Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour

JULY 13-22, 2017
Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour
New cycling route

Planning Ahead for 2017:
It sounds like a long way off - but some of us need to plan well ahead. Registrants signing up for 2017 are guaranteed entry to the tour at the amount listed below. Official pricing for 2017 will be posted September 30, 2016, after studying costs during the upcoming year on the road.  Inflation, and changing logistics being what they are, if it needs to be adjusted upward - your registration will be frozen at this amount. If for some (unlikely) reason we can cut costs and it goes down, we will notify everyone and make adjustments.

The Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour will be back with a few interesting route changes! If you loved the tour in 2014 come back for 2017!

The Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour will be an enjoyable “best of” adventure, taking in selected prime cycling corners of the province. There will be some hills on this tour, but casual cyclists should find this tour quite feasible. Distances will be between 65 and 70 kilometres (39 to 42 miles) per day. For those who like longer distances, most days will have a few options for extending routes which can be combined with riding with the group.

For those who may be arriving to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Maine on the ferry, transportation will be available to our tour start at Wolfville. There will also be transport from Halifax. The tour will end at Lunenburg. There will be transport from here back to both the Yarmouth ferry, as well as Halifax.

This exciting tour spends a few days exploring three unique regions of Nova Scotia. The first part we will explore is Nova Scotia’s lush Annapolis Valley. One of the best bicycle-touring parts of Canada, the valley is delightful, crammed with orchards, tiny villages and scenic back roads. Over the next few days we will also make several visits to the Bay of Fundy, taking in several sections along the coastline of this mighty body of water. We will here visit villages touched by its 13M (40 ft.) tides.

After a day for exploration based near Annapolis Royal, we begin crossing the provinces’s thick forested interior. A day at Kejimkujik National Park will allow time for off-bike activities. The third region will be exploring the Atlantic Coast. Perhaps the best known part of Nova Scotia, this shoreline is very scenic, with fishing boats, lighthouses, deserted beaches, and wharves piled high with lobster traps. We explore the coast for two days, staying at the historic seaport of Lunenburg. We hope you can join us on this “best of” exploration of Nova Scotia!
New cycling routeThe Nova Scotia West Tour is back.  It will keep everyone’s favourite parts from its last run, and will have some changes added we think everyone will really like.  It will start this time at Wolfville, in the Annapolis Valley.  It will spend an extra day at Milford, and avoid the mid-tour shuttling from last time with a cross-province route, visiting Kejimkujik National Park.  If you loved the tour in 2014 come back for 2017!

Thursday, July 13 – Wolfville to Blomidon
Friday, July 14 – Blomidon to Aylesford
Saturday, July 15 – Aylesford to Bridgetown
Sunday, July 16 – Bridgetown to Milford
Monday, July 17 – Day Tour to Bear River
Tuesday, July 18 – Milford to Kejimkujik National Park
Wednesday, July 19 – Kejimkujik National Park to Newburne
Thursday, July 20 – Newburne to Lunenburg
Friday, July 21 – Day Tour to Risser’s Beach
Saturday, July 22 – Return Transportation to Wolfville, options for Yarmouth, and Halifax

Thursday, July 13 – Wolfville to Blomidon 61 km (27 mi.)
Our first day explores the Annapolis Valley.  One of the favourite cycling routes of Gary, ACC’s founder, while a map-reading challenge the winding route today will be a joyful meandering along many different country lanes.  We ride through orchards, visit a fromagerie and have a fair size hill. There are options for more cycling through the orchards and farmlands. Our end point has some trails, as well as views looking out over the Annapolis Valley.

Friday, July 14 – Blomidon to Aylesford 78 km (48 mi.)
Late in the morning we make our first visit of the tour to the shores of the famed Bay of Fundy. We will descend to the Bay at the tiny lobster port of Hall’s Harbour. We can relax there on the docks and watch the fishing boats. Here the tides rise dramatically, one of the highest in the world. After climbing the ridge we will return to the Annapolis Valley and wander its maze of orchards and family farms.

Saturday, July 15 – Aylesford to Bridgetown 69 km (42 mi.)
Today we explore a “hidden corner” of Nova Scotia, an unspoiled coastline, with quiet roads and with beautiful scenery. It is a short day, but there will be some hills.  The famous Bay of Fundy is again the focus of our tour. While following the coast, there are some big hills, we dip in and out of shoreline villages from part way up the ridge. This will provide us with spectacular views and great downhills.

Sunday, July 16 – Bridgetown to Milford 60 km (36 mi.)
Today we make our last run over the ridge from the Annapolis Valley to the Bay of Fundy. It may again possibly be a welcome sight, as coastal temperatures vary from the valley dramatically.
Historic Annapolis Royal, founded in 1605, is the oldest European settlement in Canada.  Here it may be interesting to visit a demonstration project, where a tiny portion of the Bay of Fundy’s immense tidal power has been harnessed. This is the only such project of its kind in North America. There is an option here for 20+ more kilometers to the Port Royal settlement.  At Milford there is an option for relaxing by the lake, swimming, and canoeing.

Monday, July 17 – Day Tour to Bear River 65 km (39 mi.)
Bear Cove is a fascinating village today worth the hill getting back out.  There will be two wineries today. People can also take a run in to the port of Digby, with the largest scallop fishing fleet in the world.  We return to Milford, where we again have time for activities on its lake.

Tuesday, July 18 – Milford to Kejimkujik National Park 34 km (21 mi.)
Called “Keji” by Nova Scotians, Kejimkujik National Park consists of old growth forest, rare wildlife and meandering traditional Mi’kmaq waterways. Canoeing is very popular here.  There are also many hikes available. A shorter day of cycling will allow enjoying this beautiful wilderness preserve. Located far into Nova Scotia’s largely undeveloped interior, on a clear night one can see the constellations with no urban interference. It is designated as a Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2010, which restricts the use of artificial light in most of the park. There are many deer, foxes and the endangered Blanding’s Turtle. 

Wednesday, July 19 – Kejimkujik National Park to Newburne 81 km (50 mi.)
We undertake a crossing through Nova Scotia’s lonely interior. The longest day of our tour, note that as usual we will be able to assist anyone wishing to cut the day’s total of cycling.  The route we will be taking is a hilly area pas pioneer farms scattered between forests.  Here are where much of the world’s Christmas trees come from.

Thursday, July 20 – Newburne to Lunenburg 69 km (42 mi.)
Late in the day we will begin to notice the salt air of the Atlantic Ocean. We emerge from the interior at Mahone Bay, a very attractive town at the head of a bay with 365 islands.  A sailboat haven, we will explore the small town before moving along the bay to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia’s “City of the Sea”. A true seaport town, Lunenburg is a cozy place, filled with amazing architecture and an atmospheric marine setting. An optional ride after reaching town is out to the village of Blue Rocks. It is a must-see village east of town, visited by marine painters and photographers. In the evening we can suggest our favourite pub.

Friday, July 21 – Day Ride to Risser’s Beach 66 km (40 mi.)
We stay based for a second night based in the beautiful town of Lunenburg, lots to explore in one of the most attractive small towns in the country. We will take a day ride along the Atlantic Ocean coast. This is perhaps the best known part of the Nova Scotia, with many attractive fishing villages, rocky coasts and lighthouses. A small river ferry takes us across the Lahave River and to a great bakery. We stop for mid-day break and turn-around at one of the best beaches in all of Nova Scotia. We will enjoy a relaxed day, allowing several scenic diversions both on and off our bikes. There is Kingsburg Beach, Hirtle’s Beach, or the LaHave Islands. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is the ultimate waterfront experience in Lunenburg. In the evening there are a large number of restaurants, all with seafood specialties, and again, perhaps sharing tour memories at the pub.

Saturday, July 22 – Return Transportation
We do a shuttle back to Wolfville (included with tour).  There will also be optional shuttles for to the ferry to Maine at Yarmouth, as well as to Halifax.
What We Provide:
– Comprehensive ride guide; all about what you will experience on route, history, culture, trivia -camping facilities -luggage transfer; we will carry your gear, just bike and enjoy the ride! -bike mechanic assistance -sag wagon service –support vehicle available for breakdowns or drives to shorten your day -daily route maps -tour escort; Gary Conrod will be along the route, he has 170,000 kilometers cycling experience, including almost every road in Nova Scotia -return bus transportation from tour end point to Wolfville.

About Our Tours:  
Our tours are different!  We run friendly and fun bicycle-camping trips.  There are not many groups left like us out there doing this. Running inexpensive tours by camping and not doing inns is now a rarity. We have done it this way since way back in 1987.  It gets a little bit harder each year to crawl in and out of tents - we are not getting any younger, but we would still rather be doing it our way - under the stars.

Our events usually have between 18 and 35 people, the majority older adults.  Since our camping groups are a bit larger compared to inn to inn tours, there are far greater chances of finding others with the same interests. During a week to 10 day tour everyone gets to know pretty well everyone else.   Rather than a tour with just a handful of people, possibly none you have things in common with, our size allows a wide range of personalities, interests, and similar riding speeds.  We feel our trips are just the right size for fitting in.  Lots of friendships are made on our tours.

We run our tours in prime natural settings in Eastern and Atlantic Canada.  Our tours are a bit harder to get to - they will need more planning.   Running events in remoter regions with limited options raises costs a bit more than if we did them in busier places.  We feel getting away from the heat, humidity, cities, stress, tension, and traffic makes the experiences we offer completely worth it.  Our return rate is among the highest of any cycling organization - as high as 90% on some tours, so overall people seem to love what we are doing and value their experiences.

Our trip will be a tent camping adventure, but for some  who say their camping days are behind them can join in on our journeys. A limited number of Bed and Breakfasts and motels are along our route. Upon request, a listing of motels and Bed and Breakfasts will be sent with confirmation. Due to the small places we go to, early reservations are strongly recommended. 

Each cyclist can have their own choice of dining. Some prepare meals at our campsites. Participants buy food daily at designated spots and we transport it to the end point. We have a large amount of cooking stoves, equipment, and cutlery – no need to bring any of that gear to our tour. Others prefer to enjoy as many restaurants as the route allows. We will provide a list each day of what you will find along our route.

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:
We will carry whatever you feel you need to enjoy the tour. You must supply your own tent and sleeping bag. 
Entry Fee:
$1128 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

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

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