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Meeting in the seaside city of Halifax, this tour takes in the beautiful South Shore that Nova Scotia has to offer. After meeting in Halifax in the morning, we'll transport all tour participants to the picture-perfect Peggy's Cove where our cycling begins. We'll pass through numerous historic fishing villages, including the crown jewel of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and beautiful beaches. We'll end our tour at the picturesque Petite Riviere Vinyards, where after a tour of the winery and a lovely lunch, we will transport all participants back to Halifax.
Length: 5 days Distance: 211 km Average Day: 42 km Longest Day: 52 km Dates: August 25th - 29th, 2013
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We leave the city of Halifax behind by van, heading through rolling hills of pine forest, skirting lakes, to the picture-perfect Peggys Cove. We'll take some time to explore the glaciated rock, the beautiful lighthouse, and enchanting cove before getting on our bikes to begin cycling We'll then continue along the coast up the small, winding road past cute fishing villages, to Hubbards, our destination for the night.
Day 2: Hubbards to Chester - 52 km
Today we'll have a few small ups and downs, as the road skirts the edge of the ocean as we round St. Margarets Bay. A shorter route of 22 km is available for those looking for a little less cycling, but we'll bet that the beauty of this coastal area will have you wanting a little bit more (and luckily the South Shore offers plenty of opportunities for additional cycling).
Day 3: Chester to Lunenburg - 36 km
After spending the night in the fishing village of Chester, we'll pass through another beauty in Mahone Bay - be prepared to stop for lots of pictures today. But the best possibly comes last, as we end our day at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lunenburg, an 18th century fishing village which still retains much of its original charm.
Day 4: Lunenburg to Bridgewater - 40 km
Leaving Lunenburg we have two options - a shorter, direct route that involves only 21 km of riding, or a longer more coastal route. Both ways are beautiful, and lead us nicely to more enjoyable small hills as the road twists and turns, sometimes up through a forest, before emerging down to the coastline. The fun cycling ends as we follow the LaHave River into the small, historic town of Bridgewater where we'll stay in a comfortable inn for the evening after indulging in another delicious dinner.
Day 5: Bridgewater to Petite Riviere Vinyards - 35 km
Our final day begins with us cycling alongside the scenic LaHave River, down the opposite bank we cycled the day before, until we reach the coast (where you'll definitely want to stop in for a snack at the delectable LaHave Bakery!). We'll then follow the coast before turning inland and heading to a wonderful location for any cycle tour - the Petite Riviere Vinyards! Enjoy a tour of the facility and a fresh tasting, as we toast our success in cycling this wonderful region. In the afternoon, transportation will be available back to Halifax for all tour participants.
*Map is an approximation of the route we will follow.