Hiking or Cycling PEI’s Confederation Trail is a slow adventure across the Island’s tip to tip route. The trail will take you to exploring History in Charlottetown or Summerside city, or tour to the many ocean beaches. The view of a countryside on a slower pace and easy on the budget vacation for the summer seems the right thing to do.
The Confederation Trail in PEI was the first of the provinces Trans Canada Trails to be completed in the year 2000. The tip to tip trail was once the Rail Line across PEI. The incline never being of a high altitude makes the trail manageable at the same time challenging for the long distance cyclists.
The Confederation Trail in PEI
It’s 400 km surface is crushed stone and a graded surface, some spots are soft in the Spring or after a heavy rain fall. With a no vehicle policy in the summer this trail takes a top destination for hiking and cycling (order a free guide) in PEI. The tip to tip trail being 270 km beginning in Tignish around the west end of the Island of North Cape, going through the centre of the Island and up to Elmira near the East Point. Shorter routes named branches reach several parts of the Island making the total surfaced trail about 400 km long.
The Trail passes through;
- Potato Museum, and Mill River Provincial Park Campground
- The old Mills Park and Interpretive Centre
- Spinnakers Landing, Mulberry Motel
- Kensington Rail Yards, The Home Place Inn and Restaurant
- Hunter River
- Irving Gas bar, By The River Bakery, New Glasgow Country Gardens
- Rest stop (picnic tables) Beside the Trail Bed and Breakfast, Grandma’s Afternoon Tea Room & Gardens, Island Made Gift Shop, Wi-Fi Spot
- Mount Stewart
- Hillsborough River Eco Centre, Crane’s Landing B&B
- St. Peter’s
- St. Peter’s Landing, Rick’s Fish’n Chips, Tir Na Nog Inn
Other branch trails lead you to:
- the heart of Charlottetown
- the waterside communites of Souris, Georgetown, and Montague
- the Confederation Bridge
- unconnected sections run through Murray Harbour to Iona
- a short branch to the Wood Island Ferry
For a small island most of Prince Edward Island is covered in farmlands and narrow county roads a lot that are unpaved. Cycling the trail means you want to do a little planning to find local stores and bed-and-breakfast or a spot to get a bite to eat. Even a long cycling journey such as biking the island from tip-to-tip can be done with a little planning. Be sure to pick up a ribbon at one end and hand it in at the other end for a certificate to show you did a tip to tip journey.
When your trail guide arrives be sure to check the routes you will be taking and examine the guide as it even marks most of the sections in distances, as well as how hard of a terrain it can be. Many places are marked in the guide giving you a range of places to stay and things to do as well some activities along the way.
MacQueen’s, Charlottetown, 902-368-2453 (bike rentals, bike tours, and shuttle service) be sure to take note of the number in case of an emergency or flat tire. Helmets are mandatory here on PEI, and most bike rentals come with a lock, helmet, water bottle, maps and information. Some journeys could be further than others so plan ahead and always have an extra few granola bars, water and a rain coat for those rainy biking days.
Well I suppose, you might have enough information about the trail to cycle most or parts of it. I know I got on a bike last year after 18 years and although some day I might think of going tip to tip for now I’m only up to 9 km. Do you ride? Are you planning on riding the trails in PEI some day?
Till next time, this is granny ~00~