MARITIMES – Maine, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick
Overall Comments: Nova Scotia’s proximity to the northeast makes it a popular destination for motorcycle tours for eastern Americans and Canadians. The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton is a grade A riding route, with great scenery which rivals many epic roads around North America. The rest of the province has good road scale with little traffic, but the pavement is in such poor condition throughout most of the coastal routes, that it negatively affects the overall riding experience. If you are used to Rocky Mountain routes in North America, this may not be what you are looking for. Also, in much of the area, the scenery is limited due to roads being in the “bush” for much of the time. Based on our experience, I would avoid the Yarmouth and Arcadian Shores and most of the Southern Shore. Concentrate on the Eastern Shore, Cape Breton and the Fundy National Park in New Brunswick.
- Day 1: Tour Arcadia National Park and Ride Route 9 Maine to St. Johns, NB and catch the late ferry. Night in Digby, NS. Distance: 233 miles and includes a 3 hour ferry ride. Mileage does not include touring Arcadia.
- Day 3: Ride Route 7 to Baddeck, NS. Night in Baddeck, NS. Distance: 292 miles
- Day 6: Return to Bar Harbor, ME. Ride Route 9 or the Route 1 coastal route. Distance: 186 miles
- Route 9, Maine.
- Route 312, through the Cabot Trail. Consider spending more time in this area and riding the Cabot Trail twice (once in each direction) as this is by far the best riding and scenic area in Nova Scotia.
- The city of Halifax, NS. The waterfront area has great restaurants and nightlife. The Prince George Hotel is a good bet.
- Peggy’s Cove, NS.
- Lunenburg, NS (UNESCO Site)
- Fundy National Park, New Brunswick.
- Route 111, New Brunswick