Canada: Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Island Multisport Adventure
Five nights; five days of adventure by kayak, bicycle and on foot around Cape Breton Island, including Baddeck, Inverness, a golf option at Cabot Links & Cabot Cliffs, and rides on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail from the musical hotbed of Mabou.
“Geoff was fabulous…I really can’t think of a single thing he could improve on…. He and Berni far exceeded our expectations and tailored the routes and activities to our skill level and interest. They really went the extra mile to make it special.” – Jane & Tracy T.
Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 13:00, day one, for a 4 hour transfer to Baddeck. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location in Halifax.
Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 19:00, day seven.
Meet in downtown Halifax at 13:00 for a 4 hour transfer to Baddeck. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Note: Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Silver Dart Lodge, or
Baddeck Heritage House, Baddeck.
Alexander Graham Bell Museum, and hiking Uisge Bhan Falls (3.5km), and Egypt Falls (up to 13km hike).
First stop today is the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, to learn about Bell's contribution to the world of communication, flight, and inventiveness. A 20-minute transfer from there takes you to Uisge Bahn Falls - pronounced “Ish-ka Ban”, a one-hour walk. Another short transfer follows to Egypt Falls and Piper's Glen, for a post-lunch hike of up to 13.5km, and a visit to Cape Breton's widest waterfall. BLD
Glenora Inn & Distillery, Glenville; or
Cabot Links Lodge, Inverness
Hiking 4km or 12km, with optional extras. Golf on Cabot Links and/or Cabot Cliffs (advance reservation required), or optional independent 64km bike ride around Lake Ainslie.
There is a choice to be made as you reserve this week of activity. If you are at all interested in golf, we highly recommend it. The two courses are amongst the world's best, and the views from the fairways and greens are consistently superb. Of course, so are the views from the hikes in the Mabou Highlands, where there is a choice between short and long hikes, allowing you the possibility of pursuing both activities today. If cycling is your preference, there is a wonderful ride around the Lake Ainslie loop that can be done independently. B
30km bike ride to Mabou on the traffic-free Celtic Shores Coastal Trail.
Follow the former rail line and the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail from the artists' haven of Inverness, through the small community of Strathlorne, and past the Glenora Distillery before arriving in the musical hub of Mabou. The Mi'kmaq word for Mabou is Madawak - "where two or more rivers meet and flow into one larger river"; aptly named, as the village is the heart of numerous rural Gaelic communities. BLD
Duncreigan Country Inn, Mabou; or
Glenora Inn & Distillery, Glenville
Sea Kayaking 4-6 hours
Enjoy a 4-6 hour paddling excursion at Mabou Harbour. This is a lovely inlet, leading to coastal scenery rivalling Scotland’s, with gorgeous hillside meadows tumbling down hillsides toward the sea. We look forward to showing you the beauty first-hand. BLD
Cycling up to 65km on the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail.
Follow the trail south through Port Hood and toward Port Hawkesbury, relishing views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the way! Make time for a quick dip in one of Port Hood's five beaches, known for stretches of sandy shores and (comparatively) warm waters. A 3 1/2 hour transfer back to Halifax at day’s end arrives by 19:00. BL
Note about the route:
This trip is a bit more challenging than the Nova Scotia Mainland Multisport. Kayaking is at moderate pace in waters matched to the group’s abilities. Cycling is on paved roads with some short gravel sections. Hiking is on steep terrain requiring sturdy footwear.
If you have ever wanted to see why Cape Breton Island has inspired musicians, artists, and inventors, spreading their good will around the world, this is a perfect way to do so without tackling the challenging terrain of the Cabot Trail. Starting with waterfalls and Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, you will progress to the beachfront village of Inverness, where you can choose between a challenging coastal hike, or golfing on two courses, one of which Golf Digest calls America's best new course! From there, ride to Mabou, a quiet village that at first glance belies the abundance of musical talent enjoyed there. An evening at The Red Shoe will give you some idea of the culture thriving in the surrounding hills. You can visit the only single malt distillery outside Scotland, and explore the river mouth and harbour by kayak, before finishing the adventure with a ride on the new traffic-free Celtic Shores Coastal Trail. This tour is an enchanting exploration, and we guarantee you will leave wanting more!
Maps & Elevations
Before & After
Spend some extra time in Halifax including a visit to the Titanic gravesites.
Add a day or two of Sea kayaking on Nova Scotia's South Shore.
Take a trip through time at one of Nova Scotia's 28 provincial museums or spend some time at a national historic site.
Contact us for hiking, cycling, paddling, or multisport extensions.
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 13:00, day one, for a 4 hour transfer to Baddeck. Please contact us for alternate pickup locations in Halifax.
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 19:00, day six.
US 2195 C 2595(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, sea kayak equipment, Bell Museum admission fees, luggage handling, vehicle and guide support, maps and route notes, transfers from/to Halifax)
US 1995 C 2395(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, sea kayak equipment and guide/driver, luggage transfers, essential vehicle transfers, maps and route notes, transfers from/to Halifax)
US 475 C 595
Hybrid: US 125 C 145, Racing: US 225 C 265, Full Carbon Racing: US 335 C 395, Electric-assist: US 335 C 395
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies (7.5% for non-Canadians).
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.