“The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton must be one of the most scenic bicycle rides in all of Canada, if not the world”

About the Trip

The Cabot Trail is a 300km loop around Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. “Rising from the sea and clinging to mountains”, we’ll cycle this majestic and awe-inspiring trail in 4 days accompanied by a professional cyclist and supported by van. The views, the climbs, the Inns,  and the Celtic spirit will all be weaved together to create an exhilarating week of cycling and Cape Breton beauty.

We’ll pick you (and your bike) up from the Sydney airport and spend the first day getting the bikes tuned up and ready to roll. Then from the small fishing community of Dingwall, we head out, cycling clockwise through the fishing villages of Neil’s Harbour and Ingonish. Long, undulating, and dramatic rides along the East Coast, over Cape Smokey and into Baddeck – the colourful hamlet nestled on the shores of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Then up and over Hunter’s Mountain, we’ll cycle through the Margaree River Valley to the western side of the Island where we’ll join the coast road to Cheticamp, a traditional Acadian fishing village rich in culture and traditions. The final day is truly exhilarating as we cycle through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, up and over two “mountains”,  and back into the coastal community of Dingwall where we’ll celebrate with great food, Scottish cheer and Celtic music. On our final day, we’ll pack away the bikes, and head out to sea  with Captain Fraser in Bay St. Lawrence, taking time out to enjoy clam chowder at Meat Cove, and a swim at Cabot’s landing, a stunning stretch of soft sandy beach – an absolutely beautiful spot to finally sit and relax.

Itinerary

Thursday August 8 to Thursday August 15, 2019

Thursday August 8

Fly into Sydney Airport, Nova Scotia by 3pm. Transport to Dingwall for a kickoff celebration.

Friday August 9

A day of preparation and sightseeing. Dinner and Entertainment at the Markland.

Saturday August 10 – Day 1 of the Cabot Trail

70km moderate ride from Dingwall to just south of Ingonish.

Sunday August 11 – Day 2 of the Cabot Trail

70km moderate ride over Cape Smokey, through Wreck Cove and into Baddeck. Overnight in Baddeck.

Monday August 12 – Day 3 of the Cabot Trail

79km easy to moderate ride through the Margaree Valley and into Cheticamp. Overnight in Cheticamp.

Tuesday August 13 – Day 4 of the Cabot Trail

81km – a challenging and exciting ride through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, climbing 2 mountains of about 1,400ft. Today has long ascents and exhilarating descents with a celebration dinner at the Markland.

Wednesday August 14 – Day of Cape Breton Fun

Our day of fun and celebration includes whale watching in the Bay of St. Lawrence, lunch in Meat Cove, a swim at Cabot’s Beach, and an evening of Celtic entertainment at the Markland.

Thursday August 15 – Depart for Sydney Airport

Note about this route:

The Cabot Trail is truly one of the world’s greatest bicycle rides but it is challenging with 70+ kms/day up, over, and down some dramatic landscape. The roads are paved and most, but not all, have paved shoulders.  There are a few sections where the road is rough with gravel and/or uneven surfaces but every year, the surface improves as the road works continue. This trip is for experienced cyclists comfortable with riding long distances at 15km/hr or faster.

Trip Costs

$3,900 CAD + HST.

Please note that the cost does not include Airfare to/from Sydney, insurance (medical and cancellation), and bicycle and bike gear (helmet, repair kits, clothing).

December 1, 2018 Deposit $1,000 CAD

May 8, 2019 1st Payment $1,000 CAD

June 8, 2019 Final Payment $1,900 CAD + HST

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