Tour Atlantic is an annual bike ride starting in Halfax, Nova Scotia and travelling to Baddeck in Cape Breton, via New Brunswick and P.E.I.
Part of the Cycle Canada Series of events, these tours are affordable cycling expeditions in Canada.
Discover Canada at a human scale, by bicycle. You can contact us at: Cycle Canada
Tour Atlantic travels from Halifax to Baddeck. It is part of the Cycle Canada Series, expeditions designed to explore the diversity of the country and its people.
Tour Atlantic is a supported tour and accommodation is mainly camping. There are indoor stays at the start and end of the tour and on our rest day Charlottetown. Cycling will be on paved roads. We take quiet side roads, bike paths and country roads as much as possible to avoid traffic congestion.
Can't get two weeks off? Ride a portion of Tour Atlantic from Moncton to Baddeck. Includes the Cabot Trail. We have a limited number of spaces for riders who want this shorter segment of Tour Atlantic, so inquire early.
Tour Atlantic is a two week, supported cycling expedition that travels through some of the oldest European settlements in the country. This ride takes you to must-see attractions in the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Riders for Tour Atlantic meet in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We encourage participants to arrive a few days early to explore this historic port city. There will be an afternoon orientation session before the first riding day.
Leaving Halifax we travel along Nova Scotia's south shore through Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg, a World Heritage Site and home port to the Bluenose II. The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove is a Canadian icon and the Bluenose is the famous sailing ship that's the image on Canada's 10-cent coin. From Lunenburg we cross through central Nova Scotia to the Annapolis Valley and a district immortalized by Ernest Buckler in The Mountain and The Valley, a landmark Canadian novel.
Our route goes through Annapolis Royal, once a French garrison town and later a British garrison during the colonial era of European settlements in North America. That naval port atmosphere is still there today in this historic village.
We take the ferry from Digby across the Bay of Fundy to Saint John, where our route crosses a bridge over the reversing falls created by the Fundy Basin's world record tides.
Heading east after a rest day in Saint John, we go through Fundy National Park and visit the Hopewell Rocks, unique formations created by tidal erosion that also are known as the Flowerpot Rocks. We travel through Moncton and go past the Big Lobster in Shediac on the way to to Prince Edward Island.
Our ride leads to the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. On the ride to Charlottetown there is a side trip to the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery, whose Anne of Green Gables has become an enduring symbol of the Canadian spirit. We have a rest day in Charlottetown and time to visit the place where the Fathers of Confederation gathered to create the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867. You could also stop by Cows, perhaps Canada's best known ice cream shop.
We leave P.E.I. by ferry to Nova Scotia and then cross the causeway onto Cape Breton, famous for its Celtic music, its hospitality and its scenery. You will see the scenery at its most spectacular from lookoffs along the Cabot Trail. We do a clockwise loop on the trail to reach Baddeck, where Alexander Graham Bell's summer home is now a museum and where Canada's first airplane, the Silver Dart, had its maiden flight a century ago. We'll have a celebration dinner in Baddeck as new and old friends head their separate ways.
Tour Atlantic will be returning in 2016
Fees are per person in Canadian funds
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is in addition to above fees.
We recommend you obtain travel, medical and personal insurance.
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You'll find information on other great cycling tours in Canada here: Cycle Canada Events.
Cycle Canada, The Veloforce Corporation is a Canadian company that organizes cycling activities. It is owned by Bud & Margot Jorgensen. Bud is a long-time recreational cyclist and founder of Tour du Canada. Our operations are located in Alliston, Ontario, just north of Toronto.
We have been organizing affordable supported cycling expeditions and vacations throughout Canada since 1987.
We believe that Canada is the best place in the world to go for a bike ride.
Our primary focus is to offer an enjoyable cycling experience. We encourage participants in our events to ride at their own pace and to join us with the goal of completing their tour by bicycle. We believe they will enjoy a cycling trip more in groups where they get to know other riders and share the pleasure of travelling as cycle tourists.
Read more about the management of Cycle Canada here: About Us.
Participants in our events have a right to expect that Cycle Canada, as organizers, and its staff will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that riders complete their ride and are enriched by the cycling experience. We hope that each rider will find companionship in, and be tolerant of other members of the group and help to make the trip a memorable and positive experience for all riders.
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