Distance

Distance4

521m

% Unpaved

Gravel2

85%

Ascent

Elevation2

3654m

High Point

High Point3

230m

Difficulty

Difficulty2

3/10

SW Nova Scotia Traverse

With over 300km of rail trail following the shores of the Bay of Fundy and the Atlantic ocean, this route will take the adventurer back through time along the old rail lines that were once used to build this great big country. Visiting small towns along the way will give even the most hardcore bikepacker reason to pause and admire the beauty of this province. 

It’s not all easy going though. The route plotted to traverse the peninsula takes as many back-roads as possible so as to avoid the paved Hwy 8 while winding your way up into the hills that make up the Kejimkujic National Park, where you will ride some of the trails as you make your way south before riding back roads counter-clockwise around Nova Scotia’s largest lake: Lake Rossignol and finishing the desent when you reach the Atlantic Ocean at White Point.

From there it’s smooth riding along more railtrail for the next 180km as you make your way through quaint villages on the way to Halifax.

This route was contributed by Chris Panasky, creator of the Bikepack Adventures website.

The SW Nova Scotia Bikepacking Traverse is a modification of a route that originally took Hwy 8 to traverse the peninsula. It has been developed to avoid paved roads as much as possible. It’s sharing on this website is for informational purposes only.

*** Having not ridden the route yet, if anyone does and wishes to provide feedback or photos to share, please don’t hesitate. ***

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Chris

Traveller. Cyclist. Expat. Over 15 years experience living abroad in six different countries. I've travelled to over 40+ countries and met countless travellers, cyclists, and other expats. As a passionate cyclist I've had opportunities to bike tour in some truly amazing places. While definitely not an expert at bike touring, I'm passionate about sharing bike touring stories and helping others learn hacks, tricks, and techniques to improve their touring experience. I look forward to you joining me on this journey of learning about and becoming a better bike tourist.

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