Mountain Biking in Nova Scotia
Eigg Mountain, at 305 m (1,000 feet) above sea level, is a prominent spot overlooking the Northumberland Strait. This ride climbs to a point just below the summit, offering the occasional view across the water to Prince Edward Island. Although the climb toward the summit of Eigg Mountain is gradual, it does require stamina and sound cardiovascular fitness. Technically speaking, the ride is suitable for all levels, as it follows relatively easy terrain along double-track trails, logging roads, and a short stretch of pavement. The total distance for this loop is 24 km (15 miles).
The ride up Eigg Mountain begins from Arisaig Provincial Park in Antigonish County. The park overlooks the Northumberland Strait and includes a campground, picnic sites, toilets, water, and an interpretive centre that provides geological information about the region. Arisaig is a popular destination among geologists because of the number of fossils that can be viewed from the shore below the park. In fact, the area boasts one of the world's best, exposed sections of Silurian rocks, which date back 438 to 408 million years. After your ride, it is well worth stretching out along the boardwalk and walking to the beach, where you may find examples of these 4-million-year-old fossils in the sedimentary rock.
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