Tip to Tip and Beyond

Tip to Tip and Beyond

Trip Highlights

  • Cycle from the North Cape 'tip' to the East Point 'tip'
  • Coast along the smooth roads and the scenic Gulf Shore pathways
  • Cycle the Confederation Trail, an abandoned rail trail and part of Canada's 'Great Trail'
  • Gaze across the Confederation Bridge, the world's longest bridge crossing ice-covered water.
  • Enjoy maritime arts, culture, and cuisine
  • Sink your feet into the red sands of Prince Edward Island National Park
  • Indulge in fine dining in pretty St. Peter's Bay
  • Get your fix of Anne of Green Gables at many historical sites

Trip Summary

A great 'best of PEI' cycling itinerary for those wishing to add more distance and to cycle both 'tips' of Prince Edward Island's Confederation Trail. Cycling the traditional 'Tip to Tip' route would mean staying on rail trail in the centre of the island for most of the trip. We've taken great stretches of this route and supplemented it with some incredibly scenic road cycling to lighthouses and picturesque vistas on the west, south, and eastern shores. And we couldn't leave out the Gulf Shore, with its beautiful Green Gables scenery and attractions, the stunning sand dunes, and extensive beaches that parallel the wonderful multi-use cycle paths that line the island's north shore. We could have easily called this trip 'The Four Corners of PEI' as you get to sample each cardinal coast. Combine this with friendly transfer services, trusty equipment, detailed route notes, tasty food, and comfortable accommodation and you've got one great cycling vacation on the Gentle Island.

Suitability

The terrain is Introductory to Moderate, but the amount of road cycling bring this up to a Moderate grade itinerary. 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 Ways are smooth, paved surfaces and mostly flat with some slightly inclined sections. The most difficult sections are the roads leading up to the north and east shores, where you will ride on hillier, mostly paved back roads. Stronger cyclists have options for side trips and longer routes. There is a significant amount of road cycling on this itinerary where you will sometimes share the road with vehicle traffic so you must be comfortable sharing the road.

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.

Itinerary

If you have not arranged for an airport pick-up, please make your way to your centrally-located B&B in Charlottetown (contact information provided with final documents). The heart of PEI, Charlottetown is also where the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House National Historic Site in 1864 to plot out the creation of Canada. Now called 'the birthplace of Confederation, it is the smallest and one of the most charming provincial capitals in the nation. If time permits, we recommend extending your stay to take advantage of the numerous shops, restaurants, museums, and optional day tours available from Charlottetown.

Meals:  Nil

You will be picked up from your accommodation around 8:30am and taken to the bicycle shop where you will pick up your bicycles and make any adjustments before being transferred to the North Cape. Expect a drive of about two hours (155 km) until we reach our starting point. From here, say goodbye to your friendly local host and make your way south to Mill River along the Confederation Trail. Recommend a stop in lovely Northport for lunch. Overnight Mill River Resort.

Meals:  B

From Mill River, head back to the trusty Confederation Trail and make your way southeast passing O'Leary's striking refurbished railway station and a restored flour mill before getting immersed in mixed forest, expansive wetlands, and the province's famous potato fields. Crossing the Grand River at Wellington, you are now approaching Summerside - PEI's second largest municipality with its own harbour and shipbuilding history. Staying on the trail is approx 68km. Optional side trip from Wellington along country roads to Cap Egmont Lighthouse and Bottle Houses for a total of about 100km. Overnight B&B in Summerside.

Meals:  B

From Summerside, the trail stretches east through vast, flat agricultural land - the heart of the province's potato-farming industry. Continue via a quiet and very scenic road route to Bordon Carleton and enjoy spectacular views of the impressive Confederation Bridge - the longest in the world spanning water which freezes solid each winter. This is also a good spot to have lunch, snacks, refill water, etc. and do a little shopping. It's then back to the spur line of the Confederation Trail to Emerald Junction where you once again take scenic country roads past rivers and creeks, rolling into Stanley Bridge where your accommodation affords a lovely view across New London Bay.

Meals:  B

A popular cycling route, road 6 from Stanley Bridge through Cavendish has a paved shoulder, allowing you to more safely explore the many Green Gables-themed tourist attractions in the area. There are many interesting detours along the trails through Cavendish Grove, and optional visits to interesting Avonlea Village (best in July and August), Green Gables House, and L.M. Montgomery's Cavendish Home/post office. At pretty North Rustico Harbour/beach/lighthouse, you can enjoy a famous (and very hearty) Lobster Supper (or lunch until 4pm) before hitting road 6 again and taking some pretty, low-traffic peninsular rides to Brackley Beach and your quiet and cozy accommodation - A historic property located on its own bay, with cozy cottages and private access to the beach and free use of kayaks and canoes.

Meals:  B

Today's route takes you south along hilly country roads and back to the Confederation Trail just outside of Charlottetown. East along the trail, enjoy wide expanses dotted with hay bales and winding routes through mountain ash trees, through the charming community of Mt. Stewart, and onto what some say is the most picturesque section of the Confederation Trail to St. Peters Bay. Follow the Hillsborough River and surrounding wetlands, through forest and ponds, and along St. Peters Bay; crossing the mouths of three rivers on old picturesque steel trestles. Once you reach the village of St. Peters, you can opt to head straight to your very comfortable accommodation, or continue with the out-and-back route to stunning Greenwich Dunes, an adjunct of PEI National Park and considered the 'hidden jewel' of Prince Edward Island (add 16km out and back). The locals would consider it a tragedy if you didn't allocate a good part of your day to exploring the interpretive trails, beach, dunes, and over 20 provincially rare plant species making up this world-class ecological gem and local treasure. Tonight, you will be spoiled with an incredible 3-course dinner and overnight stay at the 4-star Inn at St. Peters.

Meals:  B,D

We've included a packed lunch from the inn today, as there are no amenities between St. Peters and the eastern tip. Today, you will head all the way to the east end of the trail in Elmira, and then enjoy some road cycling out to the East Point Lighthouse - completing the 'Tip-to-Tip' adventure. Your driver will meet you here for the transfer back to Charlottetown where services end. *We're happy to arrange additional nights upon request

Meals:  B,L

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 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, and basic repair kit
  • Luggage transfers (1 piece per person, not exceeding 20kg)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 package per room)
  • GPX tracks and link to online maps and voice navigation for smartphones
  • Emergency hotline
  • Transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • C$50 per person donation to the Trans Canada Trail

What's Not Included

  • Meals where not specified
  • Additional gear rental is available at an extra cost (bike trailers, clipless pedals, e-bikes, etc). Please inquire.
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport pickup is available. Please ask your agent for cost and details.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • Applicable taxes

Reviews

After travelling to French Canada from Australia and doing a bus tour my partner and I (65 yrs old) started our 7 day rode around Prince Edward Island. A beautiful island, we had time to ride on a great trail, past blueberry fields which we could stop at and eat/pine trees and other trees lined the route, wetlands and flowers. Accomodation was varied and very comfortable. The drivers who picked up our luggage were great value telling us about local customs and history. A terrific active holiday!

Kerry Cameron, Maryborough, VIC, Australia


Good experience, good communication, excellent value for the money ~ lovely introduction to PEI and the gentle beauty the island has to offer. Will definitely travel with them again.

M Franz, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 26 Jul 2017


We thoroughly enjoyed our bike trip on PEI. The accommodations you arranged were wonderful; the meals delicious and the people so helpful and friendly.

L. Morgan, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada, 28 Sep 2017


We had a party of 7. Everyone enjoyed the trip with a variety trail and road riding. The accommodations were excellent and Inn keepers very flexible and helpful.

P. Savidge, Trenton, ON, Canada, 05 Jul 2018

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Province/Territory:Prince Edward Island
Starting Point:Charlottetown
Activities:self guided cycling
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:PIP
Prices From:USD$1490
Electric Bike Supplement (on request, limited availability):USD$170 
Single Supplement:USD$550 
Solo Traveller Supplement:USD$990 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes