Coast to Coast

I’ve travelled to the East Coast of Canada for the first time. Arriving in Halifax was exciting and chilling. I went from 24 degree weather in Victoria BC to 6 degree weather, here in Halifax, over an 8 hour flight. To say the least, I was not too impressed but my exhaustion from sleeping in a seated position had me itching for  the hotel room that would become home for the next several days. After dinner I quickly ended my day with excitement for my first full day in Halifax.

My ride for the day

My ride for the day

I arrived a day earlier then the start of the National Child and Youth Care conference with the intention of seeing what I could of the city. The Westin Hotel is a block from the harbour surrounded by good restaurants, cafes, and lots of history. As I walked along the harbour I noticed a little container that housed “i heart bikes”, a bike rental company that also leads city tours. Unfortunately I had missed the guided tours for the day so I opted to head out on my own adventure and I couldn’t have been happier.

The start of my trail ride

The start of my trail ride

 

The plan was to take the Halifax Ferry across to Woodside and then bike through a short industrial section before catching Shearwater trial that linked to Salt Marsh Trail and then Atlantic View Trail. The end of the 25 kilometre ride takes you to Lawrencetown Beach.

The bike ride was gorgerous, imaginably more amazing in the summer months. The end result was a lunch on a rock and red sand beach watching out over the surfers taking in the cloudy and windy day.

I have little else to say about this amazing 50 kilometre round trip bike ride but a few pictures to share. So, without further ado…

The start of the Salt Marsh Trail, the rockiest of the three, also had the least welcoming sign

The start of the Salt Marsh Trail, the rockiest of the three, also had the least welcoming sign

Arriving at the end of my time on the Atlantic View Trail just in front of Lawrencetown Beach

Arriving at the end of my time on the Atlantic View Trail just in front of Lawrencetown Beach

Hanging out on the beach

Hanging out on the beach

The end of the day included a Fruit & Nut flatbread pizza at The Stubborn Goat and great conversation with peers from various universities across Canada. All this before the conference even started!

 

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