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.

Location

Halifax

Halifax, NS, Canada

Hubbards

Hubbards, NS, Canada

Day 2

Chester

Chester, NS, Canada

Day 3

Mahone Bay

Mahone Bay, NS, Canada

Day 4

Lunenburg

Lunenburg, NS, Canada

End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
6 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)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

June 10-16
June 17-23
August 5-11

2020

June 8-14
June 15-21
August 3-9

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

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Halifax / Halifax

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate
55 km (35 miles) daily average
Van supported

Extra km possible

TERRAIN

Encountering a few challenging hills most days

COST

Land Cost (current year):
CAD $2250
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
CAD $490

Bike Rental:
CAD $180

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. 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 info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

It is possible to reach Nova Scotia by both air and sea. Halifax is Nova Scotia’s capital and major entry point for most travel. There is scheduled air service to Halifax from all major Canadian and US cities with non-stop flights to Nova Scotia from Boston, Newark, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.


1

Day 1

Halifax

We will meet at 6pm for a walking tour through Halifax. Halifax is a wonderful city to explore on foot, filled with vibrant cafes and shops. After a welcome reception at 7pm, we will dine at our favourite local restaurant.

2

Day 2

Hubbards

On our first cycling day, we will 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! Our destination on this day is the town of Hubbards and the Surfside Inn.
Distance: 54 km, elevation gain 395 m.*

3

Day 3

Chester

We will 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 we will arrive at the charming summer resort of Chester with a stunning harbour filled with pleasure yachts.
Distance: 56 km, elevation gain 553 m.*

4

Day 4

Lunenburg

We will begin our day by exploring this classical Nova Scotian village that has been a New England-like boating resort since the mid-1800’s. We will wind our way along the coast of Mahone Bay to the beautiful town of that name. Along the way we will 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 we continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, which will be our base for the next two nights.
Distance: 65 km, elevation gain 602 m.*

5

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.*

6

Day 6

Lunenburg

We will 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 we 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. We’ll finish the trip as we always do, with a celebratory dinner.
Distance: 58 km, elevation gain 453 m.*

7

Day 7

Departure

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.

The Halliburton, Halifax

This property is a trio of old town houses reconfigured into a boutique hotel in the historical district of Halifax. NY Times recommended.


Surfside Inn, Hubbards

This 4-star oceanfront Inn on the golden sands of Queensland Beach is a restored heritage building providing all modern amenities. Originally built by a sea captain in the late 1800s, this Country Inn maintains all its Victorian elegance…and antiques. All rooms have whirlpool baths and most have ocean or lake views.


Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester

This historic Inn is located on a hill in the heart of Chester with a commanding view of the ocean two blocks away. Shipwrights constructed the Inn over 100 years ago and the finishes, including wide pine flooring, have been restored to their original state. All rooms have down duvets, Frette linens, locally made quilts and most have water views.


Lunenburg Arms, Lunenburg

In the centre of this historic village, with views of the harbour, this boutique style hotel was converted from a former tavern and boarding house. Rooms are furnished with king beds and plush duvets – some have Jacuzzis and some feature incredible harbour views. Rissers restaurant offers fabulous seafood and live jazz on some evenings.



			

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