Cycling Ottawa to Montreal (TourzPlus!)
Ottawa boasts an enviable network of scenic bike paths that parallel the city's waterways and includes major points of interest such as Parliament Hill and the Rideau Canal locks. Your hotel is just a short stroll from Byward Market and its stone streets lined with open-air venders, boutiques and restaurants. The National Gallery of Canada is also nearby. Between Ottawa and Montreal, rural roads and bike paths that pass through farmland. A luxurious stay at Fairmont's historic log lodge and spa, Le Château Montebello, feels like a trip back in time. The peaceful countryside between Ottawa and Montreal offers miles of uninterrupted cycling. Montreal rivals Ottawa for its network of bike paths and routes. Ride the path along the historic Lachine Canal, pedal up Mont Royal for fabulous views, and take a spin around the Grand Prix Formula One track - on your bicycle! Your chic boutique lodging in Old Montreal is the perfect location from which to explore this lively and colorful international city.
Learn more about our TourzPlus™ partner tours and how they differ from regular ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours.
Tour Dates & Prices
Aug 24-30, 2019
* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
- Length / 7 Days
- Total Distance / 264 - 382 miles
- Avg. Distance / 40 to 60 miles per riding day
- Tour Level / 2.5
- Countries / USA, Canada
- Begin/End / Burlington, VT
- Price / From USD$3145
Extraordinary accommodations, Ottawa, Montreal, Sunday Bike Day
Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.
A wonderful exploration of city and rural cycling and the opportuntity to take full advantage of both.
9 days, 8 nights' accommodation; Use of a 27-30 speed bicycle; all breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 4 dinners; van support; snacks; admissions for all events listed in itinerary; group transfer from and to Burlington, VT
Arrive / Depart
Bulington, VT (BTV)
Overall Tour Level
Daily Ride Summary
Tour Level Note: 40-60 miles per day average.
Gently rolling terrain with a mix of bike paths and bike routes.
**We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications
DAY 1: Burlington, VT to Ottawa
Highlights: Drive to Ottawa, city exploration ride
Your tour leaders will pick you up in Burlington for the scenic four hour drive through the countryside of upstate New York to Ottawa. Upon arrival at the Lord Elgin Hotel, an elegant Ottawa landmark, your leader will fit you to your bike, conduct a route review, and provide an introduction to Ottawa. Loosen up your legs with an afternoon spin along bike paths looping around the city. Watch boats navigate the locks on the Rideau Canal and stop to visit impressive Parliament Hill, Canada's government seat. The Bytown Museum, overlooking the locks on the Rideau Canal where the canal meets the Ottawa River, is Ottawa's oldest stone building and houses over 7000 artifacts dating to the city's origins in 1826. Following your afternoon ride, return to your lodging for the next two nights at the Lord Elgin, ideally located in the heart of downtown. Join your tour mates for dinner this evening at the Hotel's outstanding restaurant, Grill 41.
- Distance: 31km (19mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 2: Ottawa
Highlights: Capital Pathways, Gatineau Park, Byward Market
Ottawa and neighboring Gatineau roll out their best on Sundays when several major parkways in the downtown area are open only to bicycles and pedestrians. Spin through the wide streets or cross the Ottawa River to ride the famed Gatineau Park road bike loop - free of vehicular traffic! For those who want to spend the day cycling, opt for the longer loops and hilly terrain in the wilderness of Gatineau Park on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. Immerse yourself in the best of Ottawa by spending the morning on your bike and then visiting the city's finest sites in the afternoon. The Byward Market is one of Canada's oldest public markets and is just a few blocks from the Lord Elgin. What began as a rough working class neighborhood in the 1830's has evolved into one of Ottawa's trendiest neighborhoods. The Market features a farmer's market, artisans, shops and restaurants. The National Gallery of Canada is located on the edge of the Market. Dinner this evening is on your own in the city, with an array of fine options just steps from the hotel.
- Distance: 71km (44mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3: Montebello
Highlights: Ontario's Pastoral Landscapes & The Montebello
Leave the Capital City behind as you follow bike paths east along the Ottawa River. The suburbs soon give way to farm fields filled with sheep, dairy cows, and seas of grain. Rejoin the Ottawa River along a remote section of road where the miles just seem to fly by. Cross the river on a small locally owned ferry to the Fairmont Montebello, an immense and historic log lodge - the largest in the world - where "old world charm meets nature's splendor." Built on the site of a 17th-century seigniorial estate, this stunning property has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Canada's top luxury resorts. Relax on the grounds, in the pool, or enjoy a massage in their luxurious spa. Immerse yourself in the finest of rustic elegance at this classic wilderness resort. Dinner this evening is in the Montebello's dining room or on the terrace overlooking the river.
- Distance: 97km (60mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4: Montebello
This perfectly situated layover day at the remarkable Le Ch?teau Montebello allows considerable room for choice when it comes to how you decide to spend your day. The Montebello overlooks the Ottawa River just south of Qu?bec's Laurentian Mountains and the grounds of the resort offer many amenities such as swimming pools, Jacuzzi, a luxurious spa, tennis courts, golf course, boating, and walking trails, to name a few. For those wishing to explore the nearby countryside, your tour leaders will offer two rides. The longer ride will take you on a hilly loop north through small towns and forested roads. The shorter ride will take you to spectacular Chutes du Plaisance waterfall with the option to visit the wildlife sanctuary of Parc National de Plaisance for a peaceful picnic or wildlife viewing. Dinner this evening is on your own in the village of Montebello or at Le Ch?teau Montebello.
- Distance: 47km (29mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5: Québec
Highlights: Québec countryside
Quiet back roads and small hamlets of eastern Ontario and western Qu?bec rule the day as you wind your way closer to Montr?al. Today marks the day where you will encounter to more consistently French-speaking locals. Visit the town of Vankleek Hill where 250 homes feature gingerbread styling, and the town's Victorian and Edwardian style buildings are reminders of a once flourishing brick factory. Nowadays, Vankleek Hill may be best known by locals for Beau's All Natural Brewing Company. Sample the local I.P Eh? (you'll understand the "Eh" by the time you arrive!) or their signature Lug Tread Kolsch style lager. Your tour leaders will host a picnic lunch at the brewery, providing hearty fare which will pair nicely with whichever beer you sample. Follow the river to Auberge Willow Place Inn, a beautifully renovated historic property situated on the shore of Lake of Two Mountains. Dinner this evening is overlooking the lake in the Auberge's highly regarded restaurant, featuring gourmet regional cuisine.
- Distance: 87km (54mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 6: Montréal
Highlights: Follow the Saint Lawrence River to Montréal
Follow country roads east along the Saint Lawrence River toward Montréal then wind you way along the wonderful Lachine Canal bike path to Atwater Market. This historic market, first opened in 1933, is surrounded by farm stands whose colorful flowers and vegetables add a rich seasonal dimension. The interior of the building is lined stands and shops featuring selections of local cheese, fresh baked bread, and other regional products. Continue to Old Montréal and the chic Saint Sulpice Hotel - a boutique property located on a quiet cobblestone street in the heart of Old Montréal and just steps from some of the city's finest restaurants. The Saint Sulpice perfectly blends old world charm with modern styling and amenities. Guests of the Hotel receive privileged rates at Spa Scandinave which offers exquisite Scandinavian bath and massage treatments. The Old Port has transformed into a vibrant neighborhood where people live, work, and play on narrow streets lined with restaurants and shops. This evening, enjoy your final dinner together at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.
Distance: 36 miles.
Lodging: Le Saint Sulpice Hotel
- Distance: 58km (36mi)
- Meals: Breakfast
DAY 7: Montréal to Burlington
Highlights: Montreal By Bike, Formula One Grand Prix, Mont Royal,
Those up for an early morning spin will be treated to a ride around the actual Formula One Grand Prix race track. Featured during the Grand Prix Circuit's annual Formula One stop in Montr?al which attracts the top drivers in the world, you can just imagine the thousands of fans ringing the track as you race your tour mates around the loop. Following the ride, a Montr?al-based tour guide will lead a walking tour of Montr?al's Old Port. This section of the city is historically rich and includes such icons as Notre-Dame Basilica, a beautiful architectural masterpiece whose history dates to the mid 1600's. This immense, twin-towered Gothic structure was constructed with the intention of featuring similarities in interior design to Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. The group will be transferred back across the border to the airport in Burlington, Vermont in mid-afternoon. Post-tour lodging arrangements at Hotel Vermont are available for those wishing to spend additional time in Burlington, or we'll transfer you to the airport for flights home.
- Distance: 42km (26mi)
- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Mostly Flat Terrain
Mostly flat terrain has just a few rolling hills that rarely require you to change gears. It might contain a bit of climbing, but those climbs will be short and at a very gentle slope with little need for increased pedaling or downhill breaking.
Rolling hills refers to multiple gentle slopes (3-4% grade) with minimal need for changing gears or increasing in pedal power. Elevation gain should be less than 100m per hill and braking may not be necessary to control speed on downhills.
Hilly terrain has repeated hills and some of them may be require more pedal power as it has steeper inclines (up to 5%). You will change gears throughout the day and braking may be necessary to control speed on descents.
Very hilly terrain includes multiple hills on your ride, some of which can be steep or long climbs. You will change gears and need to use your brakes to control speed on your descent.
Mountainous terrain includes one or more sustained (more than 5km) climbs with frequent steep grades (over 7%). Mountainous rides may also feature multiple steep grades (greater than 6%) for extended periods of more than 5km. You will need to shift gears and brake on descents to control your speed.
Level 1 - 1.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain (or lack thereof), it will be a very comfortable ride for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is ideal for riders newer to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. You will likely be riding on rolling terrain.
Level 3 - 3.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, we suggest riders spend some time in the bicycle saddle before joining this tour so they you can enjoy the views at the top of some of the climbs you'll face.
Level 4 - 4.5 Rating
Based on today's distance and elevation gain, this day is best described as a great day on the bike for passionate cyclists or very active individuals.
Level 5 Rating
This day is not for a casual cyclist but for riders looking to push their limits. Suffice it to say your delicious meal at the end of the day will be well earned!
These are the definitions...
Level 1 - 1.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 15-30km (10-20 miles)
- Gain: 0-400m (0-1200ft)
- Terrain: Mostly flat with occasional gentle climbs at a grade of less than 3%, that are sustained for a maximum of 3km. There might be a steeper but short climb.
Level 1 tours will be mostly flat and daily distances will rarely exceed 30 km. Level 1 tours are suitable for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Level 2 - 2.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 30-50km (20-30 miles)
- Gain: 400-600m (1200-2000ft)
- Terrain: Mostly rolling terrain around 3%. Presents multiple 3% to 4% climbs. May present an occasional steeper climb.
Level 2 tours are a great option for those new to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge, or for individuals who desire shorter days on the bike. The average mileage on level 2 bike tours is 30-50 km on mostly rolling terrain. There will be multiple climbs at 3-4% grade throughout the tour, but only an occasional steep climb.
Level 3 - 3.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 50-70km (30-45 miles)
- Gain: 600-900m (2000-2800ft)
- Terrain: Multiple Climbs with grades of 4 - 6%. li>
Level 3 tours are for active individuals (who run, bike, swim etc. on a regular basis) with the desire to cover longer daily distances on the bicycle. These tours are a great workout when you’re riding as you will average 50-70 km daily with total gain of 2,000-2,800 ft. There will be multiple 4-6% climbs throughout the tour.
Level 4 - 4.5
- Average Daily Mileage: 70-90km (45-55 miles)
- Gain: 900-1000m (2800-3600ft)
- Terrain: Presents multiple steep climbs (6% to 8% grades), 1 to 3km long. Alternatively, 4 – 6% grades for 6 kilometers or more. li>
Level 4 tours are for passionate cyclists or very active individuals. This level tour is great for cyclists looking to stay in shape and pedal hard they travel across regions or countries. Level 4 tours cover 70-90km daily with 2,800-3,600 ft of gain. Cyclists on a level 4 bicycle tour can expect multiple climbs, some climbs might be short and steep (6-8% for 1-3 km) while others may be sustained (6+ Km) at a 4-6% grade.