Easy
Difficulty level
Bike, Hike, Multi-Activity, Sea-Kayak
Primary Activity
2 Night, 3 Day
Duration

Canada, Nova Scotia: Lunenburg Bike, Paddle, & Hike

Two nights; three days of easy cycling, hiking, and paddling on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast and the Rum Runners Trail.


“Simply amazing – the incredible views, sounds of nature, and the smell of fresh air and ocean all combined to make this the most exhilarating and personally rewarding holiday. ” – Beth J

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • All of downtown Lunenburg is a UNESCO site, with a setting and architecture that reflects its shipbuilding pedigree.
  • Three ways of exploring, each suited to its location.
  • Paddle on one of Nova Scotia’s best day trip routes, to hundreds of tiny islands, and, usually, curious seals galore.
  • Hike the headland of Gaff Point, and visit a “secret” beach.
  • Cycle to Indian Point and Mahone Bay, on paved but very quiet rural, seaside roads, and the Rum Runners Trail. Mahone Bay is another boatbuilding village, with a pretty waterfront and many artisan galleries.
  • Many dining and shopping options on a small scale in downtown Lunenburg.

 

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.


This is an easy experience. The paddling, while tailored to the group abilities and weather, is accessible and closely follows the coast. The hiking is not very hilly, but can sometimes be wet, so good footwear is necessary. The biking is easy, coastal, and on flat terrain; it can be made even easier with an e-bike if you prefer.

 


Start: Lunenburg, 10:00, day one.

Finish: Lunenburg, 17:00, day three.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Flexible cycling distance, up to 36km.

Meet in Lunenburg. Ride to Mahone Bay and Indian Point via Second peninsula, and back via Rum Runners Trail.

Bluenose Lodge, or, Mariner King, Lunenburg

2

Sea-kayak to the Rackets.

This is a day-filling paddle – one of the best sea kayak experiences on Nova Scotia’s coast. You will meander through myriad islands, both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by seals – sometimes hundreds of them. Picnic lunch on the rocks is especially appealing.

Same lodging

3

Morning hike to Gaff Point. Afternoon bike ride to LaHave Islands and Bakery. Finish in Mahone Bay.

A short transfer to Hirtle’s Beach to hike along the cobbles and out along the headland to Gaff Point. Afterwards, ride to the LaHave Bakery for lunch, and a stop at the lighthouse at Fort Point Museum, then out along Crescent Beach to the LaHave Islands for afternoon swims and exploration – a microcosm of quiet coastal life, with an interesting and tiny LaHave Marine Museum. Finish with a walk along the length of Risser’s Beach and its boardwalk, before riding or transferring back to Lunenburg by 5pm.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP?


Guided: C 1495 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 3 days, 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, sea-kayak and equipment, hybrid bicycle rental, experienced local guides, maps, route instructions, taxes.

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and guide(s) gratuities.


Self-Guided:

Not available for this tour

 

Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

 

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. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 

 

2022 Guided dates:

  • Jul 8-10
  • Aug 5-7
  • Sep 2-4

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jul 7-9
  • Aug 4-6
  • Sep 1-3

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?


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