Bay of Fundy Bicycle North Bicycle Tour – New Brunswick

2018 CYCLING TOURS!

It sounds like a long way off - but some of us need to plan well ahead. Registrations are now being accepted for our 2018 season. There are no conditions regarding cancellation fees or refunds until October 1, 2017

This a 2018 event - for the 2017 season click here

AUGUST 9-18, 2018
Bay of Fundy North - New Brunswick Bicycle Tour
TOUR OUTLINE

One of our planet’s most interesting natural attractions, each day 100 billion tonnes of seawater flow in and out of the Bay of Fundy.  This powerful body of water, more than the combined flow of all the freshwater rivers in the entire world has extreme tidal waters. These have created rugged shorelines and interesting geological land formations.  Bicycling these coastlines, we will explore the diverse Bay of Fundy ecosystem.

Home to the world’s highest tides, another phenomena is the Tidal Bore, where incoming tides rush up and over ocean bound rivers. An important site for bird, fish and marine mammal migrations, including twelve species of whales, there are also fossil cliffs, the oldest dinosaur bone finds in Canada, and for rockhounds, discoveries of occasional gemstones.

This is one of two Bay of Fundy events created by Atlantic Canada Cycling.  This tour explores the northern New Brunswick side.   Beginning at St. Andrew’s at the western side of New Brunswick near the Maine border, it runs along the Bay of Fundy as far as Moncton.

The Bay of Fundy North Bicycle Tour will be a social event. We will have fun after-ride gatherings.  In addition to the great seafood there will be a farm markets, and a family winery. We are looking forward to sharing with you this rural, beautiful, unspoiled wonder of the world.

ITINERARY

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – Saint Andrews – Saint George
Friday, August 10, 2018 –  Saint George – Campobello Island
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – Day Tour Campobello Island
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Campobello Island – Grand Manan Island
Monday, August 13, 2018 – Day Tour Grand Manan Island
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Grand Manan Island – New River Beach
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – Day Ride St Martins Fundy Trail
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Activity Day Fundy National Park
Friday, August 17, 2018 –  Alma – Hopewell
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Hopewell – Moncton


Thursday, August 9, 2018 – Saint Andrews – Saint George  55 km (35 mi.)
We start with an easy day after our morning reception.  We leave the town of St. Andrew’s at the end of its peninsula and peninsula and go as far as the small town of Saint George.  Caughey Taylor Nature Preserve offers several small hikes. For extra cycling there are options from camp.
 
Friday, August 10, 2018 –  Saint George – Campobello Island  44 km (27 mi.)
We have two ferries today.  The first is to Deer Island.  After crossing, at the other end we take another boat to another island – Campobello.   For more cycling today we suggest saving Campobello and exploring the west side of Deer Island.
 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 – Day Tour Campobello Island   47 km (29 mi.)
We stay for the day on Campobello Island.  Herring Cove Provincial Park offers six trails of varying lengths including an old carriage road through a forest of ancient spruce, a hike and around a small pond, or following an old logging road once used by the Roosevelts.Around the 1.6-km (1-mi.) long beach, you will find sea urchins, a rich bog and sheer cliffs. Wildlife and birdlife abound. Bald eagles, osprey and beavers are among the many species that can be observed along the trails at the park. There is also a 9-hole golf course with pro shop and a restaurant featuring scrumptious local offerings.  The Roosevelt Campobello International Park sits on the island very close to Maine.  Here President Franklin Roosevelt spent his summers. This site is administered jointly by Canada and the U.S. and stands as a symbol of the close, neighbourly relations between the two countries.We have a suggested route of 47 kilometres for cycling.  It can be adjusted in any way as we will be staying on the island.
 
Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Campobello Island – Grand Manan Island  56 km (35 mi.)
Three ferries will help us jump between islands today, starting from Campobello, to Deer Island, and finally a longer trip far out into the Bay of Fundy, to the largest of Fundy’s islands, Grand Manan.
 
Monday, August 13, 2018 – Day Tour Grand Manan Island 80 km (50 mi.)
We stay on Grand Manan Island today.  Participants can explore the island by bicycle, foot, or kayak.  The full island takes 80 kilometers total. Riders can go out as far to the other side and back as they like.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – Grand Manan Island – New River Beach  36 km (23 mi.)
After a ferry back to the mainland we cycle the Fundy coast to a huge beach at New River.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – Day Ride St Martins Fundy Trail  54 km (34 mi.)
We skip a busy section of highway with a shuttle to take us to the Fundy Trail.  A huge 2,559-hectare park, it features a 19 kilometer paved shoreline road.  We can take this out and back, hugging the coast.  There are several beaches.  You can also access the Fundy Footpath if you would like a short hike.

Nearby in St. Martins there are more roads to explore and there are restaurants for a post-ride gathering.

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Activity Day Fundy National Park 24 km (15 mi.)
For an activity day at Fundy National Park, there is hiking, swimming, kayaking, off-road cycling, and about 35 kilometers of paved road to various ocean viewpoints. There is also the nearby village of Alma riders can visit to make a full day.

Friday, August 17, 2018 –  Alma – Hopewell 61 km (38 mi.)
We follow the Fundy eastward past the flower-pot land formations. riders can cycle out to Cape Enrage, one of the best viewpoints in Atlantic Canada.
 
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Hopewell – Moncton 40 km (25 mi.)
A  short ride to Moncton and transportation back to our starting point.
 
TOUR DETAILS
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 -mid-tour shuttle between New River Beach, Fundy Trail, and Alma -shuttle at end point back to St. Andrew’s – Fundy Trail and Fundy National Park fees –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 174,000 kilometres cycling experience, including most roads touching the bay of Fundy.

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.

Accommodation:
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.

Meals:
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 bicycle, tent and sleeping bag.

JOIN US ON OUR TOUR!
Entry Fee:
$1368 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Returning Participants Appreciation:
We are proud of having among highest the return rates of all bicycle touring organizations. In appreciation, we wish to offer returning riders for 2018 tours $100 off before February 28, 2018 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.

*Interac - send payment link to [email protected]

*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.

Taxes:
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.

Cancellation Fee
Over 60 Daysrefund 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. [email protected] Call us at 888-800-2498

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