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IF BIKES COULD FLY

Well, actually they can, sort of. Not only is Au Diable Vert, a unique four-season outdoor resort located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, it’s also the home of the VeloVolant — or the Flying Bike — which is a 45-minute pedal-powered canopy tour through the treetops of the spectacular 130-hectare property, between the summits of Mont Sutton, Jay Peak and Owl’s Head. The official opening is May 21, 2013. Jeremy Fontana, co-owner, Au Diable Vert, said: “We believe that VeloVolant is one of the most innovative offerings in ecotourism in Canada today.” It’s a pedal-powered tour that lets riders enjoy a one-kilometre circuit suspended from a steel cable, offering up-close views of forest life from heights ranging up to 30 metres. Up to 20 riders can use VeloVolant at the same time. Riders are secured in their seats and assisted by guides at the beginning and end of the circuit. The minimum requirement is 12 years of age. As Fontana points out; “We live and work in a region of exceptional natural beauty. Furthermore, the Eastern Townships are a well-established tourist destination and the town of Sutton is an authentic mountain village.” And he continued: “As a four season resort, we need to innovate in order to remain competitive. We hope that VeloVolant will draw visitors who come exclusively for the experience û particularly on weekends. For our overnight and weekday guests, VeloVolant adds a new dimension to the numerous outdoor, recreational and sporting activities we proudly continue to offer.” For more on VeloVolant, go to http://www.velovolant.com . Further information on Au Diable Vert is available at http://www.audiablevert.com .

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