Prince Edward Island - Confederation Trail Bike Tour

 

2015 Dates: Jun 28-Jul 3; Jul 19-24; Aug 2-7; Aug 30-Sep 4; Sep 13-18 or Choose your own private and self guided dates.

2016 Dates: Jun 5-10; Jun 26-Jul 1; Jul 17-22; Jul 31-Aug 5; Aug 28-Sep 2; Sep 11-16.

Best months: June - October

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Route Description:

The riding is moderate, and 34-120km (28-75miles) 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.


“I was thrilled with how thoroughly the trip was researched, so that every little detail was taken care of.  Even our accommodations before and after the trip were carefully taken care of.”
- Jim and Anne Jesse. 



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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!

 
  
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Start: Charlottetown, PEI, 09:00, day one, Hillhurst Inn (or 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, 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: 
36km/22 miles
Meet in Charlottetown for a vehicle 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: Up to 82km/51 miles
Back on the Confederation Trail, head south towards 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 Bed & Breakfast, Miscouche

Day 3: up to 66km / 41 miles
This morning you will cycle into Summerside where you can visit some local shops and enjoy the waterfront boardwalk before continuing along the trail toward Kensington and Kinkora. From Kinkora you will continue pedaling down the spur line to see the Confederation Bridge - the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. 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. BD
Chez Shea, Kinkora

Day 4: 36km / 22 miles
Today will begin by retracing yesterdays route to Emerald Junction and following the trail to Hunter River for a short van transfer to Brackley Beach. Be sure to pack your swim shorts as today's foray into Prince Edward Island National Park provides ample opportunity to sample some of PEI's finest beaches. Finish your day at Dalvay-by-the-Sea; a National Historic Site of Canada frequented by British royalty and famous story tellers alike. BL
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay

Day 5: 37km/23 miles
Today’s tour includes the most spectacular stretch of the Confederation Trail. You will bicycle along 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: Up to 60km/38 miles
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

 

 

 

 

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.

Highlights

  • Warm water and sandy beaches
  • Great farm fresh produce and fresh caught seafood
  • Gentle terrain for cycling, especially the Confederation Trail
  • Great colours – green fields, blue sea, red earth, wildflowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: Charlottetown, PEI, 09:00, day one, Hillhurst Inn (or 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, 17:00, day six.
Optional transfers to Nova Scotia at $75 pp and depart PEI at 17:00, arriving in Halifax at ~21:00.
Guided Cost: US 1955; C 2295 (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 1695; C 1995 (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 455; C 525
Bicycle Rental: Hybrid: US 125 C 145; Electric-assist: US 295 C 345.
Delivery charges apply to self-supported trips.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
14% sales tax applies. 7% for non-Canadians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your guides are much cooler than <the other company>. They would never have worn the “Anne” hat!” – Sarah S

“Our group had a great time.  The hospitality of the PEI people was second to none.  Customer service was second to none!  The weather was perfect.  It couldn't have been better!” - Bev B

“Met us along the route with snacks and fruit - really loved the Freewheeling granola bars!” – Veronica and Len T

“Every one of the inns exceeded my expectations All the meals were superb! The picnic lunches were especially pleasant and tasty. Good quality bikes that made riding a pleasure I am very impressed with Freewheeling Adventures” - Richard D

“Food was super! The picnics prepared by our guide were beyond words! A huge scrumptious basket of fruit and snacks would await at the meeting point with a great selection of beverages.  She had all the bases covered!  The salads, the selection of dips, breads, crackers, meats, cheeses was unbelievable.  Fresh ground coffee….it doesn’t get any better than that! - Valerie and Terry C

“Accommodations were excellent" - Tom & Kathy L

"My family had a wide range of cycling ability and fitness level. It was fantastic that my son could go as fast and as far as he wanted and I didn't have to worry about him getting lost on the route since the trail is so well marked and easy to follow." - Shannon H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

There are also many more cycling adventures to be had in neighbouring provinces. Perhaps head to the Magdalen Islands for a unique multisport adventure including cycling, kayaking, and kite buggying. Or in nearby Nova Scotia, try our South Shore & Fundy Bike adventure!

"Taking the Nova Star overnight ferry from Portland, Maine to Nova Scotia was a nice experience- cut down on some driving time and the ship was unexpectedly luxurious" - Peggy B

"The Anne of Green Gables musical was fantastic, and I'm not even a huge fan of musicals. The acting, music, set design, costumes and choreography were wonderfully done." -Melody P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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