Canada: Nova Scotia

Fundy & Glooscap Bike Tour


Six nights; seven days of cycling, with opportunities to hike, sea kayak, and raft around the shores of the Bay of Fundy.

“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.








Itinerary


Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location if necessary.


Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 19:00, day seven.


Day 1:

Short: 15km/Long: up to 40km; 5km optional warm-up walk; Optional swimming or inner tubing.
09:00 meet in downtown Halifax for transfer to Wolfville. Walk to historic Grand Pre, where Longfellow’s Evangeline was written, and learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. After a picnic lunch and introduction to rental bikes, spend the afternoon riding between wineries that have been established here to take advantage of the amazing sunny microclimate. If water levels permit, spend the afternoon inner tubing down the Gaspereau River, through apple orchards, or go swimming at Lumsden’s Dam. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts)
Blomidon Inn, or
Victoria’s Historic Inn; Wolfville

Day 2:

Cycling; Short: 33km/Long: up to 70km; Optional 14km hike.
Ride through Port Williams, Canard, and Canning to Hall’s Harbour, for tide-watching, appreciation of how fishermen have adapted to the huge tides, and for a freshly-cooked lobster lunch. There are two 800ft hill climbs today, but on guided trips the van will be ready to boost you up (or down). Optional alternative: Morning hike out to Cape Split, returning in time for lunch at the Look-off, or even, for energetic participants, riding to Hall’s Harbour before returning to Wolfville, where several dinner choices await your pleasure. BL
Same lodging

Day 3:

Cycling up to 80km; Optional river rafting not included in tour cost.
Transfer to Windsor to begin riding on the Avondale Shore through Brooklyn to Kempt, with a visit to a lighthouse and boatbuilding shop enroute. Follow the quiet coast through Walton and Noel, up the Shubenacadie River to Maitland. This is a long and sometimes hilly ride, through scenic coastal farmland and forest. Tidal bore river rafting is an alternative activity, and is only available when tide times are appropriate. Finish with a transfer to Parrsboro where you may have the option to attend a live performance at Ships Company Theatre. BLD
Gillespie House B&B, Parrsboro

Day 4:

Ride 25km to Black Rock and optional 18km to Two Islands; Optional hikes to Partridge Island or Ward’s Falls.
Short but hilly rides take you to spectacular views over the Bay of Fundy today. The beaches are beautiful – small pebbles, lots of driftwood, and very different with changing tidal states. You may complement or punctuate your ride with a walking tour at the base of Partridge Island to search for gems and fossils, or the exquisite wooded riverside walk to Ward’s Falls. BL
Same lodging

Day 5:

Cycling ~50km
Ride west to Port Greville for a picnic lunch. After a visit at the Age of Sail Museum cycle on towards Cape Chignecto Park on a challenging bit of road well off the beaten track. Your retreat tonight is at a Lighthouse overlooking the Bay of Fundy, or at cabins tucked behind a beach littered with driftwood, and perfect for an evening fire. BLD
The Light Keeper’s Kitchen and Guest House, Cape d’Or; or
Driftwood Park Retreat, Advocate Harbour (Self guided tours will lodge here)

Day 6:

Ride to West Apple River; ~55km; Optional 6km hike. Optional afternoon sea kayaking not included in tour cost.
Ride through New Salem and Apple River to the north side of Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. There is a unique basalt sea-stack formation known as the Three Sisters, visible either by a one-hour hike into the park, or by joining an optional sea kayak group to see them from the marine perspective. This area, near the outer end of the peninsula where the Cobequid Mountains meet the rips and ferocity of the Fundy tides, is known for its fantastic shorelines. Return to your lodge for the night and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. BLD
Same lodging

Day 7:

Cycling ~55km; plus hiking at Joggins.
Ride one of Nova Scotia’s quietest stretches of beautifully-paved road through the Chignecto Game Sanctuary to Joggins, recently added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, thanks to the remarkable abundance of rare fossils accessible to anyone walking on the beach. For more intriguing information, visit the Joggins website here. Finish with a transfer back to Halifax. BL




Description



Note about the route:

The rides are long and hilly. Relaxed riders may prefer some van support, especially on days three and seven.


The Bay of Fundy has tides as high as 50 feet - the highest in the world - and teems with so much life that hundreds of whales gather here to feed every summer.

This adventure follows quiet roads around its perimeter on the Evangeline & Glooscap Trails, and gives you options to explore its nooks and crannies in exciting ways. Begin with a hike along the Acadian dykes built to protect rich farmland from the tremendous tides. Float on inner tubes or swim in sun-warmed water near the small university town of Wolfville. Ride to a tiny harbour where you will see significant tidal change while you eat a lobster for lunch. If you like, you can choose to hike to a cliff-top view over the currents and whirlpools below, and descend to explore pristine beaches where agates and sparkling amethysts are the gifts of the wave-wracked rocks. Bicycle the Glooscap Trail to Parrsboro, where Mi'kmaq legends tell of the mighty Glooscap’s magic. From Parrsboro, ride to spectacular look-offs, and hike to waterfalls cascading off the Cobequid Mountains. Near Cape Chignecto Park, you can ride to each end of the park trail, and if inclined, can hike into the park or paddle seakayaks to the spectacular Three Sisters, before a nice, long final ride to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently elected to the UNESCO list.

This adventure takes you to less-visited parts of Nova Scotia, and teaches you about one of the natural world’s greatest phenomena.

Inn Notes:
These are small and welcoming inns, gracious in Wolfville, friendly in Parrsboro, and out of this world at the lighthouse. At the lighthouse on the final two nights, some rooms have shared bathrooms. We try to reserve the entire lighthouse for the exclusive use of Freewheeling guests. If you are uncomfortable with this, please discuss it with us before booking and we will endeavour to make alternate arrangements. The lighthouse is isolated and accessible by a hilly gravel road; self guided tours will stay at the Driftwood or another property in Advocate Harbour within walking distance of other amenities.





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

More great cycling is available in Nova Scotia, try the South Shore & Fundy Bike adventure!

Visit the Halifax farmer's market, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Citadel; all thoroughly recommended.

Dine at the Press Gang and the Bicycle Thief in Halifax... both wonderful!





Costs

Start:
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location if necessary.


Finish:
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 19:00, day seven.



Guided Cost

US 2095 C 2495

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners, museum fees, inner tubing, luggage handling, full-time guide and van support, maps and route notes)

Self-Guided Cost

US 1945 C 2295

(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, , luggage transfers, essential transfers, maps and route notes)

Single Occupancy

US 495 C 585


Bicycle Rental

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. 5% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.


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Custom or Private Tours

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Want to make a change to the itinerary?
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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.