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Bike the south shore and Bay of Fundy on this coastal cycling tour in Nova Scotia


Cycle the famous south shore and Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia on this bike tour along the Lighthouse Route.  

The best part of Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route is that it so frequently follows the water’s edge. Quiet roads skirt myriad white-sand beaches, and there are many hidden coastal treasures. It is perfect for a gentle bike ride. Friendly people, fishing villages, secluded anchorages, boat builders, antique shops, artists’ hamlets, and beautiful beaches all contribute to the feeling of being in paradise.

This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafés, and fantastic rides along obscure coastal stretches You can dine on lobster, swim in warm lakes or the cool ocean, feel the warm sand between your toes, and appreciate the cooling sea breeze in your hair. You will rest in the UNESCO heritage township of Lunenburg, whose uniquely crafted architecture reflects skills of numerous shipbuilders and fishermen whose lifestyle built the town. You will cross the cable ferry to the beaches near LaHave; visit the university town of Wolfville, and can venture on foot to two of the most spectacular headlands in the province.

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cycling Tours
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Easy / Moderate
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
12
GUIDE INFORMATION

Experienced and professional your guides will share their knowledge of the area with you.

Caring guides make our adventures truly extraordinary. They possess not only the skills necessary to coordinate the many details of each trip, but, above all else, a genuine desire to care for your comfort and enjoyment. On most guided adventures, you can expect a team of one local guide and one who has travelled from our main office, with a minimum ratio of one guide to six guests.

On self-guided trips, one of our guides or drivers will be close at hand to meet your needs exclusively.

 

RESTRICTIONS

Easy cycling on the Lighthouse and Fundy shores with some longer choices for more energetic riders.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Bikes (hybrid or mountain style) and equipment.  Rentals are available for $145 per person and include a rear rack, luggage bag, toeclips, waterbottle, repair kit, pump, spare inner tube and helmet.  Rentals are also available for electric assist and racing bikes.

 

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 9:30, day one. 

Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day six.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Nova Scotia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Van support and luggage handling, route notes and maps, 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing to suit a variety of weather conditions.  Rain gear, wind breaker, long pants, hat, hiking boots, sneakers, bathing suit, towel, gloves, fleece clothing.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Daypack, water bottle, camera, binoculars, sunglasses, sunscreen.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations while on the trip are in comfortable country inns and bed & breakfasts along the way.  It may be necessary to arrange accommodations before and after the trip and this cost is not included in the price.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Delicious meals are served every day and include picnic lunches and dinners at fine restaurants along the way.  The price includes 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.

On self-guided tours only the breakfasts are included.

6 day tour, available June - September
$2635.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates: June 11-16, July 2-7, July 16-21, July 30-August 4, August 27-September 1, September 10-15. Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $485.

$2065.00 / per person - CAD
Self-guided tour. Choose your own dates. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 14.00% HST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
Cancellations received in writing at least 60 days in advance of start date will receive a 50% refund of any deposit paid. Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days ahead will forfeit deposit. Cancellations within 30 days require full payment of the tour cost

6 day tour, available June - September

Day 1

Introductions and cycling 50km.

Transfer from Halifax at 09:30 to Hubbards where you will begin your ride around the Aspotogan Peninsula – a famous route for local cyclists. You will pass through traditional fishing villages of Blandford, Aspotogan and Northwest Cove, and by the beach at Bayswater. You can make extra side trips to see where the biggest whaling station in Eastern North America used to operate in "New" Harbour; to gaze at the distant lighthouse on East Ironbound Island, and to see one couple’s fantasy – a fairytale castle that inspires myths and tales. Finish cycling in Chester then transfer to Lunenburg if required. LD (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only). 
Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester; or
White Gate Inn, Chester; or
Mariner King Inn, Lunenburg; or 
Boscawen Inn , Lunenburg. 

Day 2

Long: 50km; Short: 25km. Additional cycling available.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare for one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides. Those starting in Chester will begin on an abandoned railbed with beautiful bridges, and the wonderful variety of wilderness and open vistas of the sea. You will hop off the trail to ride our favourite stretch of coastal country road anywhere. From here to Lunenburg, the pavement seems built for bikes to follow the shoreline. It’s hard to choose between savouring them slowly or speeding to Lunenburg in time to explore the wonders that make this tiny but bustling town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fortunately, a mid-day highlight is the village of Mahone Bay, where there are hidden coffee shops, proud artisans, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. Cyclists starting in Lunenburg this morning will follow the route described here in reverse, looping back toward Lunenburg once they reach Martins River. BD
Mariner King Inn, Lunenburg; or
Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg. 

Day 3

Bicycle up to 40 km, or optional sea kayaking. Additional hiking available.

This is a beautiful ride to the sweet smelling LaHave Bakery, with optional side trips to the seacaves at The Ovens Natural Park, and the beautiful beaches near Kingsburg, where you can choose to explore a magnificent headland hike. Return to Lunenburg this afternoon to explore more of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you prefer, a full day paddle, one of the best seakayak experiences in Nova Scotia, is available too. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. There is a supplemental fee for the seakayaking, be sure to inquire at the time of booking. B 
Same Lodging. 

Day 4

Bicycle up to 47km

Cross the LaHave cable ferry early this morning and pay another visit to the bakery to help your guides select options for lunch. Visit the Fort Point Lighthouse and museum before enjoying another of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. Passing through several seaside hamlets: Broad Cove, Vogler's Cove, Little Harbour, Cherry Hill Beach, and Beach Meadows, you will finish with a delightful picnic lunch near the lighthouse at Port Medway, before a two hour transfer to Wolfville, where you will spend the next two days exploring the bountiful valley and Fundy coast. BLD
Blomidon Inn, Wolfville; or 
Planter's Barracks, Canard. 

Day 5

Loop ride through Hall's Harbour and Blomidon; 76km. 14km optional hike is available as an alternative.

Ride through the Acadian dykelands and apple orchards with beautiful views of Cape Blomidon. Climb over North Mountain, and descend to picturesque Hall's Harbour, where lobster can be purchased on the wharf for immediate enjoyment while you watch the astounding tidal flux. Return to Wolfville on quiet roads in time to choose from the many dinner options in a small university town setting. Optional alternative: A four hour hike takes you to Cape Split where you can wander along the precipices hundreds of feet above the Bay of Fundy, whose waters are transformed by strong tides into a tapestry of eddies, whirlpools, and white water currents. Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the expansive views of sea and sky before savouring the hike back to civilization and the choice of several excellent dining options in Wolfville. BLD 
Same Lodging. 

Day 6

6km walk; Cycling up to 27km. Additional hiking/cycling available.

Visit the Acadian site of Grand Pré, about where Longfellow’s Evangeline was written, and learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. After a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon riding between wineries that have been established here to take advantage of the amazing sunny microclimate. If water levels are high enough you can float lazily down the Gaspereau River atop an inner tube through apple orchards toward the sea. Others may choose to climb to Lumsden’s Dam for a fresh water swim before transferring to Halifax by 17:00. BL