To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, Parks Canada Discovery Passes are free of charge to allow unlimited opportunities to explore the country’s best national parks. For cyclists that means access to some of Atlantic Canada’s most beautiful coastal cycling trails in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador. From May through to October, the Provinces are awash with colour and an abundance of wildlife making it the perfect time to explore the varied landscape, from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs, whether a professional or a beginner.
Fundy Trail, New Brunswick
New Brunswick’s Fundy Trail is a veritable rollercoaster of heady cliff top heights along the Bay of Fundy to the striking sandy Long Beach. Cycling enthusiasts will be rewarded with breath-taking views and for the more adventurous there is a challenging off-road dust trail to explore. The biking trails are also ideal for nature-lovers, who may even be lucky enough to spot whales breaching out of the sea from certain areas.
For more information visit www.fundytrailparkway.com/en/bikeit/
Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick
Cycling and joie de vivre go hand in hand on New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula, with a range of routes covering the Province’s north eastern shores. The new Véloroute takes cyclists from sea views through fields, forests and lively towns which offer essential refuelling at one of the numerous seafood shacks.
For more information visit www.peninsuleacadienne.ca/en/bike-trails
Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland and Labrador
Fall head over handlebars with the Avalon Peninsula on the southern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador. Named the number one coastal destination in the world by National Geographic, the route from the capital, St. John’s, leads cyclists towards the ocean with highlights including plentiful bird life, fabulous coastal scenery and whale and iceberg sightings. It’s worth bearing in mind this 270 mile stretch is not for the faint-hearted.
For more information visit www.bikemap.net/en/route/800556-the-avalon-peninsula/
Bicycle Tour, Newfoundland and Labrador
The Newfoundland and Labrador Bicycle Tour winds around the picturesque bays and harbours along the rugged coastline of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Great Northern Peninsula. Ten days of adventure and discovery offers the chance to visit the seaport of Port au Choix, which boasts a picturesque lighthouse, and the icy waters surrounding the Province are home to whales, seabirds and many icebergs.
For more information visit www.atlanticcanadacycling.com/bicycle-tours/newfoundland-bicycle-tour/
Atlantic Canada is just a six and a half hour flight from the UK, with prices beginning from £499 for a return flight from London Heathrow to Moncton, New Brunswick with Air Canada. Prices start from £599 for return flights from London Heathrow to St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador with Air Canada.
About Atlantic Canada:
The Atlantic Canada region is coastal Canada on our doorstep. Just over five hours away from the UK, the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have all the perfect elements for an interesting and inspiring escape. Each province has its own character but all are renowned for their outstanding natural beauty, stunning coastline, friendly people, incredible seafood, UNESCO World Heritage sites and National Parks. This region really is Canada’s best-kept secret.
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership (ACTP). ACTP is a nine member pan-Atlantic partnership comprised of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.