Bike Book Outreach


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Click on the following link to view/download the guidebook published by Walton Watt in 1995. Nova Scotia by Bicycle

“Where to Cycle in NS” Guidebook

Welcome! This is the place to download routes from the Where to Cycle in Nova Scotia guidebook. It is also the best place to learn about any important route updates. Haven’t purchased a copy of the book yet? Here are some reasons why you might want to:

The book includes:

  • 106 cycling routes around all parts of Nova Scotia, mostly on low-traffic country roads and rail trails
  • 38 detailed maps, with full-colour fold-out map
  • Tips on how to pack and prepare for cycling adventures, including packing checklists
  • Kid-friendly rides and tips for cycling with children
  • Features on the Cabot Trail and the Destination Trails (Rum Runners, Harvest Moon Trailway, Celtic Shores)
  • Regional overviews
  • Each ride includes: route descriptions, ride considerations, side trips/variations, points of interest (with kilometre markers), cue sheet (turn-by-turn instructions), and map.

Buy local! It supports our local economy in so many ways. Please consider visiting your local bookstore. Also, most bike shops will have the book available. But if you are from out of province and need to order online, click on the button below to order directly from Nimbus.

Order Online


Visit the links below to:

  • Read about any important updates to the route
  • Explore the routes interactively
  • View the elevation profile
  • Download the route to use on your device
  • Read comments from other users
  • Provide comments about the route. (To make a comment you will need to sign up to Ride w/ GPS, which is free.)

Downloading Routes

To find the route you are looking for, refer to the map below or scroll down to the spreadsheet that includes all of the routes in the book.

** If there are specific issues with the route (bridge out, road work happening, etc.), please be sure to contact us so we can add this to the ‘updates’ in the list below. If you have a comment about the route, please feel free to add it on the Ride w/ GPS site.

All the routes are available to download in various file formats to use on your device of choice. To download the routes:

  1. Follow the link in the spreadsheet (route name); you will be redirected to RidewithGPS.com.
  2. In the left-hand sidebar, hit the drop down menu in the top right-hand corner labeled “More”.
  3. Click on “Export as File”. Choose to download your file of choice.

Name

Distance (km)

Duration (22/15kmh)

Max Grade +

Elevation Gain (m)

Unpaved

Updates

1 Halifax Peninsula 15.0

0:40/1:00

5.4 149

2 Shearwater Flyer and Salt Marsh Trail (RT) 37.3

1:41/2:29

1.9 146

100% (37 km)

3 Cow Bay 31.7

1:26/2:06

4.6 230

4 Sambro Loop and City Swim Spots 49.0

2:13/3:16

7.0 521

5 Peggys Cove 82.1

3:43:5:28

6.6 722

6 Rum Runners Trail (RT) 118.5

5:23/7:54

4.3 755

94% (111 km)

7 Aspotogan Peninsula 50.1

2:16/3:20

6.5 425

8 Sea Side and Rail Trail (RT) 28.7

1:18/1:54

5.8 231

35% (10 km)

9 Second Peninsula 19.2

0:52/1:16

7.5 211

10 Blue Rocks (RT) 19.5

0:53/1:18

4.3 136

20% (4 km)

11 Hirtles Beach 47.6

2:09/3:10

7.1 386

12 Mahone Bay-Bridgewater-Lunenburg (RT) 64.4

2:55/4:17

5.2 455

22% (14 km)

13 Bridgewater-Petit Rivière-LaHave 50.8

2:18/3:23

6.7 391

14 Rissers-Liverpool 54.7

2:29/3:38

8.2 382

15 Liverpool-Carters Beach 46.7

2:07/3:06

6.7 388

16 Western Head 15.4

0:42/1:01

4.6 99

17 Molega Lake 79.3

3:36/5:17

4.6 543

18 Caledonia-Westfield 21.0

0:57/1:24

3.4 153

48% (10 km)

19 Brookfield Mines Trail (RT) 36.5

1:39/2:26

1.4 153

100% (36.5 km)

20 Jordon Bay 36.4

1:39/2:25

4.3 254

21 Crow Neck 50.9

2:18/3:23

2.3 212

20% (10 km)

22 Cape Sable Island 40.7

1:51/2:42

2.9 181

23 Pinkneys Point-Morris Island 87

3:57/5:48

4.8 484

24 Cape Forchu 24.6

1:07/1:38

6.0 193

25 Port Maitland 52.5

2:23/3:30

5.1 303

26 Mavillette Beach 27.2

1:14/1:48

5.3 119

27 Church Point-Meteghan 50.8

2:18/3:23

3.4 165

28 Weymouth-New Tusket 67.1

3:03/4:28

3.8 421

29 Digby Neck 72.4

3:17/4:49

8.1 586

30 Digby Lighthouse 18

0:49/1:12

5.3 258

31 Kejimkujik: Fire Tower Trail 35.9

1:37/2:23

6.0 326

100% (36 km)

32 Kejimkujik: Jakes Landing-New Grafton 17.6

0:48/1:10

3.8 117

55% (9.7km)

33 Bear River 21

0:57/1:24

6.6 247

34 Annapolis Royal-Milford 58.8

2:40/3:55

8.1 635

35 Annapolis Royal: Fort to Fort 52.1

2:22/3:28

3.4 347

36 Annapolis Royal-Bridgetown Loop 47.2

2:08/3:08

5.2 423

37 Annapolis Royal: North Mountain 62

2:49/4:08

10.1 824

38 Bridgetown: North Mountain 49.2

2:14/3:16

7.3 576

39 Middleton: North Mountain 50.9

2:18/3:23

8.2 610

40 Harvest Moon Trailway (RT) 110.2

5:00/7:20

2.7 395

98% (108 km)

41 Berwick-Harbourville 33.6

1;31/2:14

9.6 456

42 Canning-Scots Bay 43.8

1:59/2:55

11.5 555

6% (3 km)

Stewart Mountain Road is washed out and is impassable! (Aug 30, 2019)
43 Starrs Point Loop 48

2:10/3:12

5.5 326

44 Starrs Point Loop Extension 80.1

3:38/5:20

8.6 749

45 Wolfville Wine Tour (RT) 29.4

1:20/1:57

9.5 362

17% (5 km)

46 Wolfville Area: Winery, Brewery, Distillery Tour (RT) 76

3:27/5:04

10.1 755

11% (8km)

47 Gaspereau Valley 43.5

1:58/2:54

8.8 629

62% (27 km)

48 Bishopville-Sunken Lake 73

3:19/4:52

6.8 777

38% (28 km)

49 Windsor: Winery and Brewery Tour 23.8

1:04/1:35

4.8 148

50 Avondale Peninsula 21.7

0:59/1:26

3.5 208

51 Windsor-Avondale Peninsula 54.3

2:28/3:37

5.6 465

52 Kempt Shore 53.2

2:25/3:32

5.8 562

53 Noel Shore 78.3

3:33/5:13

6.8 699

7% (5km)

54 Shubenacadie 48.9

2:13/3:15

4.9 459

12% (6 km)

55 Cobequid Trail (RT) 28.7

1:18/1:54

2.8 175

90% (26 km)

56 Blue Route: East Mountain-Pictou 112.4

5:06/7:29

5.3 846

6% (7 km)

57 Cobequid Mountains 84.8

3:51/5:39

5.4 855

33% (28 km)

58 Five Islands-Parrsboro 94.6

4:18/6:18

6.7 847

16% (15 km)

59 Parrsboro-River Hebert 93.4

4:14/6:13

6.4 562

10% (9 km)

60 Parrsboro-Cape Chignecto 49.6

2:15/3:18

12.0 649

61 Amherst Shore 75.1

3:24/5:00

4.5 527

62 Pugwash/Oxford 51.2

2:19/3:24

5.6 432

63 Fox Harbour Loop 37.6

1:42/2:30

2.8 207

64 Tatamagouche-Malagash 56.2

2:33/3:44

4.8 347

65 Tatamagouche-Wentworth Valley 69.9

3:10/4:39

5.7 503

66 Hippie Dippie 51.9

2:21/3:27

3.8 331

67 Cape John 52.6

2:23/3:30

2.9 271

68 Caribou Island 74

3:21/4:56

4.4 537

69 Gully Lake Preserve 82.1

3:43/5:28

9.5 870

46% (38 km)

70 Melmerby Beach 37.6

1:42/2:30

7.3 389

71 Museum of Industry (RT) 6.0

0:16/0:24

5.3 39

72 Antigonish: Cape George 75.4

3:25/5:01

8.7 833

73 Barneys River-Arisaig Loop 81.6

3:42/5:26

5.6 606

74 Beaver Mountain-Addington Forks 29

1:19/1:56

11.2 314

75 The Cabot Trail 298.6

2-3 days

14.0 3578

76 Big Baddeck Loop 24.3

1:06/1:37

5.3 255

77 Big Spruce-Hunters Mountain 18.7

0:51/1:14

6.9 226

78 Margaree Valley 25.5

1:09/1:42

3.6 188

79 Acadian Loop 29

1:19/1:56

6.7 286

80 Meat Cove 56.9

2:35/3:47

7.3 825

25% (14 km)

81 White Point 31.6

1:26/2:06

5.4 458

82 St. Anns-North River 44.4

2:01/2:57

6.0 399

83 Celtic Shores Coastal Trail (RT) 83.8

3:48/5:35

2.6 458

100% (84 km)

84 Lake Ainslie: Mabou-Nevada Valley 77.2

3:30/5:08

5.9 557

19% (15 km)

85 Inverness-Margaree Beach Tour 85.6

3:53/5:42

7.0 813

7% (6 km)

86 Washabuck Peninsula 56.5

2:34/3:46

8.1 593

87 Boularderie Island 80.6

3:39/5:22

5.1 677

20% (16 km)

88 Alder Point 17.2

0:46/1:08

3.7 116

89 New Victoria 37

1:40/2:28

3.8 241

90 Northern Coastal Industrial Loop 93.8

4:15/6:15

7.0 706

91 Donkin Loop 32.1

1:27/2:08

3.5 207

92 Hillside Loop 49.2

2:14/3:16

5.9 353

93 Marion Bridge-Grand Mira 50.4

2:17/3:21

3.6 318

23% (12 km)

94 Albert Bridge-Marion Bridge 29.3

1:19/1:57

3.2 203

95 Fortress of Louisbourg 42.9

1:57/2:51

8.0 377

96 Port Michaud 41.7

1:53/2:46

7.7 363

97 St. Peters: Cape George 64.6

2:56/4:18

8.0 663

98 Isle Madame 67.3

3:03/4:29

6.5 503

99 Guysborough: Tickle Loop 123

5:35/8:12

6.3 1250

100 Interval Loop 33.3

1:30/2:13

4.0 229

3% (1 km)

101 Sherbrooke Loop 39.5

1:47/2:38

6.9 320

20% (8 km)

102 Sober Island 26.1

1:11/1:44

3.9 220

13% (3.5 km)

103 Clam Harbour 44.3

2:00/2:57

4.4 357

104 Ostrea Lake 39.7

1:48/2:38

4.5 322

8% (3 km)

105 Musquodoboit Harbour (RT) 30.0

1:21/2:00

3.5 218

50% (15 km)

106 Three Fathom Harbour 41.4

1:52/2:45

5.4 293

2% (1km)

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