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You could WIN an
Expense Paid Trip in Nova Scotia
9 Days & 8 Nights
July 30-August 7, 2014
The Expense Paid Trip will be awarded
on Friday Night during the gala ceremonies.
Prize package provided by the DEANS Tourism Association; Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada; the Cape Breton BikeFest and the Bras D’Or Lakes Inn & Travelodge Suites Dartmouth. Valid for use from July 30th-August 7th, 2014 ONLY.
YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED ATTENDEE OF AMERICADE TO BE ELIGIBLE
NO email entries accepted
Prize package includes accommodations, meals, admissions to attractions, and much more along two of Canada’s best known seacoasts:
Nova Scotia’s Eastern and Northumberland Shores.
PLUS full registration for 2 at the exciting Cape Breton BikeFest, on North America’s #1 island!
PLUS overnights & attractions along the Bras D’Or Lakes and in HRM Dartmouth & Halifax before returning home.
July 30, 2014 – Wednesday
Arriving in Nova Scotia (entering at Amherst at the New Brunswick border), your first destination is Pictou along the coast of the Northumberland Shore on Rte #6. (about 2 hours – 140 kms).
The town of Pictou, is known as the birthplace of New Scotland; and you will find several attractions, restaurants and points of interest all within walking distance in the downtown waterfront area.
Tonight you will be staying at the beautiful Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort , located just a few short minutes from downtown Pictou, at 172 Lodge Road, Braeshore. The Pictou Lodge will also be where you will be dining this evening. Try one of their mouth watering renowned Taste of Nova Scotia meals, prepared by Chef Thomas Carey; as you gaze out the windows overlooking the Northumberland Strait.
July 31, 2014 – Thursday
Enjoy Breakfast for 2 at the Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort before heading to downtown Pictou to explore.
Present your free admission for 2 at the Hector Heritage Quay and learn of the area’s strong Scottish heritage and stroll along the beautiful Pictou Harbour waterfront. Just next door present your free admission for 2 at the Northumberland Fisheries Museum’s Lobster Enhancement Program; where you will adopt a ‘Lobster Couple”.
Take a free tour at Grohmann Knives; makers of the world-famous ‘Russell Belt Knife”. Grohmann is also offering you a 20% Discount on any of their regular priced outdoor and chef/kitchen products.
Next head to Stellarton, (Return to Pictou Roundabout onto TCH 106; head east on HWY 104 at Exit 22; and then take Exit 24 keeping right on North Foord Street). – 21km about 22 minutes away)
At the first set of lights, turn left and Swing on in and enjoy your Lunch for 2 at Jungle Jim’s, located at 127 N Foord Street. They have some wonderful meals to choose from on their menu including salads, seafood, pasta and tex-mex.
After lunch enjoy your free passes for 2 to tour Nova Scotia’s largest provincial museum, the Museum of Industry at 147 North Foord Street. (Head back to traffic circle you came through before lunch and take the second exit – museum entrance is no your left). Here you will find an extensive collection of historic locomotives, trucks, automobiles, a coal mining display and much more through interactive displays.
Next is a tour of the Cape George Loop or Mini Cabot Trail.
Head onto Hwy #104 east to Exit #27 onto Rte #245. There are several beautiful areas to explore along this route including Big Island, the shoreline at Arisaig, where you will find fossil cliffs and a beachside waterfall (just a short hike through the park); the Cape George Lighthouse, where on a clear day you can see parts of Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island; and Ballantyne’s Cove; before arriving in Antigonish. (112 km – about 2 hours)
Tonight you are guests at the Antigonish Evergreen Inn, located at 401 Hwy #245, Antigonish; just 2 minutes from downtown. The Inn is rated number #1 on Trip Advisor, and their beautiful rooms offer an oasis after a busy trip so far.
Enjoy your evening meal for 2 at Gabrieau’s Bistro at 350 Main Street in Antigonish. Gabrieau’s was named the “Restaurant of the Year for Chef Inspired Dining” by Taste of Nova Scotia in 2013; has been featured in “Where to Eat in Canada” and chef Mark is an avid motorcyclist also!
Enjoy Tickets for 2 at the live theatre with Festival Antigonish located at the Bauer Theatre on the historic campus of St. Francis Xavier University before heading back for a restful nights stay at the Inn.
August 1, 2014 – Friday
After a continental breakfast at the Antigonish Evergreen Inn, it’s time to head to Sydney, Cape Breton for the Cape Breton BikeFest.
You can travel along TCH #104 to the Canso causeway in Auld’s Cove (about 40 minutes – 54 kms)
OR you can exit #104 and follow scenic Rte #4 (about 10 minutes longer).
After crossing the causeway, you will have 2 choices on how to reach Sydney via the northern side of the Bras D’Or Lake.
1. Take Hwy #19 and head towards Judique, home of the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre; dedicated to the distinct style of fiddle and piano music in Cape Breton. Continue to Mabou, home of the renown Rankin Family and the Red Shoe Pub. Then take Hwy #252 to Whycocomagh, joining Hwy #105 east to Baddeck and into Sydney.
2. Take TCH #105 towards Baddeck and along the opposite shores of the Bras D’Or Lakes, crossing the Seal Island Bridge to Bouladarie Island and along Hwy #125 into the city of Sydney. (about 2 hours – 163 km)
Baddeck – As you travel this route, exit into Baddeck, a charming town on the beautiful Bras D’Or Lakes. You will find interesting shops, restaurants and the remarkable Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. This museum is dedicated to the life of Alexander Graham Bell, and his remarkable inventions and achievements. He spent much of his time at his estate Beinn Bhreagh (which means Beautiful Mountain in Gaelic). Both Alexander and his wife Mabel are buried at the estate which can be seen from the grounds of the museum.
Arriving in Sydney from Hwy #125 –
Take the Kings Road exit, to check into the Cambridge Suites Hotel Sydney, your host hotel for the Cape Breton BikeFest; located at 380 Esplanade, as you reach downtown Sydney (on your left) along the waterfront.
Breakfast for 2 is included daily. Enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub, and restaurant on-site; along with free parking and high speed internet. You are just minutes from shopping and many attractions.
The BikeFest Vendor Village is located around Centre 200 and Casino Nova Scotia. The information booth is open to 9pm to pick-up your schedule of events, maps, etc.
There is a Free Street Dance with local bands from 7:30-12am in front of the Casino Nova Scotia.
During the next couple of days relax and enjoy ‘Maritime Cuisine & Hospitality at it’s Best’ with a Dinner for Two, at the All Star Grille, located at the exciting Casino Nova Scotia.
August 2, 2014 – Saturday
You have free passes to enter or just watch the All Bike Motorcycle Drag Racing today at the Sydney Airport. Watch for signs along Grand Lake Road (Rte #4) and turn right on the Old Airport Road. (about 14km – 19 minutes from the Days Inn). Begins at 11:30am.
If you wish to tour the Cabot Trail, you have 2 Free Day Passes to the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Be sure to get your information package at the Vendor Village as there are also free escorted rides daily, contests and concerts throughout the BikeFest to enjoy.
August 3, 2014 – Sunday
You have free passes to participate in the exciting Storm the Fortress at one of Canada’s largest National Historic Sites; the Fortress of Louisbourg. Join along with 500 other registered motorcyclists to ride your motorcycle across the moat and into the Fortress to be entertained the 18th Century way!
If you cannot make this exclusive event, you do have Free Passes to visit the Fortress at another time to experience life in 1713.
August 4, 2014 – Monday
Depart Sydney and head along Hwy #4 towards charming St. Peters. As you travel this route you will enter Big Pond, home to Rita’s Tea Room, a stylishly converted one room schoolhouse, which features an extensive display of awards and photographs of Cape Breton’s own singer/songwriter Rita MacNeil. Warm hospitality, leisurely lunches and home-style goodies await. There are several viewing areas along this route to safely stop and take photos.
When you arrive in St. Peter’s be sure to visit the St. Peter’s Canal National Historic Site where you will get to see how it’s specially designed tidal lock system works. St. Peter’s is also home to the Wallace MacAskill Museum; a famed marine photographer, most noted for photographing the Bluenose which is featured on the Canadian dime. The Nicolas Denys Museum overlooks the St. Peter’s Canal and talks of the trading post established here in 1650 by Nicolas Denys.
Tonight you are guests at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, located at 10095 Grenville Street; near the canal and swing bridge. The Inn features some of the island’s finest food in their 4.5 star dining room, with sittings until 8pm. Enjoy live music in the lounge, and maybe a dip in the hot tub before retiring in your comfortable Queen-sized bed.
August 5, 2014 – Tuesday
Enjoy your hot buffet breakfast for 2 with omelets and crepes made to order at the Bras d’Or Lakes Inn, before setting back out on your adventure.
From Rte #4 at St. Peter’s, you can have several options to reach the causeway.
Bear right from downtown and ride through Cape George and Dundee along the Bras D’Or Lake, to West Bay, rejoining Hwy #105 at Port Hastings at the causeway.
Or from Dundee, head towards Grand Anse rejoining Rte #4 or #104 to the causeway.
Or travel through River Bourgeois, Louisdale, and out to Lennox Passage and Isle de Madame, before returning to #104 and the causeway.
Departing Cape Breton for the Eastern Shore
After crossing the causeway into Auld’s Cove you have 2 choices to reach Guysborough, your next stop along the Eastern Shore.
1. Watch for a left turn on Hwy #344 at Exit #40, heading to Mulgrave and Guysborough as soon as you have crossed the Canso Causeway. This will take you along some of Nova Scotia’s most scenic landscapes; stop in at the Mulgrave Heritage Centre and Visitor Information Centre. Here you will learn about the passenger ferries that once ran from mainland Nova Scotia to Cape Breton prior to the Canso Causeway being opened in 1955. (about 3 hours – 200km)
2. Remain on TCH #104 and exit on Hwy #16 near Monastery at Exit #37, and follow into Guysborough. (about same time and distance)
Guysborough is a small town nestled along the Chedabucto Bay. Prince Henry Sinclair landed on the shores here in 1398, almost 100 years before Columbus discovered the new world. The Guysborough waterfront was once a bustling shipping port, and has been revitalized in the past 10 years. Explore some of the shops along the waterfront, taste some freshly brewed coffee at the Full Steam Coffee Company or grab a bite at the Rare Bird Pub. Stop into the Old Courthouse Museum & Visitor Information Centre to view the collection of local photographs and treasures.
If time allows, take the scenic coastal drive to Canso (55km away) along Rte #16. The scenery is beautiful with plenty of stops along the way to take photographs near the Queensport Lighthouse.
This evening you will dine at the Days Gone By Bakery and Restaurant, located at 143 Main St. in Guysborough.
Then it’s off to the Seawind Landing Country Inn, located at 159 Wharf Road in beautiful Charlos Cove (just 30 minutes from downtown Guysborough).
August 6, 2014 – Wednesday
Enjoy your hearty breakfast at the Seawind Landing Country Inn, and continue your journey up the shore to Sherbrooke. Depart Charlos Cove and continue on Rte #316 to Isaac’s Harbour FerryChose from the 3 routes to travel below:
1. Head inland along Rte #316 and turn right on Hwy #211 and take the short Isaac’s Harbour-St. Mary’s Ferry (there is a $5 ferry fee) rejoining Hwy #211 and turn on Rte #7 into Sherbrooke. (about 2 hours, 122 km)
2. Follow Hwy #316 to Country Harbour Cross Roads to Melrose, and head south on Rte #7 into Sherbrooke. (about 3 hours, 170 km)
Here you will find the historic living history museum “Sherbrooke Village“ located in the heart of the town at 42 Main Street. You have 2 free passes to tour the entire museum complex made up of 25 buildings. You can enjoy a snack at the “What Cheer Tea Room” on site, or at one of the local restaurants nearby before continuing west.
Just 25 minutes away along Rte #7, you can now relax in comfort at the Liscombe Lodge Resort tonight and enjoy Dinner for 2 at the dining room. This beautiful resort lies along the St. Marys River and is well-known as a nature lovers retreat. Take a stroll along the river – or paddle a canoe before sunset; take a swim in the heated pool or just unwind in the hot tub before retiring for the night. You’ll sleep well here.
August 7, 2014 – Thursday
Enjoy a Buffet Breakfast for 2 at Liscombe Lodge Resort and watch the birds at their feeders while you dine, before departing along Rte #7. This area is an extremely scenic ride along the coast with the many islands offshore. You will pass through several small villages along the way be sure to stop in at the MacPhee House and Visitor Information Centre at 22404 Main St., Sheet Harbour to learn about the area and view the impressive waterfalls.
Also be sure to stop at J.Willy Krauch’s Smokehouse, famous for their smoked fish- the perfect sample of Eastern Shore delicacy and the popular Taylors Head Provincial Park is also on this route.
Next scheduled destination is Lunch and a Tour at Memory Lane Heritage Village located at 5435 Clam Harbour Rd, Lake Charlotte. (about 2 hours – 136 km from Liscombe Lodge)
Lunch will feature a traditional 1940’s cookhouse buffet of baked beans, soup, homemade brown bread, gingerbread cookies, coffee, tea and lemonade.
After lunch continue Rte #7 west through more scenic vistas and attractions to the city of Dartmouth. (about 1 hour 60km)
Interesting stops include the Fisherman’s Life Museum and the Musquodoboit Railway Museum and Tourist Bureau. The Canadian National Railway Station dates back to 1918, photographs, 5 railcars and artifacts in the museum tell the story of Nova Scotia’s railway.
The spectacular Lawrencetown Beach is a favourite with locals and draws surfers 12 months of the year to ride the consistent surf crashing onshore.
Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, is a 200-year old working fishing village, where you will find some delicious seafood takeout, Boondocks Restaurant and some wonderful little gift shops offering Nova Scotia handcrafts. This is also the location of Metro’s Thursday Bike Night, where hundreds of riders meet weekly.
Your accommodations tonight are at the newly renovated Travelodge Suites Dartmouth in downtown Dartmouth, located at 101 Yorkshire Ave. Extension (just off Windmill Road and close the Hwy #111 interchange & MacKay Bridge). Here you will enjoy a King Room Deluxe Suite, with free parking and a hot breakfast. Take the MacKay Bridge and Barrington Street exit to explore downtown Halifax.
The restored and historical Halifax waterfront features wonderful museums, including the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where there is a large Titanic display, and the Pier 21 Museum which was the entry point into Canada for 1 million immigrants, and where over 500,000 military personnel departed during World World II and the Museum of Natural History, just to name a few.
August 8, 2014 – Friday
Begin your day with a Hot Breakfast for 2 at the Travelodge Suites Dartmouth and then head to Halifax to take a combined city and harbour tour aboard the popular “Harbour Hopper“. This amphibious vehicle departs from Murphy’s at Cable Wharf, in the Historic Properties district (near the ferry terminal).
Whether you are heading home, or are extending your stay, we hope you enjoyed your time in Nova Scotia and will return soon.
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Have fun, ride often & stay safe!
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