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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • 5 days self-guided cycling
Accommodation
  • 6 nights B&B's, inns, and cottages
Meals
  • 1 Dinner
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1399USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Trip Code: PEI

Overview

Trip highlights


  • Bike the most scenic sections of the Confederation Trail
  • Visit lush Anne of Green Gables country and its historic sites
  • Coast along the smooth and scenic Gulf Shore pathways
  • Devour world famous oysters, mussels, clams and lobster
  • Stay in hand-picked and historical inns close to the trail
  • Walk on white squeaky beaches and rugged red sand dunes
  • Enjoy maritime arts, culture, and cuisine

Best known for its sandy beaches, friendly locals, lobster dinners, and the sweeping lush fields of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island is a cyclist’s dream. We’ve gathered the highlights together and made it easier than ever to experience them on pedals, crafting a flexible itinerary that shuttles your bags ahead to the most charming and convenient accommodation. You’ll bike along stunning must-see shoreline as well as the most scenic sections of the Confederation Trail - the abandoned railway line that crosses forest, farmland, wetlands, rivers and villages. These hard-packed rail trail sections are as gentle as the island’s reputation, although we’ve included paved sections with just enough hills to earn your lobster dinner. You’ll discover small communities, artisan stores, local cafes, heritage buildings, abandoned rail stations and endless sandy beach. Meet costumed characters in summer Avonlea, tuck back world-renowned seafood, and interact with islanders known for their warmth and hospitality. With flexible options for both beginners and more avid cyclists, convenient transfers, and the assistance of friendly local experts, our PEI by Bike itinerary is an unforgettable multi-day bike trip on one of the world’s most idyllic islands.

Activities:
Grading:
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Introductory to Moderate

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Itinerary

We can arrange your airport pick-up or make your own way to our central Charlottetown accommodation and meeting point (details provided in final documents). Known as ‘the birthplace of Confederation,’ Charlottetown hosted the 1864 political gathering that led to modern Canada's founding. Today, Canada’s smallest provincial capital is hosting lively summer events, cruise arrivals, and a vibrant culinary scene. We recommend extending your stay on either end of your itinerary to explore the city, discovering its museums, parks, galleries, stores, culture and optional day tours to other surrounding attractions.

Meals:  Nil

Picking you up at 8:30 am, we’ll head to the bike shop to collect our gear and make any necessary adjustments. From here, we shuttle you to the base of the spectacular Confederation Bridge at Borden-Carleton, with photo stops at Victoria By The Sea and Cape Traverse, for views of Canada’s most revered engineering marvel – a 12.9km/8mi curved bridge linking the island to mainland Canada. This ‘fixed link’ is Canada’s longest bridge and the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. Pick up snacks, fill up your water bottles and commence your journey on the Confederation Trail just outside the Borden-Carleton Information Center. Heading north, the trail follows a relatively flat branch line of abandoned railway to Emerald, where it connects with the main Tip-to-Tip trail that crosses the length of the island. Head west on the main trail to Kensington; it's a great spot for lunch at a converted stone railway station. There are two paved road options to reach Stanley Bridge, where you’ll be staying with views across New London Bay. Option A: Approx. 21km/13mi – This is the more direct route, heading north out of Kensington via undulating back roads through farmland and lush countryside. You’ll cross the Southwest River bridge into New London, the birthplace of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery, via Routes 20 and 6. Note: a 2.7km/1.6mi section of the road is a high traffic area with no road shoulder, so please exercise caution. You next detour up through Campbellton to avoid further traffic on Route 6 and arrive from the north into your accommodation at Stanley Bridge. Option B: Approx. 32km/19.8mi – This route avoids traffic on Routes 6 and 20, following the more relaxed back roads near the main trail for about 16km/10mi. Next, you head north through farmland and up gradual hills along scenic Rattenbury Road, crossing various rivers and creeks as you finally head into Stanley Bridge.

Meals:  B

We’ve gone easy on the distance today to give you more time to enjoy some of the island’s most popular and scenic highlights. Route 6 from Stanley Bridge to Cavendish has a paved shoulder and is a popular cycling route, shepherding you to into the heart of PEI’s Green Gables attractions. You’ll have the option of visiting Avonlea Village (with costumed re-enactors each July and August), Green Gables House, and L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish home. You’ll continue on trails through Cavendish Grove to the stunning Gulf Shore Way, an 8.5km/5.2mi multi-use paved trail along a beautiful coastline of sand dunes and sparkling ocean. From the Gulf Shore, you’ll pedal to the seaside community of North Rustico, cycling along the boardwalk to the harbour, lighthouse and village. Here you’ll find one of the most popular lobster feasts on the island. We’ll pick you up and shuttle you onwards to your historic accommodation in Brackley Beach. Consider cycling out to the point at Robinson Island, where you’ll find a quiet beach and the perfect spot for a memorable sunset.

Meals:  B

Another shorter cycling day gives you plenty of time to explore the dunes, red sand beaches and stellar trails inside Prince Edward National Park. If you have enough time, you can also make use of the complimentary canoes or kayaks from your bay-side accommodation. The route takes you along the eastern, paved multi-use section of the scenic Gulf Shore Way to Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Featured in the Road to Avonlea and other Anne of Green Gables movies, Dalvay more recently hosted William and Kate on their Canadian tour. From the end of Gulf Shore Way, there are two options to proceed onwards to St Andrews: Option A: A 20km/12.4mi direct route via shouldered, quiet country and residential roads which meet up with the Confederation Trail at Tracadie. Option B: A 34km/21mi more difficult route along shouldered, hilly roads, which incorporates a longer stretch of trail, taking you through Stanhope and Covehead before connecting to the Confederation Trail at York. Tonight’s accommodation is in St Andrews at a charming B&B. A delicious dinner is included in your accommodations.

Meals:  B,D

Often considered the most picturesque section of the Confederation Trail, today’s route follows the Hillsborough River and surrounding wetlands through a designated provincial wildlife-management area. Keep your eyes open for bald eagles and other birds as you cross forests and ponds before arriving in the village of Morell. From here, the trail follows the edge of St. Peters Bay, crossing old steel trestles over three river mouths. You’ll see the steeple of St Peters’ prominent church long before entering the village, where you can head straight to your comfortable accommodation or continue onwards to the stunning Greenwich Dunes and loop back.

Meals:  B

Returning to the trail, follow it east through apple trees, blackberry bushes, green fields, and scenic wetland. Entering a dense, continuous forest, you'll ride on a gradual uphill until arriving at Harmony Junction, where the trail either continues east to its most easterly point in Elmira or branches south to Souris. Be sure to pick up lunch before leaving town today, as there are no amenities between St. Peters and Souris (or between St. Peters and Elmira). Depending on your energy level and interests, you have two very different route options. Note: the main reason for choosing Option B is to get to the Confederation Trail's eastern point and visit Basin Head Beach. This is a longer route and should only be attempted by avid and confident cyclists. Option A: Total 38.5km/24mi, taking the branch south at Harmony Junction to Souris. The first half of this trail winds its way through a tall hardwood forest of maple, yellow birch and beech trees. The second half affords more lookouts as you descend towards Souris. The final stretch takes you through the town under a canopy of trees, through a small tunnel, and around a bend opening up a rewarding view of sailboats and the historic Souris East Lighthouse. Souris is the original terminus of the main rail line (Elmira was added years afterward), so if you don't make it all the way out to Elmira, you can still be satisfied in knowing that you made it to the 'end of the line.' Option B: Total 76.3km/47.4mi, heading to the eastern point of the Confederation Trail at Elmira, then backtracking 8km/5mi back on the trail and turning south on the back roads to Basin Head Provincial Park to dip your toes at one of the most popular beaches on the island. Enjoy a well-deserved beach break before heading back out to route 16 and onto the backroads, which meet up with the Confederation Trail on the outskirts of Souris, completing your tour by cycling to the end of the line.

Meals:  B

Reward your legs: there are no activities planned today. We’ll pick you up at your accommodation in Souris and transfer you to Charlottetown for bicycle return (by 4 pm) and hotel or airport drop-off. We will confirm the exact time and drop-off point prior to your arrival on Prince Edward Island. If time permits, consider a day trip to Singing Sands Beach in Basin Head (where the sands are said to squeak a tune) or Basin Head Beach.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation on a twin share basis with private ensuite facilities
  • Performance hybrid bicycle rental, including helmet, bike bag and rack, bike lock, basic repair kit, and bicycle insurance
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece per person, not exceeding 45lbs/20kg)
  • Navigation APP inclusive of detailed route notes and points of interest (available offline while cycling)
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Emergency Hotline

  • Optional electric-assist bicycle upgrade (extra cost, limited quantities)
  • Additional gear rental is available at an extra cost (handle bar bags, bike trailers, etc). Please inquire.
  • Guide (this is a self-guided tour)
  • Meals where not specified
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport pickup is available. Please ask your agent for cost and details.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers requested during the trip
  • Applicable taxes

Accommodation


Bike information


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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Introductory to moderate. The Confederation Trail is primarily rolled stone dust and dirt, and mostly flat or slightly inclined terrain. In wet weather, parts of the trail may be muddy. The Gulf Shore Way is smooth, paved surfaces and mostly flat with some slightly inclined sections. The most difficult sections are on the afternoon of Day 1 when you will ride on hillier, mostly paved back roads, and on Day 2 via the hilly paved roads through Cavendish, but this is a very short day of cycling. Most cyclists of average ability should be able to complete the route easily especially as the cycling days do not exceed approx 55km/34mi, giving stronger cyclists the options for longer routes and the opportunity to explore around enroute. Minimum 33km/20mi to an optional maximum of approx. 76km/47mi per day. Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Cyclists will be expected to know how to fix a flat tire and make basic adjustments to their bicycles using the included repair kit. Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems.


Departure dates

Monday to Saturday from June through mid-September

Notes

NB:
Other start dates may be possible. Please inquire.
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Some meals cannot be provided on site in 2021. You will be advise if it is the case at the time of reservation .

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Total Priceper person from

$1399USD

* All prices subject to applicable taxes

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$460
  • Solo Traveller SupplementUSD$840
* Prices listed are per person. All prices subject to applicable taxes.

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