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Flying by the Seat of Your Pants-cycling the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

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From Halifax

1, 2, 3 or 4 day itineraries
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley

Riding along Acadian dykes, salt marshlands and by the highest tides in the world on two wheels will give you with some of the most spectacular views of the Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley. This is an introduction to your new favourite wine and food destination! Settle in on your pedals as you roll through rich farmlands, lush green hills and red shores. Here, all roads lead to Canada's newest wine region. Leave room in your panniers for the artisan foods you will discover and want to bring home like gourmet oils, vinegars or award winning cheeses. Find your way to "The Look-off "just north of Canning and glimpse the dramatic vista of the tides and landscapes. Eat your lobster dinner on a wharf in Halls Harbour where the ocean rises up to meet the road and low tides leave the local fishing boats lying on the ocean floor.  Go apple picking   and learn exactly why an apple is known as a Honey Crisp!  Apple, pumpkin and berry u-picks are abundant in the valley and these fresh, local ingredients are found in restaurants throughout these shores. Exchange your wheels for a zodiac and feel the thrill of riding the world's highest tides in the Bay of Fundy accompanied by biologist Tom Goodwin who will teach you to recognize the whales that feed here.

Good to Know:These cycling itineraries can be a one day cycling adventure or strung together to create your own personal cycling itinerary. Bike Rentals are available.

Discover: Nova Scotia Sushi at the Digby Pines, Chef Dale has created this sushi with world- famous Digby scallops and Bay of Fundy dulse.

One Day
Beginning in the enchanting town of Windsor and follow the  Evangeline Trail to Grand Pré, start with a visit to Domaine de Grand Pré is known for its Vintners Reserve label and its restaurant, Le Caveau, named "One of 20 World's Best Winery Restaurants" by Access Magazine.

Just next door in Wolfville, is Muir Murray Estate Winery offering nine varieties, a restaurant and its outstanding commitment to wine education.

Grand-Pré National Historic Site is an Acadian landscape of marshland dykes, sweeping gardens and a memorial church built on the site of the 17th and 18th century Acadian settlement and the Deportation that were both immortalized in H.W. Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

Elegant and charming Wolfville is home to Chef Michael Howell who is spreading the slow food movement throughout Nova Scotia.  Admire the Acadian dykes stretching between Wolfville and the Bay of Fundy with the world's highest tides.

Visit the Gaspereau Vineyards where wine maker Gina Haverstock is known for an impressive red "Luci Kuhlmann" (a perfect choice for our Campfire Wines itinerary).

L'Acadie Vineyards, specializing in a traditional sparkling wine and recognized as Nova Scotia's first organic winery, is also in the Gaspereau Valley and just "up the road" from Gaspereau Vineyards.

Raise a glass of Planter's Pale Ale from Sea Level Brewing Company and stay for lunch at the Port Pub. As you head to Canning, you will want to meet the family at the local fromagerie and taste their award winning cheeses produced at Foxhill Cheeses. Wind up your ride at the Look-off just north of Canning on route 358 where it is said on a clear day you can see five of Nova Scotia's counties.

Return Halifax

Two Days
Day 1: Windsor, Grand Pré,Wolfville,Gaspereau, Canning -52 kilometres. Beginning in Grand Pré, start with a visit to Domaine de Grand Pré known for its Vintners Reserve label and its restaurant, Le Caveau, named "One of 20 World's Best Winery Restaurants" by Access Magazine. Just next door, on the outskirts of Wolfville is Muir Murray Estate Winery offering nine varieties, a restaurant and its commitment to wine education.

Grand-Pré National Historic Site is an Acadian landscape of marshland dykes, sweeping gardens, and a memorial church, all built on the site of the 17th and 18th century Acadian settlement and Deportation that were both immortalized in H.W. Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

Visit the Gaspereau Vineyards where wine maker Gina Haverstock is known for an impressive red "Luci Kuhlmann" (a perfect choice for our Campfire Wines itinerary).

L'Acadie Vineyards specializing in a traditional sparkling wine and recognized as Nova Scotia's first organic winery is also in the Gaspereau Valley and just "up the road" from Gaspereau Vineyards. Elegant and charming Wolfville is home to Chef Michael Howell who is spreading the slow food movement throughout Nova Scotia.  Admire the Acadian dykes that stretch between Wolfville and the Bay of Fundy with the world's highest tides.

With so many wonderful foods and wines in abundance, the hardest part of your day will be deciding where to have dinner.

Overnight: Wolfville

Day 2: Wolfville to Kingston- 69 kilometres. This route takes you from Wolfville to Port Williams where you will find the Sea Level Brewing Company, famous for their Planter's Pale Ale located alongside the Port Pub.

As you pedal route 358 from Port Williams to Canning you will see rich farmlands spread in a spectacular patchwork of views. Just north of Canning you will find "The Look-off "and here you can get a glimpse of the dramatic tides as a backdrop to the rich farmlands (Marriage proposals have been spelled out in hay bales in the field below the look-off). Riding from Canning to Kingston will have you pedalling through the villages of Cambridge, Waterville, Aylesford and Auburn. Go apple picking and learn exactly why an apple is known as a Honey Crisp!  Apple, pumpkin and berry u-picks are abundant in the valley and these fresh local ingredients are found in restaurants throughout these shores. The farmers markets and roadside stands are welcome places to find baked goods, fruit and vegetables, along with news about what is going on in the community.

Return Halifax

Three Days

2 Days/1 Night
Day 1: Beginning in Grand Pré, start with a visit to Domaine de Grand Pré, known for its Vintners Reserve label and its restaurant, Le Caveau, named "One of 20 World's Best Winery Restaurants" by Access Magazine. Just next door in Wolfville is Muir Murray Estate Winery offering nine varieties, a restaurant and a commitment to wine education.

Grand-Pré National Historic Site is an Acadian landscape of marshland dykes, sweeping gardens, and a memorial church, all built on the site of the 17th and 18th century Acadian settlement and the Deportation that were both immortalized in H.W. Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

The Gaspereau Vineyards is where wine maker Gina Haverstock is known for an impressive red "Luci Kuhlmann" (a perfect choice for our Campfire Wines itinerary). L'Acadie Vineyards, specializing in a traditional sparkling wine and recognized as Nova Scotia's first organic winery, is also in the Gaspereau Valley and just "up the road" from Gaspereau Vineyards.

Elegant and charming Wolfville is home to Chef Michael Howell who is spreading the slow food movement throughout Nova Scotia.  Admire the Acadian dykes that stretch between Wolfville and the Bay of Fundy with the world's highest tides.

With so many wonderful foods and wines in abundance, the hardest part of your day will be deciding where to have dinner.

Overnight: Wolfville

Day 2: Wolfville to Kingston- 69 kilometres. This route takes you from Wolfville to Port Williams where you will find the Sea Level Brewing Company, famous for their Planter's Pale Ale and located alongside the Port Pub.

As you pedal route 358 from Port Williams to Canning, you will see rich farmlands spread in a spectacular patchwork of views. Just north of Canning you will find "The Look-off "and here you can get a glimpse of the dramatic tides as a backdrop to the rich farmlands (Marriage proposals have been spelled out in hay in the field below the look-off). Riding from Canning to Kingston will have you pedalling through the villages of Cambridge, Waterville, Aylesford, and Auburn. Go apple picking and learn exactly why an apple is known as a Honey Crisp!  Apple, pumpkin and berry u-picks are abundant in the valley and these fresh, local ingredients are found in restaurants throughout these shores. The farmers' markets and roadside stands are welcome places to find baked goods, fruit and vegetables, along with news about what going on in the community.

Overnight: Kingston

Day 3:  59 Kilometres. Kingston to Annapolis Royal will take you through the rich agricultural communities and towns of Middleton, the heart of the Annapolis Valley, and Bridgetown (formerly Gaudetville) where the mix of Acadian and Planter settlements give this town a unique character. Sweeping fields of cornstalks, rich dairy farms and crops laid out in rows vividly illustrate this area as the bread basket of Nova Scotia. Feel the warmth from the sun, smell the rich soils and the blooms, breathe deeply with nature. You are riding in the centre of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized region of natural and cultural heritage.

Return Halifax

Four Days

Day 1: Beginning in Grand Pré, start with a visit to Domaine de Grand Pré known for its Vintners Reserve label and its restaurant, Le Caveau, named "One of 20 World's Best Winery Restaurants" by Access Magazine. If you are planning to dine, reservations are suggested. Just next door, on the outskirts of Wolfville, is Muir Murray Estate Winery offering nine varieties, a restaurant and an outstanding commitment to wine education.

Grand-Pré National Historic Site is an Acadian landscape of marshland dykes, sweeping gardens and a memorial church all built on the sites of the 17th and 18th century Acadian settlement and the Deportation that were both immortalized in H.W. Longfellow's epic poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

The Gaspereau Vineyards is where wine maker Gina Haverstock is known for an impressive red "Luci Kuhlmann" (a perfect choice for our Campfire Wines itinerary). L'Acadie Vineyards, specializing in a traditional sparkling wine and recognized as Nova Scotia's first organic winery, is  also in the Gaspereau Valley and just "up the road" from Gaspereau Vineyards.

Raise a glass of Planter's Pale Ale from Sea Level Brewing Company and stay for lunch at the Port Pub.

Wolfville, an elegant and charming town, is home to the slow food movement and the world's smallest harbour. With so many wonderful foods and wines in abundance, any place you choose for dinner will be perfect!

Overnight: Wolfville

Day 2: Wolfville to Kingston- 69 kilometres. This route takes you from Wolfville to Port Williams where you will find the Sea Level Brewing Company, famous for their Planter's Pale Ale and located alongside the Port Pub.

Follow route 358 from Port Williams to Canning where rich farmlands spread out in a spectacular patchwork of views.  Just north of Canning you will find "The Look-off "and glimpse the dramatic tides and landscapes. Riding from Canning to Kingston will have you pedalling through the villages of Cambridge, Waterville, Aylesford, and Auburn. Go apple picking and learn exactly why an apple is known as a Honey Crisp!  Apple, pumpkin and berry u-picks are abundant in the valley and these fresh local ingredients are found in restaurants throughout these shores. The farmers' markets and roadside stands reflect the rich agriculture of the Annapolis Valley.

Overnight: Kingston

Day 3: Kingston to Annapolis Royal- 59 Kilometres. Kingston to Annapolis Royal will take you through the rich agricultural communities and towns of Middleton, the heart of the Annapolis Valley and Bridgetown (formerly Gaudetville) where the mix of Acadian and Planter settlements give this town a unique character. Sweeping fields of cornstalks, rich dairy farms and the symmetry of crops laid out in farmers' fields vividly illustrate this area as the bread basket of Nova Scotia. Feel the warmth from the sun, smell the rich soils and the blooms as you breathe deeply with nature; you are riding in the centre of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized region of natural and cultural heritage.

Plan an evening in Annapolis Royal dining at Nova Scotia's smallest pub or at the elegant Restaurant Compose overlooking the Avon River. Enjoy the sights and history (link to history page) of Annapolis Royal.  Stop and smell the roses (the largest rose collection in the Maritimes) at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens or step into la Maison Acadienne, built as it would have existed in 1671, the time when Port Royal (later Annapolis Royal) was the centre of Acadie. Discuss the merits of sustainable urban vegetable gardens and learn how to grow your own.

Overnight: Annapolis Royal

Day 4: Annapolis Royal, Bear River and Digby- 44 kilometres. Map out your route this morning over fresh valley fruit and hot coffee. Start out with a visit to Fort Anne National Historic Site to see the 5.5 metre heritage tapestry and the Royal Charter of Nova Scotia.  Meet up with Samuel de Champlain and his hardy crew at Port- Royal National Historic Site and join North America's first social club, the Order of Good Cheer. Celebrate our history!

Bear River, lovingly referred to as "little Switzerland", is home to the Annapolis Highland Winery, the Bear River Winery and a large artisan community. The tidal river and its stilted buildings are a photographer's dream.  The Bear River First Nations Cultural and Heritage centre offers a medicine trail, a holistic walk. Remember to check ahead of time to ensure a guide is available. The centre also features Mi'kmaq baskets, other arts and Mi'kmaq traditions. Bear River is home to Chief Greg McEwan whose  baskets are featured at Flights of Fancy (one of our best art galleries). Take time to visit Bear River Vineyards and Highland Annapolis Vineyards.

Digby, is where you will find the fishing fleet that brings you world famous Digby scallops. Try them pan fried, deep fried or in one of the many scallop dishes offered throughout the Bay of Fundy. Leave your afternoon open for exploring the rich feeding grounds for minke, humpback and the rare right whale (often seen) from a zodiac. Meet biologist Tom Goodwin of Ocean Exploration as you ride the highest tides in the world and learn to identify the whales that feed here.

Return Halifax