Trip Highlights

  • Cabot Trail: Bikeway Beside the Sea
  • Highland Music & Celtic Culture
  • Breaching Humpbacks in the Gulf
  • Fresh Caught Snow Crab
  • Biking  the Barrens: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton is one of the greatest bike routes on earth, and we're not the only ones making this claim. Bicycling Magazine said just that, Conde Nast declared Cape Breton "Earth's most beautiful islands" and Lonely Planet called the island a must-see destination. Our journey begins with a couple of days pedalling around Lake Bras D’Or, aka the inland sea, before crossing the island to the open ocean. From here on we ride alongside crashing surf, up and over challenging climbs, through Cape Breton Highlands National Park and beyond to the northernmost tip of Nova Scotia.

cape breton

Cape Breton is the home of Celtic culture, and throughout our journeys here we experience all sorts of culture, including an authentic ceilidh (kitchen party), a visit to the village of Iona where the Gaelic language lives on and a visit to Glenora, Nova Scotia’s renowned single malt whiskey distillery.

All our trips have a strong focus on local food, and Cape Breton is the place for seafood. We'll dine on halibut just out of the water at the Markland Coastal Resort, try traditional Acadian fare in the busy port of Cheticamp, and of course, have the freshest lobster possible in the gorgeous dining room at Keltic Lodge. We have never forgotten the incredibly good mackerel sandwich and chowder at Neils Harbour or shucking oysters right out of the water on Aspy Bay. 

Come ride with us on the greatest bike routes on earth. 

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1 Baddeck
Pick up at Halifax hotel or airport. Warm up ride after transfer from Halifax 25KM along very quiet roads and rivers; hike to Uisge Ban stay at the Lynwood Inn or Inverary resort; live music every night in Baddeck.

Day 2 Magaree
Tour the Margaree Valley and around Lake Ainslie 75 -100KM very quiet roads and a few good hills. Spend the night at the Glenora Inn with fine dining and live music included; distillery tour.
Day 3: Cheticamp
Riding the Cabot Trail along the coast 80 - 100KM rolling hills at first then flat and very close to the sea; stay at the Baywind Suites  in Cheticamp Harbour beside the sea; dine out fresh fish.
Day 4: Dingwall
Over the big mountains to Aspy Bay on the trail 80KM big mountain day;Stop for hike on the Skyline Trail Markland Coastal resort; fine dining on local seafood included; bonfire on the beach; fall asleep to the sound of the waves.
Day 5: Ingonish
Ride the Cabot Trail and end in Ingonish 50 -80KM extra mileage can be added to the tip of Cape Breton Island or take a whale watch cruise; Keltic Lodge dinner in the spectacular dinng room.

Day 6: Cape Smokie 
Ride up and over Cape Smokie and along the shore 20-80KM and then shuttle back to Baddeck for arrival at 12 noon. Best option is up to top of Cape Smokie and then back to the hotel for incredible buffet breakfast.

Dates and Costs:

We offer this tour anytime between June 1st and October 1st. Price is based on various factors such as duration, accommodations, group size etc. Thus the final price can vary from $1500 -$2800. Please contact Eastwind Cycle to design and price a custom journey to fit your criteria.

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