Canada: Nova Scotia
Yarmouth Loop Bike Tour
Six nights; six days of easy cycling on the Lighthouse and Acadian shores, including canoeing, sea kayaking, and hiking.
“We loved being on the routes along the ocean...We had a fun and memorable holiday, and your excellent employees made sure of that. They told us great stories and all sorts of stuff” – Nancy & Audrey W.
Start: Yarmouth ferry terminal, 20:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary. Visit www.ferries.ca for ferry schedule and fare details.
Finish: Yarmouth ferry terminal, 07:00, day eight. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Welcome to Nova Scotia!
You will be met upon the arrival of the ferry and transferred a short distance to your first inn. (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only; self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
MacKinnon-Cann Inn, Yarmouth
Up to 78km
Start in Yarmouth and begin cycling along the French Shore. You will be able to stop at several beaches, churches, and Acadian villages on your way to Weymouth, from where you will transfer through the fishing port of Digby to Annapolis Royal. Views of the Bay of Fundy and colorful wooden houses are highlights, and freshly-landed scallops or lobster are among the local dinner treats. BLD
Hillsdale House, or
Queen Anne Inn; Annapolis Royal
55km or 78km
Visit Fort Anne - the earliest British settlement in North America, then cycle through farmland to Bear River, locally known as the little Switzerland of Nova Scotia. Return to Annapolis Royal on quiet roads. Spend the afternoon visiting the beautiful historic gardens, or the restored 17th century trading post at Port Royal. Choose from several excellent dinner options in Annapolis Royal. BL
Leisurely cycling on wooded trails or canoeing on lakes and rivers.
Start with a transfer inland to Kejimikujik National Park to explore its watery delights by canoe, or by bike along well-groomed riverside trails. This has been a nexus for native Miq'maq traders, and is still the jumping off point for modern canoe explorers of the nearby Tobeatic Wilderness area. From Keji you’ll head to the South Shore, known for its lighthouse and beaches, one of which will be your resting place tonight. At White Point you can soak in the hot tub, swim in the waves, play golf, surf, or relax overlooking the beach before dining on planked salmon or other locally produced delicacies. BLD
White Point Beach Lodge, White Point
Morning sea kayak, afternoon hike.
Start with a wonderful paddle from the sandy crescents at Carter's Beach to the idyllic islands just offshore. Following lunch you’ll hike at the Kejimkujik Seaside Adjunct to another magnificent beach. There are several optional activities to consider today (golfing, cycling, surfing), and your guides will help arrange the best for you. Late in the afternoon you’ll transfer to Shelburne, a historical ship building village first settled by the Acadians in the early 18th Century. BLD
Cooper's Inn, Shelburne
Ride to Cape Sable Island ~ 66 or 90km, then transfer 60km to Yarmouth.
Enjoy a quiet coastal ride to the little known fishing enclave and birder's paradise of Cape Sable Island. It stands at the junction of the open Atlantic and the mouth of the Bay of Fundy and is on the migration route of many bird species. If you join this trip in the spring or autumn, you will probably see birders among the fishermen - an incongruous fit that will help illustrate the uniqueness of this already heavenly location. At the end of your bike ride you will be transferred to Yarmouth, with an opportunity, time allowing, to visit the Acadian village reconstruction site. Once you’re checked into your inn, your guides will bid you farewell and you’ll have the evening to explore dinner options in the small town of Yarmouth. BL
MacKinnon-Cann Inn, Yarmouth
Your tour concludes this morning with a pre-arranged transfer to the ferry terminal in time for the morning departure to Portland ME.
Note about the route:
Easy cycling on paved roads, 50km–100km per day. This route is mostly flat and coastal, but you can expect a few hills on day two and three as you head inland. The experience includes optional cycling on the unpaved cycling trails at Kejimkujik National Park, canoeing, sea kayaking, and a bit of hiking too.
Yarmouth is Nova Scotia's arrival point for ferries from Portland, Maine. This week-long loop ride will show you the best of Nova Scotia's Southwest, including the Acadian French shore, Europe's first North American settlement at Port Royal, the Miq'maq history in Kejimkujik National Park, and the harbours and beaches of the Lighthouse Route. The unique Acadian villages boast magnificent churches that serve as beacons to fishermen returning from George's Bank, and to inspired cyclists on their way to Digby and Annapolis Royal. After eating seafood landed in the former, and soaking up the historic charm of the latter, you will cross the province from Fundy to Atlantic, stopping for cycling or canoeing in Kejimkujik National Park. Once on the Atlantic coast, the Lighthouse Route will take you to the movie-set waterfront in Shelburne, the fossilized underwater forest at Cape Sable, and an Acadian village where you can explore the buildings and eat nourishing fare at a 17-acre oceanfront historic reconstruction. If you spend an extra day in Yarmouth, you can enjoy a ride to the lighthouse at Cape Fourchu, that stands guiding ships into the treacherous mouth of the Bay of Fundy, where the world's highest tides create a rich whale feeding ground, and an endlessly beautiful shore.
Maps & Elevations
If you have extra time in Yarmouth, ride your bike to Cape Forchu Lighthouse - 12km each way. Built in 1840, it has been replaced with what is now known as an "apple core" design, and is debatably one of the most important lighthouses on the convoluted Nova Scotian coast.
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.
Contact us for hiking, cycling, paddling, or multisport extensions.
Yarmouth ferry terminal, 20:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary. Visit www.ferries.ca for ferry schedule and fare details.
Yarmouth ferry terminal, 07:00, day eight. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
US 1995 C 2395(per person, 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, canoe & sea-kayak equipment, luggage handling, guide and vehicle support, detailed maps and route instructions.)
US 1895 C 2235(includes 7 nights, 7 breakfasts, welcome briefing, inn to inn luggage transfers, all necessary ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary, sea kayak guide and equipment, detailed maps and route instructions).
US 545 C 645
US 125 C 145
US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing:
US 335 C 395
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.