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Canada – Cycling the Cabot Trail of Nova Scotia

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The Cabot Trail of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton is widely considered one of the world’s most picturesque destinations, offering a spectacular coastal cycling experience through the famous Cape Breton Highlands area and National Park. The scenic trail takes you through the area’s most breathtaking landscapes: Margaree Valley, Chéticamp, Pleasant Bay and Ingonish. On this 6 day, self guided tour you have the opportunity to not only cycle this incredible route but also take some time to further enjoy the area. Stop and do some hiking in the Highlands National Park, hop on a boat for some whale watching in Chéticamp, and even take in a round of golf at the Highland Links course, if you like! This incredible area has much to be explored and enjoyed; if you would like to add some extra days along the way, we highly recommend doing so! 

Arrival & Departure Locations

This tour starts and finishes at Halifax Airport.

Price Includes

  • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Welcome orientation & bike fitting
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers at each change of inn
  • Detailed route notes
  • Toll-free number and contact in the event of emergency

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels:

  • Baddeck: The Telegraph House ** or The Lynnwood Inn ****
  • Margaree Valley: Normaway Inn ***
  • Chéticamp: Maison Fiset House B&B
  • Dingwall: Markland Beach Cottages
  • Ingonish Beach: The Keltic Lodge **** or The Castlerock Inn

Optional Add-Ons

  • Whale Watching in Chéticamp
  • Golf at Highland Links Golf Course
  • Additional Nights
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support


Local Experts: Dana, our local expert, is based in Nova Scotia and he has biked all over the world! Dana will be your local point person while there, available to help transfer you and support you along the way. He will ensure all the services we provide in this program, allowing you to relax and enjoy your ride!

Tour Highlights
  • Cycle along the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
  • Incredible nautical landscapes with rolling coastline and countryside.
  • Cycle St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails route.
  • Explore quaint fishing villages along the Aspotogan Peninsula.
  • Visit the historical shipbuilding community of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
  • Enjoy brightly colored historical homes dotting the shore of the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Ride through the small fishing village of Blue Rocks, popular with artists & photographers.
  • Canadian Century Ride to White Point – a challenging ride day!
  • Taste world-famous lobster, oysters, blueberries, donair, dulse, Rappie Pie, oat cakes & apples.
  • Stay in small, charming inns and quality lodging.

Need to Know:

  • This self guided bicycle tour can depart Sunday – Friday.
  • For 2020, travel dates are Aug 9 – Sept 30.
  • This tour is also available as guided.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Halifax & Transfer to Baddeck

Welcome to Nova Scotia! Upon arrival, we will greet you at the Halifax Airport (or downtown Halifax if you are already in town) and transfer you to your cozy accommodations in Baddeck. Once settled, there will be time to ride your bikes around the community to acquaint yourself with the brakes and gearing, making any adjustments for comfort. The Alexander Graham Bell Museum is worth a visit and it is only a 10-minute walk from your inn. Dining options abound, ranging from pizza to fine dining, all within walking distance of your inn.

Overnight: Baddeck

Day 2Margaree Valley & Lake O'Law: 58 km, +25 km

Today you will cycle through the scenic Margaree Valley, stopping for a picnic and a refreshing swim at Lake O’Law. Continuing on, you will make your way to the Normaway Inn, your beautiful setting for the evening. Once at the inn you can decide to cycle the optional ride we have included in your package (a loop ride that crosses rivers and includes stops at swimming holes) or explore the area on foot. Tonight at the inn, you might also get your first taste of traditional Cape Breton music, which often includes a fiddle and dancing!

Distance: 58 km / 26 mi, +25 km / 16 mi, +404/-331m
Overnight: Margaree Valley

Day 3Coastal Rode to Chéticamp: 50 km

The Margaree Valley is an angler’s paradise with abundant salmon in the Margaree River. Today you will have the opportunity to visit the Margaree Salmon Museum in the morning as you leave the valley, joining the coast road to Chéticamp. In Chéticamp, you can go whale watching and get a glimpse of the Highlands, where you will be bicycling over the next two days.

Distance: 50 km / 31 mi, +271/-363m
Overnight: Chéticamp

Day 4Cape Breton Highlands National Park: 80 km

Today’s ride will soon have you in the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This spectacular national park encompasses almost 1,000 square kilometres of breathtaking highlands that descend to dramatic and rocky shorelines. The Highlands are teeming with wildlife: moose, eagles, fox, deer, coyotes, lynx and bobcats are plentiful. The day’s final destination is Dingwall, your home for the night.

Distance: 80 km / 50 mi, +1354/-1341m
Overnight: Dingwall

Day 5White Point to Ingonish: 58 - 70 km

Today you continue along the Cabot Trail taking the scenic route through White Point and Neil’s Harbour on the way to Ingonish. The area of Ingonish, known for its lush green valleys and sandy beaches, will not disappoint you for your last evening! The Highland Links Golf Course is located along the way, for those who want to get a round in before continuing to your inn for the evening.

Distance: 58-70 km / 36-42 mi, +482/-474m
Overnight: Ingonish

Day 6Departure Day: 46 - 56 km

Follow the Cabot Trail over Cape Smokey, with a descent that will have you gasping with delight. You will bike through Wreck Cove, Skir Dhu and Breton Cove as you make your way to Englishtown, your final destination. Your van will be waiting for you at the ferry landing, to transfer you back to the Halifax Airport or downtown Halifax. If you wish to extend your travels, please let us know and we can provide assistance in planning and arrangements!

Distance: 46-56 km / 29-35 m, +445/-440m

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Cape Breton Bike Tour Nova Scotia
Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy) All rates CAD

  • $1,899CAD based on double occupancy

  • $575CAD single supplement 

  • Premium hybrid bicycle rental: $199CAD

  • Road bicycle rental: $229CAD

  • Carbon road bicycle rental: $299CAD

  • 15% tax (HST) is added to the bill, 7.5% for non-Canadian residents.

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

How do our tours compare to similar trips? You Get MoreIf you compare price, we are much less than guided trips with similar experiences. In our private, independent format, you get much more than what most traditional self guided tours offer, plus it’s a better experience! Our team has gone to great lengths to build and create exceptional tours all over the world, vacations that will give you lifelong memories. From the accommodations to the bikes, to the routes themselves, we hold each component of our tours to a very high standard. We are dedicated to empowering people through travel!
 
Ready to book? Our well-traveled, knowledgeable and dedicated team is standing by and eager to make your travel dreams come true. Call now at 800-960-2221 (USA/Canada 8 am-5 pm MST) +1.480.905.1235; or email us.