six chateauguay valley circuits
La Presse has an excellent local tourism/travel feature on Bike riding around the Chateauguay Valley southwest of Montreal (across the Mercier bridge and along the Rt 138, or West on Aut 20 and then go south of Valleyfield on the Rt 201).
Read it all here.
Here's our blog post from last summer when this travel feature first appeared. (our advice: go read the la presse article, then pack the car and get going)
La Presse newspaper (Montreal's best) has a big feature today on cycling in the "bucolic" Chateauguay valley.
This is one of our favorite places. As well, our families cut down the trees and were the first settlers there. Times have changed... but the region is still quiet and beautiful, and an excellent destination for cycling.
The article and photos copied some of Cycle Fun Montreal's favorite rides anywhere, notably the riding along the Chateauguay river from Ormstown to Huntingdon and then to the covered bridge at Powerscourt, and the famous Dewittville side road, between Dewittville and Rockburn.
Besides cycling, the feature contained articles on some of the other valley attractions, These included the Battle of Chateauguay museum - a battle where we kicked the Yanks back to their country after they attempted an invasion to take Montreal in the war of 1812. This article also has many additional suggestions for activities. Man cannot live by cycling alone. Active links too!
So, take the time this year (heck, this weekend!) to visit this beautiful and quiet and perfect place for cycling rides, long or short.
For more information, visit the Tourism Suroit website. The Suroit is the western Monteregie, of which the chateauguay valley is a part of (the best part!)
Click here for a Bikely map of our favorite ride in the entire area.
Travel note: the IGA shopping centre in Ormstown (first stop light at intersection of Rt 138 and 201) has a tourism info inside the mall and a map kiosk outside. Many cyclists park here for their ride. Also, Downtown Ormstown has some construction but should be fine in a few weeks.