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Nova Scotia: A Cycling and Kayaking Adventure on the Bay of Fundy, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Nova Scotia  
Specialty Categories: Multi-activity  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1845 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2245 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Nova Scotia's Lighthouse Route follows the water’s edge and provides many opportunities to swim or otherwise touch the water. Its Fundy coast, where the world’s highest tides shape the coast, boasts more dramatic scenery and less approachable shores. We invite you to come and compare the two, while exploring by bicycle, in a seakayak, and on foot. The Lighthouse route takes you to white-sand beaches, and many hidden coastal treasures, including, of course, lighthouses. Friendly people, fishing villages, secluded anchorages, boat builders, antique shops, artists’ hamlets, beautiful beaches, and, of course, lighthouses all contribute to the feeling of being in paradise. In contrast, the Bay of Fundy boasts the highest tides in the world, and its shores are carved into dramatic, cliff-rich scenery. This is our home, and we love showing you the secret swimming holes, little-known cafes, and fantastic forays 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 one of the most spectacular headlands in the province. This is an excellent multisport introduction to Nova Scotia’s coastal charms, and will show you why many visitors return again and again.

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 10-15 km.
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). Same lodging.

Day 3: Bicycle 24 or 46 km (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 ~ 10 km.
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). Same lodging.

Day 5: Bicycle 66 km/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: 14 km/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). Same lodging.

Day 7: 5 km/3 miles warm-up walk, and 15 km/9 miles bicycle ride.
Longer ride available: 75 km/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.

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start: Halifax 16:00, day one
- Finish: Halifax 17:00, day seven

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 800 ft hill climbs. Late afternoon transfer to Halifax. Includes: (B),(L).

Add your own dates. Self-Guided Dates: You Choose! We confirm within 48 hours.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Guided Cost: $2245 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, full-time guide, van support, maps and route notes).
- Self-Guided Cost: $1845 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, luggage transfers, maps and route notes, essential transfers, emergency support)
- Single Occupancy: $385
- Bicycle Rental: Hybrid, $145; Racing, $195.