As August fades into September and the heat wave warnings are replaced by forecasts calling for “sweater weather”, MS Bike is still going strong.
Today we’re highlighting the beautiful landscapes of the Lower Laurentians in Quebec and Hinton, Alberta, where MS Bike tours are happening soon. If you’re already registered for one of these tours, you’re in for some great surprises along each route, from Quebec’s infamous joie de vivre to a classic western Canadian BBQ.
LOWER LAURENTIANS, QC
Tour length: 70-150 km
August 29-30, 2015
This year, the Lower Laurentians MS Bike has more than 20 different itineraries available for riders to choose from. You can opt to cycle along flat or hilly roads, and enjoy the rural landscapes and wide open spaces that characterize the region.
Take it all in
During your ride, you’ll come by lots of roadside kiosks selling local fruit and vegetables. If that’s not charming enough, you’ll also enjoy the soothing effect of fields full of horses whizzing by. The region is known for being quite flat and is characterized by its wide open spaces and beautiful fall foliage. Pick up a basket of Quebec strawberries to keep you energized on your ride.
Experience Montreal’s infamous joie de vivre
If you’ve had your fill of pastoral scenery and peace and quiet, head into nearby Montreal where there is never a shortage of things to do: take in a play, check out one of the city’s many street festivals, reward yourself with a drink on a terrasse along the Main or check out the buskers in Old Montreal. The energy in the city is contagious, and it’s always l’amour fou.
Tour Length: 90 km
September 12-13, 2015
If the rustic charm of rural Quebec doesn’t appeal to your inner adrenaline junkie, the Hinton MS Bike might be more up your alley. The tour consists of two exhilarating days of biking in the Rocky Mountains followed by a finish line BBQ and drinks.
Under the Beaver Boardwalk
After a weekend of adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking, taking in some Hinton nature is a good way to unwind. Bring the kids and explore the three-kilometre wooden pathway that winds its way through wetlands and a living, active beaver pond. There’s a chance you’ll spot any number of amphibians, birds, night owls and waterfowl while on your walk, not to mention the Canadian national emblem itself, beavers!
Go for a dip
Day one of the ride finishes at Kelley’s Bathtub, where you can take in the surrounding Rocky Mountains, cool off from your day of riding and enjoy one last swim before the official end of summer.