143.1 miles
Distance
3,060 ft
Climb
-3,061 ft
Descent
219 ft
High Point

The Bluenose Bikepacking Route winds through the St. Margaret's Bay and Mahone Bay portions of Nova Scotia's southwest coast. Passing through Hubbards, Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, LaHave, and Bridgewater. The majority of the route is on the former Halifax & South Western Railway, which is now a network of rail trails. It's a relatively easy route, with no major technical challenges. There are many great dining options and sites to see along the route. The ride out of Lunenburg along the west bank of the LaHave River is especially scenic, and includes a ride on a cable ferry.

This route starts in Upper Tantallon at the Sonny's Rd. parking lot, but it is possible to start from anywhere along the rails to trails.

There are many camping options along the route, as well as historic Inns and Bed & Breakfasts. (This is a popular tourist destination and accommodations tend to book up quickly.) This route reflects my camping spots in Lunenburg and at Grave's Island Provincial Park.

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Bluenose Bikepacking Route is a 143 mile popular route located near Tantallon Nova Scotia. This gravel bike primary route can be used both directions and has a easy overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 3,060 ft with a max elevation of 219 ft then descends -3,061 ft.

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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Gravel Bike
  • Other Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Secondary Access Road/Trail
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bikepacking
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    XC, Fat, Gravel
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Easy
More Stats for Bluenose Bikepacking Route mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    13 hr 14 min
  • Altitude start
    115 ft
  • Altitude end
    118 ft
  • Grade max
    -37.4%
  • Grade min
    29.8%
  • Distance climb
    53 miles
  • Distance down
    60 miles
  • Distance flat
    30 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Bay To Bay Trail
Aug 24, 2023 @ 1:32pm
Aug 24, 2023
https://www.facebook.com/Baytobaytrail/posts/pfbid02bsT8Ncv9GVUS4h8GdtCMDr3ctuT1MHy8X1ZZ5MSYd177N1d56BGELRKKyVf5k5tpl "We are very pleased to tell you that the major repairs at the junction of the Dynamite, Adventure and Bay to Bay Trail have been completed (washout area repaired and filled, blocked culverts removed, ditching, surface gravels). Thanks to the Dynamite Trail Association for taking the lead on this repair. Please note the Bay to Bay Trail still has repairs to complete but at least the full trail is now open to our trail users. Take care while using the trail as there are still areas with small ruts, loose gravel, etc that will be repaired at a later date. So get on out there and enjoy the trail!" reporter
Chester Connecton Trail
Aug 6, 2023 @ 6:46am
Aug 6, 2023
https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRecParks/posts/pfbid02iuT469FjWKbm6waeUzEbjPvnZYMu9QhC4jkT2eTLMC8BRFoNFWABYW4T8whzjTZ4l " All trails in the Municipality of Chester remain closed EXCEPT for the following trails/sections that are OPEN: • Rum Runners Trail (Chester Connection): Chester (Smith Rd) to East Chester (Duncan Road) • Rum Runners Trail (Aspotogan): East River to Hubbards • Haughn Property Trails at 4956 Highway 3, Middle River • Gold River Trails at 1458 Beech Hill Road Damage to the rail-trail is extensive in many areas. Repairs are underway, but some sections will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Please respect closures. Dangerous conditions exist, and emergency services cannot access some areas, particularly between Goat Lake and East River which includes the Castle Rock trail system. More sections of the rail-trail will reopen shortly." reporter
Aspotogan Trail
Aug 6, 2023 @ 6:43am
Aug 6, 2023
https://www.facebook.com/ChesterRecParks/posts/pfbid02iuT469FjWKbm6waeUzEbjPvnZYMu9QhC4jkT2eTLMC8BRFoNFWABYW4T8whzjTZ4l " All trails in the Municipality of Chester remain closed EXCEPT for the following trails/sections that are OPEN: • Rum Runners Trail (Chester Connection): Chester (Smith Rd) to East Chester (Duncan Road) • Rum Runners Trail (Aspotogan): East River to Hubbards • Haughn Property Trails at 4956 Highway 3, Middle River • Gold River Trails at 1458 Beech Hill Road Damage to the rail-trail is extensive in many areas. Repairs are underway, but some sections will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Please respect closures. Dangerous conditions exist, and emergency services cannot access some areas, particularly between Goat Lake and East River which includes the Castle Rock trail system. More sections of the rail-trail will reopen shortly." reporter
Back Harbour Trail
Aug 26, 2022 @ 6:43am
Aug 26, 2022
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