The best part of Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route is that it so frequently follows the water’s edge. Quiet roads skirt myriad white-sand beaches, and there are many hidden coastal treasures. It is perfect for a gentle bike ride. Friendly people, fishing villages, secluded anchorages, boat builders, antique shops, artists’ hamlets, and beautiful beaches all contribute to the feeling of being in paradise. This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafes, and fantastic rides along obscure coastal stretches You can dine on lobster, swim in warm lakes or the cool ocean, feel the warm sand between your toes, and appreciate the cooling sea breeze in your hair. There are two nights in the UNESCO heritage township of Lunenburg, whose uniquely crafted architecture reflects skills of numerous shipbuilders and fishermen whose lifestyle built the town. You will cross the cable ferry to the beaches near LaHave; you can soak in the pool after your activities in the university town of Wolfville; and can venture on foot to two of the most spectacular headlands in the province. This is a perfect introduction to Nova Scotia’s coastal charms, and will show you why many visitors return again and again. This adventure is a perfect introduction to Nova Scotia, bicycle holidays, and M06468. We look forward to showing you where we live!
Note: Continue your adventure around the Bay of Fundy by joining the Fundy Glooscap Bike trip. Spend some extra time in Halifax including a visit to the Titanic gravesites. Check out the Nova Scotia Festivals and Events Site to coordinate your trip with an exciting event like the Stan Rogers Folk Fest! There is a 5% reward available for combining the two.
Highlights: Hubbards Cove sunsets; Aspotogan peninsula beaches; the scenic approach to Mahone Bay via Indian Point; dinner and walks in “downtown” Lunenburg; the LaHave cable ferry and bakery; the lighthouse in Liverpool; Cape Split; Bay of Fundy; Acadian dykes to Grand Pre
Day 1: Meet in downtown Halifax at 16:00 and transfer to Chester or Hubbards for a delicious introductory dinner. Includes: (D). (Meal inclusions shown for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only). Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester; or Anchorage House & Cottages, Hubbards.
Day 2: Cycle up to 78 km/49 miles. Shorter options available. Riding around the Aspotogan Peninsula – a famous route for cyclists from nearby Halifax, you will pass through traditional fishing villages of Blandford, Aspotogan and Northwest Cove, and by the beach at Bayswater. You can make extra side trips to see where the biggest whaling station in Eastern North America used to operate in "New" Harbour; to gaze at the distant lighthouse on East Ironbound Island, and to see one couple’s fantasy – a fairytale castle that inspires myths and tales. Return to your waterfront village to explore independent evening dining options. Includes: (B), (L). Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester; or Anchorage House & Cottages, Hubbards. “Mecklinberg Inn and Tattingstone were great, beyond what we expected.” – Tom Webb.
Day 3: Bicycle up to 46 km/29 miles, plus options. Short route begins at Martin’s River; longer route begins in Chester. This is one of Nova Scotia’s most interesting rides. Begin on one of our favourite stretch of coastal country roads anywhere. From Indian Point to Lunenburg, the roads 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; or Mariner King, Lunenburg.
Day 4: Cycle 21 or 41 km/13 or 26 miles, plus side trips. Optional 2 hour hike or sea-kayaking. This is a beautiful ride to the sweet smelling LaHave Bakery, with optional side trips to the seacaves at The Ovens Natural Park, and the beautiful beaches near Kingsburg, where you can choose to explore a magnificent headland hike. Return to Lunenburg this afternoon to explore more of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you prefer, a full day paddle, one of the best seakayak experiences in Nova Scotia, is available too. You will meander through many islands – both inhabited and wild, and will be visited by dozens, maybe hundreds, of seals. There is a supplemental fee for the seakayaking, be sure to inquire at the time of booking. Includes: (B). Alicion B&B; or Mariner King, Lunenburg.
Day 5: Bicycle 66 km/41 miles. Cross the LaHave cable ferry early this morning and pay another visit to the bakery to help your guides select options for lunch. Visit the Fort Point Lighthouse and museum 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 at Port Medway, before a two hour transfer to Wolfville, where you will spend the next two days exploring the bountiful valley and Fundy coast. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Tattingstone Inn; or Victoria’s Historic Inn, Wolfville
Day 6: 14 km/9 miles hike. Cycling is 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 strong tides into a tapestry of eddies, whirlpools, and white water currents. Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the expansive views of sea and sky before savouring the hike back to civilization and the choice of several excellent dining options in Wolfville. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Tattingstone Inn; or Victoria’s Historic Inn, Wolfville.
Day 7: 6 km/4 miles walk; 15 km/9 miles cycling; longer rides available up to 75 km/46 miles. Walk on the Acadian dykes to Grand Pré, to see how early farmers controlled the tides to their advantage. Visit the Acadian site of Grand Pré, 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. If water levels are high enough you can float lazily down the Gaspereau River atop an inner tube through apple orchards toward the sea. Others may choose to climb to Lumsden’s Dam for a fresh water swim before transferring to Halifax by 17:00. Includes: (B), (L).
- Start: Halifax 16:00, day one
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