Cycle the South Shore
This trip is beautiful by car, but is even more rewarding by bike. Whatever you chose to do, this meandering journey down the South Shore will take you from the seaside, through history, to friendly restaurants serving the best Nova Scotia has to offer.
Get a taste of Tantallon
A delight for a cyclist with a sweet tooth, this trip starts with breakfast at the Bike and Bean Café Restaurant, before a quick stop at Acadian Maple – a family-owned business specializing in pure Canadian maple syrup, as well as other natural treats.
Indulge your inner foodie at the Trellis Café
Sit down to a fantastic meal at one of the best places to dine in Nova Scotia. This Nova Scotia Prestige Winner was awarded Restaurant of the Year and an “Essence of Nova Scotia” People’s Choice Award.
Cycle the Aspotogan
Guide your bike through the traditional fishing villages of Blandford, Aspotogan and Northwest Cove. Take in the 50 km Aspotogan loop from Hubbards to East River. Enjoy quiet roads, sandy beaches, coastal views, and beautiful wild flowers.
Investigate Oak Island
Take a two-hour guided walking tour of Oak Island, rumoured to be the location of some legendary buried treasure.
Explore Mahone Bay
This colourful town is known for its charming shops and streets. Stop at Sweet Ride to tune up your bike and get some candy to keep your engine revving. See artisans shape pewter into vases and jewlery at Amos Pewter. Stop a JoAnn's Market to grab a bite to eat. Take the scenic route through Mader's Cove. And pull over at the Biscuit Eater for homemade biscuits and jams and a library/book store.
Walk through Old Town Lunenburg
Feel the pull of history in Lunenburg - one of two urban centres in Canada that have UNESCO World Heritage Designation. You’ll encounter over 400 registered heritage properties, 5 national historic sites, and a federally designated heritage conservation district. Stop at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and learn about Rum Running, whales and August Gales. Meet lobsters, flounder, cod and more in our aquarium. Enjoy our large collection of Bluenose memorabilia. Maybe even catch a glimpse of the Bluenose!
Eat & Drink in Lunenburg
Take advantage of Lunenburg’s many unique restaurants and shops, including Iron Works Distillery which is known for their Blueberry liquor, and Pear Eaudevia Liquor where bottles are actually hung on a pear tree with the pear growing inside. Treat yourself at Sweet Treasures - an authentic ice cream and fudge shop. When leaving Lunenburg, cycle down to Blue Rocks, a cozy fishing village known for its beauty.
Cycle Lunenburg to LaHave
Encounter a seaside wonder at The Ovens Park, the site of Nova Scotia’s 1861 Gold Rush and home to the famous “ovens,” or sea caves. Hike along the spectacular coastal cliffs and nature trails. Experience the resounding boom created by waves entering Cannon Cave. And explore fine beaches around Kingsburg and Rose Bay, and of course the sweet-smelling Le Have bakery a cable ferry ride away across the LaHave river.
Stroll down Rissers Beach, featuring an onsite campground with some popular camping spots directly beside the beach. Enjoy the Petite Riviere Vineyards, located in one of the oldest grape growing areas in North America with vineyards dating back to 1630. And take a guided tour through the wine making process, from grape to bottle, then finish up with a wine tasting.
Cycle LaHave to Summerville Beach
Start by crossing the LaHave cable ferry first thing in the morning. Stop to see Fort Point Lighthouse before enjoying another of the best coastal rides in Nova Scotia. You’ll pass through several seaside hamlets: Broad Cove, Vogler's Cove, Little Harbour, Cherry Hill Beach, Beach Meadows, Port Medway, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch near a beautiful lighthouse, preceded or followed by a yoga session on a wooden wharf by the sea. Afterwards, at the Quarterdeck, you can stroll the white sand of the beach or swim in ocean before dinner.
Relax at White Point Beach Resort
Kick back after a long day of cycling at one of Nova Scotia’s most popular resorts. White Point boasts an extensive variety of recreation facilities and programs, as well as a 1km sandy beach. The rolling waves of the Atlantic are great for boogie boarding or even surfing - yes, lessons are available. There is also a freshwater lake boasting a boathouse with canoes and paddleboats. Take a paddle around the islands and even go for a swim. Kayaks and surfing equipment are also available.