City Cycle


Jul 4, 2008
Outside Magazine
City Biking in Quebec

Ride through bike-friendly Quebec    Photo: Corbis

You could spend all summer prowling the Canadian wilderness, but you'd still need a little culture. Good thing there's Quebec, the closest you can get to Europe without leaving the continent. This summer, cycling pioneer Butterfield & Robinson launches a six-day spin from Montreal to Quebec City ($5,500, July 13–18 and September 7–12; After pedaling the Latin Quarter and Mount Royal—Montreal's hippest districts, home to boho cafes and wine bars—you'll hit the rolling, farmy Eastern Townships. The scenery may be more New England than New France, but the cuisine is straight out of Provence. "There are artisanal cheesemakers, vineyards, and orchards everywhere," says Stephanie Thompson, a Montreal resident who scouted the trip for B&R. Feast on raw-milk cheeses and local wild mushrooms at the Hovey Manor, a swank outpost on the shores of Lake Massawippi. From there, head west along the St. Lawrence River to the outskirts of Quebec City, just in time for the capital's 400th anniversary. After a ferry deposits you in the cobblestoned old port, you'll want to indulge in the city's summerlong birthday bash. But don't go too crazy: The next and final day, you'll ride a taxing 60K circuit past former shipyards on the Île d'Orleans.

Filed To: Road Biking, Quebec