Day 1: 16:00 pickup in Halifax, or meet at 17:00 in Chester/Hubbards for a delicious introductory dinner. Includes: (D). (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester; or
Hawthorn Cottage, Chester; or
Anchorage House & Cottages, Hubbards
Day 2: Paddle 10-15km
Between Hubbards and Chester, there are seven beaches, five fishing harbours, ten islands – some inhabited, others not, and many miles of coastal beauty. You will sometimes feel as though you are exploring two worlds – one above the water; the other below. This is our home, and we look forward to sharing its treasures with you. Includes: (B),(L).
Day 3: Bicycle 24 or 46km (15 or 29 miles), plus options. Short route begins at Martin’s River. Longer route begins in Chester. Extra ride includes Blue Rocks & Stonehurst.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare for one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides. You will begin on an abandoned railbed with beautiful bridges, and the wonderful variety of wilderness and open vistas of the sea. You will then hop off the trail to ride our favourite stretch of coastal country road anywhere. From here to Lunenburg, the pavement seems built for bikes to follow the shoreline. It’s hard to choose between savouring them slowly or speeding to Lunenburg in time to explore the wonders that make this tiny but bustling town a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fortunately, a mid-day highlight is the village of Mahone Bay, where there are hidden coffee shops, proud artisans, cafes, beautiful boats, and a maritime village feel that makes one inclined to linger. Includes: (B),(D).
Alicion B&B, Lunenburg; or
Smuggler's Cove Inn, Lunenburg
Day 4: Paddle to the seal rookery ~ 10km
This is one of the best seakayak experiences in Nova Scotia. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. Return to Lunenburg with time to enjoy wandering through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Includes: (B),(L).
Day 5: Bicycle 66km/41 miles.
Cross the LaHave cable ferry early this morning, and stop at the sweet-smelling bakery to help your guides select options for lunch. Stop to see Fort Point Lighthouse before enjoying another of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. Passing through several seaside hamlets: Broad Cove, Vogler's Cove, Little Harbour, Cherry Hill Beach, and Beach Meadows, you will finish with a delightful picnic lunch near the lighthouse in Port Medway, before a transfer to Wolfville, where you will spend the next two nights exploring near the Fundy coast. Includes: (B),(L),(D).
Tattingstone Inn, Wolfville; or
Victoria’s Historic Inn, Wolfville
Day 6: 14km/9 miles hike. Ride available for non-hikers.
A four hour hike takes you to Cape Split, where you can wander along the precipices hundreds of feet above the Bay of Fundy, whose waters are transformed by the strong tides into a tapestry of eddies, whirlpools, and whitewater currents. Eat a delicious lunch overlooking the expansive views of sea and sky before savoring the hike back to civilization, and the choice of several excellent dining options in Wolfville. Includes: (B),(L).
Day 7: 5km/3 miles warm-up walk, and 15km/9 miles bicycle ride. Longer ride available: 75km/46 miles. Optional inner tubing.
Walk on the Acadian dykes to Grand Pre, to see how early farmers controlled the tides to their advantage. Visit the Acadian site of Grand Pre, about where Longfellow’s Evangeline was written, and learn why Acadian culture has influenced so much of the world. After a picnic lunch, spend the afternoon riding between wineries that have been established here to take advantage of the amazing sunny microclimate. Optional inner tubing down the Gaspereau River, through apple orchards toward the sea, or swimming at Lumsden’s Dam.
Long ride option: Ride through Port Williams, Canard, and Canning to Hall’s Harbour, for tide-watching, appreciation of how fishermen have adapted to the huge tides, and for a freshly-cooked lobster lunch at your own cost. There are two 800ft hill climbs. Late afternoon transfer to Halifax. Includes: (B),(L).
"The incredible scenery, great food specialties, and quiet (some super-quiet) roads are under-rated. The guests feel that they have discovered a secret gem that rivals the Cabot Trail and South Shore. What I love is that throughout the week, it just gets better and better!"
(Comment from Alana, guide extraordinaire)
"... it was another great trip, beginning with the organization and paperwork... The route and the inns and the variety on this trip are excellent, I really didn't care if I bike, there was so much to do".
(S. Shaver, ON)
2015 Dates: Jun 28-Jul 4; Jul 19-25; Aug 2-8; Aug 30-Sep 5; Sep 13-19.
2016 Dates: Jun 26-Jul 2; Jul 17-23; Jul 31-Aug 6; Aug 28-Sep 3; Sep 11-17. Add your own dates.
Self-Guided Dates: You Choose! We confirm within 48 hours.
Start: Halifax 16:00, day one
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