Nova Scotia is the home of Eastwind Cycle, so of course we know and love it best. The best riding is in the Annapolis Valley and South Shore, where the roads are quiet and the short distances are perfect for inn to inn biking. The two regions are very distinct, and a great trip usually includes both.
The South Shore Lighthouse route lives up to the image of Nova Scotia with rocky headlands, blue water and quaint fishing harbours. We ride through Peggy’s Cove and on to the historic port at Lunenburg, home of the Bluenose, never veering far from the open Atlantic Ocean. Crossing the province we visit the Valley from historic Annapolis Royal, site of Canada's first permanent settlement to the market town of Wolfville.
We'll cycle along these country roadways, stopping to watch whales breach just off the coast, to go back in time at national historic sites and to taste the finest whites and ice wines grown in the province. Our favourite stop is indeed to our dear friend Mrs. McGee's kitchen where Mrs. McGee whips up a hearty country lunch for us. And then there's the incredible Tempest restaurant where Chef Michael Howell plies his craft using the freshest local produce. Amazing.
Fine handicrafts, a burgeoning art community, idyllic natural landscapes, great food, quaint country inns and perfect bikeways. This is Nova Scotia by bike.
Day 1 Annapolis Royal: Heart of the most historic area in NS; we do a warm up ride along the shore before checking it at Hillsdale House one of our favourites. After dinner at the Garisson we take a candle lit tour of the old burying ground.
Day 2 Annapolis Royal: So many options for great bike rides but we don't want to miss Port Royal historic site on the way to Victoria beach for a close up look at some of the highest tides in the world.
Day 3 Wolfville:Imagine 100KM of winding country road through little farm towns, lush pasture and no traffic and you get the idea of today's riding. After at hearty lunch in a farm kitchen we arrive at the bustling college town of Wolfville where we lodge at the gracious Tattingstone and dine at Acton's Grill
Day 4 Wolfville: Wonderful rides just keep on coming today as we tour the fertile orchards and vineyards of the Annapolis Valley. After a stop or three at some of these outstanding wineries we wend our way back to Wolfville for a night on the town and a fine meal at Tempest.
Day 5 Lunenburg: We cross the province to the rugged Atlantic shore and ride along the coast past sheltered inlets, boats at anchor and picturesque lighthouses to the port of Lunenburg, A UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its archirecture and wooden ship building.
Day 6 Lunenburg: Rivers, islands and seacoast await us on our trip today. It is all about seaside biking as we are never far from a gorgeous view of the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. Out onto the Lahave Islands and then we take the ferry back to town and a farewell dinner at Lunenburg's finest the Fleur du Sel
Day 7 Halifax: Last day but there are still more rides out to Blue Rocks for some photos and then ending in Mahone Bay for a transfer back to Halifax.
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.