Our Tour Participants Are The Greatest
Thanks to all who join us for our bicycle tours each summer. Here are some comments you have sent our way.
My expectations were pretty much what you provide — the infrastructure to do what is primarily a self-guided but semi-supported trip in a remote place. (I’ve done this sort of thing before). By semi-supported I mean the personal accountability for cooking, shopping, setting up tents, etc. I think there are other people who might have a higher expectation for a guide giving more info about the area, or more comfort, but that wasn’t what mine was. I expect to have maps and a workable route, know I don’t have to worry about accommodations, to have my gear at the location on time, to be picked up if something goes very wrong and to have tools and expertise on hand if something is wrong with my bike I can’t solve. You provided that ;-).
Extremely well run tour. Rules to make it nice for everyone, but not in your face. This was one of my BEST vacations ever!
Thanks for my second unforgettably great tour with ACC, I’m already looking forward to the next one! Take care of yourselves at
as well as you took care of us! Thanks!
I’m always looking for ways to de-stress my life. For me, an adventure vacation is an amazing opportunity to meet people with similar interests and set life’s worries aside. I kept in contact with my family but did not check my email – not even once.
Campgrounds were good and the food system — which we were hesitant about before the trip, not sure how well it would work — actually was great. Great setup with the dishes and cooking tools, crate and cooler system, and daily grocery pickups.
I know there are other cycling tour options to choose from and there is a reason people pick ACC over them. You all provide just the right amount of support and tell it like it is, which I appreciate. From the crew to the riders, everyone is there to enjoy the ride and share in a beautiful experience. I hope your future tours are successful and I hope to be back next year for another adventure. Thank you so much for providing the services to make this possible and I wish you guys all the best!
A great time cycling, a great group of people, a least one crappy rain day, good Quebec beer and food! The path back to Levi was absolutely fantastic. Seeing the mountains on the north shore and the St. Lawrence together just blew my mind.
I think it was well organized. Overall though the coffee was always ready, and the gear ready at the end of the day. The food and beer stops were easy to find. I think everyone in your organization wanted to make it successful for all the riders.
More spectacular than almost anything I saw on my Trans-America Trail ride across America back in 1978. I mean, they have FIORDS up there! You’ll see caribou and seals and waterfowl and maybe even whales. You may even see the polar bear we missed. You almost surely will see icebergs.
Remember, it may be July here in the States, but up there the weather is incredibly changeable. I mean, it can be 70 degrees and sunny and then 15 minutes later its 50 and rainy and then 15 minutes later and its 70 and sunny again.
Thank you, thank you, thank you…it was life altering!
…affordable, adaptable, informal, friendly, accommodating, great knowledge of the area for the details that only natives or near natives would know.
Had a blast. Good luck and see you again!
It’s a treat to be able to enjoy such a well-run event.
I’d like to say that I had a very enjoyable time. The people were indescribably welcoming, the organization excellent and the countryside beautiful.
Thanks for being so helpful to a relative newcomer to biking. You were so helpful to help me with my wheel problem.
Gary, thank you so much for your assistance to me during the Gaspé tour. The scenery was so spectacular. It was a mind blowing, often emotional, journey for me in Québec. You all have such a great passion for cycle touring that added to my enjoyment immensely. Encore une fois, je vous remercie pour un parcours inoubliable !
I often recommend ACC to other cyclists. Costs of participating in a cycle tour are very reasonable, and rides are great for the average cyclist.
Great trip! You haven’t aged (much)!
I think the tour was very successful – and obviously word is spreading – the tour was superb. Thanks!
We signed up for the July PEI tour and are really looking forward to visiting PEI! We did the ACC tour of Cape Breton Island a dozen or so years ago and loved it. ACC provides a quality tour at a reasonable price. See you all in July.
Thank you for making the recent PEI tour a memorable one for us. We enjoyed every day of riding including the one windy day. We really appreciated the extras ie;Lobster feast, the Center accommodations and providing transportation to include us with the campers. PEI is a wonderful place to ride on safe rural roads and trails. Hopefully (we) will be able to participate in one of your other tours in the future.
Down-to-earth, nice,funny, sense of humour, knowledgeable, kind, organized, caring attitides.
Thank you so much. Your kindness and helpfulness will not be forgotten.
It was better than expected. Lots of support, camaraderie and amazing cycling!
You have been able to provide a person from the States a glimpse into the beauty and culture of a spectacular province. I have also got to hang out with cool Canadians. Thanks for your dedication and hard work.
The remoteness, land, sea and people touch us somewhere deep inside that we like. The trip filled a special spot in our life hope will be with us forever. Living down here is sometimes like living in a blender. NF and PEI remind us of who we really are.
Beautiful scenery, well planned routes, nice camping areas, good showers, competent staff, usable information for each days’ activities. It is always nice when the people on the tour all get along and interact well together.
We asked one rider who’d taken all of Gary’s maritime tours, which one she’d enjoyed most. Without hesitation she said, “Newfoundland — for the scenery and the people!”
Good job all around. No complaints. Thank-you for all tour time + effort. Much appreciated 🙂
It’s been a great trip. I enjoyed the tour and will definitely be back!
Beautiful landscapes, good exercise, and meeting nice like-minded people. Cape Breton blew my expectations away with the landscape and elevation. Very fun, beautiful and GREAT exercise.
I liked the relaxed attitude and lack of rules and structure. This made the trip very relaxing. Overall the positives far outway anything negative or critical I could say. Well done! It was fun.
2 cabs 3 buses 2 planes (thats one way) from Manhattan, everything was great.. Gary and staff did great job.
Great job planning out route — everyone commented on how it progressed so perfectly day-by-day building up to the spectacular days of climbing on the Cabot Trail.
We loved the trip. It’s a real privilege to be able to see the area, travel with a group of like-minded cyclists in a thoughtfully designed tour.
Many thanks for the adventure, laughter and fun. Hope to see you next summer.
Liked the organization, the challenge of the “hills”, the rush of awesome downhills, meeting neat people, having a hot shower, great weather, scenery …the fact that I did it!
Thank you ever so much for a fantastic tour. You definitely went above and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour, Quebec, and its bike friendly people… Take care. See you on the road again.
I just wanted to say thank you in general for a wow tour. I thought you id a fine job of working hard to meet our needs and answer our unending questions.
Thanks for a great tour and the road-side repair
What a great low-key operation. Thanks to you all.
Thanks for the most amazing trip.
We have travelled with various bike touring companies,you are one of the well organized,super service,and happy crews of all. Till next trip.
Another adventure. Thanks – great job.
Gary and his 2 comrades, who ran the sag wagon and the truck, were greatly at ease with no major rules or restrictions, allowing the riders the ability to make the trip their own personal experience. It is neither overly planned, nor heavily supervised. You can ride at your own pace, and there were many abilities represented on the trip.
Gary of Atlantic Canada Cycling, was terrific and helped us even though we weren’t with his group. Saved us from missing ferry and being stuck for an extra week in Newfoundland.
I definitely feel that I got my money’s worth from the trip, and will probably do another one of your excursions sometime soon.
Was very friendly and organized. Felt safe and looked after and free to explore scenic NFLD at my own pace. I will definitely tour with ACC again.
The Saguenay – Lac Saint-Jean Tour was outstanding. The other tour members were a highlight for me.
We indeed found that Gary and his crew made the entire trip a real treat with the services readily available to help out. We met others who had also been on more than one of ACC Eastern Canada tours, so that also speaks well of how smoothly things are organized. The only real variable is the weather, which NOBODY can predict or change.
I appreciated everyone’s efforts and how hard you all worked to make this a strong, supportive and fun event. Everyone did a great job, and I appreciated knowing you were all there. Overall, it was a challenging and immersive experience but a very rewarding one, and I am really grateful I got a chance to do it.
I have already sent emails with photo attachments to several friends that I think might be interested to join me next year. I will certainly be back.
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the tour this year. Just what I needed! I am looking forward to doing another one next year..
Thank you so very, very much for all your help + for organizing trips like this.
It was a fabulous combination of scenic beauty, congenial camping and cooking, and reasonable cost.
… an awesome support team. Everything was so well organized and I felt safe and cared for throughout the entire trip.
We just love your tours! We love being able to eat our own food when we want to. You have a good process down!
Thanks for putting this trip together your commitment to 2-wheel travel, and your “spin” on life.
Thanks to you and your crew for a great tour, hope to get back up for next year.
Appreciated the sense of camaraderie amongst cyclists. …all for one …one for all kind of spirit. That attracts me. Loved it. Thanks for the memories!
Looking forward to another good ride. Thank you for your help and dedication to cycling.
Perfect, with lots of time to get off the bike, relax, shop for food, etc.
Many thanks for all your hard work! Great trip!
I loved it so much I wanted to do it again and share it with friends.There’s lots to write about: the lovely people we rode with and met along the way, the rugged beauty of Newfoundland, the hills, the wind, the rain. It was hard and challenging and rewarding. You’ve got to want to travel this way. You have to think the rewards outnumber the hardships. And you’ve got to train and get ready and make cycling fitness part of your life. That’s true for all of us.
I truly hope everyone had as great a time as I did. It was by far the most fun I had on a bike tour.
Enjoyed the tour immensely. Met wonderful people. Realize some people like to bike on their own and with different paces, quite understandable. It was nice to chat with everyone at camp.
I really enjoyed my experience. I met some great people, saw some beautiful scenery, and pushed my limits as far as cycling goes.
Overall. I think that if you have an open mind for such a trip, that only good things can really be said. There is nothing negative that stands out in my mind of any consequence – I am very appreciative of the great time I had and hope to repeat in the future!
An excellent job overall! I was very impressed with the effort that you put in as well as with the turnout for the tour. It was nice to cycle with the group after being on the road by myself!
Thanks for everything including all my questions. Thanks also for all the wonderful riding routes, especially the ride from Dingwall to Cheticamp.
This is the best tour I have ever done!
A chance to see a part of the country I hadn’t seen before; having superb support from you and meeting up with great people who all share a common goal.
Thanks a lot. Your hard work really paid off. I had a great time.
We liked the freedom to do what we wanted and when we wanted.
I love that my pics are still up on the Cape Breton tour! Time of my life.
First class function. After lots more experiences elsewhere Ive come back to appreciate it even more by contrast to the other events.
Thanks for everything. I will never forget.
Great job, great company.
Good rides, good roads, good company.
Everything operated like clockwork. Everyone connected with ACC did everything to make the trip enjoyable. I do enjoy the flexibility that is a characteristic of ACC tours. Great crew. Throughly enjoyed all aspects of the tour.
Spectacular… 3 years running! ..see you again next year!
I had a really rough day suffering from a migraine and I found the support team very helpful, stopping to check on me every once in a while and taking me to the hospital very promptly. You were very helpful and I thank you sincerely
The tour was great – the maps and route planning were exceptional.
I wanted to write quickly and thank you for designing a very enjoyable cycling trip. Both Lois and I had a terrific time, and beyond bicycling really enjoyed our first exposure to Nova Scotia. The province is beautiful, and at least by standards of further south, rather un-commercialized and unspoiled
My first ride, Baja, Mexico was done in the 80’s. The second goal was the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I rode this in July. The opportunity was Gary Conrod, (www.atlanticcanadacycling.com) who conducted a tour of the trail as part of his schedule of rides.
Gary runs well organized but hands off tours. He trucks your luggage, arranges for campgrounds, and supplies a simple route sheet. The rest is up to you. The cue sheet gives one word directions (left, right) at local landmarks. One day he used an actual sentence… “Left, Listen! We Said Left! Don’t Go Up The Hill”. You get the idea. A unique feature of the cue sheet is that it locates the first and last restaurant of the day and a likely stop for lunch (if they are open). And for those eating in camp, the location of a store where you may put your bagged purchase in a bin provided. Gary will then pick it up and bring it to camp for the end of the day. Ice cream is not a good purchase.
Everyone compatible, organization great.
To some people it was a challenge and they did fine, we actually added about 15 miles (24 km) /day (but we bike a lot).
We participated in the PEI tour five years ago. Had such a good time that we talked [friends] into joining us this time. We appreciated all the extras that were a part of this trip.
Loved the interesting diversity of people; the back-up; the camaraderie; the fireside singing and talking
I will be recommending it to my bicycling friends.
Well organized but allows a lot of individual freedom. Met our expectations re distances / camping / organisation and cost. We would definitely like to do many tours with ACC again.
I attended two previous tours with Atlantic Canada Cycling and had a wonderful time. Outdoor exercise, pretty campsites, friendly people. Thanks for taking such good care of us.
This was my favorite organized bike trip thus far. I’ve been on five before this one. PEI is absolutely beautiful! You did an outstanding job on this trip- kudos to you!
Truly an inspired and inspiring tour. Great scenery, every day was different – scenery, weather, terrain. What a nice group of people I have met. Thanks and good luck.
This was my first time in Newfoundland. I always wanted to go but was put off in the past with the thought of a lot of rain. I was pleasantly surprised. We had great weather for the most part and were blessed with a lot of sunshine and warm weather at the beginning of the Tour. I just fell in love with Newfoundland. I loved the scenery and the people were very friendly, the roads were clean and the air was fresh. Hiking was great in Gros Morne park even though we could not hike to the top because of the nesting season (not open until July 1st). Saw lots of moose and some caribou and of course whales
The last eight days couldn’t have been better. Grateful to all of you for the kindness, inspiration, hilarity, & rich memories
I did a circuit of Cape Breton Island with this company. One of the most memorable trips of my life.
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