Our Cycling Offerings
Harbourside bike touring in northern Cape Breton with Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures We opened our Cycling Rentals and Touring operation in 1993, turning our decades-long passion for cycling in the beauty of northern Cape Breton to its natural “next step”.
Over the years our experiences with our clients has colored the way we offer our services. Briefly, we want to help our clients to best enjoy cycling in the wonderful environment we’re fortunate to call home.
We want them to cycle routes that are appropriate for their fitness levels, to cycle in the best weather, and to use bicycles suited to the mountainous terrain of the region. We want them to cycle at a leisurely pace if they choose, without luggage when possible, and, most importantly, to experience some of the non-cycling attractions the region has to offer.
Day long guided mountain bike tour in northern Cape Breton with Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures
Sea Spray’s Cycling Offerings include:
Bicycle rental packages for self-guided and guided outings;
A shuttle service to transport self-guided cyclists to day tour starting points, or to shuttle their luggage should they prefer;
Guided tours, both on- and off-trail;
A Rescue and Repair service for stranded touring cyclists;
And a Trip Planning Service for self-guided cyclists wishing to tour the entire Cabot Trail;
As the only cycling outfitter based on the Cabot Trail, we’re proud of our ability to help visitors enjoy the best of the Cabot Trail cycling experience.
It’s the northern half of the Cabot Trail, roughly from Margaree Harbour clockwise around the Trail to Cape Smokey, just south of Ingonish, where one sees the truly great scenery. This upper half of Cape Breton Island is the locale where the majority of scenic images of the Cabot Trail are taken. This is also the region containing Cape Breton Highlands National Park, whose wider road surfaces are more condusive to cycling and whose terrain is world famous for its climbs, descents and viewscapes.
For this reason we encourage visitors to consider basing themselves at the island’s northern tip (The Top of the Island region), for a number of days and riding our rental bikes on day trips from their home base, rather than cycling the entire Trail.
This approach has a number of advantages:
It minimizes problems with fog, rain and wind (Cape Breton’s in a maritime climate, remember) that are more apt to occur while trying to cycle the entire Trail;
It ensures that one has a motor vehicle for evening use;
Luggage is left at “base” rather than being transported by bike over the mountains, and riders, being in one location for a number of nights, unpack and repack only once in a multi-day period.Other outdoor activities available in the area, such as kayaking, hiking and whale watching can be easily accessed and used to compliment the cycling. For example, cycling in a cool rain is often uncomfortable, but if paddling a kayak or whale watching from a covered vessel in that same cool rain one often forgets that it’s raining;
Weather forecasts describing the three somewhat distinct weather conditions that exist at the Top of the Island (ie: westerly, easterly and northerly exposures) can be used to plan day trips, allowing cyclists to minimze chances of riding in inclement weather;
Day trippers can use Sea Spray’s shuttle service for transport over the mountains to distant starting points, allowing them to ride back to their accommodations. As well, groups containing cyclists of mixed abilities can plan a number of drop-off points, minimizing fatigue for weaker riders while including challenges for stronger cyclists…and everyone arrives home at the same time, smiling…especially after having taken our suggestions and including a short hike to view moose.
Since at Sea Spray automobile racks are included with our rentals, our clients choosing a non-cycling activity for part or most of the day can still, if they wish, “rack the bike” and drive to a trailhead for a short “sunset” ride at day’s end, or “after the rain”.
Our recommendation from years of assisting cyclists:
Book our rentals for a week, thereby receiving our weekly discounts and keeping the bikes for “quickie” rides.
Then plan three solid riding days, mixed in with a couple of non-riding activities, such as hikes, whale watches, kayak tours or just walking our miles of deserted beaches.
Use the local long-range forecast to plan your cycling days, and “fill in the gaps” with the other activities. And remember the “quickie” rides for sunsets, local photo ops, and so on.
Our Cycling Shuttle Service
Shuttled one-way bicycling day trip through the mountains of northern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, with Sea Spray Outdoor Adventures We offer a shuttle service that’s useful for tasks such as;
Shuttling luggage from point to point for cyclists touring the entire Cabot Trail here on Cape Breton Island;
Shuttling self-guided day-touring cyclists from their base at the Top of the Island to the sometimes distant starting points of their tour. They then cycle back through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park to their accommodations here at the Top of the Island;
Transporting participants in our off-road guided day tours to the starting points of the tour, and explaining some of the history, culture and environment of the region while doing so.
Delivering, and later picking up our bike rental packages to other regions of the Cabot Trail.
Climbing one of the mountains of northern Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, on a shuttled one-way bicycling day trip with Sea Spray Outdoor AdventuresGenerally we price our shuttle services by the hour, round trip. Prices understandably vary with fuel prices.
Contact us for up-to-date pricing, and more information about our shuttle services.