Top 5 Mountain Biking Destinations
With the arrival of warmer weather comes the urge to get out of town, hop on your mountain bike and start working those calves!
To satisfy that itch in your legs, here are our top picks for where you can enjoy mountain biking trails within 3 hours’ drive of Montréal.
Our favorite mountain bike trails are:
No 1 – Bromont
The Bromont region is probably Quebec’s mountain biking paradise. The area offers a number of trails for everyone’s taste and represents the perfect destination for any cyclist, whether you’re a beginner or an expert.
The site’s charm and success are largely attributable to Les Amis des sentiers de Bromont, a non-profit organization that, in partnership with the municipality of Bromont, develops and manages three trail networks:
- réseau du mont Oak;
- réseau du lac Gale;
- réseau de la Montagne .
Trails not to be overlooked include Fruit-Loop, Phooz in the Sintra area on the slopes of Mount Oak, which have already hosted regional competitions.
For more information or to view the trail maps, visit the website (in French) of the Amis des sentiers de Bromont.
No 2 – Oka
The Abbaye d’Oka trails are another ideal destination for all mountain bikers, regardless of their skill level. Created and maintained by volunteers, the quality of these trails has been raised a notch in recent years. The site’s reputation continues to grow and has garnered rave reviews.
Located in an unbeatable setting, the Abbaye d’Oka trails offer mount bike enthusiasts almost 40 kilometres of trails. Must-ride trails include Tomahawk, Jugement Dernier, G2 and Feng Shui.
While you’re there, why not take advantage of the opportunity to sample delicious regional products?
No 3 – East Hereford
Geared more toward a clientele of intermediate or advanced mountain bike enthusiasts, the Circuits Frontières trail network is located in the municipality of East Hereford in the Eastern Townships, 30 minutes by car east of Coaticook.
Just a stone’s throw from the Vermont and New Hampshire borders, the network features fast trails and banked turns in the heart of the Hereford forest. The landscapes of the region are breathtaking and are bound to make you forget about your day job!
Once on site, we invite you to test your skills on the Bobine and Ficelle trails, as well as the very last one, Rembobine, which features a steep climb before joining up with its sister trail Bobine.
For further information, visit the Circuits Frontières trail network website.
No 4 – Stowe, Vermont
About 2.5 hours by car from Montréal, the village of Stowe, Vermont offers mountain bike trails for all levels. Don’t forget your legs, however: there are a couple of good hills to climb.
We recommend embarking on your adventure in the Trapp Family Lodge area. You can take a break at the Edelweiss Mountain Deli, a gourmet shop and delicatessen where you can enjoy a fresh sandwich prepared right in front of you. Once you’ve refuelled, you can continue your ride in the Cady Hill Forest sector.
In addition to the Trapp Family trails, don’t miss Florence and Bear’s trails in the Cady Hill sector.
No 5 – Burke, Vermont
Another Vermont destination is the village of Burke, which is also a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Montréal, but somewhat farther east than Stowe. Known for its stunning landscapes, the region is an unforgettable playground for mountain bike lovers.
Managed by the Kingdom Trails organization, the trails are suitable for all levels, from beginner to expert. Sidewinder, Tap n’ Die and Old Web are a few of the highest-rated trails.
To learn more about the trails of the region, visit the Kingdom Trails website.
Mountain biking is a sport that requires a certain level of performance. However, there are trails adapted to all levels and the activity itself makes for an escape like no other. What’s more, it’s also a great opportunity to discover little-known places.
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