Day 1: Meet in Baddeck at 17:00.
Optional transfer available from Halifax. Evening entertainment and dinner may include live music as an introduction to the unique culture of Cape Breton Island. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only). Silver Dart Lodge; or Inverary Resort, Baddeck.
Day 2: 45 km/28 miles, plus afternoon options.
Begin cycling at about 09:00, riding over Hunter’s Mountain (500 ft) and along Middle River Valley to enjoy a beautiful outdoor picnic at Lake O'Law. Afternoon options include fishing, finding swimming holes, and wonderful cycling on both paved and gravel roads (very quiet) to remote locations along the Margaree River Valley. BLD. Normaway Inn, Northeast Margaree.
Day 3: 53 km/33 miles, plus afternoon options.
Ride down the East side of Margaree River valley to the ocean, and then follow the shore through the Acadian region to Cheticamp. After an independent lunch, options include cycling forays into the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, whale-watching by zodiac, shopping, and hiking or off-road cycling to the salmon pools. For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. B Pilot Whale Chalets, Cheticamp.
Day 4: 71 km/44 miles.
Today is a challenging day of cycling through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You will climb two 'mountains' of about 1400 feet, breaking for lunch between them. The scenery is awe-inspiring; the ascents are long, and the descents...ahh, the descents! If only they'd go on forever. BLD. Markland Inn, Dingwall; or Four Mile Beach Inn, Aspy Bay.
“The Markland was just spectacular with a wonderful view and a beautiful beach. What a wonderful place to come to at the end of a grueling day!” – Carol J.
Day 5: 58 km/36 miles.
Optional extra 48 km/30 miles to NE tip of NS at Meat Cove. Cycle the scenic route between Cape North and Neil's Harbour, stopping for a short hike at spectacular White Point, where eagles often soar over spouting whales. Options include swimming holes, waterfalls, beaches, and golf on the Highland Links. BD. Keltic Lodge; or Castlerock Inn, Ingonish Beach.
Day 6: 60-79 km/38-50 miles.
A long, undulating ride along the East Coast follows your initial climb over Cape Smokey (950'). Enjoy a picnic feast at Indian Brook or an interesting café in the middle of nowhere, and finish with a ride to Baddeck, or a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Bell's airplane, the Silver Dart, was airborne about the same time as the Kitty Hawk. Rendezvous by approximately 15:00 at the Museum for farewells and the optional transfer to Halifax, which arrives by about 21:00. BL.
- Guided Cost: $1995 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support, maps and route notes)
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