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Walking tour of Prince Edward Island

Canada
On this delightful walking tour of Canada’s smallest province we will enjoy the fabulous red-sand beach walks, explore the rolling green hills and scenic towns and villages of the inland trails (including the Confederation Trail) and partake in optional activities such as sea kayaking, cycling and deep-sea fishing.

Prince Edward Island’s beach walks are a major attraction - like a halo of soft red sand lapped by what are known as the “warmest waters north of the Carolinas”.  As we walk along the island’s most scenic coastlines, we will enjoy the peace and solitude,            impressive vistas and refreshing dips in the waves as often as we like. Inland walking will take in the best sections of the Confederation Trail - a former rail line revived as a hiking and biking trail that snakes through farmland, forest and wildflower meadows. If you liked the “Anne of Green Gables” story, you will be delighted with the opportunity to see your reflection in the enchanted bookcase, gaze across the Lake of Shining  Waters, and visit many of the landscapes that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery. The outstanding fresh seafood that the island is famous for, as well as the legendary Island hospitality, is
everywhere to be found.

Tour Highlights:

   • Charlottetown
   • Confederation Centre of the Arts
   • Anne of Green Musical Performance
   • PEI National Park beaches
   • The Confederation Trail 
   • The Fisheries Museum of Basin Head
   • Green Gables Heritage Place
   • The Homestead Trail and Cavendish Beach
   • Robinson’s Island Trail

* Those participating on this walking tour must be able to complete up to 14km of walking on varied terrain. 

Itinerary / Excursions

We fly to Charlottetown. Shortly after arrival we will enjoy an interpretive walk through the historic center with costumed guides. They will tell us the story of the group of leaders from the maritime areas of what is now Canada and Northeastern US who met in 1864 to discuss the formation of a new country. Our Welcome Dinner will be at Mavor’s Restaurant in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, which features local artisans as part of their chic decor. In the evening we will attend the iconic musical performance of Anne of Green Gables.
A short transfer from Charlottetown takes us to Victoria-by-the-Sea, where we can visit the lighthouse and stock up on lobster rolls and PEI chocolates for a picnic lunch, before going on to see the Confederation Bridge and Gateway Village. From here we will walk along the Confederation Trail into Kinkora and transfer to our hotel in Summerside.
We transfer to the north coast, where we will walk along one of the lesser known and nicest beaches on the island. We will pass through the mouth of Malpeque Bay - famous for its oysters, and make our way toward the Cape Tryon lighthouse. This beach walk is spectacular, especially at low tide when you can skirt the headlands in bare feet.
Our walking route follows the Confederation Trail along the shore of St. Peter’s Bay, through Morrell to St. Peter’s. This is considered the most scenic stretch of the Confederation Trail. Later we will walk the boardwalks at Greenwich Dunes before finishing in Charlottetown.
We drive to Basin Head and first visit the Fisheries Museum. Then we will enjoy a long walk and beachcombing on the fine sand of the southern shore, known as “Singing Sands” because it squeaks as you walk. There is an adventurous crossing to the completely deserted beach at South Lake if you are so inclined.
(Walk 12-15km). Optional alternatives - sea kayaking, deep sea fishing, golf and cycling. This morning a short transfer takes us to the north shore. Here we visit Green Gables Heritage Place and walk the Homestead Trail and Cavendish Beach. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy hiking the trails of Robinson’s Island from Brackley Beach. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
Time to bid a warm farewell to P.E.I. and our new fellow walkers!
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