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Tour Atlantic

Discover three of Canada's maritime provinces on Tour Atlantic

On Tour Atlantic we travel through some of the oldest European settlements in the country. Highlights of Tour Atlantic include Peggy's Cove on Nova Scotia's south shore, the Bay of Fundy, Hopewell Rocks, Charlottetown and the Cabot Trail.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

Tour Atlantic travels from Halifax to Sydney, Cape Bretonl. 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 indoors. Cycling will be on paved roads. We take quiet side roads, bike paths and country roads as much as possible to avoid traffic congestion.

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Tour Atlantic starts in Halifax

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.

We head overland to the Annapolis Valley

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.

Ferry to New Brunswick

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 our rest/ferry day, 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.

Crossing over 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.

On to Cape Breton

We leave P.E.I. by ferry, returning 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 before our final riding day to Sydney.

Tour Summary Dates and Fees

  • Dates and Fees: TBA

Fees are per person in Canadian funds

Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) included.

*Single room option may be limited. We are not able guarantee ensuite bathrooms.

** *The tour ends in Sydney Nova Scotia. There is bus service from Sydney to Halifax and flights from Sydney to various destinations. The first night's accomodation is August 17 and the final night is September 1. The final riding day is September 1.

Accommodation & Meals

  • Nights indoor (hotels, motels, inns )— 16 nights
  • Breakfasts — 14
  • Dinners — 2

Distances and Rating (subject to adjustment)

  • Total Distance — 1350 km (838 mi)
  • Daily Average —91 km (56 mi)
  • Longest Day — 140 km (87 mi)
  • Riding Days — 14
  • Rest Days — 1
  • Nights indoor — 16
  • Total climbing is 6,027 metres. One day on the Cabot Trail is 1584 metres of climbing.

We have a rest day in Charlottetown.

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