Mountain Biking in Nova Scotia
Trous de Saumons is an easy, 13-km (8-mile) out-and-back ride along a former road. Hard-packed and well graded along most of the route, the trail includes only a few sections of exposed and loose rock, where erosion has deteriorated the trail surface. Fortunately, these conditions exist only after the trail reaches a warden's cabin 3.5 km (2 miles) into the ride. Up to this point, the ride is suitable for novices and makes a great 7-km (4.3-mile) roundtrip for families or group excursions involving riders of mixed skill levels. Beyond the warden's cabin, the trail becomes both technically and aerobically more difficult. A deteriorating trail surface and several short but steep hills require slightly higher skill and fitness levels.
French for"salmon pools," the name of this ride describes the deep lagoons that make the Cheticamp River a favorite destination among anglers. Only fly fishing is permitted on the river, where people come to try their luck casting for Atlantic salmon. Following the river inland from where it empties into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you will ride into an ever-narrowing valley along the base of its northern slope. Along the first section of the ride, the trail lies in the shadow of Montagne Noire, which looms over the river from the southern side of the valley. Farther up, the trail enters a narrow ravine before steep cliffs literally force the end of the trail.
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