Day 1: 5km/3 miles (1 hour) walk; and optional 90-minute inner tube float
Meet your guides in Downtown Halifax at 13:00 for transfer to Wolfville. Start with an introductory walk on the Acadian dykes to historic Grand Pré, to see how early farmers controlled the Fundy tide to their advantage. Grand Pré was the centre of Acadian settlement in the area from 1682 until 1755 when the Deportation began. The site is recognized by UNESCO and you’ll have ample time to explore this historical landscape. Afterwards, visit the nearby wineries, and enjoy a refreshing swim or lazy float on an inner tube down the Gaspereau River, through apple orchards toward the sea. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips)
Victoria’s Historic Inn; or
Tattingstone Inn, Wolfville
Day 2: 14km hike ~6 hours
Hike out to Cape Split along the cliff tops of Scot’s Bay. Linger at “the Split” to contemplate the tidal power from your high perch on a cliff top meadow, or follow the alternative coastal route back to Scot’s Bay. Choose from several dinner choices awaiting you in Wolfville. BL
Day 3: up to 18km hike ~6 hours
Depart Wolfville by vehicle, transferring around the Minas Basin to Economy, to hike the Kenomee Canyon and Economy River Wilderness Area. This takes you through mixed evergreen/hardwood forests, along cliff edges, to waterfalls, river crossings, and beautiful stone steps. River rafting is an alternative activity, and is only available when the entire group wants it and tide times are appropriate; call us for more details. Finish with a short hike along the cliffs in Five Islands Provincial Park before transferring to Parrsboro where you may have the option to attend a live performance at Ship’s Company Theatre. BLD
Gillespie House B&B, Parrsboro
Day 4: Hiking variable distance ~4-5 hours
Start with a walking tour at the base of Partridge Island to search for gems and fossils exposed by the ravages of the tides, and to enjoy the beautiful pebbly beach with its spectacular wealth of fascinating rocks and driftwood. After lunch, hike the idyllic riverside through sun-dappled (we hope!) woods to Ward’s Falls where the hardy sometimes take a refreshing dip. The Cobequid Mountains tumble to the sea all along this shore, and this is one of the prettiest of many waterfalls along this shore. Afterwards, on the way to Advocate and Cape Chignecto Park, you will stop at the Age of Sail Museum in Port Greville. Your retreat tonight is a Lighthouse overlooking the Bay of Fundy, or in cabins tucked behind a beach littered with driftwood, and perfect for an evening fire. BLD
The Light Keeper’s Kitchen and Guest House, Cape d’Or; or
Driftwood Park Retreat, Advocate Harbour
Day 5: Hiking 15km ~8 hour, or optional seakayak
A challenging hike in Cape Chignecto Park, or optional seakayak trip to the Three Sisters. This area, near the outer end of Cape Chignecto where the land meets the rips and ferocity of the Fundy tides is known for its fantastic shorelines. Return to your lodge for the night and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. BLD
Day 6: Walking ~2 hours
Follow one of Nova Scotia’s quietest stretches of road to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites thanks to the remarkable abundance of rare fossils accessible to anyone walking on the beach. Finish with a van transfer back to Halifax in time for dinner. BL
The Bay of Fundy has tides as high as 50 feet - the highest in the world, and teems with so much life that hundreds of whales gather here to feed every summer. This adventure explores the coast in exciting ways. Begin with a hike along the Acadian dykes built to protect rich farmland from the tremendous tides. Float on inner tubes or swim in sun-warmed water near the small university town of Wolfville. Hike to a cliff-top view over the currents and whirlpools below, and descend to explore pristine beaches where agates and sparkling amethysts are the gifts of the wave-wracked rocks. Follow the shore of Minas Basin to Parrsboro, where Mi'kmaq legends tell of the mighty Glooscap’s magic. From Parrsboro, hike to waterfalls cascading off the Cobequid Mountains, or in Cape Chignecto Park. Take to the water in seakayaks, for an amazing discovery of the Three Sisters, before a final visit to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, recently elected to the UNESCO list. This adventure takes you to less-visited parts of Nova Scotia, and teaches you about one of the natural world’s greatest phenomena.
These are exceptional small inns, gracious in Wolfville, friendly in Parrsboro, and out of this world at the lighthouse. Book early! On the last night, there may not be private bathrooms for each room, although we try to reserve the entire inn for your exclusive use. If you are uncomfortable with this, please discuss it with us before booking.
||Halifax, 09:30, or Wolfville, 10:30, day one.
||Halifax, 16:00, day six.
||$2095 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners, museum and park entrance fees, luggage handling, full-time guide and van support, maps and route notes).
||$1145 (per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, relevant notes and maps, car rental recommendations)
|2014 Guided Dates:
||Jun 1-6; Jun 15-20; Jun 29-Jul 4; Jul 13-18; Jul 27-Aug 1; Aug 10-15; Aug 24-29; Sep 7-12; Sep 21-26. Add your own dates (learn more)
|Self-guided & Self-supported Dates:
||You choose! We confirm within 48 hours
June (spring flowers), July (warm weather, cool
swimming), August (warm weather and swimming),
September (cooler), and October
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
15% sales tax applies (7.5% for non-Canadians).
“…it was another great Freewheeling trip, beginning with the organization and paperwork…. The route and the inns and the variety on this trip are excellent, ”
- S. Shaver, Toronto
“Thank you for a great vacation that worked our muscles, included our minds and relaxed our souls. It was great!”
Jan Rogers & James Hofnagle
“We liked the unique character of the inns. Doris was a favorite as was the lighthouse at Cape D’or.”
Jan Rogers & James Hoofnagle
“I’d have to say that the icing on the cake was Cape D’Or and the Lighthousekeeper’s Cabin. It was just way cool!! I can’t think of any way to truly describe it. It had started raining and so the lighthouse was lit and fog horn on. The wind was blowing and the surf was pounding on the rocks. Shortly after the rest of the group arrived, the rain stopped and we were treated to a sunset that lit the sky on fire. We sat on the chairs by the cliff drinking wine and watched the sun go down like it was a movie being played specifically for us. If I hadn’t known better, I would have thought that you guys had planned it. It was perfect.”