Cycling on Prince Edward Island

Cycling on Prince Edward Island

On this exciting new Cycling Tour we will enjoy six days of easy riding and touring along the well maintained and unpaved Confederation Trail.

Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail (PEI’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail), follows an abandoned rail bed through fabulous pastoral landscapes. Originally constructed by a contractor who was paid by the mile, it follows an unusually circuitous route for 280km through many communities whose existence is mainly due to the old railroad. The cycling is relatively easy on flat and smooth, well-maintained crushed stone surfaces, and the distances are moderate. With barely any traffic to speak of, this route is considered to be a world class cycling venue.

** This tour is for the leisure cyclist who can ride up to 50km (on flat roads) in a day. There are a few moderate climbs on our route.

Tour Highlights
• The capital city, Charlottetown – the ‘Birthplace of Confederation
• Beautiful rolling hill scenery, quaint villages and broad bay seascapes
• Cycling through the countryside, providing frame after frame of breath-taking photographs
• MacAusland’s Woollen Mill
• The Canadian Potato Museum – One of the Top 10 Food Museums in the World!
• Elmira Railway Museum
• ‘Anne of Green Gables’ theatre show at the Charlottetown Festival Theatre

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Depart

We fly to Charlottetown and upon arrival transfer to our centrally located hotel. As we have different arrival times, dinner tonight is on our own.

Day 2: North Cape to Northport (Ride approx 38km)

After breakfast we get fit with our bicycles and begin our journey. We cycle 13km along a quiet road to the beginning of the Confederation Trail at Tignish. You may wish to extend the mileage today with a scenic coastal road ride to Kildare Cape where the island’s first European visitor, Jacques Cartier, remarked “the fairest land 'tis possible to see!” We spend the night in Northport.

Day 3: Mill River (Ride approx 25km)

We cycle a short distance on the Confederation Trail to Bloomfield where we can visit MacAusland’s Woollen Mill (in operation since 1870) and the Potato Museum in O’Leary which depicts the vital role this vegetable played in the region’s economy over the years. From O’Leary you can transfer to your lodging at Mill River. Energetic cyclists may opt to explore Hwy 12 that loops back around Cacumpee Bay and the resort, a short distance away. We spend the night in Mill River.

Day 4: Summerside (Ride approx 50km)

We start with a transfer (or you can ride) to Portage, from where we’ll ride along the Confederation Trail to Summerside. In Summerside we can visit the local shops or enjoy the waterfront boardwalk. Afternoon forays to see the Confederation Bridge – the World’s longest bridge over ice-covered water, or a jaunt to Linkletter beach – can be arranged. We spend the night in Summerside.

Day 5: Dalvay (Ride approx 46km).

From Summerside we follow the trail 46km east to Hunter River, from where there is an optional transfer by vehicle to Brackley Beach and the Dunes Studio Gallery and Café. Spend the afternoon exploring PEI National Park by bike, including the newly developed trail system on Robinson’s Island where you can sample some of the islands finest beaches. We spend the night in Dalvay

Day 6: Hermanville (Ride approx 46km OR 72km).

The longest route of the tour begins at our Inn (those wishing to do the shorter option will transfer 36km to Tracadie). Our path includes the most spectacular stretch of the Confederation Trail near St. Peter’s. We will ride alongside the Hillsborough River – the first in Canada to be designated a Canadian Heritage River due to its rich diversity of plants and birds. Near the beautiful community of St. Peter’s the trail meanders along the edge of the bay and crosses three rivers atop old steel railway trestles. Be sure to reserve enough energy for a diversion from St. Peter’s to Greenwich where we can stroll along this awe-inspiring endless sand dune beach. From Greenwich we transfer by vehicle to our Inn for the night in Hermanville.

Day 7: Charlottetown (Ride approx 35km)

On our last day of cycling we start by pedaling to Harmony Junction where we join the trail for the final stretch into Elmira, finishing at the Railway Museum which marks the end of the Confederation Trail. The end to our cycling journey is about 9km to East Point Lighthouse for celebratory photos. After our celebration we transfer to Charlottetown where we spend our last two nights. Tonight’s dinner is on our own.

Day 8: Charlottetown

A day at leisure in the ‘Birthplace of Confederation’. Charlottetown is a thriving hub of all things cultural, coastal and culinary. There are boat and walking tours, local markets and beautiful buildings abound. At every turn, rich history permeates the captivating landscape. You can choose to relax on the gorgeous waterfront or explore the vibrant streets.

Tonight we dine out before attending the 'Longest running annual musical theatre production' - Anne of Green Gables, at the Charlottetown Festival Theatre.

Day 9: Home

Air Canada takes us home.

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