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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in downtown Burlington near the shores of Lake Champlain, this boutique hotel also features a popular bar and restaurant.Lodging Website
Nestled in a quiet setting overlooking Lake Champlain, this lovely property features its own dock, tennis courts, and restaurant.Lodging Website
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
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
Reserve one of our regularly scheduled trip dates for your private group and qualify for reduced pricing. The larger your group, the lower the per person price. Gather your friends and we’ll do the rest to provide your group with a truly personalized and memorable vacation. Smaller groups can join published trips and receive reduced pricing on trips that aren’t reserved as private trip dates.
For groups of 16-18 people traveling together on a published tour date, a 10% discount on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 12-15 people traveling together on a published tour date, a discount of 8% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
For groups of 8-11 people traveling together on a published date, a discount of 6% on the double occupancy trip price will apply.
Group discounts may not be combined with other offers.