Canada: Prince Edward Island
PEI Sideroads Bike Tour
Five nights, and six days of easy bicycle touring from PEI’s tip to tip on quiet, scenic, paved roads, including the best stretches of the Confederation Trail, visits to Green Gables, PEI National Park and beautiful sandy beaches along the north shore. We help you enjoy each day by providing five picnic lunches on guided trips.
“We were pleased with the road conditions in most places and the local drivers were VERY friendly to cyclists. PEI was far more beautiful than I anticipated... Everyone was very friendly and welcoming.” - Donna C.
"I enjoyed how quiet the roads were - we saw more cows than cars some days!" - Beth V.
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, 15:00, day six. Optional transfers to Halifax, Nova Scotia are $75 pp and arrive at ~20:00.
Meet in Charlottetown for a transfer to North Cape by 11:30. Following bicycle introductions and familiarization, and a picnic lunch, you will cycle to Kildare Cape where the island’s first European visitor Jacques Cartier remarked “the fairest land 'tis possible to see!” Finish with a ride towards Alberton and into Northport and your beautifully located waterfront inn. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only)
Northport Pier Inn, Northport
70km or 90km
Depart Northport by bike and cross the Mill River, cycling eastward toward Tyne Valley, a quiet community that was once bustling with shipbuilders, tanners, blacksmiths, carriage makers, and saw mills. Visit the Green Park Shipbuilding Museum and Yeo House, then continue around Malpeque Bay and across the Grand River to Miscouche. From here you’ll transfer about 20 minutes to your inn at Kinkora, where luxurious spa and massage treatments can be pre-arranged at Spa 225. BLD
Chez Shea Inn, Kinkora
Long option 69km; Short option 24km; Optional extra 10km. Optional sea kayaking also available by request
Ride via Cabot Provincial Park, Anne of Green Gables museum, and Cape Tryon Ligyhthouse to Cavendish, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspiration for her novel Anne of Green Gables. Visit the park interpretive centre, then set out by bike on the Gulfshore Parkway to the village of North Rustico, where an optional sea kayaking excursion can be arranged on your behalf. Follow paved bike paths along the dunes to your lodging at Brackley Beach with extra time to explore the nearby galleries, the beaches of PEI National Park, and the new bike trails on Robinson's Island. Today's short version gives you ample time to enjoy the beaches and Green Gables culture, and sea-kayaking if you like! B
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay, or
Shaws Hotel, Brackley Beach
Turning inland through rolling farmland, you will practice your navigation skills following paved roads and the unpaved Confederation Trail (optional) toward a picnic lunch overlooking St. Peter’s Bay from old train trestles. This is the quieter and more varied East Coast of the island, where roads follow the coast and, from one of Canada's top rated small inns, you can visit the newest part of the National Park at Greenwich for a stroll among the delightful dunes. There may also be a live theatre option in St. Peter’s tonight. BLD
The Inn at St. Peter’s, St. Peter’s
72 km. Optional extra up to 102km
Pedal to the East Point Lighthouse, stopping to enjoy the wee bridge over Naufrage Harbour. Pass North Lake and the old Elmira railway station that marks the end of the Confederation Trail, then continue to the Singing Sands at Basin Head, and, if you like, more swimming and playing on miles of deserted beach and dunes. The adventure continues through Souris and on to Bay Fortune where a renowned inn and restaurant await. BLD
Inn at Bay Fortune, Bay Fortune
Your final day of cycling follows quiet roads leading past Annandale and Seal River on the way to Cardigan, a small shipbuilding community known for its abundance of fresh clams and mussels. From Cardigan you’ll be transferred about 40 minutes to Charlottetown, arriving by 15:00. BL
Note about the route:
The riding is moderate, and 32-100km per day on rolling paved roads with a few clay or gravel sections. PEI’s highest point is only 400ft. above sea level. Cavendish Beach has been recognized as one of the world's top beaches by CNN Travel. Come see for yourself!
The relaxing atmosphere of PEI is perfect for a bike tour. You will quickly appreciate why a bicycle is perfect for exploring the beaches and farmlands. Although there are rolling hills, the maximum height of PEI is only 400ft! The sublime contrast of red soil, blue sea, and exuberant green conspire with country roads and beautiful beaches to create the magical distinction of this summery place.
Your bicycle tour begins and ends in Charlottetown and if you don’t see “Anne of Green Gables” beforehand or afterwards, you will have the option of attending an evening performance during your adventure. You will visit Green Gables and enjoy the beaches of PEI National Park before heading through rolling farmland to the less travelled East coast. Superb dining, fabulous inns, blueberry farms, pastoral landscapes, and some of the nicest, longest beaches you'll ever see are among the highlights of this trip. This trip can be extended with the Magdalen Islands Multisport Adventure, for an exciting two week active holiday.
Trip history: A summer destination for Atlantic Canadians, PEI’s beaches and warm waters make it a favourite family destination for Atlantic Canadians. As such, Most Freewheeling Adventures 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: Gracious hosts at small, family-run inns; deliciously fresh and local cuisine from both land and sea; cycling quiet roads throughout the island, including the best sections of the Confederation Trail and PEI National Park, high tide bridge jumping, and swimming at Basin Head.
Maps & Elevations
"We spent three nights at Kindred Spirits Country Inn in Cavendish... a lovely property right by Green Gables, with one of the cleanest pools I've ever seen." - Beth V.
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.
The Anne of Green Gables musical in Charlottetown is highly recommended, plays Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, and Saturday nights, and requires advance booking. You can call 1-800-565-0278, or book online here.
There are walking tours available, with historical re-enactments. Contact Confederation-Players-Walking-Tours-Historical-Reenactment for schedules. The cost is about $12.50 per person.
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.
Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George, 15:00, day six. Optional transfers to Halifax, Nova Scotia are $75 pp and arrive at ~20:00.
US 1995 C 2395(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support).
US 1775 C 2095(per person, includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, necessary ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary, route notes and maps).
US 525 C 615
US 125 C 145
US 225 C 265
Full Carbon Racing:
US 335 C 395
US 335 C 395
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 15% sales tax applies. 7.5% for non-Canadians.
Custom or Private Tours
Want to go but on different dates?
Want to make a change to the itinerary?
We can adapt for you!
Here are some terms:
Bring your friends. We will run most of these trips for you whenever you want, at the advertised price for a group of four or more on a guided trip, or two if it's self-guided! We reserve the right to make changes if the original inns, etc. are already booked.
If you cannot find others, let us advertise the trip for you! Give us a commitment as far in advance as you can. As long as we have the minimum number of guests at the start, the price will be as advertised. The catch is that if it is just two of you and you want a guided trip, you must be willing to pay a 20% premium in the event that others do not join you. The bright side is that, once reserved, you can count on the trip, whether it remains private or becomes a larger group.
Ask for changes to the itinerary.
We are very flexible, and given enough time, can create a new itinerary to match your desires.