Tour Vert is an annual bike ride starting in Montréal, Québec and traveling to Québec City.
Part of Cycle Canada's "Discover Your Routes" series of events, these tours are affordable, one week cycling vacations in Canada.
Discover Canada at a human scale, by bicycle. You can contact us at: Cycle Canada
Tour Vert is a one week supported bicycle tour where cyclists ride from Montréal to Québec City.
On our tour we'll have a chance to explore two of Canada's most popular cities Montréal and Québec City and explore the Eastern Township region of the province of Québec.
From downtown Montréal we cross the St. Lawrence River Shore and soon are on a dedicated bike route through the suburban sprawl on the South Shore. At the trendy village of Chambly we reach the Richelieu River and follow the river towards its source at Lake Champlain.
Then we head into the heart of les Cantons-de-l'Est, the Eastern Townships district that has long been a vacation destination for Montrealers. This is an area of many villages and we ride through places like Sutton and Knowlton with lovely summer homes. For a while our route follows the shores of Lake Mephremagog, a name from the Algonquian language meaning "very big expanse of water."
From the village of Magog we follow the Magog River to Sherbrooke. Now we are heading north into a long-established farm district towards Plessisville, which calls itself the maple capital of the world. Québec is justly famous for its maple syrup and that nectar is exported around the world from this region.
The shortest day of the trip is from Plessiville to Québec City, giving riders the opportunity to arrive early in the afternoon and spend extra time enjoying the charms of that most European city in North America.
There is a return option from Québec City to Montréal, including your bike or participants can stay on and return to Montréal by bus or train.
Accommodation on the Tour Vert is indoors with double occupancy. We stay at hotels, motels and inns. There is an optional single supplement or we will try to match you up with a rider of the same gender.
Breakfasts are provided by local hosts or in local restaurants and one dinner. We'll make suggestions for dinnner at other locations near where you stay.
We are pleased to announce our dates and fees for 2013.
Fees are per person in Canadian funds
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees. A discount on this tax applicable to non-residents of Canada.
We recommend you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance. Please read our policy statement for Cycle Canada events: Policies
You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.
Travelling light is a good plan
Cycle Canada has no official limit on transporting your daily luggage. Our staff will assist where possible with delivery of luggage to your overnight room. In the mornings we ask that participants bring their bags to the lobby or support vehicle. So, keep in mind that you may need to carry your bag at times and they are loaded into a limited space in our support vehicle.
One area where we do have constraints is taking hard shell bike cases. Some soft shelled bike cases may not present a problem. We generally can transport Bike Friday Cases. If you need to bring a bike case please let us know, we'll assist with advice so you can make arrangements.
If you have special logistical issues, such as travelling from overseas, please let us know. We'll do what we can to help.
Most participants on our rides bring their own bikes. But travelling with bikes can be complicated. Please let us know if you wish to rent a bike and we will provide suggestions on rental companies.
Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.
We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.
We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.
Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.
Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.
Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.
It's in Canada and a great day to go for a bike ride!