Postcard perfect Nova Scotia is Canada’s Ocean playground, however there is also plenty to do on land for active travellers. With its vast coastline dotted with lighthouses, sea caves, plunging cliffs and many quaint and colourful seaside hamlets, a cycling trip is one of the ideal ways to explore Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia is also steeped with an intriguing history and following the path of the illicit Rum Runners Trail is a worthy ride for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities. In the early 20th century, the new and illegal trade of “Rum Running” was a response to prohibition and smuggling liquor to the US became exciting and highly profitable. The Rum Runners Trail is a former rail bed and today is a multi-use trail which begins in Halifax and meanders through forested areas, beaches and small villages to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Lunenburg.

In the west, the wild Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is an isolated 22 km² stretch of coastline characterized by glacier-carved headlands, secluded rocky coves and broad sweeps of silver sand. To the east you’ll find the world-famous Cabot Trail, a popular 298km loop with cyclists through Cape Breton Highlands National Park. To the north, enjoy Annapolis Valley wineries, succulent sea scallops in Digby, and coastal hiking and whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.

As you might expect in a destination with such strong maritime links, the seafood in Nova Scotia is some of the best you’ll find in North America. Hearty clam chowders, fresh scallops, lobster, and oysters are all readily available. When paired with some of the Annapolis Valley's local award-winning wines, your east coast fare will not be forgotten.

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As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Nova Scotia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.

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Quality services at the best price make our Nova Scotia cycling trips great value for money. Having essential items included like National Park fees, accommodations, most meals, bikes for cycling trips, maps and support for peace of mind. Our inclusions allow you to better budget for your big adventure.

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Cycling Nova Scotia's Rum Runners Trail