Many people come to PEI to cycle on the Confederation Trail. It is a very serene way to travel. Though you spend quite some time looking at fields and trees, you can also appreciate some nice vistas as depicted here.
At our Bed and Breakfast, we spend quite some time talking to cyclists. The most common comment we get is difficulty finding pit stops on the trail. So I highly recommend that you do a bit of research before coming. Most of our cycling guests come to us from West to East so we are most familiar with the issues between the Confederation Bridge and Charlottetown.
There are plenty of services in Summerside.
From Summerside to Kensington is about 14 kilometres. As you approach Kensington, you may see two dairy bars on your right. This is a perfect stop on a hot day. You can also find restaurants in downtown Kensington.
If you are coming from the Confederation Bridge, your best pit stop is probably in Hunter River 37 km away. It is also 32km from Kensington to Hunter river. As you cross the main road in Hunter River, you will see a backpacker’s sign saying “supplies to your left.” It will be a hike back up the hill to get back on the trail, but you are still some ways from Charlottetown.
In Hunter River, there is a bakery that I believe is still closed on Mondays. Other days you can get a good meal and some fresh bread. There is also a convenience store in the village so you can stock up on those high calorie or high caffeine treats.
Hunter River to Winsloe is 20km. Now you are on the edge of Charlottetown. From here you are 11 km to downtown Charlottetown. However, if you are continuing your trek on the trail towards the North East, there is an excellent place to stop right on the trail. Between trail marker 174 and 175 you will find Grandma’s Tearoom. There are a couple of picnic tables in the back yard that are usually in the shade. You can also get some iced tea and a light lunch while relaxing in the tearoom or on the deck. This location is part of the Cyclist Welcome Program so feel free to stop there to refill on water or take a bathroom break.
In the event your day is about to end, this location is also a bed and breakfast with family friendly rates. There are two rooms with single beds that are perfect for resting up after a hard cycling day.
I hope you will enjoy a cycling holiday in Prince Edward Island; be safe!