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 Hwy 16, aka Lost Shores Parkway, and make our first stop at the Chedabucto Lookoff 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 faultline. 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 Lookoff we’ll rumble through Guysborough and grab some gas at Robins and have Stop #2. Then it’s on to the Boylston Lookoff for Stop #3.
Next we’ll head east on Hwy 16 on our way to Port Felix Lookoff for Stop #4 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, continue on Hwy 316 to Hwy 16 in Half Island Cove. Go right at the T intersection and head east on Hwy 16 to Canso for stop #5 on Whitman Wharf for a brief memorial to fallen riders. Then it’s back to Stanfest for some field games and fun.