I remarked after Mont Tremblant that there wasn't any particularly long or tough hill there. The Monte Ryan downhill section on the return is definitely the one which I remember most fondly. On Monday the day after volunteering at the Ironman, I visited what I think of as a big hill.
Road to the summit
Behind the parliament buildings, looking into the distance across the Ottawa river, rises the hills of Gatineau park.
When I lived here for the summer in 1986 my favourite thing to do on a Saturday was ride off into those hills. It's been that long since I've biked up to the Champlain Lookout. I parked at the Visitor Centre and unpacked the Fiori. I see some of the reasons it made such a great ride. It's a long climb, but really shallow. The roads have little traffic, and are posted for slow speeds. There's plenty of other bikers out. Most of all, it isn't a great distance. From The Hull river crossing to summit is only 25 km or so, which makes for an easy light day.