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Cycle the famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


The Cabot Trail is one of the world’s greatest bicycle rides; one that all touring cyclists should have on their “must-ride” bike tour list! The beautiful coast – the most dramatic in Nova Scotia - meets the breathtaking highlands in ways that make you appreciate both to the fullest and the scenic magnificence of the paved trail can be really savoured and fully appreciated at the speed of your bicycle. The landscape and the people may demonstrate to you why Nova Scotia’s name means New Scotland. 

You will have opportunities to explore the valley of the Margaree River, rich with salmon and its pursuit, to watch whales from a zodiac that gets you up close, to play golf on the famous Highland Links, and on some days to expand your rides onto beautiful wooded trails, all while staying at inns famous for their individuality and charm. Many find the highlight a ride through beech woods to salmon pools, where salmon sometimes leap on their way upstream, and you can swim in deep pools below clear waterfalls. The cycling, although manageable by most cyclists (and van-supported for the rest!) includes some challenging sections. 

Combining such awe-inspiring scenery, out-of–the-way charm, unusual inns, exceptional cuisine, and particularly friendly locals makes this loop ride an exquisite experience you simply must have! 

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$1795.00 CAD
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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Cycling Tours
SEASON

June to October

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
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

The riding is challenging, and 45-80km per day on hilly, paved roads with optional gravel sections. There are paved shoulders through much of the national park, and most of the route has low traffic volumes.

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.

Comments: June (spring flowers, extra quiet roads), July (warm weather, cool swimming), August (warm weather and swimming), September (cooler; quieter roads), and October (fall colours, extra quiet roads.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  The tour begins at 17:00 on Day 1 and ends at 15:00 on Day 5.  Transfers to and from Halifax are available for $75 per person, one-way.

WEATHER

Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Nova Scotia
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Van support, 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, 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 & breakfast 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 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners.

On self-guided tours only the breakfasts are included.

6 day tour, available June - October
$1945.00 / per person - CAD
2019 dates:Jun 24-28; Jul 7-11; Jul Jul 22-26; Aug 4-8; Aug 19-23; Sep 2-6; Sep 15-19; Sep 30-Oct 4 ; Oct 14-18.Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $415.

$1795.00 / per person - CAD
Self-guided tour. Choose your own dates. Based on double occupancy.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include:

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 - October

Day 1

Meet in Baddeck at 17:00. Optional transfer is available from Halifax at noon. Evening entertainment and dinner may include live music as an introduction to the unique culture of Cape Breton Island. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only)

Silver Dart Lodge, or
Baddeck Heritage House; Baddeck

Day 2

Short option: 63km. Long option: 88km
Begin cycling at about 09:00, riding over Hunter’s Mountain (500ft.) and along Middle River Valley and into the Margaree River Valley. The Margaree has been famous for salmon fishing for eons, and has great swimming holes. Ride down the East side of Margaree River Valley to the ocean for a sumptuous picnic lunch, followed by an afternoon ride or transfer through the Acadian region to Cheticamp. The transfer may allow you some time to explore Cheticamp Island by bike, or to go whale-watching, shopping, or hiking to the salmon pools. For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. BL

Maison Fiset House, or
Auberge des Pecheurs, or
Silver Lining Inn; Cheticamp

Day 3

77km
Today is a challenging day of cycling through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You will climb two 'mountains' of about 1400 feet, breaking for lunch between them. The scenery is awe-inspiring; the ascents are long, and the descents...ahh, the descents! If only they'd go on forever. BLD 

Markland, Dingwall

Day 4

Short option: 55km. Long option: 103km, including 48km to NE tip of NS at Meat Cove
Cycle the scenic route between Cape North and Neil's Harbour, stopping for a short hike at spectacular White Point, where eagles often soar over spouting whales. Options include swimming holes, waterfalls, beaches, and golf on the Highland Links. Long cycling option requires more independence from van support. BD

Keltic Lodge, or 
Castlerock Inn, Ingonish Beach 

Day 5

Short option: 83km. Long option: 93km
A long, undulating ride along the East Coast follows your initial climb over Cape Smokey (950'). Enjoy a picnic feast at Indian Brook or an interesting café in the middle of nowhere, and finish with a ride to Baddeck, or a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Bell's airplane, the Silver Dart, was airborne about the same time as the Kitty Hawk. Rendezvous by approximately 15:00 at the Museum for farewells and the optional transfer to Halifax, which arrives by about 21:00. BL