The Perfect Motorcycle Itinerary in the Eastern Townships
Motorcycles are an especially interesting means of transportation for a tourist outing in the Eastern Townships. For motorcyclists who are coming to the area for the first time, we asked Annie, a colleague of ours, who goes on a lot of motorcycle trips with her husband to describe her favourite itinerary in the region.
This tour gives you a condensed look at some of the best of what our region has to offer: picturesque landscapes, friendly villages, vineyards as well as gourmet stops.
Therefore, here are the details of her outing:
The Sutton-Frelighsburg-Saint-Armand-Dunham Loop
Distance: 116 km
Departure: Tim Hortons, at the corner of Routes 202 and 139 (according to Annie this is where motorcyclists usually meet in the area)
Admiring the Mountain Views
At the Tim Hortons intersection, turn left and take Route 139 South towards the Cœur villageois of Sutton. The view of the Mount Sutton massif is magnificent.
After crossing the town of Sutton, continue on route 139 south, towards Abercorn. Take des Églises Ouest Street on the right for 4.7 km. You’ll enjoy some great views of Vermont’s Green Mountain range (including the summit of Jay Peak), and Mount Pinacle.
When you come to the stop sign, turn left on Chemin des Érables and then, at the next stop, turn right on Chemin Richford. Don’t hesitate to make a stop at the Domaine Pinnacle or at the Clos Saragnat vineyard!
When you come to Route 237 North, turn right towards Frelighsburg and then turn right again. You’ll arrive in the heart of the village of Frelighsburg, considered as one of the most beautiful towns in Quebec. You’ll ride by Les Sucreries de l’Érable, a certified Café de village famous for its maple syrup pie!
Towards Missisquoi Bay
Continue your way east, on Chemin Saint-Armand, a magnificent meandering and hilly country road. Towards the end of summer, you’ll discover a field of sunflowers in full bloom, a true ray of sunshine!
Over the next 20 kilometres you’ll ride through the hamlet of Pigeon Hill, the town of Saint-Armand, and finally arrive in the village of Philipsburg. When you come to the stop sign for route 133, cross the road and take Montgomery Avenue, then turn right on Champlain Avenue. As you ride along Lake Champlain, you’ll find some benches where you can pause and admire the Zen-inspiring lake.
Next, the Route des vins Brome-Missisquoi
Continue on Champlain Avenue and take Route 133 to the left to Pike River. You’ll ride about 7.1 km, then turn right on Route 202 East towards the town of Bedford (Annie strongly suggests you take a small detour to discover the Fromagerie Missiska).
Continue on Route 202 in the direction of Dunham. You’ll arrive in the Dunham Valley, the birthplace of Quebec viticulture. Annie recommends you stop at the Vignoble de l’Orpailleur and visit their Vine and Wine Économusée, or at the Vignoble Gagliano, where you’ll find some picnic tables. If you have some time, you could also stop at the Domaine des Côtes d’Ardoise vineyard and admire the “Nature et Création” exhibit which gathers about a hundred sculptures in their outdoor gallery.
Because riding can really build an appetite, continue on Route 202 East, towards the picturesque village of Dunham and stop at the Relais de la Diligence for a bite to eat as you sit on the Brasserie Dunham’s terrace. If you need to stretch your legs, a few steps away from the brewery you’ll find some boutiques, an artisanal bakery and the Vignoble Clos Ste-Croix.
Once you’ve completed your tour, head back out on Route 202 East to return to Cowansville.
Have a great outing!