Baddeck, Cape Breton National Park
6 Days / 5 Nights, Self-Guided
Boutique Country Inns
Maggi,co-founder and owner of Cycling Country, is proudly Canadian and just loves this bike ride! With family residing in Nova Scotia, this is an area we know well and recommend for any cyclist looking for adventure.
This beautiful region of Canada is famed for its history, rugged landscape and unique cultures of past isolated communities. Venture into the Cape Breton National Park with its spectacular views, highland headlands and cycle past sparkling lakes and gorges. Don't forget to enjoy the home style cooking en-route which is a meld of First Nations, French, Scottish and Irish influences!
Here is a tour with a large and wild landscape and every avid road cyclist will love it. It is one of the Must Do Cycle Tours in the World.
Meander through the Margaree Valley with its Canadian Heritage River and enjoy the pastoral views of lighthouses, boaters and of course lakes filled with fish. This area is really a retro reminder of how holidays used to be with opportunities for viewpoints, swimming and picnicking at every turn. Who knows, you may even spot some wildlife, and this place has it all!
Ancient Acadia is on the route, with its open culture and wonderful culinary treats. A hardy bunch, these people have survived a rough history and harsh weather in their fishing communities to preserve some of Canada's quite unique French culture. Les Acadiens vous attendant avec impatience! The Acadians are eager to welcome you!
Enjoy the pretty and cosy town of Baddeck where Alexander Graham Bell lived and created his many inventions, including the first practical telephone. See Bell's original Silver Dart aircraft, the first in Canada to make a flight! Quite a slice of Canadiana, you will enjoy starting your cycle tour from here!
Sunday Starts from 30 June to 15 September
MODERATE WITH LONGER HILLS
Day 1. Halifax Pickup to Baddeck
Arrive in bustling Halifax (airport or centre meet point) and be transferred to your place for this evening, Baddeck*. Try out the bikes in this pretty town and explore. Such a pretty place, Alexander Graham Bell made it one of his main residences for his life and his family enjoyed summers there. The excellent museum makes for a very interesting visit and illuminates this great man´s life and inventions. Afterwards take a stroll around this pleasant place and prepare for tomorrow´s riding!*If you wish a transfer to Baddeck, you need to be in Downtown Halifax by 12:00 noon (at the latest) or Halifax Airport (12:45 latest) - The Shuttle return costs 65 Euros
Day 2. Baddeck to Margaree Valley
58km – 36 miles
Cycle winding and forested hills in this landscape of lakes. You can even go for a swim en route if keen. Arrive at your accommodation which features quaint cabins in an attractive landscape and a good place to get off the bikes for a small hike. The Inn is known to feature local talent on their music nights, and if lucky, you will get a taste of Cape Breton's famous tunes.
More Miles are your thing? Go for another optional 25km (15.5miles) once you get to the Inn with a loop ride!
Day 3. Margaree Valley Explorer
50km – 32 miles
A day of pretty vistas awaits in this landscape of lakes and ponds. River life being abundant, there are opportunities for good bird watching and it is actually a very big area for salmon fishing! So big, you can actually visit the Margaree Salmon Museum! Heading toward Cheticamp, you will start seeing some impressive landscape to come with the Highlands. Chéticamp, is one of the main French Acadian centres in Cape Breton, with a great mix of language, fishing heritage and history which is unique in Canada.
Day 4. Chéticamp to Dingwall
81km - 50 miles
Enjoy this amazing treat of terrain and thick hilltop spruce forests and a real chance to feel like an explorer. You pass into the famous Cape Breton Highlands National Park. This is an area of high drama with some amazing roads around headlands and the tree covered Highlands give this area a real taste of Canadian wilderness. A wonderful area to spot Canada´s native animals such as fox, deer, moose and beaver, your day on the bike is bound to be an interesting journey. Your destination tonight, is a little slice of Canadian outdoor living in some absolutely quaint wooden cottages.
Love this Area? Want to know a little bit more? Read our Blog on it - "Cabot Trail"
Day 5. Dingwall to Ingonish
58 km + - 36miles
Lovely scenery accompanies your ride today to Ingonish. Tranquil forests and a coastal companion, makes it a very nice route. It is hilly countryside with small rural communities to pass through but keep your eyes open for any bald headed eagles that make their home in some of the swampy areas along the route.
Day 6. Ingonish to EnglishTown
46km+ – 29miles
You will enjoy today´s ride, a winding climbing route through lakes, forests, rocky outcrops and over Cape Smokey, an absolutely awesome descent with views spanning 360. Simply gorgeous cycling.
Pick up lunch at one of the small quirky cafes and delicious bakeries that line this cycle ride before arriving at Englishtown to get your ride back to Halifax Airport or downtown!
We hope you enjoyed this taster of Canadian Cycling and Exploring!
Love to keep going? Spend some days in Halifax and explore this historic interesting city!
Leisure Tour - Self Guided
Bikes - Hybrid / Road / E-BIke
Route: Baddeck, Margaree Valley, Cape Breton National Park, Ingonish
Group Size - 2+
Moderate - distances are a daily average of 55km. Please note this is very hilly countryside with some longer and steeper climbs. It is classed as Moderate as the distances are shorter than those associated with a longer Challenging ride, but be prepared for ascents and a couple steepish long descents.
Beautiful rural Country Inns & Cabins in Rustic Styles - All bedrooms en-suite
5 breakfasts - buffet / home cooked
- Luggage delivered to your next hotel with luggage tags
- Welcome meeting and introduction to the route and area
- Emergency support and contact details
- Tour pack and guide book about the area
- Detailed Notes including places to stop for lunch and sights to see
- 5% off your next tour
1 Our local Representative will meet and greet in Halifax and provide daily luggage transfers.
Good Quality Bike Hire - Quality Hybrid Bike: 130 Eur / Orbea Road bike alu frame: 145 Eur /Road Bike full carbon frame: 170 Eur (Preformance Carbon: 207 Eur) / E-bike: 270 Euros
Transfer from Halifax Centre /Airport to Baddeck (Return - 75 euros)
Entrance to Alexander Graham Bell Centre or other museums en-route
WestJet flies from London Gatwick to Halifax throughout the year, other European carriers (Air Transaat,BA, etc), access Montreal, Quebec City or Toronto first and then Halifax
This tour is available only for a start on Sunday.
Please contact us for availability.
These Canadian small hamlets and communities have a long winter, so when it is time to get out and enjoy the good weather, they do so with a great gusto., Enjoy how the wild world wakes up in the mornings on your route with birdsong and leaves rattling in the big maple trees. A nice glimpse of Canadian countryside at its best.
Stay in a historic home in Chéticamp with its Acadian feel. Built at the turn of the century, it overlooks the beautiful vista of the harbour and has a tranquil feel.
Encamp and enjoy the greenery in the surroundings of this Inn and its cabins. Most lovely lodgings with a close by Barn filled with local talented musicians to hear. Discover the Real Cape Breton hospitality here!
"Canada's Cabot Trail!
Hi Maggie, Back to work and all is well. We had a wonderful time... Thanks for all your help."
B & J. Bailey - Aug 21, 2019
DATES & RATES
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
Sunday Starts only (beginning 30 June to last start, 15 September 2019)
€375 Single Supplement
Minimum 2 people
Discounts for 4+ booking together
Please contact us for prices and availability.
Price includes all local taxes. Please note we transact in Euros.
- Cycle this famous dramatic setting and a real slice of Canadiana!
- Discover the Canadian lifestyle, which is unique to Canada
- Visit Alexander Graham Bell's home and the fantastic museum about his life here.
- Visit Canada's beloved Cape Breton National park with its wild landscape.
- Try Canadian favourites like Poutine, Lobster and delicious home baking like Butter Tarts!
An Epic Adventure from Halifax to explore this Thrilling area, we've cycled
We are Canadian and have family living here!
Charming Boutique Inns to give you an idea of this Rustic area.
Nova Scotia is a special place and we are proud to showcase it!
Very well organized, from the routes chosen, the detailed instructions, the unique accommodations to the insider tips on dinning and sightseeing.. Loved everything (with the exceptions of some of the steep hills!). Will be going back!.A. Moore
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