East Coast Expedition
16 Days / 15 Nights
1803 Miles / 2903 KM
Highlights of East Coast Expedition
Highlights on the tour include Glace Bay, Louisburg, Halifax Waterfront, Peggys Cove, Lunenburg, Bluenose II, Digby, Bay of Fundy, Fundy National Park, St John, Summerside PEI, Cavendish, Anne of Green Gables Heritage Park, Lobster Boat fishing, International Shellfish Festival, Confederation Bridge, Cabot Trail, Alexander Graham Bell Historical site, Bras d’Or Lake, numerous lighthouses. Just to name a few!
A trip that is on most anyone’s bucket list has to be the Eastcoast Expedition. This trip is like no other. The attractions on the Atlantic Provinces are high on everyone’s list but visiting the Maritimes has more to offer in the way of warm Celtic and Acadian hospitality. Cape Breton Island was named by Travel Magazine as one of the World’s most must see Islands. USA Today featured the Cabot Trail best choice for Best Motorcycle Trips in 2014. Need we say more. Add The Bay of Fundy which hosts the world’s highest tides/Peggy’s Cove/Digby for their famous scallops/the 160 plus lighthouses that are seen on many rocky points the Shellfish Festival/ Lobster boat excursion and don't forget the seafood restaurants at every Village. There is no "destination riding" on this Expedition. Twists and turns picture stops on the coastal highways are nonstop. 14 days of breathtaking views at every turn. Filling another slot on your bucket list indeed.
DAY 1 — Sydney NS — Arrival
Day 1 is your arrival day in beautiful Sydney Nova Scotia. The Historical Capital of Cape Breton and the largest urban center on the Island. Also known as the Ocean Getaway to Scenic Cape Breton Island. A beautiful City to begin our East Coast Expedtion.
Day 2 — Sydney NS / Glace Bay NS / Louisburg NS — 82 miles / 130 km
After a tasty breakfast we shuttle over to pick up the bikes. The first day of riding we stay close to Sydney by touring Glace Bay and visiting the Fortress of Louisbourg. It was the busiest 18th century seaport in North America. This National Historical Site is an interesting part of French /English history. A great day to feel out the new ride and make any adjustments if necessary.
Day 3 — Sydney NS to Sherbrooke NS — 214 miles / 342 km
As we leave Sydney today the scenic Lake drive along Bras d’Or Lake is stunning. A relaxing day of riding then ending the day in Sherbrooke. A beautiful village along the St Mary’s River. An interesting open air museum depicts village life in the late 19th century with 30 historical buildings.
Day 4 — Sherbrooke NS to Halifax NS — 129 miles / 206 km
After warming the bikes it’s not long and we are in full view of some great costal driving with many sand beaches and small unique Villages. After arriving in Halifax we will enjoy dinner at a well-known brewery finishing the evening off with a beautiful walk along the Halifax Waterfront.
Day 5 — Halifax NS to Lunenburg NS — 109 miles / 174 km
Following the coastline south of Halifax is an amazing drive. Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse is one of the most famous of Nova Scotia’s 160 historic lighthouses. It may be the most photographed lighthouse in Canada. We won’t leave without numerous photo shots. Our next stop is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lunenburg NS is the home of the Bluenose II a true Canadian racing legend. The unique British Colonial grid street layout with its brightly painted house line the streets. It makes for a great visit.
Day 6 — Lunenburg NS to Digby NS — 124 miles / 198 km
Travelling south to Liverpool we then turn onto Hwy 8 towards Digby. This Hwy takes us thru Kejimkujik National Historic Site which you can experience pristine white sand beaches, astounding turquoise waters, coastal bogs, abundant wildflowers and coastal wildlife. Another great day. Hoping to arrive in Digby in time to sample some world famous scallops, relax by the sea and watch the whales swim free.
Day 7 — Digby NS to St John NB — 0 miles / 0 km
After breakfast we hop on the ferry for the 2 hour ride to St John. St John is situated on the Bay of Fundy and is the first incorporated city in Canada. We offer the option to take a walking tour of the city which we highly recommend. A visit to the famous reversing falls is also a highlight of the day.
Day 8 — St John NB to Moncton NB — 151 miles / 241 km
Today is an extremely exciting day. The Bay of Fundy is one of the 7 wonders of North America as it is home to the highest tides in the world at 50 plus feet and the rarest whales in the world. Enjoy walking the ocean floor at low tide or venture inland where the trails lead to waterfalls deep in the Acadian Forest. The tidal action has carved dramatic cliffs, sea stacks, and caves in the sandstone in many areas. Uniquely shaped reddish cliffs of 350 million year old rock conglomerate and sandstone comprise the famous flower pot rock formations at the Hopewell Rocks. An amazing day indeed.
Day 9 — Moncton NB to Pictou NS — 133 miles / 212 km
As we leave the largest city in New Brunswick it’s not long and we enter Shediac which is known as the lobster capital of the world. A picture stop at the monument of the huge lobster standing 11 m in length 5 m in width and 5 m in height is a must. I guess an early brunch of what other than lobster we might expect. The drive to our destination “Pictou” is a beautiful coastal ride. A spectacular day!
Day 10 — Pictou NS to Summerside PEI — 176 miles / 282 km
The day starts with a one hour ferry ride to Prince Edward Island. This Island is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland, and is renowned for its amazing seafood. Great more seafood! Not a problem. We visit the east end of the province then work our way to the west. Cavendish is a popular stop for tourists as it is home to “Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place”. Our stop for the night is at Summerside PEI. A city with all the amenities providing an authentic island experience and celebrates diverse cultural traditions.
Day 11 — Summerside PEI to Charlottetown PEI — 156 miles / 250 km
A tour of the remainder of PEI is the order of the day. Lots of costal roads and some fine dining again today. A beautiful relaxing day with no time table just enjoyable riding.
Day 12 — Charlottetown PEI — Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival
A day off from the bikes. The Shellfish Festival is an annual 4 day festival packed with culinary demos, celebrity chefs, a delicious dining experience and the best of the best potato seafood chowder and oyster shucking competitions. A fun filled afternoon to walk around and sample all the seafood. The remainder of the day is spent on an amazing lobster boat excursion where we will enjoy the thrill of taking a lobster right out of the trap and savor the experience of a lobster supper while aboard the 45’ fishing boat. Another fine day.
Day 13 — Charlottetown PEI to Whycocomagh NB — 278 miles / 445 km
We depart for the day possibly skipping breakfast from the amount of food we ate the day before?! Shortly after leaving Charlottetown we cross the longest bridge in the world. The Confederation Bridge provides travel across the Northumberland Strait. It spans 12.9 kms in length and the drive across is an unreal experience. Once across we will experience costal roads with small villages of our way to our next stop Whycocomagh NB.
Day 14 — Whycocmagh NS to Pleasant Bay NS — 126 miles / 202 km
The day we have been waiting for! The Cabot Trail is unquestionable one of the most scenic drives on the planet but it’s much more than a drive. A winding staircase that will take you from majestic ocean vistas to quiet fishing villages. The fact that we are riding motorcycles is a true bonus to the complete experience. The journey of a lifetime. Lean in and enjoy. 186 miles of brilliance voted USA Todays 10 best readers choice for best motorcycle trip 2014. An Amazing Day!
Day 15 — Pleasant Bay NS to Sydney NS — 141 miles / 227 km
The second half of the Cabot trail is again a spectacular trail offering you a journey that you will want to savour again and again. A strike off the bucket list.
Day 16 — Sydney NS — Departure Day
Before we jump on the plane for home, we will take time to share some of the memories and favorites, say our goodbyes until we meet again on another RidinWithStyle Motorcycle Tour.