Spring Suroit ride
Bike utopia in the Chateauguay Valley
One hour from downtown montreal. Google says 54 minutes, but we drive mellow.
Spring rides should be short rides, so the drive to the ride's starting point should not be too long. And there should be good scenery. And good roads.
So where are you going to go?
Once again we recommend the Ormstown/Chateauguay valley area southwest of Montreal. Rides can be as short or as long as you like, and the scenery is always good. And it's only 65 km from Montreal.
We rode this ride recently, and we were reminded that we like it a lot. We had to return because of time constraints, but we recommend that you ride the section Athelstan-Powerscourt to the covered bridge. The covered bridge is a great lunch or rest stop destination. You can pick up some food in Athelstan at the dep and restaurant.
We rode back along the Chateauguay river through Huntingdon and Dewittville. Here we saw many migrating geese. A flock of 1000 snow geese taking off was particularly impressive.
As always, try to avoid the busy numbered highways Rt 138 and 201.
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This map is the driving directions to Ormstown from central Montreal. Pont Mercier, and stay on the Rt 138 until Ormstown, turn right at the stop sign and park in the IGA near the Pharmacie (outside map), go inside the mall for a tourist info kiosk: here are some brochures with excellent maps for cycling. Washrooms and coffee are here too. (sorry, no bike shop... yet)