Great Explorations

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“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”

– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

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Trip Dates:

June 11-17
June 18-24

August 6-12

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

June 10-16
June 17-23

August 5-11


Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/6 nights




The Halliburton, Halifax

Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester

Mechklenburgh Inn, Chester

Surfside Inn, Hubbards

Lunenburg Arms, Lunenburg

Activity Level:

55 km (35 miles) daily average
van supported

Extra km possible


Encountering a few challenging hills most days


Land Cost (current year):
CAD $2,250
Includes 5B/2L/4D

Single Supplement:
CAD $490

Bike Rental:
CAD $180


Nova Scotia, Biking

Nova Scotia South Shore

Discover the unexpected in Canada’s Atlantic playground. Nova Scotia combines European hospitality of quality inns and superb food with Canadian natural wonders. Pedal past peaceful coves, winking lighthouses, rugged headlands and authentic fishing villages. Relax each night in historic inns. Discover unique history and heritage, relax on perfect white sand beaches and find an excellent souvenir among the craft and antique shops. But we’re betting that a favourite memory will be the warmth and friendliness of the Nova Scotians you’ll meet.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.


DAY 1:
Arrival to Halifax - Our Area Manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for your South Shore experience. Halifax is a
wonderful city to explore on foot, filled with vibrant cafes and shops. We will provide you with a selection of our favourite restaurants for you to choose from.

DAY 2:
Hubbards - On your first cycling day, ride the Rumrunners Trail, which departs from Halifax itself. Initially paved, it follows an old railgrade, making for a gentle grade without any motorized traffic! Your destination on this day is the town of Hubbards and the Surfside Inn.
Distance: 54 km, elevation gain 395 m.*

DAY 3:
Chester - Depart 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.
Distance: 56 km, elevation gain 553 m.*

DAY 4:
Mahone Bay - 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.
Distance: 62 km, elevation gain 602 m or 76 km, gain 652 m.*

DAY 5:

Lunenburg - 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.
Distance: options 51 to 58 km, elevation gain up to 453 m.*

DAY 6:

Lunenburg -Cycle from Lunenburg to the LaHave River where a river ferry will carry you to the other side to continue your day’s ride. Enjoy the untouched coastal scenery you will encounter along the route; pine and spruce forests, lichen-crusted rocks and sparkling clean beaches. You can turn around at any point today so if you wish a short easy ride, you have that option – if your goal is to finish with a century ride, you can make it all the way to Liverpool and back.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 453 m.*


DAY 7:

Departure Day - Take a final stroll or ride through the village of Lunenburg before heading off on your next adventure. We can
arrange a transfer at your convenience between Lunenburg and Halifax

The cost is approximately $125.


*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

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Map of the Area

Ride Info

Halifax Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 5 nights lodging
  • all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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