Writing a cycling guide to the Maritimes is a labor of love for us. Although we are U.S. citizens, our first real home as a married couple was on Prince Edward Island, all three of our sons were born there, and the Maritimes have a special place in our hearts. Cycling again in the Maritimes for this book, enjoying the glorious scenery, and seeing old friends is a joyful experience for us, as we hope it will be for you. We aim to make Bicycling Canada’s Maritimes the most detailed and useful guide for cycling in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI. We will concentrate on the cyclist’s special needs:
- First and most important, detailed and accurate directions and maps for a large number of carefully-chosen routes, from easy half-day loops to long, multi-day tours;
- Tips on food and accommodation along the routes;
- Useful information on cycling matters that pertain especially to the Maritimes — weather, road conditions, appropriate cycling equipment and other gear.
On this website, we offer a brief overview of cycling in the Maritimes, with useful links, a few suggestions for accommodation, and sample routes from the book. (Only one route from each province — for the rest, you’ll have to purchase Bicycling Canada’s Maritimes when it come out!) We are working on the Nova Scotia section of the book this summer and will be grateful for suggestions and route ideas. We are also happy to answer questions if we can. Please feel free to send email. Also, visit our website and learn about our book on Bicycling Cuba.
The Maritimes: A Great Cycling Destination
The Maritimes are the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. These provinces, within a day’s drive of eastern Ontario, Quebec, and the New England states, offer the cyclist seemingly endless miles of quiet country roads. Some routes trace saltwater shores while others wind through river valleys, past woods and farms, to small towns that seem to have magically escaped the stress afflicting North America’s large urban centers.
New Brunswick is the least well known of the three Maritime provinces, but it offers splendid surprises for the cyclist. The St. John River Valley, the Acadian and Fundy Shores, and the idyllic Kingston Peninsula have some of the finest bicycling routes in the Maritimes.
Prince Edward Island is justly famed for its gentle landscape, a patchwork quilt of greens and gold, rimmed with red bluffs and pink sand beaches. Nova Scotia is more diverse — from the spectacular vistas of Cape Breton, to the rich farmland and historic towns of the Annapolis Valley, to the rugged Atlantic coast, dotted with lighthouses and picturesque port towns.