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Nova Scotia and PEI, are they as good for road cycling...(9 posts)

Nova Scotia and PEI, are they as good for road cycling...RhodyRider
Apr 8, 2003 8:59 AM
...as they look? We are planning a road trip up the coast in late June/early July to NS & PEI, and intend to bring the bikes. Any suggestions on routes/loops for good daily mileage? We'll be staying coastal, no matter what, just not sure exactly where yet.
Thanks in advance for any tips, suggestions, weather info, etc.
re: Nova Scotia and PEI, are they as good for road cycling...BaadDawg
Apr 8, 2003 9:27 AM
Never biked in NS but lived in PEI 30 years ago and only had a bike as transport. Probably biked the circumferance. There are nearly 1000 miles of paved coatal roads plus gorgeous interior rides too. If you stay away from the real touristy spots (Cavendish) its mostly quiet as far as traffic.

Its quite hilly (not flat as people think) and always windy.

Lot's of quirky places to stop, and unbelieveavle friendly people. Lot's of old and new hippies everywhere too with shops full of all kinds of home made stuff.

If you are off roading there are also tons of unpaved roads, many of them down to the water and to beaches where only locals go.

Good camping and b/b's too.

It's a beautiful place. NS is nice too, I just seem to always go back to PEI when I visit that area.

If you are in good shape there is the Cabot Trail in NS. Lots of traffic but paved shoulders in many places and scenery to die for.

Check out Louisburgh if you are in Cape Breton. Worth a day for sure.
B.D., thanks for the info - can you tell me what type of weatherRhodyRider
Apr 8, 2003 1:03 PM
is typical in early July up there? I expect it'll be quite a bit cooler than Rhode Island, but...just how cool?
Thanks!
pretty good weather...Lon Norder
Apr 8, 2003 2:54 PM
You might get some rain, but not a lot. Pretty much shorts and short sleave riding if I recall correctly. I've bicycle toured there before. As was mentioned, the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island is great for a 4 day mini-tour. Be sure to check out Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island. Also, the east coast of NS is very scenic and undeveloped. I'd recommend it over the west coast. Go to one of the Tourist Information places and get a free map. Just about any road is good to ride. There were a lot of mosquitos in the interior, but I was there in June. Have fun.
B.D., thanks for the info - can you tell me what type of weatherBaadDawg
Apr 8, 2003 2:57 PM
This idea that yanks have that Canada is cold is very misinformed.

PEI in early July is anything from cool to 90 degrees. Luck of the draw. Right by the ocean its cooler depending on where you are.

The water temps are moderated by currents and the Northumberland straight is pretty shallow. Swimming is definitely in order.

In early July the suns sets around 10pm its great.

You going to be camping or motelling? We always camp when we go there.
No camping for us, we are cottage or lodge types. TKS!! nmRhodyRider
Apr 9, 2003 12:26 PM
NS is *huge*kenyee
Apr 8, 2003 9:37 AM
Even by car. Only wandered around the northwest parts of it. The northeast part (Cabot trail) looks beautiful from pics I've seen, but it was too long a drive for the few days we were out there. Would have taken a day to drive out there.

Lots of roads, few cars, so it'd be good for biking. Even driving around the tourist spots, they were really far apart. We much preferred Bar Harbor, Maine after we got back though. They just seemed to do the touristy stuff better than NS did. They also have nice loops around Cadillac Mtn.

Try the scallops and rappie pie in NS. Scallops have amazing taste/texture. The rappie pie looks gross, but is pretty tasty.
Cape Breton's Cabot Trail is awesome. PEI 2. Google it. nmSpunout
Apr 8, 2003 10:49 AM
I've done both by motorcycle....TFerguson
Apr 8, 2003 11:11 AM
They're both beautiful and full of wonderful people.

PEI is rolling (severely rolling to a flatlander from the Midwest) farmland with (of course) a huge coast. Enjoy the Sunday morning brunches at the local churches. Lobster or pork chops - same price.

Nova Scotia has unbelievable variation. Small mountains in the NE, really maritime in the E and SE, and The Peggy's Cove area in the SW will make you look for Sherlock Holmes to walk out of the fog.

TF