Canada: Nova Scotia

Family Multisport


Seven nights; eight days of easy mixed activities including sea kayaking, road and off-road cycling, hiking, sailing, swimming, canoeing, and inner-tubing. This is a good choice for multi-generational groups, and can be adapted to a pace comfortable for children.

“Hands down the BEST picnic lunches!!! The homemade pestos and oatcakes and desserts were amazing, and the COFFEE was the best!!!” - Mary M.









Itinerary


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


Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day eight.


Day 1:

Introductions - Walking, Biking, Inner Tubing and Swimming

Your guides will collect you in downtown Halifax at approximately 09:00 for a transfer to Wolfville where you will begin with a walk or ride on the Acadian dykes. Lunch in Grand Pré is followed by an afternoon of water fun and a short bike ride back to Wolfville, where plenty of small cafés, shops, and restaurants await. LD
Victoria’s Historic Inn, or

Blomidon Inn; Wolfville

Day 2:

Biking, Fundy Tides, and Zoo Visit

Cycle the Acadian dykes and Kieran pathway to orchards and rural roads beyond the Cornwallis River. Boats used to ascend the Cornwallis to load apples and lumber here, and now you can see the effect of the Fundy tides on the mudflats. Mud-sliding may be an option for the more adventurous! Climb the North Ridge and descend for a picnic lunch in Hall’s Harbour. Transfer to Aylesford for an afternoon visit to Oaklawn Farm Zoo. Ride your bikes between there and Nictaux before a quick transfer to Annapolis Royal for dinner. Experienced cyclists can ride all the way to Annapolis Royal and quiet country roads. BLD
Hillsdale House, or

Queen Anne Inn, or

Garrison House; Annapolis Royal

Day 3:

Biking, Historic Site, Hiking and Amusement Park Visit

A morning ride takes you to Port Royal where you will find a beautiful reconstruction of the 17th century Habitation. The fur traders play their role in period costume, and will entertain you as if you were there four centuries ago. Optional ride to Delap’s Cove for a wilderness hike, following which we will return to Annapolis Royal for an independent lunch in town. In the afternoon, you can choose between the roller coaster and water flume rides of Upper Clements Park or staying in Annapolis Royal to explore Fort Anne, the beautiful historic gardens, and the selection of small art boutiques. Early dinner this evening allows a lantern-light tour of a graveyard claimed to be North America’s oldest. The stories and the stones are fascinating. B
Same lodging

Day 4:

Canoeing, Biking and Hiking

Start the day with a transfer to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. This is Nova Scotia as the Mi'kmaq used to know it; a wonderland of mature forest laced with trout streams, meandering rivers, and sandy-bottomed lakes. Spend the morning practising your canoeing skills on the Mersey River and, after a nourishing picnic lunch, cycle or hike the quiet roads and wooded trails of the park. At day’s end, transfer to your beachfront lodge, where the pool, the hot tub, or the beach will help you reflect upon the day’s best moments. BLD
White Point Beach Resort, Hunts Point; or

Quarterdeck Beachside Villas, Summerville Beach

Day 5:

Beach Day!

A short hike in Kejimkujik Seaside Park brings you to a secluded beach to fly a kite, observe seals basking on the rocks, or take a dip in the chilly Atlantic waters. An afternoon visit to Carter’s Beach also provides a welcome play break. Made up of three half-moon shaped beaches, many consider Carter’s Beach the best in Nova Scotia. Caribbean style white sand stretches into sparkling blue water with a stunning view of the islands in the harbour. An incredible spot! Dark softwood forests, rolling sand dunes, miles of unoccupied sandy beach, small fresh water streams burbling through the dunes, and, best of all, the crystal clear water. There’s a place nearby that advertises the best fried clams in the world! Alternative independent options today include golfing, surfing, and kayaking. BL
Same lodging

Day 6:

Biking, Walking, and Sea Cave Exploring

Today’s riding takes you past several lighthouses, including Fort Point and Port Medway. In between, you can play and swim at secluded beaches of Cherry Hill, Risser’s Park, Crescent Beach, and Hirtle’s Beach. You can enjoy an independent lunch at the LaHave Bakery, and spend the afternoon hiking to Gaff Point or walking through sea caves at the Ovens Park. Finish in Lunenburg, where shipwrights applied their trade to houses and created such fascinating architecture that UNESCO has designated the entire town a world heritage site. B
Mariner King Inn, or

Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg

Day 7:

Sea kayaking

Today you will learn the basics of sea kayaking while making your way through tiny passages among the maze of islands near Second Peninsula. A truly idyllic coastal exploration by kayak, this route often leads you to paddle among dozens or even hundreds of curious seals. You may be able to catch a glimpse of East Point lighthouse and may get to visit some offshore islands! BLD
Same lodging

Day 8:

Cycling and/or Sailing

Ride the quiet roads of the Lighthouse Route along the marvelous inlets of Mahone Bay, then sail the shores of Mahone Bay and St. Margarets Bay. Relax and enjoy a cruise aboard The Freewheeling ketch ‘Sea Wench’ or the gorgeous wooden ketch, ‘Eastern Star’ learn the basics of sailing and feel the powerful allure of the sea. At days end, transfer to Halifax. B


“...a wonderful experience... the guides were fantastic.” - Beth D




Description





Note about the route:

Slow paced with several activity options each day; ideal for families. Van support is abundant. Stronger more experienced cyclists will appreciate longer independent rides.






If you dream of an active holiday with abundant and varied combination of activities, this is a perfect choice. All ages will revel in youthful excitement. The pace of van support is adjusted to suit whether the group includes teenagers and adults, or children 15 and under. By day, you will explore fascinating new places, by bicycle, sea kayak, canoe, and on foot. You will visit a park where footpaths connect with tunnels to sea caves. You can enjoy learning the fundamentals of sailing, seakayaking, and canoeing. You will learn about the world’s highest tides, and will make frequent stops for swimming and playing on the shore. You will be entertained with graveyard stories, roller-coaster rides, and a visit to Canada’s original European fur-trading post, to learn about the early conflicts between English, French, and Aboriginal Peoples. Visit Grand Pré, and learn about how Cajun food evolved from an early European argument over the new world. When the river is running, you will spend an afternoon floating through the countryside on large inner tubes warmed by the sun. Feast on fresh fruit and berries, as well as lobster and lollipops. You will be amazed by the history and harvest, and refreshed by the fresh air and fun.


By night, you will lodge at places chosen for their high level of service, their beautiful and spacious grounds, and their abundance of compelling interests for people of all ages. You will sleep in the world heritage seaport of Lunenburg; in a lodge on the beach; in an historic inn in Canada’s oldest town, and in the Acadia University town of Wolfville. If you like a variety of activities every day, whatever your age, this is the adventure experience you must have!





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

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.





Costs

Guided
includes 15% tax

US 3295 C 3790

(per person, double occupancy, includes 8 full days, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, entrance fees at National Parks and Historic Sites, Oaklawn Zoo, Upper Clements Park, Ovens Natural Park; inner tube, canoe and kayak equipment, two sailing excursions, luggage handling, vehicle and guide support, maps and route notes) Children sharing with 2 adults receive a 15% discount. For childern under 12 that discount is 20%. If children are under five years old, this becomes 50%.

Self-Guided
includes 15% tax

N/A

Not available for this tour.

Single Occupancy
includes 15% tax

US 695 C 800

Bicycle Rental
includes 15% tax

Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Racing: US 255 C 295
Full Carbon Racing: US 395 C 455
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455
Tandem Bicycles, Trailer Bikes and Child Trailers also available.


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax included.

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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.