Southwest Nova Scotia: A summer camp destination for cycling group

Published on June 28, 2017

A group of American cyclists who are part of the Overland Summer Camp program spend Tuesday morning exploring Point Prim before heading out on a two-week adventure biking around Southwest Nova Scotia.

©Karla Kelly

DIGBY, NS – A group of American cyclists taking part in a summer camp program are on a two-week cycling adventure in Southwest Nova Scotia.

The 11 teenagers and their two leaders arrived in Digby, their starting point, June 26 and on Wednesday began cycling to Annapolis and down Rte 8 to Kejimkujik National Park for a two-day stay to hike and swim.

Besides exploring Kejimkujik, the leaders said the group will bike to Mahone Bay for a day of sea kayaking before heading west along the coast to Yarmouth and finally back to Digby.

The campers who range in age from 14 to 16 explained that they were responsible for carrying their own bedrolls, clothes, tenting equipment and food during the trip.

“We stay in campgrounds along our route and one night in a hostel,” they said.

“Our leaders carry spare tires in case we have a flat."

The teens said they had an itinerary that included covering 50 to 60 km a day but it was flexible depending on weather, the pace they travelled and any unforeseen delays.

The group is part of the Overland Summer Camps program based in Williamstown, Massachusetts and its members come from all parts of the United States including Georgia, South Carolina and Michigan.

The group said they met each other for the first time in Portland, Maine and together drove to Bangor where they spent time learning to load their bikes, ride as a group and prepare for the journey.

The campers and leaders, all of whom are first time visitors to Nova Scotia, were dropped off in Saint John for the ferry ride to Digby.

Once the group arrives back in Digby, they will head back to Maine for a week of cycling in Acadia National Park before finishing off their three-week adventure back in Portland.