Freewheel Adventures supports small group, private, or self-guided Canadian cycling, walking, or sea-kayak tours. Luxury service or basic rentals.
Freewheeling Adventures has looked after small group and individual active holidays for over three decades, and cares deeply about the quality of their experiences.
You can expect individual attention to your preferences and choices, and careful attention to the details of your holiday, whether it’s just renting good bikes or going for a sea-kayak day in Nova Scotia, or joining a week long trip in one of Canada’s provinces. The support is amazing, and the reviews consistently excellent.
Here is a sample itinerary:
Nova Scotia: Cabot Trail Bike
WHY THIS TRIP?
• It’s a must-do trip for touring cyclists. The loop nature engenders a wonderful satisfaction, and this is one of Freewheeling’s most popular rides.
• The simple beauty of cycling between mountains and sea, in a remote island setting not on the way to anywhere.
• Margaree River Valley – a pretty salmon-fishing river.
• Acadian culture in Cheticamp. Learn about the 1755 expulsion of Acadians and their re-settlement.
• You may see whales from the shore. Moose in the highlands, and eagles in the sky.
• Cape Breton Highlands National Park – a natural treasure.
• The Markland Inn – a spectacular place far from crowds.
• Abundant fresh seafood.
IS IT FOR ME?
This is a spectacular ride, moderate most of the time, but with some black diamond challenges including two climbs of about 400m. on day 3. Electric bikes are available if you prefer to make things easier. Road bikes are suitable. Hybrid/fitness bikes are the most popular. The riding surface is almost entirely paved and traffic-shared, with very few short gravel sections.
The best time to enjoy this tour is mid-June to mid-October.
– Spring daytimes warm up to 10 to 20 °C (50 to 70 °F) by mid June. Note that seasonal businesses may still be closed, or on off-season hours, until late June.
– Summer, mid June to mid September, is normally 20 to 25 °C (70 to 80 °F). Freshwater and saltwater swimming is encouraged.
– Autumn, mid September to mid October, daytimes 10 to 20 °C range (50 to 70 °F). Nights can be chilly, but rarely down to freezing. Mid-October is the best time to see spectacularly colorful fall foliage.
Day One: Introductions
An optional transfer departs Halifax at midday. Otherwise, meet late this afternoon at your first inn (a good place to park your vehicle for the week if you’re driving yourself). Live music often follows dinner – an introduction to the musical culture of Cape Breton Island. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only)
Day Two: Margaree to Cheticamp
Short: 28.4km +155m/-235m
Long: 53.6km +344m/-422m
Ride down the East side of Margaree River Valley to its mouth, where you can stop for lobster on the beach. Short option riders will transfer to Cheticamp from Belle Côte. The long option follows the ocean through the Acadian region to Cheticamp. If you arrive early enough, you can spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring this very Acadian town and its surroundings. You can sometimes whale watch from the bluffs at Cheticamp Island, and can hike or ride off-road to the salmon pools, with opportunities to swim as well. For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. BL
Day Three: Cheticamp to Dingwall
Short: 46.5km +786m/-762m
Long: 78.1km +1393m/-1388m
Today is a challenging day of cycling through Cape Breton Highlands National Park; cycling distances and terrain can be adjusted using transfers. Short option finishes at MacIntosh Brook with a transfer to your inn at Dingwall. Long option includes climbing the second of two \’mountains\’ each of about 430m/1400 feet. The scenery today is awe-inspiring; the ascents are long, and the descents…ahh, the descents! If only they’d go on forever. BLD
Day Four: Dingwall to Ingonish
Short: 28.4km +306m/-291m
Long: 54km +601m/-591m
Cycle the scenic route between Cape North and Neil\’s Harbour (where the shorter ride begins), stopping for a short hike at spectacular White Point, where eagles often soar over spouting whales. Options include swimming holes, waterfalls, beaches, and golf at the Highland Links. BD
Day Five: Ingonish to Baddeck
Long: 60.6km +759m/-746m
A nicely undulating ride along the East Coast follows the initial climb over Cape Smokey. You can choose to ease the ride with a transfer up and over Smokey. Enjoy a picnic feast at Indian Brook or an interesting café in the middle of nowhere, and finish at a secluded inn on the shores of St. Anne’s Bay. BLD
Day Six: Final Ride & Farewells
Short: 35km +297m/-303m
Long: 78.1km +806m/-735m
On this morning’s ride to Baddeck, you can stop to visit the Gaelic College Great Hall of the Clans Museum, or if you are already in Baddeck, visit the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Bell\’s airplane, the Silver Dart, was airborne about the same time as the Kitty Hawk. There are good lunch options to choose from in the waterfront village of Baddeck, before climbing over Hunter’s Mountain (152m/500ft.) and along Middle River Valley to finish your activity with a refreshing swim in Lake O’Law. Unless you are continuing to experience Inverness and the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail with us on the Mabou Multisport extension, your adventure concludes this afternoon at your inn in the Margaree Valley, from where the optional transfer to Halifax departs, arriving by about 21:30. B
GET TO THE START
If you fly: The best option is to fly to Halifax (YHZ). We meet you at your inn in Halifax, for a transfer (four hours) to Cape Breton Island with the Freewheeling shuttle. We depart Halifax 1pm, day 1. Halifax’s downtown core is located about half an hour from its airport. Taxis are readily available; Maritime Bus offers an airport express shuttle ($40 roundtrip or $22 one way); and Halifax Transit provides hourly departures on its MetroX bus service ($4.25 fare).
Second option: Fly to Sydney (YQY). Arrange your own transport (taxi or rental car; one hour) to first inn.
If you drive: Meet at your first inn, 5pm day one. It is 400km from Halifax, 1500km from New York, and 2000km from Toronto. You can park at the inn for the week.
Cycling finishes mid-afternoon, day six, at the inn in Margaree. Freewheeling shuttle gets you back to Halifax by 7:30pm. It is best to fly out the following morning. Contact us for hotel recommendations.
BEFORE AND AFTER
If you have one day:
Rent a car (we can drop you at Halifax airport on day 6), and visit Wolfville, from where you can experience the highest tides in the world by car or on a 4-hour hike, visit wineries in the Gaspereau Valley, or just enjoy the rural university town.
Join us for a day trip kayaking on the South Shore, or rent a bike from our HQ and ride the Aspotogan loop.
If you have several days:
Extend your trip without leaving Cape Breton Island on the Mabou Multisport experience.
Join one of our other rides in Nova Scotia, or the adjacent provinces, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland.
DATES AND PRICING:
Please see the website for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided here.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, as shown on our webpage. You can also check our growing group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: 21st Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.
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