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“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”

– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

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Trip Dates:

June 12-17
June 19-24

August 7-12

June 11-16
June 18-23

August 6-11

Self-guided and custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.


Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

6 days/5 nights


Peggy's Cove / Lunenburg


Oceanstone Inn, Peggy's Cove

Surfside Inn, Hubbards

Mechklenburgh Inn, Chester

Lunenburg Arms, Lunenburg

Activity Level:

55 km (35 miles) daily average
van supported

Extra km possible


Encountering a few challenging hills most days


Land Cost (current year):
CAD $1950
Includes 5B/2L/4D

Single Supplement:
CAD $440

Bike Rental:
CAD $140


Nova Scotia, Biking

Nova Scotia South Shore

Discover the unexpected in Canada’s Atlantic playground. Nova Scotia combines European hospitality of quality inns and superb food with Canadian natural wonders. Pedal past peaceful coves, winking lighthouses, rugged headlands and authentic fishing villages. Relax each night in historic inns. Discover unique history and heritage, relax on perfect white sand beaches and find an excellent souvenir among the craft and antique shops. But we’re betting that a favourite memory will be the warmth and friendliness of the Nova Scotians you’ll meet.

Only Great Explorations:

  • Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences.
  • Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks.
  • Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises.


Getting there :
Peggy's Cove: Your tour starts in Peggy’s Cove, about 40 km/25 miles south-west of Halifax. There is scheduled air service to Halifax from most major Canadian and US cities with non-stop flights to Nova Scotia. Ferry services link St. John, NB and Digby, NS, as well as Woodislands, PEI and Caribou, NS. In addition, an overnight luxury cruise can be taken between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth.

DAY 1:
Peggy’s Cove - Our guides will meet you on arrival, fit bikes and introduce you to the region. There will be time to explore the famous site of Peggy’s Cove and the numerous inlets and coves in the area. Synonymous with the rugged shoreline of Nova Scotia, the lunar landscape of Peggy’s Cove is a sight to behold. Be sure to mail a postcard from the only Canadian post office located in a lighthouse.
Distance: 9 km, elevation gain 58 m.*

DAY 2:
Hubbards - Depart Peggy’s Cove on your way to Hubbards. Stop for a brief visit at the poignant memorial to Swissair Flight 111. Cycle along the winding road leaving the rugged and barren sea-carved landscape behind for the lush, green inlets that you’ll discover at the head of St. Margaret’s Bay. Explore the quiet roads between Hubbards and Queensland, visiting the sandy beaches along the way.
Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 352 m.*

DAY 3:
Chester - Leave Hubbards to pedal around the ruggedly beautiful coastline of the Aspotogan Peninsula. Pass through picturesque fishing villages like Northwest Cove and Aspotogan. At Bayswater look for the Peggy’s Cove light across the head of the bay. The route along the western side of the Aspotogan Peninsula provides magnificent views of the Tancook Islands. Not far along you will arrive at the charming summer resort of Chester with a stunning harbour filled with pleasure yachts.
Distance: 59 km, elevation gain 553 m.*

DAY 4:
Mahone Bay - Begin your day by exploring this classical Nova Scotian village that has been a New England-like boating resort since the mid-1800’s. Wind your way along the coast of Mahone Bay to the beautiful town of that name. Along the way pass by the mysterious Oak Island (which has inspired two centuries of treasure hunters, including American President Franklin D. Roosevelt). At Mahone Bay explore the studios, galleries and unique shops that line the narrow streets of the village, and to view one of the most photographed scenes in Nova Scotia — the three waterfront churches. From here continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lunenburg, which will be your base for the next two nights.
Distance: 62 km, elevation gain 602 m or 76 km, gain 652 m.*

DAY 5:

Lunenburg - Enjoy a full day in the Lunenburg area. Take the opportunity to explore one of Nova Scotia’s oldest communities and certainly one of its most colourful. Visit the booming sea caves at the Ovens Natural Park, or cycle around the scenic Lunenburg and Riverport Peninsula’s. If you want a day off your bike, take a walking tour of the old town (be sure to watch for the “Lunenburg bump”!) and then hop on a boat to go whale-watching or try your hand at sea-kayaking.
Distance: options 51 to 58 km, elevation gain up to 453 m.*

DAY 6: Take a final stroll or ride through the village of Lunenburg before heading off on your next adventure.


*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

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Map of the Area

Ride Info

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What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 5 nights lodging
  • all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in Canada.

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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