Bike and Bean – Rails to Trails

The St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails to Trail Association is a volunteer organization that has built on one of Nova Scotia’s most scenic trails…hike, walk, jog, bicycle, horseback ride or cross country ski the St. Margaret’s Bay Trail. The trail follows the route of the original railway line that served the Bay’s communities, as well as its waterfront hotels that served as resorts for Haligonians in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Lumbering and sawmills were common, of which there is still visible evidence today. Ingramport Bay was a major base for tall ships that carried timber to distant countries.The Train Shop Bike & Bean in Tantallon is a café and bike shop located in the historic French Village Train Station, circa 1901.Image

The trail connects to the BLT trail in Hubley and the Aspotogan Trail in Hubbards which then connects to trails on down the Bluenose Coast to Lunenburg. With a little organization and planning this trail system would make a great walking or cycling holiday.

There are several spots where you can access the trail but the major access is at The Train Station Bike and Bean in Upper Tantallon. 

 The Bike & Bean is the only South Shore bike shop located between the city and Lunenburg, and it’s perfectly situated along the Rails-to-Trails paths running between Halifax and Hubbards.Image

They sell cycling equipment and clothing from the best companies. Families hoping to enjoy a safe, secure bike ride will be able to rent tag-alongs and burley trailers so they can explore one of the province’s loveliest regions with no worries. Cyclists who love circling the Peggy’s Cove or Aspotogan loops will be able to leave friends nearby, and share a drink at the end of the trip. The Bike & Bean will also appeal to ATVers and hikers who love the Great Outdoors, but it will also be just the thing for locals who want nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a latté in comfortable, historic surroundings.

Of course, an active lifestyle always creates a big hunger, and the Bike and Bean has you covered. The company was founded by Marilou Levangie, who had more than 20 years as a restaurateur in Nova Scotia’s best dining rooms. Marilou brought a love of life’s finer things to the Bike & Bean, and the business prospered, becoming a Tantallon landmark.

They continue to serve gourmet coffee, in the Italian style, accompanied by delicious panini, soups, and sweets. They’re confident that you’ll be impressed.

They have a keen attention to detail. The Bike & Bean is now run by Marilou’s business partner Dana Gallant, and manager Heidi Chance, with the same dedication and commitment that has garnered a customer retention rate for his bike touring company — Pedal and Sea Adventures — that is three-times the industry average.

RAILS TO TRAILS:

ImageThe trail follows the route of the original railway line that served St Margarets Bay’s communities, as well as it’s waterfront hotels that served as resorts for Haligonians in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Lumbering and sawmills were common, of which there is still visible evidence today. Ingramport Bay was a major base for tall ships that carried timber to distant countries.

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, this 33 Kilometer, multi-use trail winds its way from near the Hubley exit on Hwy 103 (exit 4) to Hubbards (exit 6).

Bike Rentals

Hybrid ½ day rental (4 hours) — $18.99 + tax 
Hybrid full day rental (8 hours) — $30.00 + tax
Hybrid weekly rentals (7 days) — $120.00 + tax

Children’s and Tag-a-long Rentals

½ day rental (4 hours) — $14.00 + tax
Children’s full day rental (8 hours) — $25.00 + tax
Children’s weekly rental (7 days) — $90.00 + tax
15% HST added to rental priceImage

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