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 or cozy B&Bs. 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 Maritimers you’ll meet.

Location

Halifax

Halifax, NS, Canada

Day 1

Hubbards

Hubbards, NS, Canada

Day 2

Chester

Chester, NS, Canada

Day 3

Lunenburg

Lunenburg, NS, Canada

Day 4+5

Liverpool

Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada

Day 6

Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Kejimkujik Main Parkway, Caledonia, NS, Canada

Day 7

Bay of Funday

Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada

Day 8

Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Royal, NS, Canada

Day 9

Wolfville

Wolfville, NS, Canada

Day 10+11

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

10 nights lodging
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date between May 15 and October 15
Custom trips also available. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

11 days / 10 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Halifax / Wolfeville

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate: 55 km daily average (35 miles). Extra km possible.

TERRAIN

Encountering a few challenging hills most days

COST

Casual Accommodation*: CAD $2,300 
Single Supplement:
CAD $575

Classic Accommodation*: CAD $2,750
Single Supplement: CAD $675

*Price before tax. Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15% must be charged on trips in Nova Scotia.

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. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There Your tour starts in Halifax. 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.

1

Day 1

Arrival to Halifax. Our Area Manager will give you the bikes and a briefing for your experience.Halifax is a wonderful city to explore on foot, filled with vibrant cafes and shops. We will provide you with our favourite restaurants for you to choose between.

2

Day 2

On your first cycling day, ride the Rumrunners Trail, which departs from Halifax itself. Initially paved, it follows an old railgrade, so makes for a gentle grade wtihout any motorized traffic! Your destination on this day is Hubbards and the Surfside Inn.
Ride Distance: 54 km, elevation gain 395 m.*

3

Day 3

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.
Ride Distance: 56 km, elevation gain 553 m.*

4

Day 4

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.
Ride Distance: 65 km, elevation gain 602 m.*

5

Day 5

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.
Ride Distance: 51 up to 57 km, elevation gain up to 453 m.*

6

Day 6

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. Visit small fishing communities that are largely unchanged from one hundred years ago. End your day at the mouth of the Mersey River, in the town of Liverpool – this was the home port for some of North America’s most successful privateers.
Ride Distance: 81 km, elevation gain 604 m.*

7

Day 7

After exploring the Fort Point Lighthouse in Liverpool, head north to begin your journey across the mainland of Nova Scotia. On the way you will pass through lofty deciduous forests (which are particularly lovely in the fall). This is a slightly shorter cycling day in order to give you plenty of time to explore Kejimkujik National Park, located near your accommodation for the evening. Whether you chose to cycle the bike trails that wind through the woods, canoe the tranquil lakes and rivers, or explore the walking trails that pass through towering ancient hemlocks, wind-swept pines and brightly coloured orchids – the choice is entirely up to you. You might want to take the opportunity to view a few of the hundreds of aboriginal petroglyphs that can be found in the park, which illustrate a vanished way of life.
Ride Distance: 64 km, elevation gain 463 m.*

8

Day 8

Continue your ride across the mainland as you pedal to Annapolis Royal, located on an inlet of the Bay of Fundy. Today you will have time to explore this beautiful historic village. Investigate Fort Anne, built by the British in 1708 and located in the centre of Annapolis Royal, or simply wander along the historic streets lined with grand Victorian buildings, stopping to visit the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Take an add-on cycle out to Port Royale, the site of the first European settlement north of Florida, established in 1604. A candlelight tour of the local graveyard is always popular.
Ride Distance: 53 km, elevation gain 415 m.*

9

Day 9

A number of cycling options are available today for your day ride out of Annapolis Royal. Pedal over North Mountain on your way to the Fundy coast, where off in the distance you can see the shores of Nova Scotia’s neighbouring province, New Brunswick. On your return the breathtaking sight of the verdant Annapolis Valley will delight you. Head west from Annapolis Royal to the town of Bear River, where homes had to be built on stilts to protect them from the rise of the incredible Fundy tides. In the evening savour dinner and indulge in delectable local treats – Digby scallops are a must.
Ride Distance: 27 to 63+ km, elevation gain up to 730 m.*

10

Day 10

Ride along famed Annapolis Valley between Annapolis Royal and Wolfville. Stop to taste at Fox Hill Cheese House (for cheese or gelato), and arrive to charming Wolfville. Stay at Victoria’s Historic Inn. Should you wish, head to Grand Pre Winery for dinner at Le Caveau.
Ride Distance: 57 or 115 km* with shuttle provided on shorter option – you can cycle the distance you wish.

11

Day 11

Depart for Halifax in time for onward flights.

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

Casual/B&B

Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
The Waverley, Halifax

A Halifax landmark since 1876 with 34 guest rooms and Victorian period antiques, adding charm and character. The location is in the historic center, close to most major attractions and good restaurants.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Surfside Inn, Hubbards

Originally built by a sea captain in the late 1800's, this Country Inn has been restored keeping the Victorian elegance and antiques, while providing all of the modern amenities.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Mecklenburgh Inn, Chester

This historic inn is located in the heart of Chester with a commanding view of the ocean two blocks away. All rooms have down duvets, Frette linens, locally made quilts and most have water views.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
The Wellshire B&B, Lunenburg

This is a beautifully restored heritage building , circa 1826 with a large garden with swimming pool, patio & verandah overlooking Lunenburg harbour. Relax with piano in front of a log burning woodstove.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Lane's Privateer Inn, Liverpool

Built in 1798, this was once the home of one of Nova Scotia’s most famous privateers. The historic building has been developed into one of the region’s top hotels with a gourmet food store and restaurant.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Whitman Inn, Kempt

A heritage building that is a fully restored country inn, located by Kejimkujik National Park in western Nova Scotia's scenic woodland interior.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Hillsdale House, Annapolis Royal

Built in 1859 as an inn, this property has been welcoming guests for over 150 years, with 13 guest rooms, combining the intimacy of a B&B with the privacy and convenience of a small hotel.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Stella Rose B&B, Wolfville

This B&B boasts 3 charming and well-appointed guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Centrally located close to shopping and dining options.


Classic

Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
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.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
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.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
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.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
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.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Lane's Privateer Inn, Liverpool

Built in 1798, this was once the home of one of Nova Scotia’s most famous privateers. The historic building has been developed into one of the region’s top hotels with a gourmet food store and restaurant.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Whitman Inn, Kempt

A heritage building that is a fully restored country inn, located by Kejimkujik National Park in western Nova Scotia's scenic woodland interior.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Queen Anne Inn, Annapolis Royal

This four-star inn has been recognized as one of the best lodges in Nova Scotia by numerous travel publications. All rooms have custom-made feather beds, hand-made soaps, bath salts and plush bathrobes.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Tattingstone Inn, Wolfville

This casually elegant historic property with 10 beautifully appointed guest rooms with a blend of Victorian antiques and modern touches, flat screen TV’s complimentary WIFI. This is the top-rated lodging in Wolfeville


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Canada, Nova Scotia
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Nova Scotia, Canada
Trip starting at
CAD $2,300

Trip Reviews

June 8, 2019

“We loved this vacation… Randonnée did a great job setting up these wonderful accommodations and scenic rides” and “this trip exceeded our expectations.”

April 12, 2019

“The pre-tour material was very comprehensive… service was very good by all concerned” and “the trip exceeded our expectations.”

April 12, 2019

“Just got back from Nova Scotia and want to say that we had a fabulous trip. Thanks so much for doing your job so well. The routes were great and so were the accommodations. The Queen Anne was a particular treat. [The area managers] were great too. Not a glitch in sight!”

March 6, 2019

“The office staff was very responsive with the timeliness and quality of their communications. They must keep meticulous notes, as we received flawless service, even when we spoke with various reps. Alex, your local rep, was A+ too. She went out of her way to keep in contact with us. She was a pleasure!”

March 6, 2019

“As was our previous experience when booking our last trip, it was great dealing with Robbin and Anne again. Your new area manager, Alexandra gave us outstanding service as well. She answered all of our questions, suggested sights to see, restaurants and helped us organize our transfer back to Halifax.”

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