|from $2,895* per person||8 Days||June-August
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: Freewheeling Adventures
12 people max
If you dream of an active holiday with abundant learning experiences and a varied combination of activities, this is a perfect choice. All ages will revel in youthful excitement. The pace of van support is adjusted to suit whether the group includes teenagers and adults, or children 15 and under.
By day, you will explore fascinating new places, by bicycle, seakayak, canoe, and on foot. You will visit a park where footpaths connect with tunnels to sea caves. You can enjoy learning the fundamentals of sailing, sea-kayaking, and canoeing. You will learn about the world’s highest tides, and will make frequent stops for swimming and playing on the shore. You will be entertained with graveyard stories, roller-coaster rides, and a visit to Canada’s original European fur-trading post, to learn about the early conflicts between English, French, and Native Americans. You will also visit Grand Pré, and learn about how Cajun food evolved from an early European argument over the new world. This is where Longfellow was inspired to write Evangeline. When the river is running, you will spend an afternoon floating through the countryside on large inner tubes warmed by the sun. You will feast on fresh fruit and berries, as well as lobster and lollipops. You will be amazed by the history and harvest, and refreshed by the fresh air and fun.
By night, you will lodge at places chosen for their high level of service, their beautiful and spacious grounds, and their abundance of compelling interests for people of all ages. You will sleep in the world heritage seaport of Lunenburg; in a lodge on the beach; in an historic inn in Canada’s oldest town; and in the Acadia University town of Wolfville. For the cycling sections, the roads you will follow are far quieter than most, and the support van will always be nearby.
If you like a variety of activities every day, whatever your age, this is the adventure experience you must have!
You can also visit Titanic sites while in Halifax. This is the centennial anniversary of its sinking; many of the victims were buried in Halifax cemeteries; and there are Titanic memorial sections in Halifax museums.
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Canada, North America
Day 1: Walking, Biking, Inner Tubing and Swimming
Your guides will collect you in Halifax at approximately 09:00 for a transfer to Wolfville where you will begin with a walk or ride on the Acadian dykes. Lunch in Grand Pré is followed by an afternoon of water fun and a short bike ride back to Wolfville, where plenty of small cafes, shops, and restaurants await. LD
Tattingstone Inn, www.tattingstone.ns.ca; or
Victoria’s Historic Inn, Wolfville, www.victoriashistoricinn.com
Day 2: Biking, Fundy Tides, and Zoo Visit
Cycle the Acadian dykes and Kieran pathway to orchards and rural roads beyond the Cornwallis River. Boats used to ascend the Cornwallis to load apples and lumber here, and now you can see the effect of the Fundy tides on the mudflats. Mud-sliding may be an option for the more adventurous! Climb the North Ridge and descend for a picnic lunch in Hall’s Harbour. Transfer to Aylesford for an afternoon visit to Oaklawn Farm Zoo. Ride your bikes between there and Nictaux before a quick transfer to Annapolis Royal for dinner. Experienced cyclists can ride all the way to Annapolis Royal and quiet country roads. BLD
Hillsdale House, www.hillsdalehouseinn.ca; or
Queen Anne Inn, www.queenanneinn.ns.ca; or
Garrison House, Annapolis Royal, www.garrisonhouse.ca
Day 3: Biking, Historic Site, Hiking and Amusement Park Visit
A morning ride takes you to Port Royal where you will find a beautifully reconstructed 17th century habitation. The fur traders play their role in period costume, and will entertain you as if you were there four centuries ago. Retrace your route back to Delap’s Cove for a wilderness hike, following which we will return to Annapolis Royal for an independent lunch in town. In the afternoon, you can choose between the roller coaster and water flume rides of Upper Clements Park www.upperclementspark.com or staying in Annapolis Royal to explore Fort Anne, the beautiful historic gardens, and the selection of small art boutiques. Early dinner this evening allows a lantern-light tour of a graveyard claimed to be North America’s oldest. The stories and the stones are fascinating. B
Day 4: Canoeing, Biking and Hiking
Start the day with a transfer to Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. This is Nova Scotia as the Miq’maq used to know it; a wonderland of mature forest laced with trout streams, meandering rivers, and sandy-bottomed lakes. Spend the morning practising your canoeing skills on the Mersey River and, after a nourishing picnic lunch, cycle or hike the quiet roads and wooded trails of the park. At day’s end, transfer to your beachfront lodge, where the pool, the hot tub, or the beach will help you reflect upon the day’s best moments. BLD
White Point Beach Lodge and Resort, Liverpool, www.whitepoint.com
Day 5: Beach Day!
A short hike in Kejimkujik Seaside Park brings you to a secluded beach to fly a kite, observe seals basking on the rocks, or take a dip in the chilly Atlantic waters. An afternoon visit to Carter’s Beach also provides a welcome play break. Made up of three half-moon shaped beaches, many consider Carter’s Beach the best in Nova Scotia. Caribbean style white sand stretches into sparkling blue water with a stunning view of the islands in the harbour. An incredible spot. Dark softwood forests, rolling sand dunes, miles of unoccupied sandy beach, small fresh water streams burbling through the dunes, and, best of all, the crystal clear water. There’s a place nearby that advertises the best fried clams in the world! Alternative independent options today include golfing, surfing, and kayaking. BL
Day 6: Biking, Walking, and Sea-cave Exploring
Today’s riding takes you past several lighthouses, including Fort Point and Port Medway. In between, you can play and swim at secluded beaches of Cherry Hill, Risser’s Park, Crescent Beach, and Hirtle’s Beach. You can enjoy an independent lunch at the LaHave Bakery, and spend the afternoon hiking to Gaff Point or walking through sea caves at the Ovens Park. Finish in Lunenburg, where shipwrights applied their trade to houses and created such fascinating architecture that UNESCO has designated the entire town a world heritage site. B
Smuggler's Cove, www.smugglerscoveinn.ca; or
Alicion B&B, Lunenburg, www.alicionbb.com
Day 7: Sea-kayaking and Sailing
Today you will learn the basics of sea-kayaking while making your way through tiny passages among the maze of islands near Second Peninsula. A truly idyllic coastal exploration by kayak, this route often leads you to paddle among dozens or even hundreds of curious seals. You may be able to catch a glimpse of East Point lighthouse and may get to visit some offshore islands! In the afternoon, you will join the crew of a sailing boat for a cruise along the harbour’s coast, and some of the finest views of Lunenburg. BLD
Day 8: Cycling and Sailing
Ride the quiet roads of the Lighthouse Route along the idyllic inlets of Mahone Bay and Indian Point. After lunch in Mahone Bay, spend the afternoon aboard The Freewheeling ketch ‘Sea Wench’ to learn the basics of sailing and feel the powerful allure of the sea. At day’s end transfer to Halifax where we say goodbye. B
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