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Cycle the famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

This cycling trip on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is one of the world's greatest rides.  The scenic splendor of the Cabot Trail is best appreciated by bicycle.  Exploring the breathtaking coast and highlands of the Cabot Trail, you will see why Nova Scotia got its name, meaning New Scotland.  These tours will make you appreciate both the fullest and the scenic magnificence of the paved trail and allow you to savour and fully appreciated at the speed of your bicycle.

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.

$2065.00 CAD
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Cycling Tours

June to October

Moderate / Challenging

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.



This trip is an intermediate level tour with some challenging sections.


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.


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 6.  Transfers to and from Halifax are available for $75 per person, one-way.


Summer temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius.

Nova Scotia

Van support, luggage handling, route notes and maps. 


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


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


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.



Delicious meals are served every day and include picnic lunches and dinners at fine restaurants along the way.  The price includes 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.

On self-guided tours only the breakfasts are included.

6 day tour, available June - October
$2295.00 / per person - CAD
2018 dates:Jun 24-29; Jul 8-13; Jul Jul 22-27; Aug 5-10; Aug 19-24; Sep 2-7; Sep 16-21; Sep 30-Oct 5 ; Oct 7-12.Based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $545.

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

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 30 days before trip commencement.
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 available from Halifax. 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. Note: Self-guided trips include breakfast)
Silver Dart Lodge; or Inverary Resort, Baddeck

Day 2

45km/28 miles, plus afternoon options 
Begin cycling at about 09:00, riding over Hunter’s Mountain (500ft) and along Middle River Valley to enjoy a beautiful outdoor picnic at Lake O'Law. Afternoon options include fishing, finding swimming holes, and wonderful cycling on both paved and gravel roads (very quiet) to remote locations along the Margaree River Valley. BLD 
Normaway Inn, Northeast Margaree

Day 3

53km/33 miles, plus afternoon options
Ride down the East side of Margaree River valley to the ocean, and then follow the shore through the Acadian region to Cheticamp. After an independent lunch, options include cycling forays into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, whale-watching by zodiac, shopping, and hiking or off-road cycling to the salmon pools.  For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. B
Pilot Whale Chalets, Cheticamp

Day 4

71km/44 miles 
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 Inn, Dingwall; or Four Mile Beach Inn, Aspy Bay

Day 5

58km/36 miles. Optional extra 48km/30 miles 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. BD
Keltic Lodge; or Castlerock Inn, Ingonish Beach

Day 6

60-79km/38-50 miles
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