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Canada, Nova Scotia: Fundy and South Shore Bike

Five or six 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 extra: sea kayaking on the Atlantic coast.


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

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • The best parts of Southwest Nova Scotia for a rural and coastal cycling holiday.
  • Bay of Fundy’s highest tides in the world – spectacular sight at Hall’s Harbour.
  • Grand Pre – site of Acadian expulsion from the British colony – important history.
  • Wolfville – a university town with bistros, breweries, and small town charm.
  • Annapolis Valley wineries and orchards.
  • Lighthouse Route – myriad empty white sand beaches, hidden coves, boat-builders, small villages, art & antique shops, and gentle cycling.
  • UNESCO heritage town of Lunenburg, with shipbuilding and fishing heritage.
  • LaHave cable ferry.
  • Great seafood.
  • This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafés, and fantastic rides along obscure coastal stretches.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.


The road follows the coast closely much 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.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Up to 33 km
  • DAY 2: Short ~47km; Long ~66km
  • DAY 3: ~47km; Optional extras
  • DAY 4: ~40km
  • DAY 5: Short ~25km; Long ~51km; Optional extras
  • DAY 6: Short ~30km; Long ~45km; Optional extras

NS: Fundy & South Shore Bike – Elevation Profile


Start: Halifax, The Lord Nelson Hotel, 9:30, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary. If you choose the six-night option, your room in Halifax will be added to the tour price.

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

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

“ The organization was top notch, the rental gear in good condition and the routes were varied and well thought out. Our guide was fantastic…I felt very spoiled by grand lunchtime spreads and the little stops…” – Jill M.

1

Flexible cycling distance, up to 33km

Meet 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 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; self-guided include only breakfasts).

Blomidon Inn, or Tattingstone Inn; Wolfville

2

Blomidon and Hall's Harbour ~66km, or Pereaux and Kingsburg on the Acadian tidal flats ~47km

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. B

Same Lodging

3

Port Medway to LaHave ~47km. Optional extras including Long Cove and LaHave Islands.

Transfer to the lighthouse at Port Medway, to begin riding of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. It is 10km from here to the hidden gem of Long Cove – an optional extra seaside ride with a lighthouse. 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

Bluenose Lodge, or Lunenburg Arms, or Mariner King; Lunenburg

4

LaHave Loop ~40km. 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 between 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

5

Lunenburg to Chester. Short ~25km; Long ~51km. Optional 13km extra to Backman’s Beach.

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, Chester

6

Chester to Mill Cove. Short ~30km; Long ~45km. Several short optional side trips.

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. 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

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Guided: C 3095 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 or 6 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, 15% sales tax. *$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.

Contact us about the six-day, six-night option, including a night in Halifax prior to the start, at extra cost.


Self-Guided: C 2475 (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, 15% sales tax.

Contact us about six-day, six-night option, including a night in Halifax prior to the start, at extra cost.


Single Occupancy: 585


Bike Rentals:

Hybrid-Fitness: 155

Aluminum Racing: 295

Carbon Racing: 455

Electric-Assist: 455


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • Jun 12-17
  • Jun 26-July 1
  • Jul 10-15
  • Jul 24-29
  • Aug 21-26
  • Sep 4-9
  • Sep 18-23

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jun 11-16
  • Jun 25-30
  • Jul 9-14
  • Jul 23-28
  • Aug 20-25
  • Sep 3-8
  • Sep 17-22
  • Oct 1-6

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. If this is not provided by your credit card or elsewhere, please let us know and we can provide recommendations.

Difficulty This route is rated easy (green circle).
Daily Distances 30-100km/day
Optional Extras Fishing, Swimming, Golfing
Best Months June-October

BEST TIMES:

The best time to enjoy this tour is mid-June to mid-October.

 Spring daytimes warm up to 10 to 20 °C (50 to 70 °F) by mid June. Note that seasonal businesses may still be closed, or on off-season hours, until late June.
 Summer, mid June to mid September, is normally 20 to 25 °C (70 to 80 °F). Freshwater and saltwater swimming is encouraged.
 Autumn, mid September to mid October, daytimes 10 to 20 °C range (50 to 70 °F). Nights can be chilly, but rarely down to freezing. Mid-October is the best time to see spectacularly colorful fall foliage.

BEFORE & AFTER THE TOUR

Getting There:

If you fly: The best option is to fly to Halifax (YHZ). We meet you at your inn in Halifax, for a transfer (four hours) to Cape Breton Island with the Freewheeling shuttle. We depart Halifax 1pm, day 1. Halifax’s downtown core is located about half an hour from its airport. Taxis are readily available; Maritime Bus offers an airport express shuttle ($40 roundtrip or $22 one way); and Halifax Transit provides hourly departures on its MetroX bus service ($4.25 fare). Second option: Fly to Sydney (YQY). Arrange your own transport (taxi or rental car; one hour) to first inn.

If you drive: Meet at your first inn, 5pm day one. It is 400km from Halifax, 1500km from New York, and 2000km from Toronto. You can park at the inn for the week.

To Do:

If you have one day:

Rent a car and go tidal bore rafting, visit Peggy’s Cove, or explore the waterfront city of Halifax. The Citadel is a good place for a scenic overview, and to learn about its history.

If you have several days:

Extend your trip by joining one of our other rides in Nova Scotia, or the adjacent provinces, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland.

We recommend the following accommodations in Halifax for before or after your tour; please let us know if we can assist with reservations:

• The Lord Nelson, 1515 South Park Street Ph: 902-423-6331 or 800-565-2020
• Prince George Hotel, 1725 Market Street Ph: 902-425-1986 or 800-565-1567
• Halifax’s Waverley Inn, 1266 Barrington Street Ph: 902-423-9346 or 800-565-9346
• The Halliburton Inn, 5184 Morris Street Ph: 902-420-0658 or 888-512-3344

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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.