There are plenty of great rides in Nova Scotia (and I have been on many of them) but my favourite is on the South Shore along the old #3/332 highways, from Upper Tantallon to LaHave. The reason for my selection becomes quickly evident as you travel along this route: it is a scenic “twisty turny” classic highway with the ocean’s presence, in many instances, a mere stones throw away. The smells of the ocean are ever pervasive, as are the sounds of crashing waves and inquisitive sea birds. It is an ocean lovers dream ride. To make this ride even more wonderful are the series of small coastal towns that litter the south shore, their origins of fishing and shipbuilding still clearly evident today. These towns are interlinked by the #3, like beads on a necklace, and each one has its own treasures and characteristics. Towns and communities like Hubbards, Chester, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg, and LaHave can be experienced along this ride, by either stopping for a refreshment break or just slowly cruising through their old neighbourhoods. Some of my favourite stops in these locations are: “Trellis Cafe” in Hubbards, “The Rope Loft” in Chester, “Mug & Anchor Pub” in Mahone Bay, and lastly, “The LaHave Bakery” in LaHave. Getting to the final community of LaHave is fun as you cross the LaHave River via the provincial ferry. And when you finish this ride and visit the LaHave Bakery, eating one of their butter-drenched scones with coffee, and sitting in one of their Adirondack chairs on the veranda, you will close your eyes and realize how amazing life truly is.
Submitted by: Candace Slaunwhite
If you click on the link below, you will be able to see a map of one of my favourite rides in NB. It was actually the route I took on my first solo ride in NB. The coastal scenery is beautiful, good eating spots in Bouctouche and along the way. It is a short ride but it can link into a longer ride that could take you to Kouchibouguac National Park and then you could cross over inland to make your way back to Moncton.
Submitted by: Lise LeBlanc
The concept is this; because we might be doing more solo rides in each of our respective provinces and in the hopes of creating more traffic to our website, we are proposing that each of us submit our favourite ride in our province using google maps. You can add to it your favourite stop for lunch, interesting historical sites etc...
Plot your trip on Google Maps and copy the link and add a short description giving start and stop destination along with where you would stop for lunch.
Example: MAP (short 2 hour ride from Moncton to Moncton with stop in Bouctouche for lunch).
You could also take a snapshot of your map or simply do a write up of the route with any photos you'd like to submit.
SUBMIT BUTTON is on the top right of this page.
Women around the globe RODE their bikes on May 4th, or 5th, to celebrate IFRD's thirteenth year. Although the weather in Atlantic Canada did not cooperate on the 4th, the 5th was good riding weather and saw 20+ women ride from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to meet for lunch at Big Al's in Tatamagouche, NS. Thanks to Beth for organizing the ride this year. One rider said, "Best ride so far this year! We ride to meet; we ride to eat."
The March getaway was held at Four Seasons Retreat in Upper Economy, NS. The weekend was celebrated with each cabin hosting an event, including a festive meal, games, decorations and surprise activities. A St Patrick's Day feast, an Easter bonnet parade and Breakfast Pizza extravaganza were among the highlights.
The NB meeting was held Jan 13 in Sussex at J J's Diner. Members were asked to bring socks to donate to a warning shelter and boy did they come through! 78 pairs of socks were donated by 11 members and have been delivered to the warming shelter in Moncton.
The NS meeting was hosted by Chris in Dartmouth. The annual pot luck and Yankee gift exchange was another fun filled get together after a storm date postponement. The annual Motorcycle Show in Halifax is just around the corner and Chris presented ideas for the March show and drummed up volunteers. A puzzle exchange was held for the first time, and with the large number of puzzles offered and scarfed up, it's no doubt members have entertainment for the long winter ahead.
The Year End Meeting was held at Smith Rock Resort in Nova Scotia. The scenery was breathtaking with snow, blue skies and sunlight reflecting off the snow and ice on the trees. The meeting covered the past year and delved into planning for next.
The business meeting included introductions, thank yous, reports, introductions of new officers, an expression of gratitude to Lynne (the outgoing District Director), planning for future meetings, the upcoming Motorcycle Show in March, rides, apparel and the annual scavenger hunt photo contest. The Gail Neilson Atlantic Canada Motor Maid of the Year Award was presented to Lise. This award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the district in the past year.
Following the meeting, we enjoyed good food and good conversation in the dining room and then social time. Scavenger Hunt contest winners were presented with awards for successful finds of items on a challenging list. Congratulations to Denise and Janet. Dianna and Lynn-Marie hosted the Fun Awards segment. Creative serious and zany awards brought laughs from members for an hour. The amazing prizes they acquired ensured each member went home with some pretty impressive loot!
A detailed report of the meeting was sent to members by email following the meeting.
A large group of ACMM members and many of Gail's family and friends met at Toys for Big Boys and rode 70 km of the NB coastline in honour and memory of an exemplary Motor Maid, Gail Neilson. The group met for lunch after the ride and spent time reminiscing about the good times with Gail.
A group of about 35 women riders from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick converged on Double C Restaurant in Debert, NS for lunch and a celebration of IFRD. Double C never fails to offer delicious meals and desserts, and their servers are a treat in themselves.
In addition to the ride to Double C, groups joined together for rides in Cape Breton, NS, Fredericton, NB and numerous cities and towns throughout Atlantic Canada for a spin with friends or solo rides.
The afternoon and evening offered other opportunities for women to join activities, and eight Atlantic Canada Motor Maids joined a large group of riders at Pro Cycle in Dartmouth. Free Vehicle Inspections, amazing sales on bikes and accessories, scrumptious morsels, door prizes and a funderful ride along the Waverly Road filled the day until dusk.
Many women deserve thanks for organizing all the events of the day. Kudos to all of them!
March Getaway offered a much needed weekend retreat, with assurances we would be out and about on our bikes soon. Richibucto Resort in New Brunswick welcomed us to cozy cabins nestled in the woods, with a fresh blanket of snow on top of the winter’s earlier layers. The scenery was spectacular with the snow framing the cabins, edging the road and covering the lake behind our weekend homes. Activities were plentiful as they are each year and no one was without a pastime during the weekend. Shopping and casino opportunities were close by for those itching to drive a bit more in the fresh snow. Spot It was a hit again this year, a game requiring quick visual scanning and lightning fast reflexes. Crib challenged our math skills and beginners luck proved to be the case for one of the winners. Spoons, a card game incorporating a set of brightly coloured spoons, was probably the favourite of the weekend although blood was drawn in one of the grabs. The annual puzzle contest was popular again this year, with 3 groups competing for bragging rights. Potluck offerings provided, as usual, more than we could consume, and desserts were plentiful this year. Ongoing serious and light hearted conversations never ceased until late at night. We left rejuvenated and ready for a thaw.