Biking Prince Edward Island7 Days & 6 Nights
- Enjoy mostly car-free cycling on the easygoing Confederation Trail
- Pedal along the coastline of Prince Edward Island National Park
- Dine on fresh seafood and local produce in charming restaurants
- Revel in the unique landscape of vibrant red earth along sandy beaches
- Visit the historic East Point Lighthouse, the end point of your journey
Independent Adventure | Mixture of self guided days to take at your own pace, benefiting from a guide on some days.
Inn to Inn Biking, E-Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night, E-Bikes with electronic motors to assist available to hire on this tour (subject to availability), to make things easier
This trip is suitable for:
Families, Mixed Abilities
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Historical Journeys
- Coastal & Island
- National Parks & Trails
Activity Level & TerrainThis trip is rated as moderate. There are numerous hills but they're quite gradual with low grades. On Day 3, our listed ride is 90 km, however, you will have a chance at meeting a private transfer at some point throughout the ride to shorten it depending on how long you wish to ride that day. Most of the cycling is on unpaved but smooth car-free surfaces along the Confederation Trail. There is also some coastal cycling along paved bike paths. There are short sections that include roadways that connect these trails or take you to your hotel.
Our local partner will provide the GPX tracks and route notes in their smartphone app and they will provide the information on how to download all of this information to your phone on the morning of Day 2.
One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable. This trip is not available to solo cyclists as there is a minimum of 2 cyclists needed to book.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunches and dinners are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.
- 6 nights in characterful accommodations (B&Bs, lodges, & cabins)
- 6 Breakfasts
- Hybrid Bike rental
- Luggage transfer between accommodations
- Detailed pre-departure information pack
- Turn-by-turn route notes
- 24/7 telephone support
- Transfers as per the itinerary
- Travel to/from Charlottetown
- Lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- E-Bike Upgrade
- Additional nights before, during, or after the trip
- Accommodations upgrades where applicable
When To GoThis trip is available between June 15th to October 15th. You can start on any date subject to availability. Prince Edward Island is a popular destination with limited lodging capacity, so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able. The best months to visit are anytime between June and October!
Getting to the Start
This tour starts and ends in Charlottetown.
Prince Edward Island is easily accessible from the neighbouring provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by bridge or ferry. The Island is connected to the mainland of New Brunswick by the Confederation Bridge (www.confederationbridge.com), making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. This curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the world's longest bridge crossing ice-covered water and endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements. There is a toll to cross the bridge, which is collected only when leaving the Island, at a cost of $45.50 CAD per car, including passengers. Long term parking is available at the Charlottetown Airport (www.flypei.com/parking_info) and at selected locations in downtown Charlottetown (www.city.charlottetown.pe.ca/parkingfacilities.php)
If you would like a more leisurely excursion to the Island from Nova Scotia, Northumberland Ferries Limited offers nine daily departure crossings from each side during high season. This 75-minute route runs between Caribou, Nova Scotia (just outside of Pictou), and Wood Islands, PEI. The crossing fee for the ferry is slightly higher than the bridge, at a cost of approx.$70 per vehicle, including passengers. Summertime crossings feature onboard live music entertainment during peak hours, a cafeteria (including Cows ice cream), and an outdoor seating area allowing passengers to enjoy the fresh sea air during the crossing. Please view the website for schedule times, or to reserve a crossing: www.nfl-bay.com
There is something magical about seeing PEI from the air as you arrive by plane at the Charlottetown Airport (YYG). With a bird’s eye view from the airplane, tiled farmers’ fields resemble a patchwork quilt and pristine sandy beaches seem as if they could go on forever. Once you arrive at the airport, you will find it is small in size and will be easy to navigate. Adjacent to the arrivals gate is the Visitor Information Centre, where you can find more information (maps, visitor’s guides, friendly advice) about the Island for any of your pre- or post-adventure needs. Direct flights or connections can be made from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.
Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, including rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate cycling clothing, as the weather can vary greatly. If you have any questions, we would be happy to share our tips and advice. Please limit your baggage to 1 bag per person of no more than 50 lbs / 20 kg. Your bag will be transported between your inns.
Hire of a Trek FX2 Hybrid bike, helmet, lock, waterproof bag, flat repair kit, water bottle cage, and first aid kit are included in the trip cost. Please supply us with your height for your bicycle rental so we can make sure your bike is the perfect fit. E-bikes are also available should you want a little extra assistance to help you along the way. These are subject to availability and require a supplementary payment.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Charlottetown and Overnight
Arrive in Charlottetown at your leisure, and spend the day exploring this historic seaside city. Visit the Beaconsfield Historic House, stop by St. Dunstan’s Basilica Cathedral, or simply relax at the waterfront Victoria Park before settling in at your accommodation for the evening.
Located downtown only a short walk away from the Confederation Landing Riverside Park, this boutique hotel boasts beautifully decorated rooms equipped with high-speed internet and antique furnishings.
After breakfast, a transfer brings you to North Cape, where your bike is properly fitted to you and your adventure begins. Cycle along a quiet road to reach the beginning of the Confederation Trail at the small town of Tignish. If desired, continue on to scenic Kildare Cape, which offers fantastic views of the ocean and the cape’s vibrantly red rock.
Relax after a full day of active adventure on your room's private balcony overlooking the Cascumpec Bay from the Northport Pier Inn. Located right on the water, guests here not only enjoy the sounds of waves crashing nearby but also high-speed internet and a delicious breakfast included with your stay.
The 4-star rated Mill River Resort is truly one of Prince Edward Island’s most unique vacation destinations. They cater to family, corporate and all types of group events to ensure each visit to Mill River is an experience to remember.
The property boasts a newly renovated hotel with 81 large guestrooms and is home to Mill River Golf Course, voted one of “Canada’s Best Golf Values.”
After fueling up with a hearty breakfast, set out on the longest ride of your trip! (Note that your support van can pick you up at any point, so you can ride as far as you like). Pedal south toward the lush Tyne Valley, making a stop in Bloomfield at MacAusland’s Woollen Mill (in operation since 1870!) and in O’Leary at the Potato Museum, which showcases the vital role this vegetable has played in the region’s economy. Arrive at your destination in Summerside, and stretch your legs this evening with a stroll down the boardwalk at Spinnakers Landing.
Located in the heart of Prince Edward Island's second-largest city, the Driftwood Inn has modern and spacious rooms and a peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy an afternoon in their library with board games and books, or relax in your room equipped with WiFi.
Your ride today begins with a leisurely pedal past the small waterfront shops in Summerside before continuing on along the trail. From Kinkora, you can pedal down the spur line to view the Confederation Bridge, which boasts the claim as the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. Continue on the trail to Victoria-by-the-Sea, one of the island’s most charming fishing villages, and finally arrive at your destination of Kinkora. Settle in at your accommodation, perhaps choosing to enjoy the luxurious spa.
This charming and historic Inn was built in 1921 and is nestled in the small village of Kinkora. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with locally sourced food, and relax surrounded by rolling rural farmland. Feel free to pre-book a luxury massage at the attached Spa 225.
Set in the fishing village of Victoria By the Sea, this down-to-earth bed-and-breakfast is a 3-minute walk from Victoria By the Sea Farm Market and 1.3 km from Victoria Provincial Park.
The classic rooms and suites provide en suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and ceiling fans. Suites feature separate living areas. Some rooms offer river or garden views.
Full breakfast is served in a traditional dining room. There's also an outdoor deck with seating.
Retrace your route a short distance to Emerald Junction, and then follow the beautiful Dunk River east through the valley toward Hunter River. A short 15 minute vehicle transfer brings you to North Rustico, where you’ll cycle the coastal path of Prince Edward Island National Park to your accommodation in Cavendish. Spend the afternoon visiting the historic Green Gables Heritage Site and relaxing on the nearby beaches.
Ride 1: 36 km/22 miles
Ride 2: 51.5 km/32 miles
Enjoy your stay at this family-run Inn located only a 20 minute walk away from the beach, and right next to the Green Gables House. This property boasts 6 acres of quiet, and peaceful land, as well as charming rooms and an included breakfast.
For a more leisurely ride today, begin with a vehicle transfer to Tracadie where you will resume the Confederation Trail. For a longer ride, pedal directly from your accommodation to rejoin the trail. Enjoy one of the most spectacular stretches of the trail today, reveling in a rich diversity of plants and birds along the Hillsborough River, designated as a Canadian Heritage River. If time permits, make a side trip from your destination of St. Peters to Greenwich for a stroll (or swim!) along the sand dune beach.
Ride 1: 37.1 km/23 miles
Ride 2: 61.5 km/38 miles
Only a short walk away from the village of St. Peters, the Inn at St. Peters provides Adirondack chairs for each room's private balcony so you can enjoy the waterfront views. Enjoy dinner in their on-site restaurant with many options of locally sourced, fresh meals.
Your final day brings you through Harmony Junction and onward to the small community of Elmira, finishing at the railway museum that marks the end of the Confederation Trail. After lunch here, continue to the East Point Lighthouse, celebrating the end of a successful journey. Your transfer brings you back to Charlottetown by 17:00, where you’ll continue on your onward travels.
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