Canada: Prince Edward Island
Confederation Trail Bike Tour
Five nights; six days of easy bicycling touring along the well maintained unpaved Confederation Trail. Barely any traffic for most of the trip, fine inns, and excellent dining, combine for a magical cycling experience!
“Met us along the route with snacks and fruit - really loved the Freewheeling granola bars!” – Veronica and Len T.
June - October
Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail follows the 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 (174 miles) 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. You will have many opportunities to leave the trail and explore surrounding towns and villages and will be delighted by the abundance of charming cafés, restaurants, and galleries along some sections of this idyllic ride.
You will bike PEI from one end to the other along The Confederation Trail, stopping to enjoy the beaches of PEI National Park before heading through rolling farmland to the picturesque East coast. The East Point lighthouse, superb dining, fabulous inns, blueberry farms, and some of the nicest long, deserted beaches you'll ever see, are the highlights of this trip. Come and discover the magic with us!
Trip history: A summer destination for generations of Atlantic Canadians, PEI’s beaches and warm waters make it a family favourite. Most FA staff are familiar with its secrets and charms. Until 1997 it could only be reached by ferry or air, which gave it an exotic, island cachet. There is now an 8-mile bridge connecting it to the mainland – good for farmers, and still of debatable merit to residents and summer visitors.
Note about the route:
The riding is moderate, and 34-120km per day on the rolling unpaved trail. The climbs and decents are very easy with low pitches. PEI’s highest point is only 400ft above sea level.
Warm water and sandy beaches, great farm fresh produce, fresh caught seafood, gentle terrain for cycling (especially on the Confederation Trail), great colours – green fields, blue sea, red earth, wildflowers.