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Canada: Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour
Ocean breezes, seaside towns, sandy shores, and fishing villages- You are in Nova Scotia, the hidden gem of Canada. Savour a selection of the best seafood on the gorgeous Atlantic Coast, and witness some of the world’s highest tides of the Bay of Fundy and the innovative dykelands that contain them. Cycle through the stunning countryside, past the sapphire blues of the Atlantic Ocean, and along sleepy fishing villages of Mahone Bay and LaHave Island on this Nova Scotia bicycle tour.
- CategoryCultural & Historical
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration6 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level1 - Beginner
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance113.1 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance18.6 miles
- Day 1Welcome to your Nova Scotia cycling trip!
Meet your tour leaders in Halifax before making your way to the historic town of Annapolis Royal, a National Historic Site of Canada. After a brief bike fitting, set out on an introductory warm-up ride to explore sites and scenes in a town that happens to be steeped in history. Pass by the well-preserved heritage buildings that line the lovely streets before reaching the country roads of Annapolis Valley that are surrounded by a lush patchwork of vibrant greens.
Return to Annapolis Royal and settle into the Queen Anne Inn, a beautiful Victorian mansion that is considered to be one of the finest properties in the Maritimes. Tonight, gather with your bicycling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
- 6.8 miles
- Queen Anne Inn
- Day 2Port-Royal
After breakfast, set off on an easier ride past the Annapolis Royal Generating Station, the only tidal generating station in North America. Make your way to the Port-Royal National Historic Site, home to the historic Habitation at Port-Royal. This fort showcases early Acadian life, allowing visitors to step back into the earliest days of French exploration to gain an impression of how early settlers lived in one of the first European settlements in North America.
After exploring this historic gem, head back into town for lunch and spend some time exploring Annapolis Royal on your own, or continue on and ride out to Parker’s Cove to witness the tides of the Bay of Fundy, or enjoy a coastal route to Victoria Beach. The Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens overlook a river valley and are worth a visit if you choose to stay in town and were named Canada’s 2015 Garden of the Year. Dinner tonight will be held at one of Annapolis Royal’s most acclaimed restaurants, serving delectable and fresh local fare.
- 31.7 - 42.3 miles
- Queen Anne Inn
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Day 3Minas Basin
Today marks the biggest riding day of the tour, as you travel through backcountry farmlands, small towns and villages, farmer’s stands, and iconic Nova Scotian rolled haystacks. Enjoy a delicious lunch in Middleton, also known as “The Heart of the Annapolis Valley,” before riding to the town of Wolfville, located on the shores of the stunning Minas Basin and home of the world’s highest tides. Wolfville is known for its agricultural dykes, which were built by Acadian settlers in the 17th century. Settle into the Tattingstone Inn, a heritage property that exudes casual elegance. The rest of the day will be yours to relax at the hotel or to explore Wolfville, perusing the quaint shops or visiting nearby historic sites, including Fort Anne, famous for its role in the battles between the French and British during the 16th century. Dinner tonight will be held at the Tattingstone Inn, your hotel for the night.
- 29.8 - 74.6 miles
- Tattingstone Inn
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Day 4Wolfville
After a hearty breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients, set out on a beautiful ride alongside the Minas Basin. Cycle past stunning views of the coast and pastoral farmland, passing through berry and apple orchards along the way. Pedal on and witness the famed dykelands of Minas Basin. The earthen dyke walls were built in order to prevent seawater from flowing onto the salt marshes, in turn transforming the marshes into fertile farmland. Witness the dramatic changes between low and high tide caused by the dykes from the high cliffs of Blomidon Provincial Park. Blomidon is renowned for its breathtaking views, abundant wildlife, including deer, snowshoe hares, and porcupines, and striking natural features.
From here, enjoy a savoury lunch by the Atlantic Ocean before pedaling to Mahone Bay along quiet seaside roads, riding by peaceful bays and inlets en route to the vibrant town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunenburg entices with its picturesque setting, featuring colorful buildings with stunning Mahone Bay providing a tranquil background to this historic town. Settle into the Mariner King, a majestic hotel that is located in the heart of Old Town Lunenburg.
- 7.5 - 36 miles
- Mariner King Inn
- Breakfast and Lunch
- Day 5LaHave Islands
After breakfast, make your way to the small lobster-fishing community of LaHave for some wonderful seaside cycling. Travel past weathered coves, across scenic causeways, and over rustic bridges to the LaHave Islands. Journey through the sleepy seaside villages found here and watch lobster boats bring in their daily hauls. A late afternoon stop for tea and scones at LaHave Bakery is a treat, as this year-round bakery and cafe is considered a 20th-century riverside chandlery landmark. Make your way back to the colorful waterfront, narrow streets, and captivating architecture of Lunenburg.
Tonight, join your fellow travellers and toast to your Nova Scotian adventure with a farewell dinner.
- 23 - 46 miles
- Mariner King Inn
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Day 6Blue Rocks
Today you will ride to the lovely tiny fishing village of Blue Rocks. Blue Rocks has become a haven for artists and photographers who are drawn by the natural beauty of the coastal blue slate rocks. Retrace back to Lunenburg for brunch and head back to the Inn for a quick shower. You will check out of the inn and load up the luggage and bikes and shuttle back to Halifax Airport for the end of the tour.
- 13 miles