Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Quebec Bike Tours
Worlds both old and new meet in Québec. From cosmopolitan Montréal to history-rich Québec City (by way of the Eastern Townships, a Loyalist enclave of beautiful woodland biking), you’ll sample Canada’s most European of provinces through its cheeses, wines, sparkling lakes and charming city streets. Its roads wind past old ancestral homes, covered bridges, historic churches and chapels. Rural antique shops abound, full of charming trinkets from the past and crafts by local artisans. Join us and learn why this pocket of North America is so special—a place where hockey, maple syrup, food and politics are religion (though not necessarily in that order).
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
6 Days / 5 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Enjoy the highlights of Montréal with our very own local guide visiting the Mile End, Outremont and Plateau neighborhoods, and tasting the world’s best bagels on St-Viateur street and the exquisite chocolates of Geneviève Grandbois. Later, ride along the famous Lachine Canal bike path and tour of the Old Port district.
Depart Montréal and drive to Bromont, a village reminiscent of New England with its quaint shops and Loyalist architecture. Bike beside Lac Brome towards Knowlton and enjoy lunch at the café of your choosing in the beautiful town of Sutton before riding south through the Missisquoi River Valley.
Bike to the south end of Lake Massawippi, first stopping in Compton, then farther down the lake to the village of Hatley boasting Victorian houses and artisan shops, while the tiny village of Massawippi is little more than a pretty wooden frame church and community centre dating back to the 1870s.
Drive to the peaceful hamlet of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, famous for its beautifully preserved town church and (who knew?) its gouda! Ride along the bucolic Chemin de la Fraicheur, where you’ll witness Québec’s agritourism first-hand. Later, walk through the historic Place Royale and the cobblestone streets of Le Petit Champlain.
Take a short drive to the historic Île d’Orléans, an island offering excellent flat riding with the chance to visit historic homesteads and gardens. Stop along your ride at artisan shops and former shipyards in the villages of Ste-Pétronille, St-Jean and St-Laurent-d’Orléans.
Take your time to enjoy one last stroll this morning along the bustling streets of Le Petit Champlain before heading off for your trip home. Anyone with extra time to spend in the area might also consider continuing up the St. Lawrence River for the spectacular whale-watching at the mouth of the Saguenay Fjord.
Hotel le St. James, Montréal
This 5-star luxury property is housed in a converted historic Merchant’s Bank dating from 1870, amidst the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. Renowned for its professional service and avant-garde style, this hotel has become the benchmark of hospitality in Canada. With impeccably detailed guest accommodations, each room and suite possesses its own character and personal charm. View hotel website »
Hovey Manor, North Hatley
This elegant property was once a private summer residence before being converted to a luxurious hotel just after the American Civil War. Privately tucked away at the northern end of Lake Massawippi and only mere minutes from the art galleries, antique shops and quaint cafés of North Hatley, the Hovey Manor has just achieved the prestigious Relais & Châteaux status. View hotel website »
Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City
One of Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Best Hotels, and Condé Nast Traveler’s “Canada’s Best,” this 94-room hotel, built along the historically significant St. Lawrence River, doubles as an archaeological museum, with artifacts thoughtfully incorporated into its design. In the heart of Québec City’s Old Port, we’ll enjoy rooms that meld Quebec traditions with modern amenities. View hotel website »
Daily riding distances range from 24-64 km (15- 40 mi.), with options for shorter and longer rides on all days. The riding is predominantly flat in and around Montréal and Québec City, with hilly sections in between.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip, we’ll use well-tuned, high-quality, local bikes that provide a good fit to your size and weight.
- All hotel accommodation
- Van support and local guide for 5 days
- Tours of Montreal and Quebec City
- All breakfasts & 2 picnic lunches and 2 dinners
- Use of a bicycle and helmet
- Detailed maps, route suggestions
- Private tours & tastings
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.Learn more about our guides »
“Our Guide, Jean Louis Doss was amazing. He really made the trip for us. We can’t wait to start planning our next B&R trip and have already told many friends about our experience, our guide and Butterfield.”
— Felicia Perlman,
Bespoke Independent Quebec Biking 2013
Quebec Biking Private
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