When other parts of the northern hemisphere experience unbearably hot weather, the Canadian provinces of Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and Newfoundland remain fairly cool and perfect for biking. The weather, however, will just be a passing thought as you explore the region’s lively cities, vast stretches of coastline, and quaint seafaring villages. If you get lost touring on your own, most Canadians will be able to give you directions as the natives speak both English and French. You can also choose to take a tour with a one of the region’s premier bike tour companies instead. Either way, you will be enthralled by the fresh seafood and majestic views. This biking hotspot will have you wishing that you had four hands. Then, you wouldn’t have to stop every five minutes to take a picture.
Nova Scotia: This provinces is sparsely populated. The wind can cause some problems for cyclists. The Cabot Trail, likely one of the most popular cycling routes in world, twists around the hilly New Brennan Island. While you're here, try the unique activity of Tidal Bore Rafting. This activity is a heady mix of white water rafting and boating. The tidal bore reverses the direction of the Shubenacadie River and creates series of rapids. Go when the moon is full for a more extreme experience. Explore the coastal fishing villages of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay Wildlife, such moose, eagles, deer, and whales, might make an appearance as you ride through the beautiful providence.
Newfoundland: The wonder of Newfoundland can be summed up in one word—icebergs. As you bike the shoreline, you can see icebergs floating south. Hands down, if you want to pedal down remote terrain bordered by forests and quaint villages, then Avalon Peninsula will give you an experience to top all your other cycling vacations. You will bike on rocky shorelines, up steep hills and through isolated wildness. Because civilization is scare, the weather turns foul swiftly, and the terrain makes beginner cyclists weep, only experienced bikers should brave the peninsula’s trails. Camping gear and emergency preparation are a must. Despite the island’s remoteness, getting to the island only takes a bit of planning. You can take an airplane, a combination of car and ferry or on a cruise ship.
Quebec: Quebec’s Eastern Townships is the best place to explore during your vacation. Although the terrain includes steep hills, the area has plenty to do along the way. You can stop at a winery, museum, or even the Astrolab. Signs of civilization, like five star hotels, make a biking tour of Quebec’s Eastern Townships more comfortable for less experienced members of the group. The wine route, a group of 20 wineries in the eastern townships, can easily be explored by bike.The province’s top cities, Quebec City and Montreal, are also great locales to explore en-route to other exciting locations or to spend an entire cycling vacation.
Prince Edward Island: Getting into Prince Edward Island might be the most strenuous part of a biking vacation on this majestic island and it’s really not that difficult. Only three public transport methods exist for getting into the island. You can drive over the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick, take a seasonal ferry from Nova Scotia or fly to the Charlottetown Airport. You can cycle around the island on along several trails and take in fabulous views of the ocean, wildlife and fields. The island has 40 beautiful beaches and the terrain is primarily flat with the occasional moderate hill. It’s very suitable for beginners.
Have you taken a bike tour or biked Eastern Canada? What bike routes, activities and tour groups would you recommend to other cyclists?