Tour 1: July 8-15

Tour 2: July 15-22

Tour 3: July 22-29

 
The open road awaits....

The open road awaits....

Day 1

Saturday is our arrival day. 

We’ll meet you and your bike in the afternoon at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport and bring you back to Truro, our quaint start town at the edge of the Bay of Fundy. 
If you get in early, get your bike ready and spin the legs out. 
Dinner is on your own tonight--explore Truro; we have suggestions if you need them.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Truro

 
Frieze and Roy's in Maitland provides the ultimate lunch stop for today's long ride (photo: Howard Weeks)

Frieze and Roy's in Maitland provides the ultimate lunch stop for today's long ride (photo: Howard Weeks)

Day 2

Sunday is for our shake-down rides along the Bay of Fundy.

Shorter option: Take the morning to leisurely unpack your bike. Grab lunch in Truro and head out in the afternoon along the Cobequid Trail. Follow the rolling farmland along the Shubenacadie River to the Fundy Tidal Bore Interpretive Center. If we time it right, we’ll get to see the tidal bore before heading back to dinner.

Gravel route: 39 miles; 1600 ft
Road route: 31 miles; 1100 ft

Longer option: If your bike is ready to roll early, head out along the Bay of Fundy, being sure to stop for lunch at Frieze and Roy’s in Maitland (claim to fame: “Canada’s oldest general store”) before heading back. You’ll have two chances to check out the tidal bore at the Fundy Tidal Bore Interpretive Center--on the way out and the way back.

Gravel route: 55 miles; 2500 ft
Road route: 46 miles; 1800 ft

Hotel: Holiday Inn Truro

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided, lunch on your own.  

 

 
Today's Picnic is at Green Hill Provincial Park

Today's Picnic is at Green Hill Provincial Park

Day 3

Monday takes us to Pictou County and the sea via our first point-to-point ride.

We’ll head out of Truro by way of Bible Hill (home to Nova Scotia’s most famous export, Trailer Park Boys) and use sections of Nova Scotia’s Blue Route as we wend our way northeast. Though we might take different routes, all roads lead to our picnic at Green Hill Provincial Park. The view will make the climb worth it! After lunch, we have lots of options to make our way to our seaside resort hotel.

Shorter option: After our picnic, you’ll head towards the water and eventually to the Jitney Trail, which will bring us through downtown Pictou, the home of New Scotland.

Gravel: 53 miles; 2800 ft
Road: 49 miles; 2350 ft

Longer option: After our picnic, you’ll head into the rolling farmland of Pictou County. Be sure to stop for an ice cream at Deb’s Hidden Cafe in Scotsburn.

Gravel: 66 miles; 3300 ft
Road: 63 miles; 3000 ft

Hotel: Pictou Lodge and Resort

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided at the hotels; a picnic will be provided at Green Hill.  

 
MELMERBY BEACH (Yes, the lifeguards mean that you are supposed to swim there)

MELMERBY BEACH (Yes, the lifeguards mean that you are supposed to swim there)

Day 4

Tuesday offers lots of possibilities. The easiest--and maybe wisest--thing to do is to leave your bike alone and enjoy our amazing seaside resort.  Other restful opportunities include heading to Pictou for lunch and taking a dip in the Northumberland Strait (these are purportedly the warmest waters north of North Carolina).

If you’re interested in riding, we’ve got great road and gravel options today.

Shorter options: If pavement is your thing, head out to Caribou Island for a quick, beautiful 28-mile out-and-back. Meanwhile, the gravel route takes you through Scotsburn (get the lobster roll and a two-scoop cone at Deb’s Hidden Cafe) before bringing you back home through the town of Pictou.

Gravel: 36 miles; 1200 ft
Road: 29 miles; 900 ft

Longer options: Both gravel and pavement options lead to Melmerby Beach. Believed by many to be the prettiest beach in Nova Scotia, Melmerby provides a few options. The van will be there, so you (and your bike) could catch a ride there and then ride back home after a morning at the beach. Or you could send your swimsuit, ride to Melmerby, and catch a ride home. For the ultimate Northumberland Shore adventure, do an out-and-back!

Gravel: 72 miles; 3100 ft
Road: 55 miles, 2200 ft

Hotel: Pictou Lodge and Resort

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided, lunch on your own.  

 
Michelle enjoys Wednesday's route

Michelle enjoys Wednesday's route

Day 5

Wednesday brings our second point-to-point day. After leaving Pictou Lodge, we’ll take various routes along the coast and make our way to Rushton’s Beach Provincial Park for a picnic. After lunch, we’ll go our separate ways...but all come together again in Tatamagouche at our incredibly unique hotel, a restored train station.

Shorter options: Whether you take the pavement or the dirt, today’s route wends its way towards River John and then Rushton’s Beach. After our picnic, you might choose to swim at the park and take the more direct route--whether road or gravel--to Tatamagouche. Alternately, you might want to get to hotel and get set up early at Tatamagouche Brewing Company, a few short blocks away.  

Gravel: 41 miles; 1050 ft
Road: 41.5 miles; 1200 ft

Longer options: If--after our Rushton’s Beach picnic--you’re still feeling feisty, take the long way home. Whether dirt or road, the long, winding routes offer some climbing up through the hills (keep your eye out for windmills). Be sure to stop at the Earltown General Store to refuel. Bonus: if you’re extra motivated, the Balmoral Mill offers a chance to learn something about the region’s Scottish settlers.

Gravel: 71 miles; 3200 ft
Road: 59 miles; 1950 ft

Hotel: Tatamagouche Train Station Inn

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided at the hotels; a picnic will be provided at Rushton’s Beach.

 
Gravel and Sun and water and Sun ANd Gravel and water

Gravel and Sun and water and Sun ANd Gravel and water

Day 6

Thursday offers a rest day if you are smart enough to take it. Get a coffee, then a massage, then lunch, and then a beer and you’ve had a great day in Tatamagouche.

If you’re up for a ride, though, you’ve got lots of excellent choices.

Shorter options: The pavement-only route hugs the shore along Tatamagouche Bay. You’ll pass Blue Sea Beach Provincial Park on your way to Jost Vineyards (where you really ought to stop for lunch).

The gravel route, in turn, heads for the other side of Tatamagouche Bay for a short out-and-back to the Country Bread Basket for lunch. (Note that there are paved roads to the Country Bread Basket, too!).

Gravel: 14.5 miles; 383 ft
Road: 37 miles; 1150 ft

Longer options: A road-only route takes you along the Northumberland Strait to Pugwash, where you can grab lunch and check out the Thinker’s Lodge.

The gravel route, in turn, is a leave-nothing-on-the-table option for folks who have more energy than sense. Head to Debert, then back via the ski area at Wentworth. You’ll be ready for several cold beers in Tatamagouche if you take this option.

Gravel: 73 miles; 3350 ft
Road: 50 miles; 1750 ft

Hotel: Tatamagouche Train Station Inn

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided, lunch on your own.

 
Sugar Moon Farm does not disappoint (Photo--and glasses--courtesy of Howard Weeks)

Sugar Moon Farm does not disappoint (Photo--and glasses--courtesy of Howard Weeks)

Day 7

Friday is our final point-to-point. It might be our last ride, but it’s not our least ride. We’ll climb gently all morning up and over the ridge before dropping into Sugar Moon Farm for a snack (or lunch). We’ll then make our way back to Truro, pack for the trip home, and enjoy a last dinner together.

Gravel: 41 miles, 2300 vertical feet
Road: 43 miles, 1700 vertical feet

(In the interests of getting everything packed--and avoiding surprises--we’ve got just two routes today.)

 

Hotel: Holiday Inn Truro

Food: Breakfast and dinner provided, lunch on your own.  

 
Don't Look Back.

Don't Look Back.

Day 8

Saturday is when the party ends. We head to the airport early (but not too early! Please see our “registration and payment” page for flight requirements.)

Food: Breakfast is at the hotel.