You'll be able to explore the valley of the Margaree River, rich with salmon and its pursuit, to play golf on the renowned Highland Links, as well as following the paved Trail itself and riding on beautiful wooded trails, all while staying at inns famous for their individuality and charm. Highlights include a ride through beech woods to salmon pools, where salmon sometimes leap on their way upstream, and you can swim in deep pools below clear waterfalls.
Highlights: Baddeck, the Margaree Valley, Acadian Culture, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, challenging climbs, exhilarating descents, fresh seafood, Alexander Graham Bell Museum, moose sightings, coastal scenery, mountains.
Earth’s most beautiful island - Conde Nast Traveller.
Travel & Leisure magazine - Cape Breton Island rated #2 in World’s Best Islands.
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. Includes: (D). (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Note: Self-guided trips include breakfast)
Silver Dart Lodge; or
Inverary Resort, Baddeck
Day 2: 45km/28 miles, plus afternoon options
Begin cycling at about 09:00, riding over Hunter’s Mountain (500ft) 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. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Normaway Inn, Northeast Margaree
Day 3: 53km/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, shopping, and hiking or off-road cycling to the salmon pools. For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. Includes: (B).
Pilot Whale Chalets, Cheticamp
Day 4: 71km/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. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Markland Inn, Dingwall; or
Four Mile Beach Inn, Aspy Bay
Day 5: 58km/36 miles. Optional extra 48km/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. Includes: (B), (D).
Keltic Lodge; or
Castlerock Inn, Ingonish Beach
Day 6: 60-79km/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. Includes: (B), (L).
Extend your stay: Explore more of Cape Breton, including the amazing Fortress of Louisbourg. Spend some extra time in Halifax including a visit to the Titanic gravesites. Add a day or two of Seakayaking on Nova Scotia's South Shore. Call us for hiking, cycling, paddling, or multisport extensions.
2015 Dates: May 24-29; Jun 14-19; Jun 28-Jul 3; Jul 12-17; Jul 26-31; Aug 2-7; Aug 9-14; Aug 23-28; Sep 6-11; Oct 4-9
2016 Dates: May 22-27; Jun 12-17; Jun 26-Jul 1; Jul 10-15; Jul 24-29; Aug 7-12; Aug 21-26; Sep 4-9; Oct 2-7.
Start: Baddeck, Cape Breton Island at 17:00 on day 1. Optional 4 hour transfer from Halifax $75 per person/return.
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