Saturday's Gazette - 2 good quebec bike tourism articles
Tomifobia Nature Trail in the heart of the eastern townships
Saturday's Gazoo has two good articles on Quebec cycling tourism.
The first one is a week long tour via Route Verte(s) from Montreal to Quebec City along the St-Laurence, and then back to Montreal via the Eastern Townships.
Author David Yates and a group of guys hit the road, and in a wise move strategy-wise, had a support van to carry the luggage. Trip members rotated the driving, and as a result the bike riding was unencumbered by heavy panniers. The group stayed at b&b/hotels/motels along the way, many of then part of the "Bonjour Cyclists" accreditation, which ensures that cyclists special needs are catered to, like a secure place to store bikes at night, and hearty breakfast to fuel the legs for long days of riding. We've said it before and we'll say it again, successful riding is about eating enough food to keep the leg muscles going all day long. (and chamois cream, don't forget the chamois cream!).
The second article is in the travel section and explores the Tomifobia Nature Trail which is between Ayers Cliff and Stanstead in the Eastern Townships.
This trail really takes you away from civilization and keeps you immersed in nature along the scenic and winding Tomifobia river. We really like this trail for it's away-from-it-the-modern-world character. The article didn't mention it, but if you look closely, you will see a memorial marker to a train wreck that occurred in the trail's previous life as a rail line. Note that this is not a paved trail, so tiny racing tires are not the best choice here. We think the Tomifobia is one of Quebec's best beginner/intermediate cycling adventures.
So, you now have some inspiration for a multi-day Route Verte bicycle trip for your summer vacation, and a nice day-ride adventure on the Tomifobia Nature Trail if a one-day exploration is more your style.
The maps in this post identify the approximate location of the Tomifobia Nature trail. For a much better map, go here to the official website.
Ayers Cliff, 1 hr 40 minute drive from Montreal