Cycling in Nova Scotia
Find your ideal ride, from a relaxing rails-to-trails cycling 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 by bike.
Cape Breton Island by Bike
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.
Cycling the Cabot 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 on self-guided adventures, or take the sightseeing-by-van tour option when the elevation is too challenging.
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie
The Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie, Nova Scotia's first annual Gran Fondo cycling event, appeals to everyone from recreational riders looking for an epic ride, to those that like to tour by bike, and also to the avid racer. While it is a timed event, it is more of a self-paced FUN group event, rather than a race.
Gran Fondo Baie Sainte-Marie is offers participants three options: the Gran 117 km loop, the 67 km Medio Fondo, and the 35 km Piccolo Fondo ride. Riders will navigate rolling inland roads and pass by towering wooden churches along the panoramic coastal route that hugs beautiful Baie Sainte-Marie. Acadian culture is highlighted and there will be opportunities to sample Acadian fare at nutrition breaks during the Gran Fondo.
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:
- Pedal your way through self-guided adventures, from touring food and wine with a side of Grand-Pré’s Acadian heritage in Wolfville area of the Blomidon - Gaspereau Route, to cycling with the sunrise through the rolling farmland and seaside villages between Pictou - Pugwash, to discovering Acadian joie-de-vivre as you cycle the land of sea and song, amazed by local story tellers in Yarmouth- St. Mary’s Bay, or riding the coast between Hubbards - LaHave, exploring the stunning beauty of quaint towns including Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg.
- Explore the Annapolis Valley’s coastal communities, breath-taking countryside, and rolling hills through a series of self-guided rides for all levels.
- Sign up for a Bike & Yoga tour of the historic and scenic South Shore led by renowned tour operators, Freewheeling Adventures.
- Experience the world’s highest tides in the Bay of Fundy and enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery along the Minas Basin when you book a Kayak, Hike and Bike tour that takes you from the quaint streets of Wolfville to the isolated beauty of Cape d’Or.
- For a culinary adventure by bike, take a winery tour on two wheels or get the inside scoop from a local foodie as you explore Halifax by pedal and foot.
- If you’re interested in cycling itineraries, check out the South Shore’s for Sweet Ride, the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley’s Fly by the Seat of Your Pants or bike from Yarmouth to the lighthouse at Cape Forchu.