Canada: Nova Scotia

Fundy & Glooscap Bike Tour

Six nights; seven days of cycling, with hiking, sea kayaking, and tidal bore river rafting opportunities.
“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.



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: 21km; long: up to 40km; optional swimming or inner tubing
09:00 meet in downtown Halifax for transfer to Wolfville. Starting from the Farmer’s Market, you’ll cycle the Harvest Moon Trail to historic Grand Pre, where Longfellow’s Evangeline was written, and will learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. After a visit to the site and a picnic lunch, you will spend the afternoon riding from one winery to the next. If water levels permit, you can also float leisurely down the Gaspereau, past the bountiful orchards on an oversized inner tube, or go swimming at nearby Lumsden’s Dam. Return to Wolfville for in time to refresh before dinner. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts)
Blomidon Inn, or
Tattingstone Inn; Wolfville

Day 2

Short: 33km; long: up to 65km; 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 300m 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

Up to 80km; optional river rafting not included in tour cost
Transfer to Cheverie Lookoff 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 and there is a group consensus. 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

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

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 at Wild Caraway, Advocate Harbour

Day 6

~55km ride to West Apple River; optional 6km hike; optional afternoon sea kayaking is 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

~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


Route expectations:

The rides are long and hilly. Most roads are very quiet, but are shared with traffic. Relaxed riders may prefer some van support, especially on days three and seven when the distances are higher and the hills most challenging.

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. Cycle to Parrsboro on the Glooscap Trail, where legends tell of the Great Chief Glooscap’s magic. The benevolent hero of the Mi’kmaq tribe is said to have taught them everything they know about hunting, fishing, herbs, and plants. In the legends, Glooscap is credited with changing monsters into harmless animals, and adapting the landscape to be more favourable. 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. The lighthouse is isolated and accessible by a hilly gravel road; self guided tours will stay at another property in Advocate Harbour within walking distance of other amenities.

Map & Elevations

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Day # Daily distance
  Up to 40 km + options
  65 km + optional 14 km hike
80 km
  Up to 43 km + optional hike
50 km
    55 km + options
  55 km + hiking

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!


US 2795 C 3195 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners, museum fees, inner tubing, luggage handling, full-time guide and van support, maps, route instructions, 15% sales tax

US 2275 C 2595 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, essential transfers as outlined in the plan, maps, route instructions, 15% sales tax

Single room

US 475 C 545


Hybrid: US 135 C 155
Road: US 255 C 295
Full Carbon Road: US 395 C 455
Electric-assist: US 395 C 455

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.