Five nights; six days of easy bicycle touring along the traffic-free Confederation Trail, and bike paths of the National Park.
“Met us along the route with snacks and fruit – really
loved the Freewheeling granola bars!” – Veronica and Len T.
WHY THIS TRIP?
- Follow a re-surfaced former railbed from one end of PEI to the other.
- Traffic-free, easy cycling for 95% of the route
- Paved bike paths along the red sand beaches of PEI National Park.
- Island hospitality at small, family-run inns.
- East Point Lighthouse. Yes, you can climb up!
- Exceptional cuisine and seafood, including farm to fork.
- Charming cafés, restaurants, and galleries along some sections.
The easiest routes we offer, these are generally flat and cover relatively relaxed distances. You will be comfortable riding a hybrid bike, walking in sneakers, or paddling a light kayak, and will normally have time to take many photos and enjoy extended lunches.
Easy terrain and moderate distances. The “hills” are easy and gradual with very low pitches; PEI’s highest point is only 130m above sea level! Most of this tour follows the unpaved but smooth surface of the car-free Confederation Trail, which runs through the interior of the island. Coastal cycling is included following the paved bike paths of PEI National Park. Short sections of shared use roadways are used to connect with these, the inns and other diversions. Transfers over these sections are available if you prefer.
Note: Guided groups with fewer than six participants are supported by one guide/driver.
- DAY 1: Introductions, ~40km
- DAY 2: ~90km
- DAY 3: ~65km
- DAY 4: Short ~36km; Long ~51km
- DAY 5: Short ~70km; Long ~94km
- DAY 6: ~33 km
Start: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George09:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate pickup location. Optional transfers from Nova Scotia are $85 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 George17:00, day six. Optional transfers to Nova Scotia at $85 pp and depart PEI at 17:00, arriving in Halifax at ~21:00.
Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.
Arrivals, introductions, and cycling
Meet 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 to Summerside
Ride 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 day in Summerside with a boardwalk stroll at Spinnakers Landing, then dine at one of the many fine oceanside restaurants. BL
Summerside to Kinkora, and beyond to Borden and Victoria
Start with a morning bike ride through Summerside where you can visit local shops and 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. 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. BD
Kinkora to Cavendish
Retrace your route a short distance this morning to Emerald Junction. You will then head east on the trail enjoying the cycling alongside the beautiful Dunk River and through the valley towards Hunter River. After a 15-minute vehicle transfer to North Rustico, you will cycle the coastline pathway of PEI National Park to your inn at Cavendish where you can visit the Green Gables Heritage Site. Be sure to pack your swimsuit as the afternoon foray provides ample opportunity to sample some of PEI’s finest beaches. BLD
Kindred Spirits Country Inn, Cavendish
Brackley Beach to Hermanville
Start the day with a vehicle transfer 20 minutes to Brackley Beach where the longer ride begins by following the parkway east through PEI National Park. Short option riders will transfer directly to Tracadie where you will resume the Confederation Trail. Your bike ride today includes the most spectacular stretch of the Confederation Trail near St. Peter’s where 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
Johnson Shore Inn, Hermanville
Hermanville to East Point
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, you will transfer back to Charlottetown arriving by 17:00. BL
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
Guided: C 3495 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, maps, route instructions, van and guide support (2 guides on groups of 6 or more), luggage handling, 15% sales tax
Self-Guided: C 2895 (per person, double occupancy)
Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, maps, route instructions, inn to inn luggage transfers, vehicle transfers as outlined in the itinerary, on-call support, 15% sales tax
Single Occupancy: 585
Aluminum Racing: na
Carbon Racing: na
All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.
2022 Guided dates:
- Jun 26-Jul 1
- Jul 10-15
- Jul 24-29
- Aug 7-12
- Aug 21-26
2023 Guided dates:
- Jun 25-30
- Jul 9-14
- Jul 23-28
- Aug 6-11
- Aug 20-25
Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.
Interested in custom or private departures?
Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.
1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.
2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.
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.