The Evangeline Trail follows the coast of the Bay of Fundy from Annapolis Royal to Wolfville. It is a ride back in time to the earliest days of North American history. At Port Royal, explore the site of the first permanent European settlement in Canada, while at night, take a midnight, candlelit tour of one of North America’s oldest graveyards and hear the tales of the people buried there.
There is so much to enjoy on this tour, from the world’s most capricious high tides to the culinary apogee that is Nova Scotia lobster. The Annapolis Valley is also very rich in Acadian history — a culture immortalized in Henry Longfellow’s epic poem Evangeline. The dykes built by the Acadians centuries ago — to tame the Bay of Fundy’s prodigious tides — help to make the valley into Atlantic Canada’s richest agricultural region.
Day one (easy):
We will meet you at the Halifax Airport or downtown Halifax and shuttle you to Annapolis Royal where the tour begins. This will give us the opportunity to meet each other, go over the route, and acquaint you with your bicycles. After dinner we highly recommend you join in on the candle-lit graveyard tour. Lodging: Hillsdale House or Queen Anne, Annapolis Royal
Day two: (55 km; easy to moderate)
This morning’s ride will take you to the quaint town of Bear River, filled with artisans selling their wares. During your ride back plan on stopping at the swim hole in the river for a quick dip to cool off from the days ride before making your way back to Annapolis Royal in time to explore the many shops. Annapolis Royal was recently proclaimed the most livable small town in the world by a United Nations agency. Lodging: Hillsdale House or Queen Anne, Annapolis Royal
Day three: (50 km; easy)
You will follow route 201 through Mochelle, Round Hill, Centrelea, and Paradise as you make your way to Nictaux, where you’ll rest overnight. Make sure to try some fresh fruit from the numerous stands along today’s route. A wonderful salmon pool near the inn is perfect for a refreshing dip before dinner. Lodging: The Falcourt Inn, Nictaux
Day four: (78 km; moderate)
Continuing through the Annapolis Valley you will find yourself in Hall’s Harbour on the Bay of Fundy. You may watch as the world’s highest tides fill the Bay, while feasting on fresh Nova Scotia lobster. After lunch, a short ride takes you to your inn in Centreville. Lodgings: Delft House B&B, Centreville
Day five: (45 km; easy)
A short ride today will lead you to Wolfville in time for lunch. Afterwards we suggest you cycle along the dykes to Grand Pré, where you can learn of the Acadian Expulsion by the English in 1755. You’ll be returning to Wolfville for the evening. Be sure to check out the Atlantic Theatre Festival, one of the best venues in eastern Canada, and always worth your patronage. Victoria’s Historic Inn or Tattingstone Inn will give you rest.
Day six (easy):
After a leisurely breakfast, and perhaps an early walk through town, prepare to meet us at your inn around 11 am for a transfer back to the Halifax Airport or downtown Halifax.
Self-guided Evangeline Trail Tours every week
Sunday to Friday, starting May 25th
Our US rate varies, depending upon the exchange rate
20 per cent single supplement
Hybrid Bike Rental: $149 Cdn
Road Bike Rental: $189 Cdn
Electric Bike Rental: $249 Cdn
15 per cent sales tax (HST) is added; (7.5% for US citizens)
• 5 nights' accommodation
• 5 breakfasts
• needed transfers to and from Halifax
• luggage transfers at each change of inn
• detailed road books and maps
• toll-free number for emergencies
Nova Scotia stories: The Annapolis Valley