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Montreal Bike Tour

Burlington, Vermont to Montreal, Québec

Tour Overview

An International Weekend Ride

This one-of-a-kind Montreal bike tour runs from beautiful Burlington, Vermont to Montreal , Québec and includes a festive culminating ride in the famed Tour de L’Île – a recreational ride through Montreal on streets that are closed to traffic specifically for this event. The trip follows the Island Line Trail north from Burlington to the Lake Champlain Islands. This former rail line is a (mostly) paved trail that follows the Lake Champlain shoreline north to a bike ferry that carries cyclists across a narrow gap in the trail to the Islands. An opening reception and dinner overlooking Lake Champlain kicks off the fun at the conclusion of the first day’s ride.

En route to Montreal, rural roads, bike paths, and a choice of route options typify each day of cycling. Lodging ranges from lakeside inns in Vermont’s Lake Champlain Islands, to a full-service hotel in Montréal. You will also enjoy the opportunity to meet the delightfully energetic and personable Madame Boutin – the major promoter of cycling in the region just north of Lake Champlain and the owner of a hotel where the group will stay. The Montreal bike tour is designed and operated by Sojourn and serves as an important fundraising event for Local Motion, Vermont’s foremost bicycling and pedestrian organization.

A percentage of proceeds from the trip will be donated to this non-profit organization devoted to developing Vermont’s regional trails, fostering cycling and walking friendly communities, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

What's Included In This Tour

  • Computer-equipped road or hybrid bike, helmet, map case, water bottle. Bring clipless pedals, seat, or helmet for custom fit.
  • A commemorative jersey will be provided to all participants.
  • A group of experienced tour leaders will guide the trip from start to finish. The ratio of tour leaders to participants will be approximately 1:10.
  • A selection of snacks and refreshments are supplied throughout all rides.
  • Rides supported by Sojourn vans as well as tour leaders on bicycles.
  • Detailed route directions, maps, and a daily briefing are provided.
What's Included in this Tour?

Tour Itinerary

Day By Day Tour Overview.

  • Day

    Ride north out of Burlington on the Island Line Trail. This former rail trail enables cyclists to ride along the shore of Lake Champlain Islands then cross via bike ferry to the Lake Champlain Islands. Enjoy a visit to Vermont’s first vineyard and winery for a picnic lunch hosted by your tour leaders. Enjoy a swim in the lake or visit the tiny village of North Hero and its eclectic general store. This evening, the group will gather at the inn for a welcome reception and dinner overlooking the lake.

  • Day

    Enjoy a beautiful ride along the lakeshore of the Champlain Islands before crossing the border into Canada. The Richelieu River, which flows north out of Lake Champlain on its way to rendezvous with the St-Lawrence, is never far from your route to St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Stop at French bistro for lunch St. Paul de L’Île Aux Noix. The nearby fort was alternately occupied by the British, French and Americans during the French and Indian War, and the War of 1812. Take a dip in the pool or a walk the path along the Chambly Canal National Historic Site into town for dinner at one of many restaurants or bistros.

  • Day

    Today's ride follows the Path du Canal-de-Chambly along an intricate series of locks to the charming village of Chambly and location of the historically important Fort Chambly. Continue west to Montreal where an early afternoon arrival provides the opportunity to explore the city from your conveniently located hotel.

  • Day

    This morning join your fellow tour participants and 15,000 others for the Tour de L’Île. This annual ride is a festive event that follows routes through the Montreal on streets closed to vehicular traffic for this event. The route is often lined with bystanders who cheer for cyclists young and old, slow and fast, those dressed in costume and those who are not. There are rest stops along the route and a carnival-like atmosphere in a city park at the end of the ride. Following the ride, the group will be transported back to Burlington, Vermont.

Want to Learn More?

Download the Tour Itinerary for a detailed day by day description.

Download Montreal Bike Tour Itinerary (PDF)
There was so much to do, even aside from cycling, and I enjoyed it all. I was in constant awe of the scenery. Also LOVED the group and the guides, and felt as comfortable with them as any group of friends or family I enjoy spending time with.

Beverly - Dallas, TX

Lodging Information

Distinctive lodging, carefully selected to complement your tour.

  • Hotel Vermont lodging on Sojourn's Montreal bike tour

    Hotel Vermont

    Located in downtown Burlington near the shores of Lake Champlain, this boutique hotel also features a popular bar and restaurant.

    Lodging Website
  • Shore Acres lodging on Sojourn's Montreal bike tour

    Shore Acres

    Nestled in a quiet setting overlooking Lake Champlain, this lovely property features its own dock, tennis courts, and restaurant.

    Lodging Website
  • Auberge Harris lodging on Sojourn's Montreal bike tour

    Auberge Harris

    This spacious property along the Chambly Canal is owned and operated by the region's most spirited cycling advocate and is a short walk to restaurants in town.

    Lodging Website
  • Gouverneur Place Dupuis Montréal lodging on Sojourn's Montreal bike tour

    Gouverneur Place Dupuis Montréal

    Conveniently located to both the start and finish of the Tour de L'Ile, this full-service hotel is an easy walk to restaurants and shops.

    Lodging Website

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