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Prince Edward Island: A Bike Tour on Side Roads, Canada

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 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: 1345 Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2595 Canadian Dollar (CAD)

The relaxing atmosphere of "the Island", as the locals fondly call it, will touch your spirit as soon as you land. You'll quickly appreciate why a bicycle is perfect for exploring the beaches and farmlands. Although there are some rolling hills, the maximum height of PEI is only 400 ft! The sublime contrast of red soil, blue sea, and exuberant green conspire with country roads and beautiful beaches to create the magical distinction of this summery place.

Easy cycling on paved roads, 50km–100km per day. This route is mostly flat and coastal, but you can expect a few hills on day two and three as you head inland. The experience includes optional cycling on the unpaved cycling trails at Kejimkujik National Park, canoeing, sea kayaking, and a bit of hiking too.

We will pick you up in Charlottetown, and if you don't see "Anne of Green Gables" beforehand or afterwards, you will have the option of seeing it with us. You will visit Green Gables and enjoy the beaches of PEI National Park before heading through rolling farmland to the less traveled East coast, where long, deserted beaches, blueberry farms, and the East Point lighthouse await you.

Superb food, pastoral landscapes, and some of the nicest beaches you'll ever see, are the highlights of this trip. The level of comfort and cuisine on this tour are superlative. Come and discover the magic. Highlights: Staying right beside “Green Gables” in Cavendish; Malpeque Bay oysters; the level roads in PEI National Park; eating Cows home-made ice-cream; and jumping off the bridge at high tide in Basin Head.

Day 1: 36 km/22 miles. North Cape to Alberton.
Morning meeting in Charlottetown for a transfer to North Cape by 12:30. Following bicycle introductions and familiarization you will cycle to Kildare Cape where the island’s first European visitor Jacques Cartier remarked “the fairest land 'tis possible to see!”. Finish with a ride towards Alberton and into Northport and your beautifully located waterfront inn. LD (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips only. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only) Northport Pier Inn, Northport.

Day 2: 45 km/28 miles, plus options. Alberton to West Point Lighthouse.
Today begins with breakfast overlooking the breathtaking Cascumpeque Bay and Northport Harbour. On your bike again, cross the island to the Acadian Coast for an idyllic ride overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You’ll pass tiny villages and Cape Wolfe on route to the West Point Lighthouse and your comfortable inn for the night. Includes: (B), (L), (D). West Point Lighthouse, West Point.

Day 3: 67 or 88 km/ 41 or 55 mi. West Point Lighthouse to Kinkora.
Start with a morning transfer to Mount Pleasant or Abram Village then follow the Acadian Coast to the bottle houses. This is a short coastal ride before returning to the Confederation Trail for the ride into Summerside, where you can visit some local shops and enjoy the waterfront boardwalk before setting out to Kinkora. You can either decide to take in a massage at the Chez Shea Spa or continue riding down the spur line to see the Confederation Bridge and visit Gateway Village. Here you will find all sorts of information about the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water. Strong riders may have time to visit Victoria-by-the-Sea, one of PEI’s charming fishing villages, featuring the Victoria Playhouse live theatre and Island Chocolates Company. Includes: (B), (D). Kindred Spirits Country Inn, Cavendish.

Day 4: 65 or 90 km/40 or 56 miles Kinkora to Dalvay.
Follow the Confederation Trail to Kensington then follow the coast past lighthouses and toward the site of Green Gables, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspiration for her novel "Anne of Green Gables". Explore the National Park beaches, where the wide and quiet roads make a wonderful ride along the dunes and a perfect location for a picnic lunch. Continue to your lodge, prepared to return tomorrow to linger over some of this afternoon’s sights. Includes: (B), (L), (D). Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay; or Stanhope Beach Resort, Stanhope.

Day 5: Ride up to 75 km (45 mi), or optional activities: sea-kayaking, golf, and deep-sea fishing. An easy day to allow you time to enjoy the national park beaches, the easy cycling, and the abundant distractions. Options for those who prefer not to ride the fabulous beach roads will enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, browsing in a gallery of local artists, golf, deep-sea fishing, beach-basking, swimming in the warm Gulf waves, or just lingering over a fantastic lunch at Dalvay-by-the-Sea or the Dunes Gallery. You’ll also have the option to visit Includes: (B). Dalvay-by-the-Sea, Dalvay or Stanhope Beach Resort, Stanhope

Day 6: 54 km/41 miles Dalvay to St. Peter’s.
Turning inland through rolling farmland, you will practice your navigation skills following rural roads toward a picnic lunch overlooking St. Peter’s Bay from old train trestles. This is the much quieter and more varied East Coast of the island, where the roads follow the shore and you can visit the newest part of the National Park at Greenwich for a stroll among the delightful dunes. There may be a live theatre option in St. Peter’s tonight; check out www.courthousetheatre.com. Includes: (B), (L), (D). The Inn at St. Peter's, St. Peter's Bay.

Day 7: 65 km/41 miles St. Peter’s to East Point.
Cycle to East Point Lighthouse stopping to enjoy the wee bridge over Naufrage Harbour. Pass North Lake and East Point Lighthouse, then stop to enjoy the Singing Sands at Basin Head, and if you like, enjoy swimming and playing on miles of deserted beach and dunes. We know of a real and rare adventure for warm days here and hope we get a chance to show you! Return from East Point by van or by bike along clay roads through blueberry farms and past the old Elmira railway station that marks the end of the Confederation Trail. Transfer to Charlottetown at day’s end, pleasantly tired from a day full of PEI’s best outdoor experience! Includes: (B), (L). Those continuing to the Magdalen Islands can rest at one of two fabulous inns close to where the cycling finishes. We can pick you up again late the following morning.

Supplemental Tour Information:
- Start: Charlottetown, PEI, 09:00, day one. Transfers from NS, Halifax at 18:00 or Halifax Airport at 18:30, leave the day before for $75 pp. Arrive at ~22:00. Transfer not available for self-supported unless bike delivery charge is paid
- Finish: Charlottetown, PEI, 17:00, day six. Transfers to NS, Halifax Airport or Halifax, depart at 17:00 for $75 pp. Arrive at ~21:00. Transfer not available for self-supported unless bike delivery charge paid

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- Guided Cost: $2595 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners, luggage handling, van and guide support) Anne of Green Gables play is ~$75 extra
- Self-Guided Cost: $2225 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, transfers from Charlottetown to North Cape and Elmira to Charlottetown, maps and route notes, luggage transfers) Anne of Green Gables play is ~$75 extra
- Self-Supported Cost: $1345 (per person, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, transfers from Charlottetown to North Cape and Elmira to Charlottetown, maps and route notes)
- Single Occupancy: $725
- Bicycle Rental: Hybrid: $145; Racing: $195. Additional delivery charge applies to self-supported trips.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice. 5% sales tax applies, but a 50% refund will be applied for non-Canadians.