Easy
Difficulty level
Hiking/Walking
Activity (Hike)
5 Night, 6 Day
Duration

Canada, Prince Edward Island: Island Walk Tour

Six days; five nights. Easy trail and beach walking, including parts of the Confederation Trail and PEI National Park beaches. Optional extra activities include sea kayaking, cycling, golf, and fishing.


“You are a first-class organization. I’ll definitely be joining you again!” – Margaret L

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Rolling farmland, and the red sand beaches of PEI National Park.
  • Long beachcombing walks and salty swims.
  • Sections of the Confederation Trail.
  • Greenwich Dunes and the floating boardwalk
  • Basin Head, Blackbush Island, and Tracadie Beach
  • Anne of Green Gables highlights – the musical, and places in the novels.
  • PEI is famous for having a very relaxed summertime atmosphere.
  • Exceptional cuisine and seafood, including farm to fork, and Malpeque oysters
  • Cafés, restaurants, and galleries along some sections.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

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 crushed surface trails and beach walks. There is some inland walking, along the best sections of the Confederation Trail – a former rail line revived as a hiking and biking trail way, through farmland, forest, and wildflower meadows.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Walking tour Charlottetown
  • DAY 2: 13km on Confederation Trail
  • DAY 3: 10km beach walk
  • DAY 4: 12-15km on trails and sand
  • DAY 5: 14-22km on beaches
  • DAY 6: 12km on beaches and trails

Elevation Profile:

 

Start: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George13:00, day one.

Finish: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George17:00, day six.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Charlottetown

In 1864, a small group of leaders from the maritime areas of what is now Canada and Northeastern US, met to discuss the formation of a new country. You will learn more about their success on an interpretive walk through the historic center with costumed guides. Enjoy an early dinner in Charlottetown, and consider stopping into Confederation Centre of the Arts which features local artisans as part of their chic decor. In the evening, you can attend the famous performance of Anne of Green Gables; tickets can be limited and should be purchased at same time you reserve your trip. D (meal inclusions provided for guided tours only; self-guided tours include breakfasts only)

The Great George, or, The Hotel on Pownal, Charlottetown

2

Up to 22km, shorter options available

A short transfer from Charlottetown to Strathgartney and Bonshaw Hills where you will enjoy walking the scenic ridges and wooded trails in the hills overlooking the West River. A mid-day transfer takes you toward Victoria-by-the-Sea and Borden-Carlton. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon walk along the Confederation Trail to your charming inn at Kinkora or New Glasgow; the latter involves a short transfer. BLD

Chez Shea Inn, Kinkora; or, The Lookout Inn, New Glasgow

3

Up to 10km, Thunder Cove & North Shore Beach Walk

Begin with a 30-minute transfer to the north coast. Fuel up with espressos and Danishes, then walk along one of the lesser known and nicest beaches on the island, from the mouth of Malpeque Bay – famous for its oysters, toward the Cape Tryon lighthouse. This beach walk is spectacular, especially at low tide, when you can skirt the headlands in bare feet. Afternoon transfer your lodging. BL

The Lookout Inn, New Glasgow; or, Kindred Spirits, Cavendish

4

15 km

Optional nearby alternatives include sea-kayaking, golf, deep sea fishing, and cycling; enquire at your time of booking if you would like to make pre-arrangements for any of these alternatives; otherwise, start your day walking the trails at Robinson’s Island and visit a secret beach that few visitors ever see. Have an independent lunch at Richard’s Seafood or the Dunes Café, then spend the afternoon walking the Bubbling Springs and Farmlands trails, or visit the impressive dune/beach/estuary ecosystem at Blackbush Island in PEI National Park. BD

Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dayvay; or, Black bush, Old Tracadie Harbour

5

14-22 km

Walk the Confederation Trail along the shore of St. Peter’s Bay, from Morrell to St. Peter’s. This is considered the most scenic stretch of the entire Confederation Trail. Afterwards, walk the boardwalks and beaches at Greenwich Dunes. Transfer mid afternoon to your superlative lodging on the eastern shore in time for an afternoon farm tour before an incredible farm to table dining experience. BLD

Inn at Bay Fortune, Bay Fortune; or, Inn at Fortune Bridge, Fortune Bridge

6

9km-12km

This morning’s walk along the Boughton River will give you great views over the river from stands of hardwood that are especially astonishing during the fall colour change. In summertime, you may also have the opportunity to walk along the Singing Sands from Basin Head to South Lake, where intrepid explorers like to swim the gap to access the totally deserted wild beach beyond. Finish with a transfer to Charlottetown by about 16:00. BL

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP?

Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

Guided: C 3595 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, guide support, ground transportation, luggage handling, maps and route instructions, 15% sales tax

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and guide(s) gratuities.


Self-Guided: C 2995 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, ground transportation, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route instructions, 15% sales tax

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and support driver gratuities.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • Jun 26-Jul 1
  • Jul 17-22
  • Jul 21-26

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jun 25-30
  • Jul 23-28
  • Aug 6-11

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.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

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Prince Edward Island’s beaches form a large part of its coastal perimeter – a halo of soft sand lapped by what are known as the “warmest waters north of the Carolinas”. This adventure introduces you to the island’s best coastlines, and allows you plenty of time to enjoy them, with long beach-combing walks, plenty of solitude, and refreshing dips in the waves as often as you like. There is some inland walking, along the best sections of the Confederation Trail – a former rail line revived as a hiking and biking trail way, through farmland, forest, and wildflower meadows. If you liked the “Anne of Green Gables” story, you will be delighted with the opportunities to see your reflection in the enchanted bookcase, gaze across the Lake of Shining Waters, and visit many of the landscapes that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery. We bet you will be similarly inspired by the beauty, reveling in the summer attractions of land, sea, and air that lure us to Prince Edward Island year after year.