Atlantic Canada
The Route

ATLANTIC CANADA

This epic ride will have me start in St John's Newfoundland our most easterly Canadian city.  People talk about how beautiful the east coast is.  I have forever wanted to visit the rugged and desolate  Newfoundland; I will ride from coast to coast.  I have also heard how beautiful Nova Scotia is.  In Nova Scotia I will ride from Sidney to Halifax to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island.  In New Brunswick I will ride from Moncton to the Bay Fundy in Saint John up to Fredericton and into Quebec.

Major Cities and Attractions

NEWFOUNDLAND - St John's, Gander, Corner Brook

Cape Spear, St John's

Cape Spear is the easternmost point in Canada and North America, excluding Greenland.  This is the location of the oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.  There are also World War 2 bunkers and gun barrels located here.

Signal Hill, St John's

A hill which overlooks St John's; famous for its strategic location for harbour defence from the 17th century to the Second World War.  In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi (an Italian inventor) received the world's first transatlantic wireless signal here.

Terra Nova National Park

Terra Nova NP is Canada's most easterly national park and is where the inlets of the North Atlantic Ocean meet the boreal forest of Central Newfoundland.  The park is 400 square kilometers of east coast beauty.

Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne NP is a world heritage site located on the west coast of Newfoundland.  The park takes its name from Newfoundland's second-highest mountain peak.  At 1,800 square kilometers, it is the second largest park in Atlantic Canada.  I will have to go a little out of my way to visit this park; but I think the effort will be worthwhile.

NOVA SCOTIA - Sydney, Halifax

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Highlands

One of the most visited regions in Canada.  Where the ocean meets forested mountains; I can only image the natural beauty that makes this place so popular.

Pier 21 National Historic Site

"The Gateway to Canada" was an immigration depot in Halifax that operated from 1928 to 1971.  The point of entry for one million immigrants into Canada.  Pier 21 was also the point of departure for nearly 500,000 soldiers in the Second World War.  Today it is a national historic site and museum.

Alexander Keith's Brewery, Halifax

One of the oldest breweries in Canada (c1820).  Why not take a tour that includes samples?

PRINCE EDWARD ISALND - Charlottetown, Souris

Charlottetown

Charlottetown is the capital city of Prince Edward Island, and is called the "Birthplace of Confederation" after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to Confederation.

Souris

Where my parents now live.

NEW BRUNSWICK - Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton

Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy

One of the marine wonders of the world and a site of some of the world's highest tides.  I totally look forward to seeing those unique rock formations that have been carved by erosion over thousands of years.

Reversing Falls

Reversing Falls is phenomenon that is caused by the tides in the Bay of Fundy.  During high tide, the tides actually rise higher than the river level, and force the river to flow upstream to the point of causing uphill rapids in the river.