The Grand Tour Desjardins

Grand Tour Desjardins

Eastern Townships-Vermont... so beautiful, so delectable!

Imagine, the 2015 edition of the Grand Tour Desjardins will kick off less than an hour from Montréal. You will pedal across the gorgeous countryside of the Eastern Townships in view of the Monteregian Hills, then head south through the picturesque hamlets and peaceful roads of New England to St. Albans, before returning via breathtaking Missisquoi Bay. The daily 80-km routes offer a feast for the eyes…as well as the palate.

Touring vineyards and tasting local products – apples, maple syrup, chocolate – are some of the perks of this experience. Since the road is long, life is short, and lovely scenery and good food abound, you might as well enjoy! To make your mouth water, here are some daily gourmet experiences and an overview of gourmet stops along the way.

Different options to serve you better!
Opt for the tent rental service
Opt for the tent rental service
Once again this year, so that you can focus solely on your vacation, the Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service.
Opt for the tent rental service
The Grand Tour Desjardins is offering the tent rental service. It includes a tent, pitching and dismantling each day that we change stopover towns, as well as delivery of your baggage inside your tent. Excluding sleeping bags and pads.

Price per tent, one-week package (taxes included):
For 1 or 2 people: $395
For 3 or 4 people: $595

Price per tent, weekend package (taxes included):
For 1 or 2 people: $235
For 3 or 4 people: $335
Optional shuttle by busOptional shuttle by bus
Start your Grand Tour Desjardins gently letting you drive in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, from Saint-Lambert. Reserve now.
Optional shuttle by bus
Shuttle departure: Collège Champlain in Saint-Lambert (south shore of Montréal)
Round-trip (Saint-Lambert/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Saint-Lambert): $85
One way (Saint-Lambert/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu): $45
Return August 3 (Weekend package - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Saint-Lambert): $45
Return August 7 (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Saint-Lambert): $45

Saturday, August 1, from Saint-Lambert: departure at 7:30 a.m.
Registration of participant and bicycle: between 6 and 7 a.m.
The trip between Montréal and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu takes 40 minutes.

Monday, August 3 (week-end package), from Magog: departure at 7 p.m.
The trip between Magog and Saint-Lambert takes 1.5 hr.

Friday, August 7, from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: departure at 4 p.m.
The trip between Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Saint-Lambert takes 40 minutes.

Want a taste of the route?
Refer to the topographic profiles.

Prefer to arrive at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu the evening before departure?
On Friday, July 31, the Joie de vivre campground located at 977 Saint-Luc Boulevard – about 7 km from the start site – can accommodate you. A camping area and campfire are reserved for Grand Tour Desjardins participants. The fee of $18 per person includes access to the pool and sanitary facilities (laundry room, toilets and showers). Reservations required: 450-348-9383 or 1-877-863-JOIE. For dinner, a canteen service is available on the premises. For breakfast the next day, consult the list of restaurants in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

In the media
Read the story of Dan Dakin, "Club Med on two wheels coming to Niagara", published July 28, 2014 in

Read the story of Henry Stancu, "Vélo Québec holds Grand Tour Desjardins in Niagara", published March 14, 2014 in

About the Grand Tour Desjardins
Live 2 minutes of the Grand Tour Desjardins ... Imagine one week!

in partnership with Cantons de l'Est  
August 1 to 7, 2015 - Under the Covers
> Price (taxes included) : starting from $1,425
August 1 to 3, 2015 - Under the Stars Weekend
> Price (taxes included) : $495
August 1 to 7, 2015 - Under the Stars
> Price (taxes included) : $925
Formula: Événement
Trip length: 7 days / 6 nights
Level of difficulty: 3+ à 4

General Conditions

Le Déchaîné

Share the same passion

From day to day

Short route: 416 km • Long route : 917 km

Saturday, August 1, rendez-vous at the start site in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. You can leave your car on the site of the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (beside the Cégep). Parking costs $20 for the week, payable upon admission to the lot.

Day 1 - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Sainte-Angèle-de-Monnoir, Rougemont, Saint-Damase, Saint-Paul d’Abbotsford, Granby (75 to 114 km).
Day 2 - Granby, Saint-Joachim de Shefford, Valcourt, Lawrenceville, Bonsecours, Eastman, Magog (89 to 134 km).
Day 3 - Looped route via Ayer’s Cliff, Hatley, Waterville, North Hatley, Deauville (64 to 132 km).
Day 4 - Magog, Austin, Bolton, Lac-Brome (Knowlton), Bromont, Cowansville (83 to 137 km).
Day 5 - Cowansville, Dunham, Frelighsburg, Berkshire, Enosburg Falls, Sheldon, St. Albans (84 to 121 km).
Day 6 - Looped route via St. Albans Bay, Georgia, Oakland. Optional route via Burlington (27 to 121 km).
Day 7 - St. Albans, Swanton, Venise-en-Québec, Henriville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (80 to 113 km).

The package includes:

Under the Stars package, from August 1 to 7
Price (taxes included)1: $925; 17 years and Under $585
1 The Under the Stars package includes: 6 nights at campsite, 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 evening meals.

Under the Stars Weekend, from August 1 to 3
Price (taxes included)2: $495; 17 years and Under $300
2The Under the Stars Weekend package includes: 2 nights at campsite; 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 evening meals; Magog/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu shuttle.

Under the Covers package, from August 1 to 7
This package will go on sale on March 10. You can reserve by telephone or in person at Vélo Québec Voyages. Package available in the week format only.
Price (taxes included):
Under the Covers3: $1425
Under the Covers plus4: $1565
3The Under the Covers package includes: 6 nights in two- to four-star motels and hotels or an inn, double occupancy; 6 breakfasts and 6 lunches.
4The Under the Covers plus package includes: all of the services comprising the Under the Covers package plus the 6 evening meals at the campsite.

All Grand Tour Desjardins packages include:
  • baggage transportation (one bag per person, camping gear included. Weight limits: 22 kg Under the Stars package; 15 kg Under the Covers package.
  • support on the road;
  • mechanical assistance and access to relief vehicules;
  • activities at the Village;
  • a participant’s booklet with daily routes and tourist information ;
  • taxes and the $1 contribution per $1,000 of services purchased to the Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents.
Equipment (e.g. tent, bicycle, etc.) is not included.

Vélo Québec Voyages est une agence de voyages accréditée, fondée en 1995. Elle propose 70 destinations à vélo au Québec et à travers le monde, et fait voyager quelque 6000 vacanciers chaque année.