Our Maritime adventure begins in the historic port city of Halifax, home to both the Canadian Museum of Immigration and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The route follows the rugged and picturesque Atlantic coastline of Nova Scotia stopping in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg with its distinctive waterfront and colourful buildings. It continues through the port of Yarmouth, Canada’s lobster capital, before pausing in the small town of Digby, known around the world for its scallops.
The riders now hop on a ferry to cross the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides, to the city of Saint John, New Brunswick. Here they can enjoy a rest day exploring the Bay’s iconic flowerpot islands or watch the tides create the incredible illusion of the Reversing Falls. The route continues through the province’s beautiful forests and fields, stopping for a night in Sackville, a lively university town with a significant role in Acadian history.
The next day, the riders cross into Prince Edward Island, the 3rd of the 4 Atlantic provinces the tour passes through. They have to get off their bikes, however, for a transfer over the Confederation Bridge that crosses the Northumberland Strait and connects New Brunswick and PEI. At 13 km, it is Canada’s longest bridge and the longest in the world that traverses ice-covered waters. Once on the island, the route takes them to the seaside town of Cavendish, made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novels, and Charlottetown, the cradle the Canadian Federation.
A ferry ride returns the cyclists to Nova Scotia and on to a stunning ride around the island of Cape Breton on the Cabot Trail. Consistently rated amongst the world’s epic rides, the 300 km route offers the riders some spectacular coastal views out over the Gulf of the St Lawrence, old-growth forests and striking rock formations. The route also serves up some unique local artisans, unbelievably fresh seafood, cultural festivals and, if you are really lucky, a spontaneous kitchen party!
Spinning in to the port city of North Sydney, the riders will enjoy an overnight ferry to cross the Cabot Strait to Newfoundland. Arriving on the province’s picturesque Avalon Peninsula they will pedal along stunning coastal roads, perhaps stopping to explore some of the planet’s most accessible and beautiful seabird colonies. Looking out to sea, the cyclists might spot whales playing in the sparkling waters or a majestic iceberg floating past. Finally, their journey comes to an end in St John’s, the island’s capital where they will celebrate their accomplishment by puckering up, kissing a cod fish and throwing back a shot of Newfie Screech, a potent rum made on the island.
For this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c tires.
21 Nights in hotels
16 riding days, 3 rest days, 1 travel day.
Most dinners, Most breakfasts, All roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
GPS tracks & route notes
Experienced tour leader
Celebratory final dinner
Pre-tour information bulletins
Pre-tour rider discussion forum
Flights from and to the tour.
Bring your own bike, for this tour, we recommend a touring bike with 35-40c tires.
Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. Single supplement is available upon request. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.
Map & Routes
Bring your own bicycle.
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