Canada: Nova Scotia
South Shore & Fundy Bike Tour
Six nights; six days of easy cycling on the Lighthouse and Fundy shores, with a day of hiking to Cape Split, and some longer rides and hikes for for more energetic participants. Optional extra - an outstanding sea kayak experience.
“The food was outstanding…all picnics were fabulous with fresh food….the restaurants were fantastic” – Nadia L.
Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Finish: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day seven. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Transfer from Halifax to Chester or Hubbards. Bike introductions. D (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester; or
Anchorage House & Cottages, Hubbards
Bicycle. 58km or 72km (based on lodging).
Riding around the Aspotogan Peninsula – a famous route for cyclists from nearby Halifax, 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. Return to your waterfront village to explore independent evening dining options. BL
Long: 50km; Short: 25km. Additional cycling available. .
This is one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides. Begin on one of our favourite stretch of coastal country roads anywhere. From Indian Point to Lunenburg, the roads 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, cafes, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. BD
Mariner King Inn, or
Boscawen Inn, Lunenburg
Bicycle up to 40km, 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 sea kayak experiences in Nova Scotia) is available as well. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will normally be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. There is a supplemental fee for the sea kayaking, which needs booking in advance. B (L on sea kayak option).
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, or
Victoria's Historic Inn; Wolfville
14km hike. Cycling is available for non-hikers.
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
6km walk; Cycling up to 30km. 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
"...lunches were spectacular, with good healthy choices...we loved having such care for the environment: cloth napkins, real plates and cutlery, etc. Your oatcakes are the BEST!" - Karen & Chuck.
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. Extended options and abundant side trips are available some days.
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 cafes, 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. There are two nights 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; you can soak in the pool after your activities in 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
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 17:00, day seven. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
US 1955 C 2295(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, maps and route notes).
US 1595 C 1895(per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers with opportunities for lifts, maps and route notes, essential transfers, emergency support)
US 455 C 535
US 125 C 145
US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing:
US 335 C 395
US 335 C 395
* $125 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.*
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.