6 days/5 nights, with 5 days cycling
Start any date between June 15 and October 15
55 km daily average (35 miles).
This is moderate cycling, with a few challenging hills most days. Extra km possible
Classic Accommodation: CAD$1600
B&B Accommodation: CAD$1515
Single suppl. Classic: CAD$370
Single suppl. B&B: CAD$265
* Price before tax. Canada applies a 12% HST.
- 5 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Detailed route instructions and map
- Use of a top quality 21-speed hybrid bike complete with handlebar bag, pump, and all the necessary accessories for changing flats. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
- Luggage transfers
- All necessary transfers during the tour
- Area Manager available throughout the tour
Your tour starts in Peggy’s Cove, about 42 km/26 miles south-west of Halifax.
Peggy’s Cove is a charming fishing village, renowned for its famous lighthouse on the wave-worn granite headland It is possible to reach Nova Scotia by both air and sea.
There is scheduled air service to Halifax from all major Canadian cities, & from all major US cities with non-stop flights to Nova Scotia from Boston, Newark, Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal. Ferry services link Nova Scotia and Maine.
A high speed catamaran operates between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, NS, and an overnight luxury cruise can be taken between Portland, Maine (less than 2 hours north of Boston) and Yarmouth.
Arrival in Peggy’s Cove. Our Area Manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for your South Shore experience. If you have time, take the opportunity to explore the famous site of Peggy’s Cove and the numerous inlets and coves in the area. Synonymous with the rugged shoreline of Nova Scotia, the lunar landscape of Peggy’s Cove is a sight to behold. Be sure to mail a postcard from the only Canadian post office located in a lighthouse.
Depart Peggy’s Cove on your way to Hubbards. Stop for a brief visit at the poignant memorial to Swissair Flight 111. Cycle along the winding road leaving the rugged and barren sea-carved landscape behind for the lush, green inlets that you’ll discover at the head of St. Margaret’s Bay. Explore the quiet roads between Hubbards and Queensland, visiting the sandy beaches along the way.
Leave Hubbards to pedal around the ruggedly beautiful coastline of the Aspotogan Peninsula. Pass through picturesque fishing villages like Northwest Cove and Aspotogan. At Bayswater look for the Peggy’s Cove light across the head of the bay. The route along the western side of the Aspotogan Peninsula provides magnificent views of the Tancook Islands. Not far along you will arrive at the charming summer resort of Chester with a stunning harbour filled with pleasure yachts.
Begin your day by exploring this classical Nova Scotian village that has been a New England-like boating resort since the mid-1800’s. Wind your way along the coast of Mahone Bay to the beautiful town of that name. Along the way pass by the mysterious Oak Island (which has inspired two centuries of treasure hunters, including American President Franklin D. Roosevelt). At Mahone Bay explore the studios, galleries and unique shops that line the narrow streets of the village, and to view one of the most photographed scenes in Nova Scotia — the three waterfront churches. From here continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, which will be your base for the next two nights.
Enjoy a full day in the Lunenburg area. Take the opportunity to explore one of Nova Scotia’s oldest communities and certainly one of its most colourful. Visit the booming sea caves at the Ovens Natural Park, or cycle around the scenic Lunenburg and Riverport Peninsula’s. If you want a day off your bike, take a walking tour of the old town (be sure to watch for the “Lunenburg bump”!) and then hop on a boat to go whale-watching or try your hand at sea-kayaking.
Take a final stroll or ride through the village of Lunenburg before heading off on your next adventure.
"We loved this vacation… Randonnée did a great job setting up these wonderful accommodations and scenic rides" and "this trip exceeded our expectations."
- P & M Metzger