Bay of Fundy Bicycle Tour
July 18-24, 2020
The Bay of Fundy is one of our planet’s most interesting natural attractions. Each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the bay – more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers in the entire world. Where the Bay of Fundy meets the Gulf of Maine, the ocean tides push nutrient-rich water to the surface, supporting a rich and diverse marine ecosystem. An important site for bird, fish and marine mammal migrations, including twelve species of whales.
On this tour we will explore this diverse Bay of Fundy ecosystem. This tour explores the Bay of Fundy’s New Brunswick side. Beginning at St. Stephen, New Brunswick at the U.S. border, we follow the Bay of Fundy coastline, as well as go out to hop about several islands in the bay. The Bay of Fundy Bicycle Tour will be a fun, social event. We are looking forward to sharing with you this spectacular coastline and island tour.
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Saint Stephen to Saint Andrews
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – Saint Andrews to Deer Island
Monday, July 20, 2020 – Day Tour of Campobello Island
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – Deer Island to Grand Manan Island
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – Day Tour of Grand Manan Island
Thursday, July 23, 2020 – Grand Manan Island to New River Beach
Friday, July 24, 2020 – New River Beach Day Ride
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – Return transportation to Saint Stephen
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Saint Stephen to Saint Andrews 60 km (37 mi.)
Our tour will begin with a short first day. We start at the U.S. border. St. Stephen’s long-time love affair with chocolate, includes creating some of the first chocolate bars (“candy bars” to those from south across the border). We begin with an easy first day to take allow exploring in the historic port of St. Andrews. We will be staying close to town, at the end of a peninsula jutting into the Bay of Fundy. A National Historic District, there are many things to do, including trails, golf, whale-watching, kayaking, boat tours, historic homes, and scuba diving. Kingsbrae Garden is a multi-award winning 27 acre horticultural masterpiece with 50,000 perennials in themed gardens, ponds, streams, old-growth Acadian forest, various animals and birds. There are as well many restaurants and pubs for our first night.
Sunday, July 19, 2020 – Saint Andrews to Deer Island 77 km (48 mi.)
We begin our visit to New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy Islands. On Campobello, Grand Manan and Deer Islands, we will experience scenic fishing villages, beautiful scenery and friendly islanders. Deer Island is the first. It sits amid the turbulent waters between Passamaquoddy Bay and the the incredible tidal current of the Bay of Fundy. We can explore Eagle Shadow Hiking Trail at Chocolate Cove for breathtaking views and some lovely spots to have a picnic. We stop at Deer Island Point Park with our camp overlooking the U.S.A. and Old Sow, the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.
Monday, July 20, 2020 – Day Tour of Campobello Island 62 km (38 mi.)
We explore this island of stunning vistas and magnificent beaches. There are often harbour seals, porpoises, whales, waterfowl and eagles. Herring Cove Provincial Park offers salt marshes and sphagnum bogs, as well as forest trails. At Head Harbour is one of Canada’s oldest lighthouses. Campobello was the beloved isle of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today you can visit his retreat, amid parkland.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 – Deer Island to Grand Manan Island 72 km (45 mi.)
Today will be a full day. We will island hop with two ferries. There will be 72 kilometers of cycling in between. Well out into the Bay of Fundy, we arrive at the largest of the Fundy Islands. Grand Manan is the primary island in an archipelago, sitting at the boundary between the Bay of Fundy and the Gulf of Maine. We will be here on this interesting island for two nights, staying on a a cliff overlooking the bay.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – Day Tour of Grand Manan Island 76 km (47 mi.)
Voted by Reader’s Digest as one of the World’s 7 Best Small Islands, Grand Manan offers a route to cycle all the way across the island. Thre are quiet beaches, excellent hiking trails, first-rate bird watching, whale-watching, sea kayaking, the Sardine Museum, beautiful lighthouses, breathtaking cliffs, craft and art shops, and scenic fishing communities. There is yet another island we can go to from Manan, White Head, with several ferries a day. Everywhere are huge numbers of photographic opportunities. We stay another night at our spot overlooking the bay.
Thursday, July 23, 2020 – Grand Manan Island to New River Beach 45 km (28 mi.)
A short day of cycling, but there will be a chance to add on with additional exploring before departing Grand Manan Island. We will also be able to explore the beautiful New River Beach Provincial Park and area. There are two circuits of hiking trails and a boardwalk through a marshland bog feeding the Bay of Fundy. It also hosts one of the best beaches along the entire Bay of Fundy coast – with tidal pools holding crabs, periwinkles, whelks and starfish.
Friday, July 24, 2020 – New River Beach Day Ride 64 km (40 mi.)
Our last day of cycling will be a loop eastward, through a few small fishing villages and past vistas of the offshore Fundy islands. We return for a second night at New River Beach park and the last together of our tour.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – Return transportation to Saint Stephen
Those who are taking our shuttle to Saint John or Moncton will go later in the day.
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 184,000 kilometres cycling experience, including many trips and organizing events along the Bay of Fundy and its islands; –all ferry crossings in the Fundy Isles –ferry to and from Labrador;–return bus and bicycle transportation from tour end point to St. Stephen.
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.
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.
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 bicycle, tent and sleeping bag.
Join Us On Our Tour!
$1122 CAD (Canadian Dollars)
Returning Participants Appreciation:
We are proud of having among highest the return rates of all bicycle touring organizations. In appreciation, returning riders are offered $100 off.
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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.
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.
|Over 60 Days||refund minus $200|
|31-60 Days||refund minus $400|
|16-30 Days||50% of trip price|
|15 Days or less||no 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|
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.
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