Province/Territory: Nova Scotia

Self-Propelled Atlantic Adventure

  • 06 days
  • 2 wheels
  • 300 kilometres of coastal road

Curving along the coastline of Cape Breton Island, hundreds of kilometres of open road await. Welcome to Cabot Trail—explore at a slower pace, self-propelled and immersed in your environment as you bicycle-tour through a diverse and culturally rich landscape.
Pedal across undulating terrain, your efforts rewarded with vistas of endless ocean and rolling highlands. Refresh at day’s end with a swim in the cool Margaree River or forest-shrouded Lake O’Law. Onward, visit Cheticamp, a vibrant Acadian village founded in the 18th century. A whale-watching tour, or further exploration of Cape Breton Highlands National Park, beckons. Viewpoints from French and Mackenzie Mountains astound—their long descents are welcome after each hardy climb. And White Point is a traveller’s favourite; watch for soaring eagles in the clouds or spouting whales on the horizon.
When cycle-touring Cape Breton Island with Freewheeling Adventures, the journey is the destination.
 

Why you should visit
  • Experience six days and 300 kilometres of self-propelled bicycle touring on Cape Breton Island’s renowned Cabot Trail.
  • Immerse in a dramatic Maritime environment, engaged through all five senses as you cycle over rolling hills, past charming towns and along Atlantic coastline.
  • Cool off with a swim in the Margaree River or savour a picnic beside serene Lake O’Law; discover age-old secrets of fly fishing for Atlantic salmon from local experts.
  • Dance to Celtic fiddle music at Margaree’s lively Normaway Inn; connect with traditional Acadian culture in Cheticamp and peruse intricate craftwork—including the famous hooked-rugs—then dine on local lobster.
  • In summertime, head offshore on a guided whale-watching excursion; hike or bike the popular Salmon Pools Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
  • Challenge yourself to cycle to the 400-metre-high summits of Mackenzie and North Mountains—fully guided groups have an option of a van shuttle—then revel in the glorious descents, punctuated by views across the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • Bird- or whale-watch from rugged White Point; search for secluded swimming holes and cascading waterfalls.
  • Hike a three-hour route along Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and gaze over Cabot Trail, back-dropped by a captivating Atlantic panorama.
  • Golf at Highland Links, a harmoniously designed 18-hole course bordered by mountains on one side and ocean on the other.
  • Delve into history at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum in Baddeck, noted for harbouring one of the earliest known aircrafts—the Silver Dart.

Weather

  • Expect a temperate climate on Cape Breton Island throughout Freewheeling Adventures’ operating season. Average temperatures are 14° Celsius (June), 18° Celsius (July), 19° Celsius (August), 15° Celsius (September) and 9° Celsius (October). Conditions are cooler along the coast and warmer inland; coastal areas are prone to sudden weather changes throughout the season.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Reserve Freewheeling Adventures’ Cabot Trail Bike Tour by booking directly through the operator.
  • To secure your first choice of lodging, equipment and guides, advance booking (one to three months ahead of departure) is recommended.
  • Fully guided group sizes are typically between four to 12 people; private/self-guided groups of any size can usually be accommodated.
  • Lodging, restaurants and services are available in Baddeck; all services are available in Halifax and Sydney.
When to go
  • In June, view springtime flower blooms and cycle on quiet roadways.
  • July through September is pleasantly warm, with opportunities for swimming.
  • October offers vibrant fall foliage; Cape Breton Island’s Celtic Colours Music Festival occurs annually in October.
  • Fully guided trips have set dates; self-guided/self-supported trips run throughout the season (June to October).
Need to know
  • Self-guided, fully guided and self-supported options are available; fully guided trips feature van support and a knowledgeable group leader.
  • Guests should be moderately physically fit with bicycling experience.
  • Make the most of your adventure by training beforehand—schedule several short rides (five to 10 km), and at least one longer ride (20 to 30 km), in the weeks leading up to departure.
  • Guests are responsible for warm and weatherproof apparel and personal items; bicycle rentals are available.
Getting Here