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Places to stay

The Tat­ting­stone Inn ( tat­ting­stone inn.com) was the home of Ge­orge Thompson, one of Wolfville’s early may­ors. The reg­is­tered his­toric prop­erty was a pri­vate home un­til 1987, when it was trans­formed into an inn. Just a five-minute walk from down­town, Tat­ting­stone has all the ameni­ties you could want af­ter a long day in the sad­dle. If you’re af­ter some­thing sim­pler, there are Airbnbs, camp­grounds and mo­tels a short drive from Wolfville.

When to go

With Wolfville be­ing a hotspot for tourists dur­ing the sum­mer months, it may be hard to nav­i­gate pedes­tri­ans and ve­hi­cles as you leave town. Thank­fully, the dirt roads sur­round­ing Wolfville are still a se­cret to most. The only peo­ple you may see are a few lo­cals es­cap­ing the busy streets. If you don’t mind don­ning some leg warm­ers and a jacket, May and June can be won­der­ful times to ride, but late Au­gust and Septem­ber are the most spec­tac­u­lar months of year with all the fruit com­ing off the trees and the fall colours set­ting in.

Where and what to ride

Adam Bar­nett’s book, Where­to­cy­cle in­no­vas­co­tia, has hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres of rid­ing op­tions around Wolfville. Pick up a copy be­fore you ar­rive, or stroll into Banks Bikes or a lo­cal book­shop for a copy. As for what bike to bring, Banks sug­gests any­thing with 32-mm-wide tires or wider and drop bars. Other than that, Banks says it doesn’t mat­ter what kind of bike you bring, as long as it’s com­fort­able.

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