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Hike, Bike and Kayak in Québec's Eastern Townships

Program No. 22010RJ
Bike southern Québec with stops for wine and cider tasting, kayak the calm waters of Lake Memphremagog and hike Vermont’s historic Long Trail on this expert-led outdoor adventure.

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At a Glance

National Geographic calls Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom "the most desirable place to explore in the country" and named Québec's Route Verte "the best bicycling trail network on the planet.” What more do you need to know? Let’s get active! Bike, hike and kayak across this region to experience its many outdoor riches. Pedal some of the finest bike rides in Canada’s East, hike trails blazed by European settlers and paddle pristine waterways with experienced instructors. Located in the Eastern Townships and bordering the Northeast Kingdom, the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton is your ideal home base during your adventure.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Up to five hours of physical activity each day on varied terrain. Bring your own bike or bikes available on site. Kayakers must be able to swim. All water equipment provided. See itinerary for details on daily activities and on which days there are options.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit Devil's Gulch on a hike along Vermont's Long Trail, the oldest long-distance walking trail in America.
  • Bike on traffic-free back roads to wine and ice cider tastings, fascinating museums or a local monastery to hear some Gregorian chanting.
  • Paddle a kayak in safety on flat water under the watchful eye of expert instructors who provide tips for kayakers of all levels.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices will be unavailable.
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Stephen Giesler
Stephen Giesler lives for the outdoors and all the sporting pleasures that can be found there. As an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor programs, he is the person you want with you when you’re ready for an adventure. He has been downhill skiing since he was three, is a multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, and has white water kayaked on four continents. Along with his wife Joy, they organize outdoor experiences in the countryside of southern Quebec and northern Vermont.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stephen Giesler lives for the outdoors and all the sporting pleasures that can be found there. As an instructor and active participant in Road Scholar’s outdoor programs, he is the person you want with you when you’re ready for an adventure. He has been downhill skiing since he was three, is a multiple Gold Bar Canadian Ski Marathoner, and has white water kayaked on four continents. Along with his wife Joy, they organize outdoor experiences in the countryside of southern Quebec and northern Vermont.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
New England Wildlife
by James Kavanaugh
This laminated, fold-out, pocket-size guide features illustrations of almost 150 species of fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.
Shadows on the Rock
by Willa Cather
Set at the end of the 17th century in rural Quebec, this beautifully realized novel highlights the struggles of the Parisian widower Auclair and his young daughter to adapt to their new land.
by Howard Frank Mosher
Mosher's award-winning first novel is the enchanting story of a young man and his whiskey-smuggling father and their adventures in the wilderness of northern Vermont in 1932.
The Story of Vermont, A Natural and Cultural History
by Christopher McGrory Klyza
This second edition of the classic text examines the geologic, ecologic, and cultural forces that came together and produced contemporary Vermont.
A People's History of Quebec
by Robin Philbot, Jacques Lacoursiere
This swift overview of Quebec’s 450-year history by a leading historian covers everything from the earliest days of colonization to the province’s recent efforts to gain independence. Includes a helpful timeline.
The Nature of Vermont, Introduction and Guide to a New England Environment
by Charles W. Johnson
Opening with a discussion of the geologic history of Vermont, Johnson provides a lively introduction to major habitats, plants and animals of the state. An excellent survey of natural history.
Still Life
by Louise Penny
Louise Penny’s award-winning debut novel is also the first in the mystery series starring Inspector Armand Gamache. In this initial installment, Inspector Gamache must investigate a suspicious death in the rural, forested village of Three Pines.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England
by Brian Cassie, Peter Alden
A compact, easy-to-use overview of 1,000 New England's trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects and other flora and fauna. It also provides an extensive overview of the area's geology, weather patterns and natural sites.
New England Autumn
by Ferenc Mate (Photographer), Candace Mate (Photographer)
Magnificent photographs of farmsteads, pastures, forests, wharves and villages from Maine to Connecticut are paired with the poetry and literature of Dickinson, Thoreau and Waldo Emerson in this pictorial celebration of season. With a 14-page section of maps and practical travel information.
A Traveller's History of Canada
by Robert Bothwell
A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline.
The Basic Book of Sea Kayaking
by Derek C. Hutchinson
A brief guide to the fundamentals of sea kayaking by a leading authority -- a useful introduction for the beginner and a review for experienced paddlers. With 50 color illustrations.
Wandering Home, A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape
by Bill McKibben
On a three-week walk from Vermont's Mt. Abraham to his former home in the Adirondack Mountains, prominent American ecologist McKibben meets with environmentally conscious folk, including activists, writers, organic farmers, a vintner and a beekeeper, to discuss important questions about nature and climate change.
by Henry David Thoreau
Slip this pocket edition of Thoreau's meditations on the spiritual benefits of this most civilized form of travel in your daypack for inspiration.
Reading the Forested Landscape, A Natural History of New England
by Tom Wessels, Brian Cohen (Illustrator), Ann Zwinger (Introduction)
In this entertaining, informative book, the history of the New England forest unfolds like a mystery novel. Wessels examines the character of the central New England forest through the clues left behind by fires, logging, storms and economic fads.
Dishing Up Vermont, 145 Authentic Recipes from the Green Mountain State
by Tracey Medeiros
A collection of recipes from a broad range of cooks dedicated to sustaining and enriching local culinary traditions, this book celebrates the classic taste of the Green Mountain state.
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4.11 Average
(4) Review left 11/04/2022

I don't have anything bad to say about the whole experience. The food was great, accommodations were great, though the no key part was strange.

(4) Review left 9/23/2022

A multi-sport (hiking, biking, kayaking) adventure in Quebec, Canada that I found interesting and challenging. Not for the novice kayaker or the casual cyclist or hiker. The program uses sea kayaks which are long, narrow and a bit difficult to maneuver if you haven't been in one before. The cycling route is mostly over gentle terrain except for one significant hill. The rainy weather precluded an intermediate hike. The substitute hike was a 5-mile loop on Vermont's Long Trail that featured nice water views and a steep short climb on stone steps. The food at the lodge was well above average.

(4) Review left 9/12/2022

A beautiful location... great food, friendly hosts, wonderful people. Our very flexible and creative hosts... in spite of a power outage, were able to prepare a fantastic meal using the outdoor grill. Very entertaining evening programs Take the "spirited" description seriously. Thankfully, for my wife and I, we had the option of a second day of kayaking. Mike and Nancy Winter Park, FL

(4) Review left 8/27/2022

Excellent program and wonderful lodge and region of Canada. Beautiful biking, quaint towns, delicious and healthful food and very comfortable accommodations.

(5) Review left 7/24/2022

A fine mix of outdoor activities with excellent accommodations, food, and trip leaders.

(5) Review left 7/09/2022

Fabulous program and lovely area. The availability of e-bikes was a great addition to the biking day and gave me a chance to push myself farther. The instructions on kayaking were a great help and peaked my interest in the sport. Overall a great trip I would recommend to anyone.

(5) Review left 7/09/2022

Road Scholar trips always make me learn new things about myself and the world; this trip was no different. Everything came together -- bicycling, hiking, kayaking, excellent food, knowledgeable guides, hosts with expertise and delightful personalities -- all in in the lush, scenic area of Quebec/Vermont.

(1) Review left 12/08/2019

I was very unhappy with this trip. I felt accommodation were unsatisfactory in comfort and security. No lock at all on room in unattached building. Hosts did not do good job of welcoming guests or communicating information. Hike was unorganized, not particularly scenic and there was little information provided by guides. I have been on many other group trips that I enjoyed but this experience was lacking in every way.

Road Scholar
We are sorry you did not enjoy your experience. Our programs at the Outdoor Lodge in Glen Sutton have been popular with Road Scholar participants for many, many years and receive the highest marks for the quality of the educational experiences and overall enjoyment. In the 26 years of operating the lodge, we have not issued keys, nor had any problems. However, we can issue keys to anyone who would desire one. Feel free to ask us.
(5) Review left 7/14/2019

Wonderful experience. Beautiful setting. Everyone goes above and beyond to make you feel valued and cared for. Accommodations are wonderful and the meals are wonderful. Some of the best food I have ever eaten. Loved it!

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