne seule||Statut du départ||Guide|
|Du 3 avril au 16 octobre 2022||7 jours||N/A||$1,195 / personne||+ 1,695 $||Ouvert||N/A|
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