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EASTERN TOWNSHIPS, QUEBEC

Bicycling: Day Trips To Paradise

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Program #2760RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Karen from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
Wonderful scenery, quiet roads, great pastry, awesome food at the lodge and totally committed leaders. It couldn't get any better!

Evelyn from Winnipeg, MB Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
I had always wanted to bike in the St Lawrence River and Vermont area. Doing this bike trip gave me the opportunity to see the great fall leaves, drive across covered bridges, sample French/English Quebec and Canadian culture, and meet many wonderful Americans from all across the country. The biking was suited to my ability coming from a flat land terrain and having no experience with hills. The trip was adjusted so I could do it and learn to bike and gain confidence in a variety of different conditions. This was just what I wanted and thank you to the group that made this possible. A great learning experience! Evelyn from Winnipeg Canada.

Susan from Newark, OH Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
The bicycling routes were beautiful and the roads in very good shape. Vermont motorists are very tolerant and polite to cyclists, which we are not used to in our home town. The week in Glen Sutton was a lot of fun.

Suzanne from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this program. We had a different ride each day which combined both gentle rolling terrain,a few challenging climbs, and some exciting downhills. Stephen and Joy were welcoming hosts who entertained us with fine dining in their home. I have lactose and gluten issues which were seamlessly accommodated with no loss of meal quality. The staff members were pleasant and helpful. The evening programs were interesting and varied. We both would give this program 5 stars.

Jane from Bristol, NH Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
A great biking experience with great Host and Hostess and a nice variety of people. The Schoolhouse was very interesting and the cool pool with the resident frog great after the rides. Of course that part of the country is beautiful with the mountains and farms and woods.

Maryellen from Chesapeake, VA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
We just returned from a fabulous Road Scholar bike trip in Quebec. The biking was as challenging as we wanted and there was a level for everyone. The scenery was spectacular. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was excellent!! The lectures were informative and interesting and the concert was awesome! The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this trip.

Sue from Massapequa, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 08/24/14 - 08/29/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip but won't be my last. Stephen and Joy were perfect hosts, and every detail was thought of. They made everyone feel welcome. The staff was friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. Dietary restrictions were considered at every meal. The biking was awesome and different routes were available for cyclists of all levels. The people I met were very interesting and so nice and friendly. I look forward to planning another trip!

Kathryn from Carmichael, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
First time on this trip and would highly recommend it. The scenery was beautiful, food was yummy and the hosts and all staff were friendly and accommodating. Everything was taken care off -great way to be active and relaxation. Want to come back.

Sheila from Marblehead, MA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/20/14 - 07/25/14
This is the third time I have been on this trip. I would highly recommend it. Each time it gets better, excepts for the leaders who have remained superior. Stephen and Joy's ability to lead and encourage the group to get acquainted is a gift not all leaders have. I hope to return a few more times before I retire my bike1!

Rhonda from Bellaire, TX Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
Just finished the Day Trips to Paradise....on the positive, the food was good, fresh, beautiful scenery, and interesting daily events and other participants. On the negative, beware of the leased accommodations that are not in walking distance at night from the main lodge...they are substandard as compared to the main building...ask to be housed in the main lodge or the outer building in the back of the main lodge but not the leased building. Bicycle safety was inadequate for new or inexperienced bikers.

Road Scholar's response:
The Outdoor Lodge and program staff have received nothing but stellar reviews and comments from past participants. The site operator's have continued to do an outstanding job for many years and he does a fantastic job with it
Bruce from Lambertville, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 06/22/14 - 06/27/14
My husband and I just completed the five-day biking program "Biking Day Trips to Paradise" in Eastern Townships, Quebec. We had a thoroughly delightful time. The participants were fun to share the week with, the bicycle trips were challenging, varied, and scenic, and staff took great care with the transportation and informational materials. The accommodations were fine and the food was excellent (they prepared vegetarian meals for us that were delicious). We loved the bike trips and were only sorry that one day was rained out. I would recommend this to any serious biker without hesitation.

Doris from London, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 05/25/14 - 05/30/14
What an excellent week of cycling!
All but one of us took advantage of the bike rental option. While some brought their own bike helmets, the rest of us used those provided. Although some bike bags are available, if you have a small one that fits on the rear carrier, it may be helpful to bring it along.
We were a small group so we tended to ride together for most of the time. Joy and Stephen accompanied us, one on a bike and the other driving the van. The van was always close by in case we needed help – we didn’t, but it was comforting to know it was there.
We cycled through the Eastern Townships around Glen Sutton as well as in Vermont. The routes were carefully planned, allowing us to zoom down the hills of quiet well-paved roads, gaining momentum to carry us at least part way along the ensuing up-slopes. We did indeed use all of our gears! Included in our excursions were small villages, rural general stores and unique museums. We saw covered bridges and even visited the new Louis Garneau store.
Joy and Stephen were outstanding hosts (10+), providing us with excellent accommodations and gourmet meals. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. Ginette’s evening musical concert near the end of the week was also a memorable highlight.

Gavin from Waterville, OH Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
This is a great program. Stephen and Joy are excellent hosts and provide superior food and ambiance. The rides were well planned out and their support along the way was great. As someone who rides a lot it was still fun and people rode road bikes and hybrids and everyone had fun within their ability. If you are interested you should plan on riding from 25-35 miles a day and the routes are well mapped and they provide SAG and mechanical help along the way. It is everyone riding at their own pace which is fun. Some ride fast and others do not but everyone had fun. It is a good work out so get ready by riding up and down some hills.......rolling hills was the best description. The country is beautiful and this is one of the best programs we have been on. Gavin and Kathy from Ohio.

Zelda from Strasburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
It was our 5th Re-Union and Bike Trip, friends of 40 years. We don't know how we can top our adventure of Biking in Paradise, Quebec, Canada next year. It was awesome, lasting memories . We just might have to go back, to bike in Paradise again with more friends. The 386 Gals of Boston

Carolyn from Freehold, NJ Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Program 2760, Bicycling: Day Trips to Paradise in Eastern Townships, Quebec, was a terrific Road Scholar program. The tour leaders, who are also the innkeepers, are very professional and knowledgable about bicycling in their area of Quebec and nearby northern Vermont. The accomodations and meals were exceptionally good and all the participants were made to feel welcome. There were always additional miles offered for those who wanted a longer ride. The van was always ready to transport those who wanted a shorter ride. I strongly recommend this for those who want a very enjoyable cycling experience with leaders who are really out to serve.
submitted by Carolyn Heuesr

Linda from Fayette, ME Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Have to agree with both Gwen and Glenn. Truly an adventure, and although I am fairly familiar with this part of the world there were new surprises every day. Food and company were both excellent. Some of the cycling was quite challenging but Stephen, Joy and Bob did everything they could to adjust trips to our varying abilities. Wonderful time!

Gwen from South Orleans, MA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
This bike adventure is not to be missed. The scenery is spectacular, the biking is challenging and rewarding, the food is yummy and a group of strangers quickly became friends. This is a great trip if you love to eat and be outdoors!

Glenn from Woodbury, CT Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/20/13
Outstanding program: Stephen & Joy are perfect hosts; no details left unattended. The meals were uniformly superb and the scenery in mid-September was breath taking. One caveat: the catalog description of "rolling hills" may not be applicable to your area- they were pretty tough, but Stephen and Joy are more than willing, and do, accommodate all levels of bicyclists.

John from Cheltenham, PA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 07/21/13 - 07/26/13
This was an all round great trip. Do it while you can. One participant had actually done it 15 times. One couple was going to come back again next year. We will recommend it to friends.

Barbara from Toronto, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
I would highly recommend this program. Everything about it was wonderful from the well planned cycling routes and en route support, the wonderful hosts/program leaders and their efficient and friendly staff, the most delicious meals, the beautiful Outdoor Lodge, and the interesting evening programs. The name of the program is most apt! This was my first Road Scholar trip and it set the bar very high indeed.

Pamela from Saskatoon, SK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This trip was truly wonderful (a.k.a. "totally awesome, eh?"). I'd never been on a Road Scholar adventure before -- though my parents were Elderhostel afficianadoes (SP?) -- and I was thrilled by the entire package: the superb food and thoughtfully designed daily cycling routes; the warmth, kindness and apparently endless energy of our delightful host and hostess, Stephen and Joy, and their marvellous staff; the stimulating and informative evening lectures/programming; the comfortable lodgings (complete with a soothing pool); and the terrifically interesting fellow cyclists. Like Andria (see her comment below), I had never been on a trip devoted to cycling and wondered if I could handle it. Stephen and Joy were tremendously supportive -- as was the friendly "sag wagon" driver, Bob -- and everything went beautifully! I highly recommend this program.

Andria from Toronto, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
This experience was fabulous, for start to finish, from venue where we stayed to the scenery, the food, the daily cycle routes, the evening programs and the great care and attention of our hosts, Stephen and Joy. We were a large group and aimable group and that added a great dimension to the experience. I would encourage even people who have never been on an extended bike excursion to think of trying this trip. I did and it was a most wonderful experience that will stay with me forever.

Judi from North York, ON Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
Just returned from a terrific week cycling through the picturesque Eastern Townships and Vermont. I echo Margaret's comments below as our hosts Stephen and Joy hurdled over my expectations with a week of education, exercise and well planned excursions. It did not hurt at all that all cyclists - including the "California 11" were welcoming, interesting and interested in learning about the townships. Une semaine parfaite I will not soon forget.

Margaret from Bellevue, WA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 06/30/13 - 07/05/13
Having just completed a week of kayaking with Stephen and Joy, I had high expectations for this bicycling week - and they were met. Stephen and Joy rode with us while Bob helped guide us on some of the loveliest back roads imaginable. The rides were doable for those of us with intermediate skill, but were expanded for those who wanted more challenge. Super meals and accommodations, including a swimming pool for cooling off after a day's cycling.

George from Anna, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 05/31/13
Outstanding and fun program. Leaders are wonderful, food is even better, riding is challenging--be prepared for some very impressive elevation changes. Locals may call this rolling hills---people in Mid-West call them mountains

Kathy from Marietta, GA Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 05/31/13
What a wonderful Cycling in Paradise adventure we had in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and Vermont. This was our first RoadScholar vacation and not our last! The scenery was beautiful and magnificent, the food was all fresh and delicious and I had no problems whatsoever as I am a vegetarian, the Glen Sutton Outdoor Lodge was lovely and much better than any Ritz Carlton anywhere, the evening programs were very interesting and informative, and the opera singing by Jeannette, all were magical moments and memories. The hosts Stephen and Joy, Bob and all of the kitchen staff were professional, helpful and all went out of their way to make this for me one of my best vacations ever! Thank you RoadScholar, Stephen and Joy, Bob, all the kitchen staff for being the best humanity offers! And thank you fellow participants and friends as we shared wonderful times together while cycling in paradise!

Doug from Ithaca, NY Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 05/31/13
This cycling adventure in the Eastern Townships of Quebec was very fabulous. The hosts, Stephen and Joy, were truly wonderful -- extraordinarily generous with their time and accommodated virtually all requests. The lodge was very comfortable and quiet. The food was healthy and delicious. The rides in the area (both in the Eastern Townships and in nearby Vermont)were challenging in spots but the hosts provided support to all guests. The routes were generally on quiet roads with little traffic. The evening lectures and occasional field trips rounded out a wonderful adventure. Though this was my first Road Scholar trip, I will defintely plan to participate in other trips.

Jacqueline from Alexandria, VA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 05/26/13 - 05/31/13
This is a challenging bicycle trip through beautiful scenery. The accomodations and food were excellent. I would strongly advise bringing your own bicycle, if possible, as the rental bicycles were not good quality or well maintained.


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