The Poker Run takes riders to our 3 favorite lookoff vistas and adds a gas stop and finishes at Whitmans Wharf in Canso.
We’ll rumble out of Canso on Route 16, aka Lost Shores Parkway, and make our first stop for our Poker Run at the Chedabucto Look-off in Half Way Cove, about 40 km. You’ll pass the beautiful Queensport lighthouse and continue up the shore. You’re right on the edge here, the edge of a huge fault line. The deep water near shore attracts some really big fish. If it’s calm, expect to see whales and tuna breaching the surface as they fatten up for winter on the rich diet of mackerel. Look up and you’re almost certain to see a bald eagle enjoying a similar diet.
After the Chedabucto Look-off we’ll head to Guysborough and grab some gas at Robins for Stop #2. Then we’ll rumble through the village and on to the Boylston Look-off for Stop #3.
Next we’ll head back on Route 16 on our way to Port Felix, for stop #4 at the Look-off and some lunch at the parish hall. Enjoy the view of the Sugar Islands where the Savalette family from France fished long before there were any permanent European settlements in North America. There is a nice new commemorative site across the street from the church.
After Port Felix, we will return via Route 316 to Half Island Cove, go right at the T intersection and head east on Route 16 to Hazel Hill. Here we will turn right to Little Dover for stop #5 at the new Dover Wharf. After this stop we will proceed back out to Hazel Hill and turn right on Route 16 to continue to Canso and Whitman’s Wharf for a brief memorial to fallen riders. Finally, it’s back to the Stanfest site for some field games and fun.