A trail bike experience in Nova Scotia is like no other! On our Cabot trail biking tour you will experience the wonders of cycling between the mountains and sea
A trail bike experience in Nova Scotia is like no other! On our Cabot trail biking tour you will experience the wonders of cycling between the mountains and sea.
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.
Introductions for your Trail Bike in Nova Scotia Adventure
An optional transfer departs Halifax at midday. Otherwise, meet late this afternoon in Port Hawkesbury, or 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)
Normaway Inn, Northeast Margaree
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
Maison Fiset House; or
Auberge des Pecheurs; or Silver Lining Inn; Cheticamp
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
Markland Inn, Dingwall
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
Keltic Lodge, Ingonish Beach or
Castlerock Inn, Ingonish
Short: 43.6km+359m/-605m; 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
Chanterelle Inn, St. Anne’s Bay or
Water’s Edge Inn, Baddeck
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 Inverness and the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail with us, your adventure concludes this afternoon in the Margaree Valley, from where optional transfers to Port Hawkesbury or Halifax depart, arriving by about 21:30.
We bid farewell and leave you with your wonderful memories of your Cabot trail biking tour.