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 The Confederation Bridge to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. In Prince Edward Island I will cycle to the east point to the north cape to the west cape and back to the Confederation Bridge. Back in Nova Scotia I will plan to follow the Bay of Fundy shoreline from Advocate to Truro towards Windsor down to Halifax. From Halifax I will head to Peggy’s Cove and follow the ocean coastline to Yarmouth and then Digby to catch the ferry to Saint John New Brunswick. From Saint John I will head to Fredericton and then 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.
Terry Fox Memorial
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox dipped his artificial foot in the Atlantic Ocean off of St. John’s NL. Thirty two years later they his memorial was unveiled.
Signal Hill, St John’s
A hill which overlooks St John’s; famous for its strategic location for harbor defense 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.
NOVA SCOTIA – Sydney, Halifax
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.
Peggy’s Cove is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St Marget’s Bay, which is the site of Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (established 1868).
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND – Charlottetown, Fortune Bridge
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.
Where my parents now live.
NEW BRUNSWICK – Saint John, Fredericton
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.