With a landscape that encompasses mountain highlands, river valleys, rugged seacoast, low-lying dyke lands, historic small towns and bustling cityscapes, Nova Scotia is a cyclist’s paradise. Find your ideal ride, from a relaxing rails-to-trails adventure through coastal communities, to the world-renowned, heart-pumping Cabot Trail, to the province’s many secondary roads off the 100 series highways suitable for scenic touring.
Cape Breton Island by Bike
Celtic Shores Coastal Trail
The Celtic Shores Coastal Trail is great for off-road cycling or long distance trekking, the easy, flat 92-km (57 mi) multi-use trail meanders along the spectacular west coast of Cape Breton Island, from Port Hastings to the Town of Inverness. Cycle through picturesque wilderness, skirt streams, and explore several communities and attractions. Along the way you will find active fishing harbours, warm-water beaches in Port Hood, West Mabou, and Inverness, the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre in Judique along with five other museums, Glenora Distillery, the Cabot Links Golf Course, and the not-to-be-missed Red Shoe Pub in Mabou. All of this is complimented with a variety of accommodations, restaurants, places to shop, some of the best live Celtic music on the island and a unique living Gaelic culture. Along the trail you find community kiosks and interpretive panels that will provide you with a glimpse of local history and culture. This trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail and the International Appalachian Trail.
For a real challenge, take a trip by bike around the Cabot Trail, one of the most highly-rated cycling routes in the world. Tackle the terrain with gusto, or take the sightseeing-by-van option when the elevation is too challenging.
“This justifiably renowned cycling route is best-known for the scenery — breathtaking rocky coastlines, the crystal clear Bras d’Or inland sea and the soaring ridges of the Cape Breton Highlands — especially in their autumn colours. But adventure-seekers will also be satisfied as gently rolling hills become invigorating mountains with some tough climbs and heart-thumping descents. Combined with local wildlife (such as beavers, moose and deer), quaint fishing villages, an intriguing Gaelic culture grown from French-Scottish roots and plenty of fresh ocean breezes, Cape Breton is the whole package.” (Testimonial by Lonely Planet, Top 10 cycling destinations for 2010.)
Bike Adventures for all Levels
Whether it’s a cycling tour, group ride or a solo outing down quiet country by-ways, you’ll find it here:
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