Prince Edward Island - Confederation Trail Bike Tour
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!
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 120km/75 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. This afternoon you will cycle into Summerside where you can visit some local shops and enjoy the waterfront boardwalk. Finish the day with a van transfer to Kinkora or strong cyclists may wish to cycle the whole way. BLD
Chez Shea, Kinkora
Day 3: 45km/ 28 miles
Day 4: 55km/34 miles
Day 5: 60km/38 miles
Day 6: Up to 60km/38 miles
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!
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
“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