Gulf Shore Parkway
The last time we visited the letter “Y”, I spoke about the trail, the trail guide and finding roadways with paved shoulders. There is one important cycling lane that deserves a second mention. The Gulf Shore Parkway runs along the waterfront from North Rustico to Cavendish. This 10 km trip between the two villages is much more scenic and full of places to stop and step down to the beach. Last year, they added a dedicated cycling lane several feet away from the main roadway. This will make cycling the parkway much more enjoyable.
Red Island Relay
Have you heard of the Red Island Relay? Cycling PEI puts on several events weekly to promote cycling and other outdoor activities.
The Government has put together 5 cycling loops ranging from 40 to 75 km. They have full turn by turn directions but unfortunately have not included a Google-Map type reference so you can see exactly where you will be going. So drive to a destination, take a 50k ride and drive to your evening rest spot.
self guided tour
I found a self guided tour that plans out your itinerary along the trail with side jaunts to find food and accommodations.
If you are looking for Accommodations close to the Confederation Trail, there is no easy answer. You can consult the cycling guide, but you may need some help finding accommodations in the more remote areas. A Goolge Search for “accommodations close to confederation trail pei” yielded no useful results. I determined that there probably are not many motels and hotels ON THE TRAIL, so I tried “b&b close to confederation trail”. I got several indirect results form Trip advisor, Tour PEI and BB Canada for http://besidethetrail.ca/ and another reference to http://www.islandhomebandb.ca/. Then I tried “b&b confederation trail” and I got Country Charm B&B. Although a nice enough looking establishment, they are in Murray River which is not close to the official trail. I did get several references to Trailside B&B again.
Wherever you go on Prince Edward Island, look for the Cycle Friendly logo. This means the owner has special amenities for cyclists. Whether that be suitable parking while you shop or extra amenities at a B&B.
Enjoy your cycling holiday.