100 Wild Islands


These four rides are a journey into the region’s lesser-known rugged, pristine and remote beauty. Travel rural roads past deep harbours, inlets, fishing wharves, bays, beaches, and, of course, 100 Wild Islands.

The Eastern Shore stretches across some of Nova Scotia’s most dramatic coastline. These four loop rides are a journey into the region’s lesser-known rugged, pristine and remote beauty. Travel past deep harbours, inlets, fishing wharves, bays, and beaches; each a loop a variation on the theme. Off the coast lies the 100 Wild Islands archipelago – one of the largest, protected and ecologically intact island groups in North America.

1. Ostrea Lake Loop

Travel up and down the deep Musquodoboit and Jeddore Harbours, past spectacular island views and village wharves. You can extend the ride with a trip out to Pleasant Point Lighthouse. Out and back from Smith Settlement to Pleasant Point is a 30km ride that avoids the hard-pack gravel road.

2. Clam Harbour Loop

A scenic coastal route featuring views of islands, bays, and community wharfs, with services and some great regional attractions. Make sure you visit the Deanery Project Bicycle Hub and the long sandy beach at Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park. The terrain has a few gently rolling hills. The highway between Ship Harbour and Webbers Store is a steady climb.

3. Sober Island Loop

A quintessential Eastern Shore setting along remote, pristine, rugged coastal inlets. Other than a scattering of homes, you’re on your own with nature. The 6km out and back trip to tour Sober Island is recommended and ends on a rocky beach. This route is mostly flat terrain. The 14km section of Highway 7 is steady climb.

4. Sherbrooke Loop

This loop starts with a trip down memory lane in the historic Sherbrooke Village, an authentic 19th Century settlement. The route travels past fast moving St. Mary’s river, the popular St. Mary’s River Falls and the Port Hilford Beach. Terrain varies including winding roads, small hills, and some sections of dirt road.


Routes profiled in this brochure are primarily on secondary highways and rural roads and are not designated bicycle routes. The majority of recommended routes do not have paved shoulders. Rider discretion is advised.

Efforts have been made to profile routes with light vehicle traffic; however, traffic volumes are open to fluctuation. Higher traffic should be expected from June to September during peak tourism season.

Make sure you take time to plan ahead and are properly equipped for your ride, including a helmet (required by law). Preparation will help you make the most of your Nova Scotia cycling experience!

All cyclists using this map ride at their own risk.

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