Welcome to the Lost Shores of Guysborough County! Largely unknown, this hidden corner of Nova Scotia boasts a delightful 90km low-traffic oceanfront highway loop connecting our 20+ fishing communities.
Our recorded European history goes back to 1397 when Prince Henry St Clair brought an expedition. Later, the French and British fished and fought their battles. By the end of the 1700s most areas were settled by a mix of Acadian, British and German families, almost all of whom were refugees from one conflict or another. There were some prosperous times long ago but the decline of the fishing industry has lead to an outmigration that has spread homesick Bluenosers all over the planet.
Be a part of this rich history and experience the first annual Lost Shores Gran Fondo. With three road routes of 30km, 50km, and 90km and one 30km mountain route, this event has something to offer everyone. Register today to experience the beauty of the Lost Shores up close. Visit us on Facebook and help spread the word.
We hope to see you in September!
In an effort to show the world how beautiful our secluded corner is, a cooperative marketing effort was launched 2015. With the support of neighboring businesses, we produced a map to highlight the 85 km driving loop and the various wharves and lighthouses along the way. We hoped tourists, photographers, cyclists, and others would appreciate the low-traffic, ocean front nature of our loop.
Earlier this year, things started to gel as cycling industry players saw the benefits of our loop and the local municipality had learned what a Gran Fondo ride had done for the District of Clare last year. That lead to a collaborative effort to make the Lost Shores Gran Fondo happen. We are getting tremendous support from the Guysborough Municipality, bike industry players, and local volunteer organizations who want to help showcase our stunning little piece of paradise.
Special thanks to District of Clare for their willingness to teach us the ropes.
September is the perfect month to enjoy this 90 km ride. This intermediate level ride has a handful of hills of the 200-300 foot kind. Head south over the barrens to the Acadian Tor Bay area, enjoying over 30km of tailwinds, and follow the coast to Port Felix for a view of the islands. The home stretch west on highway 16 has the beautiful vistas of Chedabucto Bay and a rest stop at the Queensport lighthouse.
The railway that never got built left a delightful rail trail along the banks of the Salmon River. Head out of town along Tompkinsville Road where blueberries and Christmas trees are everywhere. At the end of the road, turn right and you will soon be able to see the suspension bridge. Go 1.3 km to the trail entrance, look for the signs across from the Lawlors Loop sign. Follow this trail down to the river and go left to put yourself on the well maintained rail trail. Enjoy the gentle downhill grade for about 8 km with the Salmon River just below.
The trail briefly ends at Larrys River Rd and the Salmon River. Cross the bridge and on your immediate right is where the trail picks up again and takes you back up to the rail trail above. Enjoy this section, take a picture at the Cooks Cove vista and follow the trail back to town.
This is our favorite ride, 25 km each way out and back of rolling hills along the deep blue waters of Chedabucto Bay. Biggest hill is 250 feet with lots of really long coaster rides. Head to Queensport for a picture of Nova Scotia’s second most photographed lighthouse. A hundred years ago, the harbour was often full of Grand Banks schooners getting fresh bait at the Matthews and Scott wharf.
Follow the shoreline for an easy ride up the Milford Haven estuary to Cross Rd. Ride back the other side of the Intervale to beautiful Boylston. Cross the Milford Haven bridge and head back to Guysborough along the water. No big hills, never far from the water.
|Friday September 9|
|4:00pm - 8:00pm||Registration and social in the big tent|
|Saturday September 10|
|7:30am - 9:30am||
Registration and coffee
Timing system setup
|10:00am - 10:45am||Rides begin|
|12:00pm||Beer tent opens|
|12:00pm - 3:00pm||Lunch food available|
|3:30pm - 4:00pm||Wrapup, VIPs, Draws for prizes|
|4:00pm - 7:00pm||BBQ and live music|
Registration has closed for the 2016 Lost Shores Gran Fondo.
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It’s meant to be a fun ride, please enjoy yourself. Soak it up, smile and wave. We don’t even plan timing for the first year. We’ll have nutrition stops at scenic spots along the way as the only business outside of Guysborough along the entire loop is Hanham’s Gas as you come over the hill at Half Island Cove. We’ll have escort vehicles following all the groups to assist if needed.
We expect a handful of hardcore riders to do a double loop for 110 miles but most of us mere mortals will enjoy a scenic ride within our limits.
And, most importantly, have fun!