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.

2017: Jun 25-30; Jul 16-21; Jul 30-Aug 4; Aug 13-18; Aug 27-Sep 1; Sep 10-15







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Itinerary


Start: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George, 09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Optional transfers from Nova Scotia are $75 per person and depart the day before the tour begins from downtown Halifax at 18:00 or Halifax Airport at 18:30, arriving in Charlottetown at ~22:00.


Finish: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George, 17:00, day six. Optional transfers to Nova Scotia at $75 pp and depart PEI at 17:00, arriving in Halifax at ~21:00.


Day 1:

Introductions and ride 38kms

09:00 meeting in Charlottetown for a transfer to North Cape by 11:00. Following bicycle introductions and familiarization you will 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!” LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only)
Northport Pier Inn, Northport

Day 2:

82km

Back on the Confederation Trail, head south toward Tyne Valley making time along the way for side trips to the MacAusland’s Woollen Mill in Bloomfield (in operation since 1870!) and the Potato Museum in O’Leary which depicts the vital role this vegetable has played in the region’s economy over the years. Finish your ride in Miscouche, a small town whose name is derived from the Mi'kmaq term for "little grassy island". BLD
Prince County B&B, Miscouche

Day 3:

Up to 66km

Start with a morning bike ride into Summerside where you can visit local shops and the waterfront boardwalk before continuing along the trail toward Kensington and Kinkora. From Kinkora you may continue pedaling down the spur line to see the Confederation Bridge - the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. Further afternoon jaunts will lead you to Victoria-by-the-Sea, one of PEI’s most charming fishing villages, featuring the Victoria Playhouse live theatre and Island Chocolates Company. The day will finish at your inn in Kinkora, where luxurious spa and massage treatments can be pre-arranged at Spa 225. BD
Chez Shea, Kinkora

Day 4:

27km or 40km – extra cycling available in PEI National Park

Retrace your route a short distance to Emerald Junction then head east following the trail to Hunter River. From Hunter River there is an optional 15km 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. Be sure to pack your swimsuit as the afternoon foray provides ample opportunity to sample some of PEI's finest beaches. BL
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay; or Shaw's Hotel, Brackley Beach


Day 5:

37km or 63km

Cyclists taking the long route will depart their inn by bicycle while short option riders will start with a vehicle transfer about 26km to Tracadie where you will resume the Confederation Trail. The route today includes the most spectacular stretch of the Confederation Trail near St. Peter’s. You will also tour 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. Reserve enough energy for a diversion from St. Peters to Greenwich for a stroll (or swim!) along this awe-inspiring endless sand dune beach. The sunsets here are spectacular! BLD
Inn at St. Peter’s, St. Peter's; or

Johnson Shore Inn, Hermanville

Day 6:

54km

Pedal through Harmony Junction and onward to Elmira finishing at the railway museum marking the end of the Confederation Trail. The afternoon will start with a picnic lunch followed by a group ride to the East Point Lighthouse 9km away. After photos and celebrations, we will transfer back to Charlottetown by 17:00. BL

PEI is often touted as Canada's best golf destination so keen golfers will want to make time for a few rounds. Seafood enthusiasts may wish to dig Giant Clams and then steam them up fresh at a beach cookout. Those interested in lounging with a cocktail may wish to sample some Island "Shine" best served with an ample dose of local live music.


If you are driving to Charlottetown and need a place to park your vehicle for the duration of your tour, secure dowtown options are listed here, but you should also ask your pre-tour lodging provider for options too.




Description


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.


Highlights:
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.




Map & Elevation






Before & After

 

PEI is often touted as Canada's best golf destination so keen golfers will want to make time for a few rounds. Seafood enthusiasts may wish to dig Giant Clams and then steam them up fresh at a beach cookout. Those interested in lounging with a cocktail may wish to sample some Island "Shine" best served with an ample dose of local live music.


If you are driving to Charlottetown and need a place to park your vehicle for the duration of your tour, secure dowtown options are listed here, but you should also ask your pre-tour lodging provider for options too.





Costs


Guided Cost

US 1995 C 2395

(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and guide support)

Self-Guided Cost

US 1775 C 2095

(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, transfers from Charlottetown to North Cape and Elmira to Charlottetown, maps and route notes, inn to inn luggage transfers)

Single Occupancy

US 395 C 475


Bicycle Rental

Hybrid: US 125 C 145, Electric-assist: US 335 C 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies. 50% tax refund for non-Canadians.