Canada: Nova Scotia

Fundy & South Shore Bike Tour


Five nights; six days of easy cycling on the Fundy and Lighthouse shores, featuring the rugged Fundy coast and the gentle beaches of the South Shore. Optional extras – sea-kayaking on the Atlantic coast, and a four-hour hike to Cape Split.

“…a fantastic trip - a great mixture of cycling, hiking, and even the kayaking, which was incredible.”
– Becky M.






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 flexible cycling up to 33km.

Pick up in Halifax for a one-hour transfer to Wolfville. Visit the Acadian site of Grand Pré, the inspiration of Longfellow’s Evangeline, and learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. Spend the afternoon riding between wineries established here to take advantage of the unusually sunny microclimate and relatively recently discovered terroir. If water levels are high enough you can float lazily down the Gaspereau River atop an inner tube through apple orchards toward the sea. Otherwise you can climb to Lumsden’s Dam for a fresh water swim before resting in the university town of Wolfville. LD (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Blomidon Inn, or Tattingstone Inn; Wolfville

Day 2

Loop ride through Hall's Harbour and Blomidon; 69km. 14km hike is available as an optional 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. B

Same Lodging

Day 3

Bicycle up to 47 km.

Transfer to the lighthouse at Port Medway, to begin riding of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. You will pass through several seaside hamlets: Mill Village, Broad Cove, Vogler's Cove, Little Harbour, Cherry Hill Beach, and Beach Meadows, and a ride out along Crescent Beach to the LaHave Islands – a microcosm of quiet coastal life, with an interesting and tiny marine museum. Finish cycling at the cable ferry on the way to Lunenburg. BLD
Boscawen Inn, or Mariner King; Lunenburg

Day 4

Bicycle up to 54km. Additional hiking available. Optional alternative sea kayaking.

This is a beautiful ride to the sweet smelling LaHave Bakery, with side trips to the seacaves at The Ovens Natural Park, and the beautiful beaches near Kingsburg where you can also opt to explore a magnificent headland hike. Return to Lunenburg this afternoon to explore more of this tiny but bustling shipbuilders’ town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you prefer, a full day paddle, one of the best sea kayak experiences in Nova Scotia is available instead of cycling. 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 sea kayaking, and we need to know well ahead of time. Please tell us at time of booking. B
Same Lodging

Day 5

Long bike ride: 51km. Additional distance available.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare for one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides, on our favourite stretch of coastal country road. The pavement seems built for bikes to follow the pretty coast. A mid-day highlight is the village of Mahone Bay, where there are hidden coffee shops, a great craft brewery, many proud artisans, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. BD
Same Lodging in Lunenburg; or Mecklenburgh Inn, or White Gate Inn; Chester



Day 6

45km ride. Optional sea kayak.

Ride from Chester 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. An alternative today is a wonderful sea kayak experience around the headlands of the Aspotogan Peninsula, between Mahone Bay and St. Margaret’s Bay, a nice way to finish a week of activity, with a tail-wind paddle and a salty swim. Finish with a transfer back to the seafront city of Halifax, home of one of the world’s largest natural harbours (second only to Sydney, Australia). 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 but manageable hills, especially on days two and six. There are some brief, optional sections on an unpaved former railbed, but most of the route is paved.




The best parts of Southwest Nova Scotia are its Fundy coast, where the highest tides in the world create fantastic landscapes, and its Lighthouse Route, that 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 university town of Wolfville and 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 near the beaches around LaHave, 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.





Maps & Elevations




Click here for the elevation profile

Day # Daily distance
1
  Up to 33 km
2
  69 km + optional 14 km Hike
3
  Up to 47 km
4
    Up to 54 km + options
5
51 km + optional distance
6
    45 km + optional sea kayak




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

US 2245 C 2695

(per person, double occupancy, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 or 4 lunches (depending on your sea kayak choices), 3 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.

US 1745 C 2095

(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 495 C 595

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.