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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.


This is an easy to moderate ride, with some gently rolling hilly stretches on mostly paved roads with a few clay and gravel sections. Electric bikes are available if you prefer to make things easier. PEI’s highest point is only 130m above sea level. There are also some sections on car free paved bike trails, and the unpaved Confederation Trail.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions, 51 km
  • DAY 2: 75 km
  • DAY 3: 45 km
  • DAY 4: 65 km
  • DAY 5: 85 km
  • DAY 6: 65 km

PEI: Sideroads Bike – Elevation Profile

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Start: Charlottetown, PEI, The Great George 09:00, 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 George 15:00, day six. Optional transfers to Nova Scotia at $85 pp arriving in Halifax at ~19:30.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Introductions, transfer to North Cape, bike to Mill River 51km

Meet in Charlottetown for a transfer to North Cape by 11:30. Following introductions, bicycle 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 Mill River and your beautifully located waterfront inn. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).

Mill River Resort, Mill River, or Northport Pier Inn, Northport

2

Mill River to Miscouche 75km, transfer to Kinkora

Depart your inn 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. 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, or Prince County Guesthouse, Mischouche

3

Kinkora to Rustico or Brackley Beach 45km

Cycle from Kinkora toward your inn on the northern shore. Enjoy a mid-morning break at Hunter River for coffee and baked goods before pedalling across the farmlands overlooking the coast. Early arrivals allow plenty of time to explore nearby historic sites, beaches, or the trails at Robinsons Island. BLD

Barachois Inn Historic B&B, Rustico, or Shaw’s Hotel, Brackley Beach

4

PEI National Park 65km

Spend the day exploring the bike paths, trails and parkways of PEI National Park. Start with a visit to North Rustico, a good place for an optional sea-kayak excursion, then ride past Orby Head on your way to Cavendish, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspiration for her novel Anne of Green Gables. Other optional activities for today include deep sea fishing and golfing; please enquire when booking. BD

Barachois Inn Historic B&B, Rustico, or Shaw’s Hotel, Brackley Beach

5

Cycle to Greenwich Dunes 85km, transfer to Dalvay

You will cycle past today’s final destination early in your ride as you head towards Saint Peters Bay following quiet back roads and the optional (yet recommended) section of the Confederation Trail alongside Saint Peters Bay. Finish your ride at Greenwich Dunes National Park where you’ll be able to explore the boardwalks and beaches before a 45-minute transfer or long ride back to your fabulous inn for a final dining experience together. BLD

Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay

6

St. Peter’s to East Point 65km, transfer to Charlottetown and farewells

A morning transfer (or long extra ride) to St. Peter’s, then a quiet ride along the north shore to the East Point Lighthouse. Don’t miss the little bridge over Naufrage Harbour – formerly the smallest drawbridge in N. America, then pass North Lake and the old Elmira railway station that marks the end of the Confederation Trail. If you’re fast, you may make it to Singing Sands at Basin Head before a final transfer into Charlottetown, arriving by 15:00. BL

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

SCHEDULED DATES

2023 Guided:

  • Jun 25-30
  • Jul 16-21
  • Jul 30-Aug 4
  • Aug 13-18
  • Aug 27-Sep 1

2024 Guided:

  • Jul 7-12
  • Jul 21-26
  • Aug 11-16
  • Aug 25-30

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.



PRICING

Guided: C 4195 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, full time vehicle and guide support, maps, route instructions, 15% sales tax

Small groups or private tours, fully supported with drivers/guides and vehicles, all lodging and most meals included. Choose from existing dates or request new departures. Read more on our “What to Expect” page.


Self-Guided: C 3795 (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

Semi-supported, independent tours including welcome briefing, lodging, luggage transfers and necessary vehicle transfers. Choose from existing dates or request new departures. Read more on our “What to Expect” page.


Single Occupancy: 975 


Bike Rentals:

Hybrid: 165

Flat bars. Trek fx3 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag

Gravel: 295

Drop bars. Trek Domane AL5 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag

Racing: 455

Drop bars. Trek Madone or similar, full carbon, no rear rack

Electric: 465

Flat bars. Trek Verve+2 or similar, with rear rack/trunk bag



All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


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. If this is not provided by your credit card or elsewhere, please let us know and we can provide recommendations.

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.