St Jean sur Richelieu to Knowlton
Rides of 51, 53 or 58 miles
Most of this ride is through flat countryside, ending with easy climbs after Bromont and around Lac Brome. A dedicated bike path can be used to shorten the beginning. Cross a covered bridge while following the river road. Enjoy the atmosphere of Bromont and visit its chocolate museum. Ride along the beautiful shoreline of Lac Brome. Arrive at Auberge Knowlton, a historic inn and our home for the next two days.
While cycling through southern Québec we passed many wayside crosses or shrines, a European Catholic tradition continued throughout Québec. The painter Horatio Walker who captured everyday Québec peasant life, made several paintings of farmers pausing to pray at wayside shrines.
According to the Encyclopedia of French Cultural Heritage in North America many wayside shrines remain:
Although the numbers of wayside shrines in Québec are less than in decades past, they are still present in the rural landscape where we cycled. Here are photos of six wayside shrines we saw on our trip.