New Brunswick holds a special place in our cycling hearts. This is where we learned most of what we know about bike riding, and where Eastwind Cycle began. New Brunswick has some of the best bike rides on the East Coast, through covered bridges, along the Saint John River and out onto enchanted isles surrounded by the swirling tides of the mighty Bay of Fundy. One day you could be riding along the Fundy Trail Parkway perched on the cliffs above the bay, then hiking up the Big Salmon River to an old fishing lodge for a picnic lunch. The next day you might roll across Deer Island, take the ferry to Campobello and then ride the carriage roads to Roosevelt Cottage. All traffic-free.
When you combine these days with great accommodations like the opulent Kingsbrae Arms and simple family-owned B&Bs, and superb cuisine like beachside clam bakes, mouth-watering jumbo scallops on Campobello Island and feeds of the best, freshest lobster, you have the makings of an unforgettable trip.
Day 1. Sussex
Pick up at either Moncton or Saint John airports or meet in Sussex; Lunch at Broadway Cafe; bike fit, welcome talk and orientation; bike the back roads near Sussex through some of the many covered bridges in the area 40-60KM; stay at Amsterdam Inn ; dinner: Broadway Cafe – best in town.
Day 2. Sussex
Bike on quiet country roads along the Kennebecasis River; picnic lunch 70-90KM; stay at Amsterdam Inn; dine at Broadway Cafe
Day 3. Saint John
Bike the Fundy Trail; transfer 45 minute shuttle then ride the spectacular Fundy Trail Parkway and disembark to hike up along Big Salmon River. We will learn some of the fascinating history of this once thriving shipbuilding village and picnic on the beach; on to Saint John historic city center; stay at Chipman Hill Suites renovated historic property;dine Saint John Ale House for a casual night out –gourmet pub fare and good beer
Day 4. Saint John
Take a ferry from just outside Saint John into wonderful countryside along the river, very little traffic and great views. At the end of the day we take another ferry back to the city. 45-75KM; picnic lunch; stay Chipman Hill Suites; lots of great dining options near the inn.
Day 5. Deer Island
Transfer 30 minute van ride takes us to the old mill town of St. George; bike to the ferry to Deer Island, explore the island and get a great view of the world’s largest tidal whirlpool. For anyone interested in kayaking we can organize an optional paddle in the late afternoon 40-60KM; stay at 45th Parallel Motel, a small family run motel simple and clean with attached restaurant well respected for freshest seafood.
Day 6. Campobello Island
Today we will ferry across to Campobello Island, famed as the summer home of FDR. We will bike to East Quoddy Head and take a whale watching cruise; visit the Roosevelt homestead and then its back on the ferries and on into St. Andrews by the Sea. This a lovely old resort town filled with historic buildings and wonderful gardens. Big day of activities 40KM; lunch will be roadside fish or fresh Fundy scallops; stay at Kingsbrae Arms, the only property to receive the Relais and Chateau designation in the New Brunswick. Our farewell dinner will be at the inn.
Day 7. Sussex Return
Last day starts out with a van ride back towards Sussex; bike around 40KM from town and on to the end of our voyage; shuttle back to the airport
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.