Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour
August 11-19, 2019
The Nova Scotia Bicycle Tour is a “best of” adventure. It takes in several remarkably different areas of the province. The choosing of the tour route is the result of three decades of experience running cycling events in Nova Scotia. Participants experience cycling along the Atlantic Ocean coast, across the forested interior, past orchards, farmlands, and then with visits to the Bay of Fundy.
The first part we will explore is along 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 follow the coast for two days, staying at the historic seaport of Lunenburg. We next begin crossing the provinces’s thick forested, lonely, interior.
We emerge into 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 couple of 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.
Past the end of the valley we then base ourselves at cabins deep in the woods for two nights. We end with a day’s ride to Bear River and possibly Digby. The last morning offers transport to our start point at Liverpool, and on to Yarmouth, Digby or Halifax.
Distances will mostly be moderate. 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. There will be some hills on this tour. Casual cyclists should find this tour quite feasible. If legs start getting tired we can find a few short cuts here and there. We hope you can join us on our “best of ” Nova Scotia adventure!
Sunday, August 11 – Liverpool to Risser’s Beach
Monday, August 12 – Risser’s Beach to Lunenburg
Tuesday, August 13 – Lunenburg to Newburne
Wednesday, August 14 – Newburne to Aylesford
Thursday, August 15 – Day Tour Annapolis Valley
Friday, August 16 – Aylesford to Bridgetown
Saturday, August 17 – Bridgetown to Milford
Sunday, August 18 – Day Tour to Bear River
Monday, August 19 (Return Transportation to Liverpool, Yarmouth and Halifax)
Sunday, August 11 – Liverpool to Risser’s Beach 56 km (35 mi.) Our first day explores Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Ocean coastline. We will have time to visit a few fishing villages along the way, such as lovely Port Medway. We end at one of the best beaches in all of Nova Scotia.
Monday, August 12 – Risser’s Beach to Lunenburg 53 km (33 mi.) Today’s spectacular coastal scenery is among the finest cycling places in all of Canada. Dublin Shore, LaHave, Riverport …there are numerous photogenic villages and seaside views all along the way. Today will be a relaxed day, allowing several scenic diversions to offer extra cycling. There is Kingsburg Beach, Hirtle’s Beach, or to the LaHave Islands. After visiting a great bakery a small river ferry takes us across the Lahave River.
We end the day in one of the most attractive small towns in the country – Lunenburg. For the rest of the day we can explore Nova Scotia’s “City of the Sea”. A true seaport town, Lunenburg is a cozy place, filled with eclectic architecture and an atmospheric marine setting. It is an unique place. Another 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. 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, or we can suggest meeting at our favourite pub.
Tuesday, August 13 – Lunenburg to Newburne 66 km (41 mi.) We begin our run through the forested interior across to the other side of Nova Scotia. Before entering the woods we explore fishing villages around Mahone Bay, a very attractive town at the head of a bay with 365 islands. We linger at the cafes in this lively sailboat haven then head into Nova Scotia’s lonely interior.
Wednesday, August 14 – Newburne to Aylesford 72 km (45 mi.) The route we will be taking is a hilly area past old pioneer farms scattered between forests. Here are where much of the world’s Christmas trees come from. After a long barren stretch of wilderness, we emerge in late afternoon into Nova Scotia’s lush Annapolis Valley. The campground is walking distance to the village of Aylesford.
Thursday, August 15 – Day Tour in the Annapolis Valley (various routes) We will explore Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. This is one of the favourite cycling routes in all Canada of Gary, ACC’s founder. While a bit if a map-reading challenge, the winding route today will be a joyful meandering along many different country lanes. We ride through orchards, and stop at a winery. 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. There are also options for more cycling through the orchards and farmlands for anyone wanting more than the planned distance.
Friday, August 16 – Aylesford to Bridgetown 73 km (45 mi.) Today we explore a “hidden corner” of Nova Scotia, an unspoiled coastline, with quiet roads and with beautiful scenery. The famous Bay of Fundy will be today’s focus. It is a short day, but there will be some 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.
Saturday, August 17 – Bridgetown to Milford 60 km (37 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 we have a great spot, sharing cabins with options for relaxing by a lake, swimming, and canoeing.
Sunday, August 18 – Day Tour to Bear River 65 km (40 mi.) Bear River 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. This will allow higher distances for those wishing more biking. It is a hilly route today, so we expect most will be content with the 65 km. We return to Milford, where we again have the great setting for our last night together on the lake.
Monday, August 19 – Return Transportation – we do a shuttle back to Liverpool, 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 180,000 kilometers cycling experience, including almost every road in Nova Scotia – end of tour shuttle across the interior to Liverpool – return bus transportation from tour end point to Halifax or Yarmouth.
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!
$1150 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 $100 off before March 31 and $50 off after.
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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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