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Prince Edward Island: Confederation Trail Bike

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Prince Edward Island  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 2395 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2870 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail follows the abandoned rail bed through fabulous pastoral landscapes. Originally constructed by a contractor who was paid by the mile, it follows an unusually circuitous route for 280km (174 miles) through many communities whose existence is mainly due to the old railroad. The cycling is relatively easy on flat and smooth, well-maintained crushed stone surfaces, and the distances are moderate. You will have many opportunities to leave the trail and explore surrounding towns and villages and will be delighted by the abundance of charming cafés, restaurants, and galleries along some sections of this idyllic ride.

Day 1: 38km
09:00 meeting in Charlottetown for a transfer to North Cape by 11:00. Following bicycle introductions and familiarization you will cycle ~13km along a quiet road to the beginning of the Confederation Trail at Tignish. You may wish to extend the mileage today with a scenic coastal road ride to Kildare Cape where the island’s first European visitor Jacques Cartier remarked “the fairest land 'tis possible to see!” LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only)
Northport Pier Inn, Northport, www.northportpier.ca

Day 2: 82km
Back on the Confederation Trail, head south toward Tyne Valley making time along the way for side trips to the MacAusland’s Woollen Mill in Bloomfield (in operation since 1870!) and the Potato Museum in O’Leary which depicts the vital role this vegetable has played in the region’s economy over the years. Finish your ride in Miscouche, a small town whose name is derived from the Mi'kmaq term for "little grassy island". BLD
Prince County Bed & Breakfast, Miscouche, www.princecounty.ca

Day 3: up to 66km
Start with a morning bike ride into Summerside where you can visit local shops and the waterfront boardwalk before continuing along the trail toward Kensington and Kinkora. From Kinkora you may continue pedaling down the spur line to see the Confederation Bridge - the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. Further afternoon jaunts will lead you to Victoria-by-the-Sea, one of PEI’s most charming fishing villages, featuring the Victoria Playhouse live theatre and Island Chocolates Company. The day will finish at your inn in Kinkora, where luxurious spa and massage treatments can be pre-arranged at Spa 225. BD
Chez Shea, Kinkora www.chezshea.ca

Day 4: 27km, or 40km– extra cycling available in PEI National Park
Retrace your route a short distance to Emerald Junction then head east following the trail to Hunter River. From Hunter River there is an optional 15km transfer by vehicle to Brackley Beach and The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café. Spend the afternoon exploring PEI National Park by bike, including the newly developed trail system on Robinson’s Island. Be sure to pack your swimsuit as the afternoon foray provides ample opportunity to sample some of PEI's finest beaches. BL
Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay www.dalvaybythesea.com, or
Shaw’s Hotel, Brackley Beach, www.shawshotel.ca

Day 5: Long option: 63km, short option 37km
Cyclists taking the long route will depart their inn by bicycle while short option riders will start with a vehicle transfer about 26km to Tracadie where you will resume the Confederation Trail. The route today includes the most spectacular stretch of the Confederation Trail near St. Peter’s. You will also tour alongside the Hillsborough River - the first in Canada to be designated a Canadian Heritage River due to its rich diversity of plants and birds. Near the beautiful community of St. Peter’s the trail meanders along the edge of the bay and crosses three rivers atop old steel railway trestles. Reserve enough energy for a diversion from St. Peters to Greenwich for a stroll (or swim!) along this awe-inspiring endless sand dune beach. The sunsets here are spectacular! BLD
Inn at St. Peter’s, St. Peters, www.innatstpeters.com

Day 6: 54km
Pedal through Harmony Junction and onward to Elmira finishing at the railway museum marking the end of the Confederation Trail. The afternoon will start with a picnic lunch followed by a group ride to the East Point Lighthouse 9km away. After photos and celebrations, we will transfer back to Charlottetown by 17:00. BL

Supplemental Tour Information:
Guided Inclusions: 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners, luggage handling, maps and route notes, van and guide support

Self-guided Inclusions: 6 days, 5 nights, 5 breakfasts, transfers from Charlottetown to North Cape and Elmira to Charlottetown, maps and route notes, inn to inn luggage transfers

All details subject to change without notice.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour is available Guided or Self-Guided. Custom and private tours are possible.