Canada: Nova Scotia

South Shore & Fundy Bike Tour


Five nights; six days of easy cycling on the Lighthouse and Fundy shores, featuring the beaches of the South Shore and the rugged Fundy coast. Optional extras - an outstanding sea kayak experience near Lunenburg, and a four-hour hike to Cape Split.

“The picnics, the lodgings, the music, the laughs and the roar of the ocean will be treasured by me for a long time.” - Joyce L.

"Great scenery, good cycling roads with a nice mix of flats and hills." - Mary & Phil D.










Itinerary


Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 9:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day six. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Day 1

Introductions and cycling 50km.

Transfer from Halifax at 09:30 to Hubbards where you will begin your ride around the Aspotogan Peninsula – a famous route for local cyclists. You will pass through traditional fishing villages of Blandford, Aspotogan and Northwest Cove, and by the beach at Bayswater. You can make extra side trips to see where the biggest whaling station in Eastern North America used to operate in "New" Harbour; to gaze at the distant lighthouse on East Ironbound Island, and to see one couple’s fantasy – a fairytale castle that inspires myths and tales. Finish cycling in Chester then transfer to Lunenburg if required. LD (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Mecklenburgh Inn, or White Gate Inn, Chester; or Mariner King Inn, or Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg

Day 2

Long: 50km; Short: 25km. Additional cycling available.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare for one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides. Those starting in Chester will begin on an abandoned railbed with beautiful bridges, and the wonderful variety of wilderness and open vistas of the sea. You will hop off the trail to ride our favourite stretch of coastal country road anywhere. From here to Lunenburg, the pavement seems built for bikes to follow the shoreline. It’s hard to choose between savouring them slowly or speeding to Lunenburg in time to explore the wonders that make this tiny but bustling town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fortunately, a mid-day highlight is the village of Mahone Bay, where there are hidden coffee shops, proud artisans, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. Cyclists starting in Lunenburg this morning will follow the route described here in reverse, looping back toward Lunenburg once they reach Martins River. BD
Mariner King Inn, or Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg

Day 3

Bicycle up to 40 km, or optional sea kayaking. Additional hiking available.

This is a beautiful ride to the sweet smelling LaHave Bakery, with optional side trips to the seacaves at The Ovens Natural Park, and the beautiful beaches near Kingsburg, where you can choose to explore a magnificent headland hike. Return to Lunenburg this afternoon to explore more of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you prefer, a full day paddle, one of the best seakayak experiences in Nova Scotia, is available too. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. There is a supplemental fee for the seakayaking, be sure to inquire at the time of booking. B
Same Lodging.

Day 4

Bicycle up to 47km

Cross the LaHave cable ferry early this morning and pay another visit to the bakery to help your guides select options for lunch. Visit the Fort Point Lighthouse and museum before enjoying another of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. Passing through several seaside hamlets: Broad Cove, Vogler's Cove, Little Harbour, Cherry Hill Beach, and Beach Meadows, you will finish with a delightful picnic lunch near the lighthouse at Port Medway, before a two hour transfer to Wolfville, where you will spend the next two days exploring the bountiful valley and Fundy coast. BLD
Blomidon Inn, Wolfville or Planter's Barracks, Canard

Day 5

Loop ride through Hall's Harbour and Blomidon; 76km. 14km optional hike is available as an alternative.

Ride through the Acadian dykelands and apple orchards with beautiful views of Cape Blomidon. Climb over North Mountain, and descend to picturesque Hall's Harbour, where lobster can be purchased on the wharf for immediate enjoyment while you watch the astounding tidal flux. Return to Wolfville on quiet roads in time to choose from the many dinner options in a small university town setting. Optional alternative: A four hour hike takes you to Cape Split where you can wander along the precipices hundreds of feet above the Bay of Fundy, whose waters are transformed by strong tides into a tapestry of eddies, whirlpools, and white water currents. Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the expansive views of sea and sky before savouring the hike back to civilization and the choice of several excellent dining options in Wolfville. BLD
Same Lodging.

Day 6

6km walk; Cycling up to 27km. Additional hiking/cycling available.

Visit the Acadian site of Grand Pré, about where Longfellow’s Evangeline was written, and learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. After a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon riding between wineries that have been established here to take advantage of the amazing sunny microclimate. If water levels are high enough you can float lazily down the Gaspereau River atop an inner tube through apple orchards toward the sea. Others may choose to climb to Lumsden’s Dam for a fresh water swim before transferring to Halifax by 17:00. BL





Description



Note about the route:

The road follows the coast closely most of the time, so swimming, beaches, and good coastal photo ops are all frequently possible. There are short hills, especially on the first day of riding, but they are small, and the route becomes easier as the week progresses. There are some short, optional sections on an unpaved former railbed, but most of the route is paved.




The best part of Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route is that it so frequently follows the water’s edge. Quiet roads skirt myriad white-sand beaches, and there are many hidden coastal treasures. It is perfect for a gentle bike ride. Friendly people, fishing villages, secluded anchorages, boat builders, antique shops, artists’ hamlets, and beautiful beaches all contribute to the feeling of being in paradise.


This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafés, and fantastic rides along obscure coastal stretches You can dine on lobster, swim in warm lakes or the cool ocean, feel the warm sand between your toes, and appreciate the cooling sea breeze in your hair. You will rest in the UNESCO heritage township of Lunenburg, whose uniquely crafted architecture reflects skills of numerous shipbuilders and fishermen whose lifestyle built the town. You will cross the cable ferry to the beaches near LaHave; visit the university town of Wolfville, and can venture on foot to two of the most spectacular headlands in the province.


This is a perfect introduction to Nova Scotia’s coastal charms, and will show you why many visitors return again and again.

Trip history: NS 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 NS by most FA staff.





Maps & Elevations






Learn more

You can extend your ride by another six days by adding the Fundy & Glooscap Bike trip.

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

Guided
includes 15% tax

US 2295 C 2635

(per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, guide/driver and vehicle support, maps and route notes) *$145 per person for optional seakayaking on day four, including equipment, accessories, lunch, and kayak guide. This must be requested ahead of time. Please ask for details when you book your adventure.

Self-Guided
includes 15% tax

US 1795 C 2065

(per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, luggage transfers with opportunities for lifts, maps and route notes, essential transfers, emergency support.)

Single Occupancy
includes 15% tax

US 425 C 485

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


 

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.