Nova Scotia Ride - Cape Breton Island's Cabot Trail
Tentative Date: September 22-26, 2018 (Tentative Dates)
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This is one of the world’s greatest rides; one that all touring cyclists should have on their “must-ride” list! The beautiful coast – the most dramatic in Nova Scotia - meets the breathtaking highlands in ways that make you appreciate both to the fullest and the scenic magnificence of the Cabot Trail which can be really savored at the speed of your bicycle.
The landscape and the people may demonstrate to you why Nova Scotia’s name means New Scotland. You will be able to explore the valley of the Margaree River, rich with salmon and its pursuit, climb the ascents and huge descents of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and on some days to expand your rides onto beautiful wooded trails, all while staying at local inns, supporting their unique island economy while enjoying their individuality and charm. Many find that the highlight is a ride through beech woods to salmon pools, where salmon sometimes leap on their way upstream, and you can swim in deep pools below clear waterfalls. The cycling, although manageable by most cyclists includes some challenging sections, but we're there to offer shuttles and daily mileages for every cyclist. Local guides and environmental experts will enrich our understanding of the conservation and climate issues facing the Maritime Region.
This is an all-hotel trip. (No camping.) Double occupancy. A single supplement may be available if you prefer your own room (based on availability at the hotels).
Trip Dates: September 22-26, 2018
Start Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
End Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Beneficiaries: Choose from the full Climate Ride Beneficiary List during registration
Fundraising Commitment: $3,500 (If you wish to self-pledge the full amount, please contact us.)
Fundraising Deadlines: $500 Deadline - February 22, 2018 / $1750 Deadline - July 22, 2018 / $3500 Deadline - August 22, 2018
Transfer Deadline: July 19, 2018 (Please read the Policies for this event. If you must transfer, you may be able to transfer partial funds to another Climate Ride event.)
Trip Length: 5 days (One transfer day from Halifax to Cape Breton. Four nights hotels, four days of cycling.)
Activity: Cycling, optional hiking
Meals/Snacks: Plenty of great snacks. Please see Day to Day Overview for meal inclusions. Alcohol not included.
Maximum group size: 24
Other Trip Notes: Hybrid, performance, and electric bikes are available to rent from our local guides and will be prepared for your for your arrival (additional cost).
We meet participants in Halifax and transfer you to our start in the Highlands. On the last day, we take you back to Halifax for an evening arrival.
Day by Day Overview (This itinerary is subject to change)
September 22: Transfer to Cape Breton; meet & Greet Meet in downtown Halifax for a 3 ½ hour transfer to Cape Breton departing at 12:00 or 13:00 at the Halifax Stanfield Airport. Settle into your accommodations in Baddeck and enjoy a Climate Ride welcome dinner. Dinner may include live music as an introduction to the unique culture of Cape Breton Island. Enjoy an evening stroll along the boardwalk on the Bras D’Or Lakes to relax and prepare for your 200-mile cycling adventure. (Dinner is included today.) Telegraph House Inn & Motel, http://www.baddeckhotel.com/index.html Baddeck, Tel: 902-295-1100
September 23: 60 miles/98km
Begin cycling over Hunter’s Mountain (500ft.) and along Middle River Valley to Lake O'Law. There is an optional diversion on paved and gravel roads (very quiet) to remote locations along the Margaree River Valley, before heading the east side of Margaree River to the ocean and then along the coast through the Acadian region to Cheticamp. For your independent dinner, choose from several options along the Cheticamp waterfront. (Breakfast and lunch are included today.) Laurie’s Motor Inn, www.lauries.com, Cheticamp, Tel: 902-224-2400
September 24: 44 miles/71km, plus optional extra 30 miles/48 km to NE tip of NS at Meat Cove
Today is a challenging day of cycling through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You will climb two 'mountains' of about 1400 feet, breaking for a picnic between them, or once you have them behind you. The scenery is awe-inspiring; the ascents are long, and the descents...ahh, the descents! If only they'd go on forever. The extra mileage is beyond your inn's location, making it easy to decide whether to do it or not. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner are included today.) Markland Inn, www.themarkland.com, Tel: 1-855-872-6048 *For guests sharing a room with two beds, please be aware that the situation at this accommodation may be a queen bed with a pullout couch.
September 25: 35 miles/58km
Cycle the scenic route between Cape North and Neil's Harbour, stopping for a short hike at spectacular White Point, where eagles often soar over spouting whales. An independent lunch stop along the way, at the well-known Chowder House, is always enjoyable. Along the route, explore swimming holes, waterfalls, beaches. (Breakfast & dinner are included today.) Keltic Lodge Resort, www.kelticlodge.ca, Ingonish Beach, Tel: 902-285-2880
September 26: 36-50 miles/60-79km
A long, undulating ride along the East Coast follows your initial climb over Cape Smokey (950'). Enjoy a picnic feast at Indian Brook or an interesting café in the middle of nowhere, and finish with a ride to Baddeck, or a visit to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Bell's airplane, the Silver Dart, was airborne about the same time as the Kitty Hawk. Your tour concludes this afternoon in Baddeck by 15:00. Those transferring to Halifax can expect to be at the International Airport by 18:30 or downtown by 19:00. (Breakfast is included today.)