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Old 03-08-2014, 04:43 PM   #1
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Nova Scotia

I have been noticing quite a few inmates asking questions about routes to take while visiting NS.
What follows will be my idea of the general routes one might take while visiting NS either as a destination or a as a way to get to the ferry to NL.

If anyone has anything else to ad, please feel free to do so.

I'm not sure what I can say about riding Cape Breton that hasn't already been said 1000 times or more.
Simply put, just do it. Some say riding it counter clockwise is the best way as you are on the outside of the road but any direction is good.
I have ridden the trail several times and each ride is as memorable as the last.
If you go left past the causeway, there is an abandoned rail line that goes all the way to Inverness. It's a great way to see areas that you will never see
from the pavement. Well worth it if you are not on street tires in the rain.
If you have the time and don't mind riding some dirt road, try to find a place called Cape Clear
The vista is incredible.
If you have the time, find your way to Meat Cove as well. It's another bit of a dirt road but it has a nice camp ground and restaurant at the end of the road.
Very much worth the effort.
The rest of the Trail is incredibly scenic and you will be stopping for many pictures. Be it The Lone Sheiling, Seal Island Bridge or anything in between.
Stop and smell the roses.













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I love this section of road. It never disappoints as there is always something to see.
When ever I see people planning a ride to Cape Breton and bypass this route in favour of the highway I try to tell them about this stretch of road.




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Another great trail to ride is the Evangeline Trail. There is so much to see if you get off the beaten path and can take time to see it all.
I highly recommend on going all the way to the end on Brier Island.
If you have an off road capable bike, you can legally ride the trails around the island and get to see what most others can't.
Either spend the night in the Inn/Hotel or find a place to set up camp. It's great.




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This is another great ride if you can stay along the coast and off the highway. There are so many detours that you can take that wil add to your time schedule but their all worth it. If you like looking at the ocean and fishing villages that is.
You can join the abandoned rail line all the way to Chester if you so desire but it really slows you down if that's something you worry about.
Otherwise you'll see stuff most people will not. The terrain is mostly flat and the ground cover is crusher dust. People will wave to you and ask if you need any help if you stop. Very friendly. Make sure you make the detour around the Aspotogan Peninsula for some awesome views.
Don't be afraid to ask where these pictures were taken and make sure you stop at Peggy's Cove on your way into Halifax.




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Another great place to ride especially if you can get off the beaten path.
There is a side road that is amazing that leads to Cape D'Or that's well worth the time.
It's a dirt road that can be quite tricky to navigate if you have never ridden off road.
There is a restaurant at the bottom of the hill that I hear, serves great food but have not had a chance to visit, yet.







The section between Parrsboro and Advocate can be very twisty so ride with caution.
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Another one of my favourite routes is Marine Drive. If you have the time to spare, make sure you take as many side routes as you can along the ocean.
You will not be disappointed.



With roads and scenery like this, what's not to love?






Here we have a quick ferry ride with the Country Harbour Ferry

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Old 03-08-2014, 04:56 PM   #7
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Awesome. Sincere thanks.

This for me has been hands-down the single most useful post I have read here in the last 15 years. Been thru Nova Scotia several times getting to and from NFLD. This de-mystifies the province. I WILL take advantage of all your wisdom.
Now- where's the best BEER?

Thanks again Kelsow.

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Thanks very much Ted.

I read lots of RR's from people all over that miss the most basic of scenic routes.
Lots of people on their way through NB to NL simply ride the highway to get to the ferry and miss the nicest of areas.
You only loose a bit of time taking the back roads but it's so worth it.

Best beer is found at your campsite. The one that's earned after a long day in the saddle.
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:01 PM   #9
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The Way to Show off our Province!!

This is great resource for anyone visiting, for sure. But even for those of us who live here, it's a good starting point for a few good years of summertime exploration, of one of the most scenic provinces in the country. Very good job, your passion for riding, and commitment to the 2-wheel lifestyle never ceases to amaze. You're a tireless ambassador of the sport and our province, great post!

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Old 03-09-2014, 06:02 AM   #10
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Excellent work Kelsow!
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Old 03-09-2014, 06:51 AM   #11
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Wow, thanks very much lads.

Feel free to offer any other route ideas. I know there are a few inmates here that can ad a lot to this thread.
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:14 AM   #12
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Thanks for sharing Kelsow

I fell in love with NS long time ago and every time I come back I just want to stay.
can't wait to get back in July
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Old 03-09-2014, 07:48 AM   #13
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Well done...
another nice feature about riding around the NS coast is that the province has roads that cut across it at various stages so it allows for lots of options.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:42 AM   #14
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Thanks for the "public service" OP! Inmate RideOn2 and I spent a week riding around on Cape Bretton last summer and loved it! Stayed at a friend's home in Mabou. Very scenic, fun roads (both paved and dirt), no traffic, amazing scenery, good food and drink, incredible music, great people! Can't wait to go back and ride some of the other places you have described.
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Old 03-09-2014, 09:36 AM   #15
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Someday soon, I hope...

I live in Southern Ontario and only been as far east as Quebec City… Would love to visit all the Atlantic provinces on my scooter. When is the driest month(s) and is stealth camping possible? kelsow, thank you for wetting my appetite...
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