Cabot Trail Bicycle Tour

Cabot Trail Bicycle Tour

NOTE: This Tour Is Not Scheduled For This year - It Will Return In Future Seasons

Click Here For 2016 Bicycle Tours!

“I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty Cape Breton out rivals them all”
– Alexander Graham Bell

The Cabot Trail is a must on every cyclist’s dream list of touring routes. Cape Breton Highlands National Park will reveal to you Nova Scotia’s coastal beauty at its best. Discover one of the best cycling routes in North America! With some of the most magnificent scenery on the continent, this is overwhelmingly Atlantic Canada’s most popular bicycle touring route.

Participants will be from a wide background of ages and levels of experience – there’s no pressure. Everyone will cycle in their own style of riding, ranging from sport riders, to “all day dawdlers”.You will be sent a tour booklet giving you details on the tour and offer suggestions on what to bring. When you send in your entry form, you will be sent a tour booklet. It will give you details on this year’s tour and offer suggestions on what to bring. To best prepare you should arrive in Baddeck on Friday. We will send a list of area motels and campgrounds. Riders provide their own camping gear and utensils. There are many restaurants along the trail. Details will be in your tour booklet.

Day 1 – Baddeck to Cheticamp
Day 2 – Cheticamp to Ingonish
Day 3 – Ingonish to Baddeck


Day 1 – Baddeck to Cheticamp 95 km (58 mi.)
Departing the village of Baddeck, we begin our tour with a fairly easy ride. We travel by way of quiet back roads, toward the scenic Margaree Valley, world famous for its salmon. Later in the day, we visit a region of French-speaking Acadian fishing villages. We end our first day at Cheticamp, in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Day 2 – Cheticamp to Ingonish 114 km (69 mi.)This is the most challenging day of our tour. Over 110 kilometers of coastal mountains separate us from our destination campsite. Early in the morning, we meet our first challenge – French Mountain. North Mountain presents another formidable challenge. The downhill runs on both are a worthy reward! There are many enjoyable distractions; Black Brook Beach and waterfalls, whale sightings, deer, moose, panoramic views such as from atop MacKenzie and French Mountains, and many enticing food stops along the way! We’ll celebrate our memorable day of cycling at Ingonish. Our camp will be away from the crowds, in a specially reserved secluded part of the park.

Day 3 – Ingonish to Baddeck 90 km (54 mi.)
Our last day together offers only one major challenge. Smokey Mountain is spectacular, rising sharply from the shore. From its cliffs, you are offered views far out over the Atlantic Ocean. Afterward, we follow Cape Breton Island’s rugged seacoast, to our farewell in Baddeck.

What We Provide – -comprehensive ride guide – all about what you will see on route- history, culture, trivia-camping facilities-luggage transportation – we will carry your gear – just bike and enjoy the ride!-bike mechanic assistance -sag wagon service – support vehicles will be available for breakdowns or tired riders. -daily route maps – meals on Saturday and Sunday evenings – breakfast on Sunday and Monday mornings.

Accommodation – Our trip will be a tent camping adventure. It is possible for a few non-campers to attend. A limited number of Bed and Breakfasts and motels are along our route. If indoor lodgings are from our supported list, we will assist with the transport of their gear to and from our campsites. Due to the popularity of the area, early reservations are strongly recommended. Upon request, a listing of motels and Bed and Breakfasts will be sent with confirmation.

Meals – Saturday and Sunday evening meals are provided. Breakfasts are also included for Sunday and Monday mornings. Saturday breakfast and lunches are each cyclist’s responsibility. There will be places along our route. There is no need to bring any cooking equipment.

Baggage System – Each morning you will bring your baggage to our truck. You are then free to ride at your own pace. Your bags will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the next campground or indoor selection.Tour Support – During the ride, our support vehicle will be at your service if you need a lift or other assistance. Maps and information materials will help guide you along the way.

Preparation and Equipment – With several challenging climbs, circling the Cabot Trail requires a moderate level of fitness. Bicycles must be in good working order. Special attention should be given to brakes and tires; these should be of good quality and well maintained. Gearing of 15 or more speeds is recommended. You will be expected to bring a pump, a spare tube and a repair kit. Organizers reserve the right to prohibit any bicycle considered to be unsafe to operate. The weather is changeable in the highlands; be prepared for cold and wet, as well as hot and dry. Helmets are mandatory by law. Participants must be 18 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult. We will carry whatever you feel you need to enjoy the tour. You must supply your own tent and sleeping bag. We will not subject your gear to weighing scales or bag limits. We ask, however, that you do not overdo things – first time participants bring more gear than they will ever use)


Returning Participants:
We are proud of having among highest return rate of any cycling organization. In appreciation, we wish to offer returning  riders $100 off before February 28, 2017 and $50 off after. 

Entry Options:
*Credit Card - (Visa and MasterCard) - We put cards through by phone to avoid sensitive information passing through our web site.  Please call us at 888-800-2498; or 902-423-2453.  Please also for security reasons, do not send credit card numbers by email or text.  American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate. 

*PayPal - we can send you an email with a link that goes to our PayPal page. American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate. 

*Personal Cheque or Money Order - Postal mail:  PO Box 1555 Stn CRO Halifax NS B3J 2Y3 Canada. Note that the bank rate is different than the "paper" rate.  Use this link on the day you send payment   Exchange Rates  Use the column (Client Sells - Receives Canadian). If the math gets complicated contact us and we will help sort it out.   Note that the postage rate to Canada is higher than U.S. domestic rate, ask what it currently is, mail can be turned back.

*Interact - send payment link to 

*Wire Transfer - please contact us and we will check if this can set up without unreasonable charge from your area.

Youth and Child Rates:
We have rates for youth and children, please contact us for details.

All taxes are included.

Deposits – Getting on Board:
To secure a spot on one of our trips a $300 deposit is required. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the day of departure. If we do not receive your final balance on time, we will consider your reservation cancelled. We will attempt to remind you as the date nears. 

Appreciation Bonus:
Our return rate is among the highest of all bicycle touring organizations.   We truly value the continued participation from our many supporters.  If you are a returning participant please accept our appreciation deduction of $50 on your registration form. 

Cancellations and Change to Later Trip Charges:
We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or defer your bike tour.  A fair amount of work and arrangements are involved with each registration ACC receives and the cancellation timeline outlined below is strictly adhered to.  Exceptions will not be made for any reason. This includes weather or personal emergencies.  We highly suggest that you purchase travel insurance. There are many companies that offer inexpensive trip insurance, and we recommend you look into it.

Your cancellation fee will be determined based on the day the written notice is received. There is no refund if you arrive late or must leave a tour early.

Change to later Trip Option - Registrations may be forwarded to a future event within 3 years with the timeline outlined below. Moving your tour ahead is a better deal than the costs of cancelling outright.

Cancellation Fee
Over 60 Days refund minus $200
31-60 Daysrefund minus $400
16-30 Days50% of trip price
15 Days or lessno refund
Change to Later Trip Fee
Over 60 Days $100 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
31-60 Days$200 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
16-30 Days$300 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
15 Days or less$400 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years


Travel Insurance:
Since there are no exceptions to the cancellation policy outlined above, unfortunately including personal emergencies, we highly recommend that each participant have cancellation and travel insurance.  This type of insurance covers illness, accident, loss of luggage, or other unforeseen occurrences. In addition, we also recommend travelers health insurance to supplement your own medical insurance. Atlantic Canada Cycling does not provide travel insurance or health/accident insurance. This is strictly the participant’s responsibility.

Cancellation of Event:
Atlantic Canada Cycling has never had a cancelled event in its twenty-seven years. We do, however, reserve the right to cancel any scheduled tour. In this event you will receive a full refund of any money paid (for tour operation only).  In this event ACC is not responsible for expenses incurred by individuals in preparation for the trip such as non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses, equipment etc.

ACC Registration Form:
Our Participant Form is below. It should open in a new page in your browser. If not, try to right click and “save target as”, "file as" or "linked content as", depending on your browser to download. The form requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is on most computers but if not you can download from Adobe. If you have problems, please contact us, we can email or fax a form to you. Call us at 888-800-2498

ACC Registration Form:  Click Here!
ACC Registration Form


We would like to hear from you. Please send us a message by filling out the form below and we will get back with you shortly.

Day 3 – Ingonish to Baddeck 90 km (54 mi.)