Easy
Difficulty level
Cycling
Activity (Bike)
5 Night, 6 Day
Duration

Canada, Prince Edward Island: Sideroads Bike Tour

Five nights; six days of easy bicycle touring from one end of Prince Edward Island to the other on scenic, paved roads, paved bike paths, and the best of the Confederation Trail. Includes visits to Green Gables, PEI National Park, and sandy beaches along the north shore.


“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.

 

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Ride the length of PEI on scenic, quiet, paved roads and bike paths.
  • Cavendish and Anne of Green Gables.
  • PEI National Park red sand beaches.
  • Warm water swimming opportunities.
  • Red sand beaches along the north shore.
  • Gracious hosts at small, family-run inns.
  • Deliciously fresh seafood.
  • Optional kayaking

 

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.


The riding is moderate, and 32-100km (20-60miles) per day on rolling, paved roads with a few clay or gravel sections. PEI’s highest point is only 130m above sea level. There are also some optional parts on paved bike trails, and the unpaved Confederation Trail. Cavendish Beach has been recognized as one of the world’s top beaches by CNN Travel. Come see for yourself!


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions, 38 km
  • DAY 2: 60 km or 80 km
  • DAY 3: Up to 92 km + options
  • DAY 4: 52 km
  • DAY 5: 72 km or up to 102 km
  • DAY 6: 57 km

Elevation Profile:

 


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 George15:00, day six. Optional transfers to Nova Scotia at $85 pp and depart PEI at 18:00, arriving in Halifax at ~20:00.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Arrivals and introductions, 38 km

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; or, Mill River Resort, Mill River

2

80 km

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

3

55 km

Cycle first to Kensington then follow the coastal farmlands towards the Anne of Green Gables Museum and Cape Tryon Lighthouse. Continue toward Cavendish, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspiration for her novel Anne of Green Gables. A 5-minute end of ride transfer will whisk you to your inn, tucked away from the hustle of PEI’s most popular tourist resort. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the beaches and splashing in the surf at nearby Cavendish beach, before independent supper options near Green Gables. BL

Kindred Spirits, Cavendish

4

75 km

Ride along the coast from Cavendish to North Rustico Harbour from where you’ll be transferred 15-minutes over some busy roads to Brackley Beach. Back on your bike, you will cycle across PEI National Park then turn inland where you will practice your navigation skills following paved roads and the unpaved Confederation Trail (optional) toward a picnic lunch overlooking St. Peter’s Bay. This is the quieter and more varied East Coast of the island where the roads follow the shore and you can visit the newest part of the National Park at Greenwich for a stroll among the delightful dunes. BLD

Johnson Shore Inn, Hermanville

5

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

6

57 km

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

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 3795 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, full time vehicle and guide support (2 guides on groups of 6 or more), maps, route instructions, 15% sales tax

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


Self-Guided: C 3195 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary, maps, route instructions, on-call emergency support, 15% sales tax

Does not include bike rentals & 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:

  • Jul 3-8
  • Jul 17-22
  • Jul 31-Aug 5
  • Aug 14-19
  • Aug 28-Sep 2

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jul 2-7
  • Jul 16-21
  • Jul 30-Aug 4
  • Aug 13-18
  • Aug 22-Sep 1

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.

More Reading:


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.