What do you do with an abandoned railway line? You turn it into a 400km-long recreational trail that runs directly across the most gentle of islands, and a lovely adventure for cyclists. The gravel trail runs through forests, rivers, farmland, restored station fronts and small towns with famous maritime hospitality. Great Canadian Trails have customized an itinerary that takes in the best of the trail, along with highlights like Gulfshore Parkway and Cavendish. This week-long journey further eases the load by having all your luggage transferred to inns and B&B’s up ahead, allowing you to explore the island tip-to-tip, and beverage-to-beverage. Biking across PEI is ideal for all ages, at all paces.
Length of Trip : 7 Days
Cost : Great Canadian Trails offer a 7-day “Explore PEI by Bike” itinerary. The trip includes:
Best time to go : Early June to Mid-September
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat : Charlottetown: The Churchill Arms: It’s unusual to find a pub in the Maritimes serving up the best butter chicken in the country, but repeated visits over the years prove the case. Great beers, atmosphere, and awesome curries (dip a chip!) in this popular local hangout.
The Water-Prince Corner Shop: Looking for your lobster dinner? Look no further. Huge portions of tasty blue mussels, potato and bun served with your sweet and tender lobster. Unpretentious and friendly, there are celebrity photos on the walls because the Water Prince is a cherished institution.
Brackley Beach: The Dunes Gallery: A must-stop when you’re checking out the Gulfshore Parkway. Beyond the art and souvenirs, terrific lunches and festive events too.
North Rustico: Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant – huge restaurant with all-you-can-eat buffet salad and mussels, and 26,000lbs of lobster in the tanks.
Victoria-by-the-Sea: Lobster Barn Pub and Eatery – known for their fresh lobsters and scallops.
Souris: Blue Fin Restaurant (10 Federal Ave) – Excellent value, friendly staff, and serious pie to wash it all down.
Official Site : Explore PEI by Bike
The Confederation Trail Cycling Guide
Where to Stay : Accommodations are arranged along with your itinerary through Great Canadian Trails. When in Charlottetown, I’ve always liked the attention to detail and staff at The Great George, and it’s sister hotel, the Hotel on Pownal Street, both within a few minutes walk of Queen Street.
Getting There : While you can hop onto the Confederation Trail anywhere along it, most tours begin and end in PEI’s capital, Charlottetown.Air Canada flies direct to Charlottetown from Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Ottawa. Delta Airlines has a seasonal flight from New York.
Note from Robin : When using the Confederation Trail, respect its code:
Great Canadian Trails also offer a second PEI biking itinerary, with longer days and more time on the bike. Learn more about the Tip to Tip and Beyond here.
Credit: Tourism PEI
Credit: Tourism PEI
Credit: Vanessa Danison
Credit: Rick McCharles