Nova Scotia - Cabot Trail Bike Tour


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The riding is challenging, and 45-80km (28-50miles) per day on some times hilly, paved roads with optional gravel sections. Wide paved shoulders through the national park.

National Geographic named Cape Breton Island one of the world's top 20 places to see in 2013.

Cycle Tour Map Cabot Trail


The end of the road in Meat Cove; wonderful climbs with exhilerating decents; sighting a whale from the heights; Big Intervale; fresh seafood; The Margaree Valley.

“Fabulous – we loved the Cabot Trail. The terrain was challenging, there was hardly any traffic, the views were spectacular.”
- Pam & Rick W. Cabot Trail 2010 

Freewheeling Guests
moderate challenging

A classic bicycling adventure on a paved 200-mile loop

  • Itinerary
  • Description
  • Dates & Prices
  • Reviews
  • Before & After
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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)
Silver Dart Lodge; or Baddeck Heritage House, 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 Maison Fiset House, or 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

“The Markland was just spectacular with a wonderful view and a beautiful beach. What a wonderful place to come to at the end of a grueling day!!!” – Carol J

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

Wildflowers on the Atlantic CoastThis 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!

Trip history
Nova Scotia is Freewheeling’s home province. Founders Cathy and Philip exercised their exploratory spirits here first and they still have a deep love for its subtle beauty, relaxed lifestyle and friendly people. You will benefit from an intimate knowledge of Nova Scotia by most Freewheeling Adventures staff.

Start: Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, 17:00, day one. Optional 4 hour transfer from Halifax is $75 per person/return. Transfer departs downtown Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, at 12 noon or Halifax airport at 13:00 on day one.
Finish: Baddeck, Cape Breton Island, 15:00, day six. Optional transfer back to Halifax by 21:00
Guided Cost: US$1695 C$1995 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 wonderful picnic lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps and route notes)
Self-guided Cost: US$1525 C$1795 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 4 or 5 breakfasts, luggage handling and daily consultation with your driver for lifts, etc, maps and route notes
Self-supported Cost: US$965 C$1125 (per person, includes 5 nights, 4 breakfasts, maps and route notes). Bike rentals available with Halifax pickup, or with delivery charge
Single Occupancy: US$395 C$475
Bicycle Rental: Hybrid: US 125 C 145; Racing: US 170 C 195; Full Carbon Racing: US 230 C 265; Long range electric-assist: US 280 C 325
2015 Guided Dates: May 24-29; Jun 14-19; Jun 28-Jul 3; Jul 12-17; Jul 26-31; Aug 9-14; Aug 23-28; Sep 6-11; Oct 4-9 (fall foliage). Add your own dates (learn more)
Self-guided & Self-supported Dates: You choose!  We confirm within 48 hours
Best Months: 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, Celtic Colours Music Festival)

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
15% sales tax applies (7.5% for non-Canadians).

“Great Trip! Wonderful memories!” – Idress G

“You are running the most fabulous professional organization and our trip went without hitch and exceeded our expectations (which were high!) on all fronts.  THANK YOU!!!!
.” -  Deborah and Benjamin K.

“I really appreciate Marie’s help with setting up the schedule to accommodate my golf rounds. This was terrific.” – Brad N.

“The food was fabulous everywhere!!  Lobster and fish were great, very fresh.  The desserts were great.  The guides really had great lunches also, the "extra" special espresso was great!!  They went out of their way to please” - Idress G

“It was an awesome trip which I will never forget.  Kudos to everyone and especially Marie and Vern whose meticulous planning and attention to detail made it great for us.” – Rebecca S

“I had a wonderful time on the Cabot Trail.  Marie and Vern were excellent guides and took such good care of us.  I cannot think of one thing they could have done to make our trip more pleasant.  They are both real assets to Freewheeling.  I really enjoyed riding the Trek bike. Again, I cannot say enough good things about these young ladies.  They certainly give Freewheeling a good reputation.  I would not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone looking for an adventure trip.  I just wish I had found out about you when I was younger and stronger”. - Judy B

“The size of the group is key, as is the quality of the personnel both in the office and on the tour. Freewheeling has it just right on all those fronts and I want to thank you all of you for making my holiday so enjoyable!” – Carol J

“The Markland was just spectacular with a wonderful view and a beautiful beach. What a wonderful place to come to at the end of a grueling day!!!” – Carol J




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