Since I bought my bike, I have tried to make the most of it for short and long rides. If you are like me and are looking for a getaway from Montreal, I invite you to discover this Montreal – Chambly route by bike.
35 km of cycle paths
Therefore, there is a cycle path between Montreal and Chambly, which is part of the Route Verte, well known to cyclists. There is 35 km between the two cities, which can be a little scary at first glance since a round trip represents a distance of 70 km but be aware that the track is entirely flat. It is sincerely enjoyable to take this cycle path. First, it is very well signposted and therefore safer for cyclists, and then because you cross forests, fields, and a little town.
Some information to remember:
Distance: 35 km (70 km round trip)
Time: around 4 to 5 hours round trip (obviously depending on your speed)
The essentials: helmet, water and repair kit in case of puncture
What to do in Chambly?
Once in Chambly, it is time to rest and enjoy this small town, where it is easy to walk or cycle there. Here are three main places to visit:
The Fort of Chambly: You cannot miss the majestic Fort of Chambly, built first in wood in 1665, then in stone in 1711 to protect itself from an attack by English troops. It is possible to visit this historic site, which belongs to Parks Canada (admission: $7.50 for adults).
The locks: One of Chambly’s most popular tours is the Chambly Canal National Historic Site. The lock mechanism is still manual, and Parks Canada employees regulate access, one boat at a time.
The rapids: The Chambly rapids are located on the Richelieu River downstream from the dam. You can take advantage of the rapids park to relax. Note that it is forbidden to swim there.
Eat and drink? I only stopped at one place to regain my strength: the Viridi Café at 2410 Avenue Bourgogne. I recommend their delicious sandwiches and of course their coffee! The place is cozy and beautifully decorated.