Traveling the Trails in PEI may mean, pedaling, walking, or jogging across what was once a railway line. This abandoned railway line will take you through quaint villages, around wetlands, and alongside shining waters.
A Confederation Cycling Guide publication will be helpful with your cycling vacation. The guide will introduce you to participants of the Cyclists Welcome Program (organizations and business that take cyclists into consideration) noting accommodations close to the trail, maps, and needs. It is a waterproof handy guide that has a fold out map. Order a cycling guide to be mailed to you.
Often I see travelers on the trail standing by with this cycle guide in hand mapping out their route and taking the time to plan their next stop.
Yesterday I did a little arm chair cycling trip and made a grand discovery. Although the Visitor’s Guide suggests; “For touring enthusiasts, just get on your bike and start pedalling.” I suggest you get on your phone and start calling. When I called three accommodations in Central PEI they have either closed, moved, or don’t operate a B&B accommodations any longer. I suggest B&B because that is the type of accommodations found in touring regions of the Trail. It is in Charlottetown and Summerside that you will find Hotels and Motel type stays. Looking further I noticed the exits of the trail are not always a spot where a person can locate food, water, or a bite to eat or a place to stay (better left for another post). I called four places in the guide and asking them where on the trail they were and at which exit of the trail their business was? All four places learned that the trail had exit markers at each km point and thanked me for the information and found it useful and said they would check out the exit they are at to help with cycling plans.
Legend: (km / miles) are road distances, Cyclists Welcome Program, attractions, (trail marker exit).
North Cape, Windmill Farms Attraction, Irish Moss Interpretation Centre
- (13.7 km/ 8.2 miles) Tignish Heritage Inn & Gardens On the start of the Confederation Trail (Route 1) (trail marker exit 0)
- (57 km/ 34.2 miles) Hill Top Acres B&B Off the trail by 2.9 km/1.7 miles
- (47 km/28 miles) Warn House B&B Off the trail by 1.3 km/.7 miles
- (14.5 km / 8.7 miles) The Home Place Inn & Restaurant Off the trail by 500 m/ .3 miles
- (40 km/ 24 miles) The Trailside B&B & Grandma’s Tea Room On the Confederation Trail (Route 2) (trail marker 174.5)
- Mount Stewart
- (30.3 km/ 18 miles) Water’s Edge B&B Off the Cardigan branch trail 200 m/ .2 miles (off route 22)
- St. Peter’s Bay
- (25.7 km/ 15.4 miles) Cable Head B&B Off the trail by 3 km/ 1.8 miles (Route 16)
- (58 km/34 miles) Harbour Lights Guest House Off the trail by 3.3 km/ 2 miles (Route 16)
(9.3 km/ 5.5 miles) East Point, East Point Lighthouse Attraction