Cycling Central Loop (6 nts / 7 days)

Charlottetown (1 nt) – Victoria (1 nt) – Summerside (1 nt) – Kensington (1 nt) – North Rustico (1 nt) – Dalvay (1 nt)

Day 1

About Prince Edward Island

About Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, nestled between the eastern maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The large island, about 273 kms from tip to tip, is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland, and is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown, the capital, is home to Victorian government buildings & the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery.

Traveling to PEI (air, land, water + parking)

Arts & Heritage
PEI Lighthouses
Festivals & Events
PEI Cycling Laws & Safety

Eating & Drinking in PEI

Eating & Drinking in PEI

Local tip #1: PEI has many seasonal food operations, especially outside of its urban centers. If traveling before/after high season, before embarking on your ride without a backup plan, you'll want to check online or with your host (or direct with the operator) to be 100% sure your lunch or dinner destination will be open. Some spots are experiencing staff deficits and may close early if it's rainy/slow. Inns are also your best source of intel on where to indulge in Island fare, so don't afraid to inquire before/during your stay. Your Final Itinerary will include helpful daily suggestions of local venues to check out. When you're cycling, it's best to be prepared. Eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty and rest before you're tired.

PEI Culinary Trail

PEI Craft Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries

PEI Liquor Store Locations

U-Pick Farms

What's In Season

Picnics:
Cured Creations: If you love biking & picnics, and are riding from Charlottetown, they have a convenient downtown location for pickup. Women entrepreneurs, chef-curated locally-supplied products, vegan/GF menu options & beautiful presentation. What's not to love?
Pure Kitchen Catering's in our neighborhood
Cordial Picnics will set up picnics within 40 kms of Charlottetown

The Handpie Company's located in Albany but their products are available in various PEI locations. Great Made in PEI to-go or heat up later options. And courtesy of another female Island entrepreneur to boot.

Cycling Overview

Cycling Overview

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Day 1: Charlottetown city tour
Route link (view, download, print) Distance: 11.9 km Ascent: 88 m Descent: 87 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 2: Charlottetown to Victoria by the Sea
Route link Distance: 45.9 km Ascent: 528 m Descent: 527 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 3: Victoria by the Sea to Summerside
Route link Distance: 41.5 km Ascent: 316 m Descent: 308 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 4: Summerside to Cabot Beach & Kensington
Option 1: (Cabot beach & loop back to Kensington)
Route link Distance: 51.9 km Ascent: 419 m Descent: 387 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: (including Cape Tryon, French River)
Route link Distance: 71.1 km Ascent: 708 m Descent: 675 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 5: Kensington to Rustico
Route link Distance: 45 km Ascent: 534 m Descent: 569 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 6: Rustico to Dalvay by the Sea
Option 1:

Route link Distance: 26.2 km Ascent: 173 m Descent: 186 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: (add in the Robinson's Island Trail)
Route link Distance: 33.9 km Ascent: 213 m Descent: 226 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 7: Dalvay to Charlottetown
Route link Distance: 31.2 km Ascent: 229 m Descent: 226 m Terrain: Mixed

Support

Support

Bike Repairs for Self-Guided Island Walk Tours:

Adjustments to MacQueen's rental equipment are free when performed at our shop.

Island Walk by Bike tour packages are provided with suggested contact information for bicycle repair outlets in other areas of PEI, some of which offer paid pickup/roadside assistance services should they be required. Your Final Itinerary will be populated with this information once payment is complete.

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (6 days)

Arrival, professional outfitting with MacQueen's rental equipment at our shop at 430 Queen Street in the center of Charlottetown.

Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Cycle Charlottetown

Cycle Charlottetown

Take a brief test ride through the residential, waterfront and historic areas of PEI’s capital city, Canada’s “Cradle of Confederation”. Free evening for exploring Olde Charlottetown, some of its fabulous dining or theater opportunities.

Route link (view, download, print) Distance: 11.9 km Ascent: 88 m Descent: 87 m Terrain: Mixed

Discover Charlottetown

Discover Charlottetown

The City of Charlottetown is a flourishing community of approximately 40,500 people located on the south central shore of Prince Edward Island. The capital city of Prince Edward Island, it's known as the "Birthplace of Confederation" after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to the Confederation of Canada.

Trails & Active Transportation
Charlottetown cycling map

The Harbour House

The Harbour House (1 night)

The Harbour House is owned and operated by the Van der Gaag family. With 20 years of hotel experience on PEI, they've converted what used to be a small 4-room B&B into a 21-room boutique hotel. The property has a superb residential downtown location on a quiet block, but just steps to best entertainment and dining the city has to offer.

24-hour staff are available to ensure that your stay's as comfortable as possible.

Quoted: King studio, breakfast included.

This room has 1 king bed, and a pull out sofa bed. It comes equipped with a kitchenette complete with a microwave, mini fridge, and induction cook-top (all cutlery and cookware provided), and a 4 piece en suite bathroom. These room types exist on all floors and have state of the art heat pump units for air conditioning, plus a 40" LED Television, connected to High Definition Cable + a DVD player

City tax
Charlottetown dining & theater

Charlottetown dining & theater

Charlottetown has a smorgasboard of excellent restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and a number feature outdoor patios in the summer. The capital also has a wealth cultural opportunities with several theaters, art galleries, and regular musical performances throughout the summer.

Arts & Cultural Events
The Guild
Confederation Centre

Day 2

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

We'll arrange for a local transportation company to pick up and deliver your bags between inns so you can enjoy the Island Walk by bike without the burden of luggage.

Cycle Charlottetown to Victoria

Cycle Charlottetown to Victoria

Cycle through inland PEI to the southern coast. Enroute, divert a little from the route and make a stop at the Matos Winery & Distillery or just a couple of kilometers in the other direction, the Island Lavender Distillery Farm. Depending on the season, you might indulge in some fresh strawberries from Shore Breeze Farm in Argyle Shore. Your destination is the quaint picture-perfect village of Victoria-by-the-Sea.
Waypoints #32-1
Waypoints #1-2

Route link Distance: 44.8 km Ascent: 518 m Descent: 517 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Discover Victoria by the Sea

Discover Victoria by the Sea

Founded in 1819, the picture-perfect seaside village of Victoria is about halfway between Charlottetown and Summerside. The village has a history in commerce, but today, with a year-round population of under two hundred, there are a number of family-run businesses employing local people, just as there were in the prosperous years up to the 1950’s. The community's attracted a number of creatives and artists.

Visit:
-Keeper’s of the Light at the Victoria Seaport Museum, located in Palmer’s Range Light
-Dine in a sea captain’s house
-Sample handmade chocolates in one of the former general stores
-Attend a play in the community hall (home of the Victoria Playhouse Festival)
-Watch the lobster fishers at the wharf (seasonal)

The Orient Hotel Bed and Breakfast

The Orient Hotel Bed and Breakfast (1 night)

Established in 1900, this historic hotel located in the charming seaside fishing village of Victoria By The Sea on the Island's south shore now operates as a bed and breakfast.

Guests may stay in one of the comfortably-appointed queen rooms, or choose a spacious one- or two-bedroom suite, all with private ensuite bathrooms and most with water views. Amenities include cable tv, free wireless internet and overhead ceiling fans. A full hot breakfast is served each morning in the dining room.


Quoted: Captain's suite, breakfast included.
One bedroom suite with king bed and large ensuite bath. This spacious, peaceful suite has vintage decor, a comfortable sitting room with TV and a quaint village view.

Day 3

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

We'll arrange for a local transportation company to pick up and deliver your bags between inns so you can enjoy the Island Walk by bike without the burden of luggage.

Cycle Victoria to Summerside

Cycle Victoria to Summerside

You'll catch glimpses of the Confederation Bridge as you approach Borden along this scenic coastal byway. There are some shopping & food options in Gateway Village, including Cow's Ice Cream. Your destination is PEI's second-largest urban center, Summerside.
Waypoints #2-3
Waypoints #3-4

Route link Distance: 41.5 km Ascent: 316 m Descent: 308 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Discover Summerside

Discover Summerside

Summerside is PEI's second largest urban center, a former shipbuilding and commerce port. It continues to hold the position as the leading center for trade & commerce in western PEI. In the first part of the 1900's the town's silver fox trade was prosperous. The city has some forward-thinking planners, with extensive conversion to wind and solar energy initiatives. And a beautiful active transportation path, complete with separate sections for walking & wheeling.

Explore Summerside
Things to See & Do in Summerside
Cultural Summerside
Baywalk Boardwalk
Seaside Books

Boardwalk Inn

Boardwalk Inn (1 night)

The Boardwalk Inn is a beautiful historical home built in 1916 for and by M.F. Schurman and is locally known as The Schurman House. The property is opening as a boutique inn in May 2022. The property has been completely, and sympathetically, updated to be in line with all of the necessary requirements to become an Inn featuring 5 guest rooms, a guest lounge and dining room. A beautiful enclosed garden is for enjoying PEI summer days.


Quoted:

Brackley room with a Queen bed and ensuite shower. Breakfast included.


Oct 2022 note:
Two night minimum applies year round for weekends (Friday/Saturday/ Sunday nights).


Two night minimum applies during the months of July-August-September.
Single night stays are accepted from October through June on Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu evenings only.

Day 4

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

We'll arrange for a local transportation company to pick up and deliver your bags between inns so you can enjoy the Island Walk by bike without the burden of luggage.

Cycle to Malepeque & Kensington

Cycle to Malepeque & Kensington

Follow the Island Walk route through Kensington and past the historic train station as far as Burlington, then go off the route to explore Indian River and Cabot Beach Provincial Park.
Optional: Continue around the coastal drive to the Cape Tryon Lighthouse and French River for some incredibly scenic coastal riding. There's a trail by the Cape Tryon lighthouse that leads to a spectacular location for a cliffside picnic, at the bottom of fields leading to PEI's highest cliffs. The land's protected from development by the Montgomery Trust.
Otherwise, return cycle south to Kensington via Burlington.
Waypoint #14-15 to Kensington
Waypoint #15-16 to Bayview (you'll do part of this route today, and the rest tomorrow)

Option 1: Cabot beach & loop back to Kensington
Route link (from the Boardwalk Inn) Distance: 51.9 km Ascent: 419 m Descent: 387 m Terrain: Mixed


Option 2: including Cape Tryon, French River
Route link (from the Boardwalk Inn) Distance: 71.1 km Ascent: 708 m Descent: 675 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Home Place Inn & Cafe

Home Place Inn & Cafe (1 night)

Built in 1915, The Home Place is an historic property with an excellent location for exploring Kensington, easy walking distance to local restaurants and activities.

The inn offers a Victorian parlour, dining room, lounge and verandah. Coffee's always ready and offered to guests without charge. An on-site confectionery has snacks for purchase.

Quoted: Stella's room

This bright and comfortable room has a queen sized bed, a large private ensuite bath, mini-fridge, cable TV, wireless internet, air-conditioning, and complimentary parking. Breakfast included.

Where to eat

Where to eat

Your final itinerary will include our personalized suggestions for multiple dining options each day for lunch and dinner. This area has some great venues. Some of PEI's seasonal dining operations may limit operations to mid/late June to early/mid September.

Day 5

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

We'll arrange for a local transportation company to pick up and deliver your bags between inns so you can enjoy the Island Walk by bike without the burden of luggage.

Cycle Kensington to North Rustico

Cycle Kensington to North Rustico

Option 1: Island Walk route
Today's route meanders through New London (stop at Village Pottery and the Potter's Parlour next door for some ice cream), then Stanley Bridge before entering the Prince Edward Island National Park. Follow the bike lane to North Rustico. Take a spin out to the wharf before heading back to town where you can fuel up on goodies at the bakery or convenience store for breakfast in the morning.

Option 1: Island Walk route
Route link Distance: 38.8 km Ascent: 470 m Descent: 494 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: through Cape Tryon & French River
Route link Distance: 53.8 km Ascent: 660 m Descent: 685 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Poppie's Porch
MacKenzie's Brook

North Rustico Harbour Inn

North Rustico Harbour Inn (1 night)

The North Rustico Harbour Inn features 18 freshly-renovated suites for a restful night's stay near all Rustico amenities. Each unit features its own unique fireplace mantle, salvaged from various Island homes on the island, with some dating back as early as 1885. Artwork was designed by artist Eric Goggin from New Brunswick who created vintage travel posters to reflect various local sites and monuments. Each unit has use of 2 Adirondack chairs nestled in sand, and is greeted with a hand-made door mat woven from lobster rope by local artist Bonnie Ralph.

Quoted: Queen room

Equipped with one queen bed, 4 piece ensuite, TV, microwave, mini-refrigerator, air conditioning, blackout blinds, and table/chair set.

Breakfast not included, but you could purchase goods from the Olde Village Bakery and Gallant's Clover Farm and store in your in-room fridge for the morning.

Rustico Eats

Rustico Eats

North Rustico has a number of good restaurants and a great little bakery. Some dining establishments here require advance reservations.

Day 6

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

We'll arrange for a local transportation company to pick up and deliver your bags between inns so you can enjoy the Island Walk by bike without the burden of luggage.

Cycle North Rustico to Dalvay

Cycle North Rustico to Dalvay

Continue heading east and make a stop at the Dunes Gallery & Cafe in Brackley Beach - the extraordinary grounds alone are worth it - before diverting over to check out Robinson's Island trail system. In Covehead you'll want to grab some fresh seafood at Richard's Fish & Chips. They're right at the wharf. Your destination's Dalvay by the Sea, a national historic site.
Waypoints #17-18

Option 1:

Route link Distance: 33.4 km Ascent: 254 m Descent: 277 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: with Robinson's Island extension
Route link Distance: 41.1 km Ascent: 289 Descent: 311 Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Dalvay By the Sea

Dalvay By the Sea (1 night)

Dalvay by the Sea is located at the east end of Prince Edward Island's National Park. The historic property has operated as a summer resort since the 1930's. The main building has 25 guest rooms, all furnished in period antiques. All guest rooms include a four-piece bath. Eight three-bedroom cottages, adjacent to the inn, offer vistas of the ocean, Dalvay Lake and acres of manicured grounds.

Quoted: King room with water view. Breakfast not included but a la carte meals are available on site. Purchase of a park pass is required for overnight guests.

In honor of former innkeepers David & Michelle Thompson, longtime supporters of our Island and Cuba cycling businesses. we share this story about Dalvay.

Day 7

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

MacQueen's takes care of transferring your luggage between inns. We normally schedule pickups beginning at 09:00. Our staff will ensure your bags are waiting for you when you arrive in your next destination so that you just enjoy the ride.

Cycle Dalvay to Charlottetown

Cycle Dalvay to Charlottetown

Return cycle to Charlottetown via dedicated a paved bike lane, a less-traveled route with paved shoulder, and compacted Confederation Trail. Stop in at Upstreet Brewing for a celebratory cold locally-produced craft beer or soda when you return to Charlottetown. They're right in our neighborhood.

Option 1: as described
Route link Distance: 30.5 km Ascent: 233 m Descent: 231 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: via North Rustico
Route link Distance: 83.3 km Ascent: 755 m Descent: 752 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Departure PEI

Departure PEI

End of services. Bid a fond farewell to PEI with departure from Charlottetown.

Airport & taxi info
Travel to/from PEI (bridge, ferry & more)

Registration  & Payment

Registration & Payment

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Island Walk by Bike Packages
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View PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tours

Includes:

-Deluxe hybrid bicycle with rear carrier, helmet or trunk bag, water bottle cage & bottle, helmet, lock, basic repair kit
-Route plotting, detailed routes & maps. Available in advance for download &/ printing.
-Contacts for paid roadside assistance and/or bicycle repair services in PEI
-Prepaid accommodations (most with breakfast, details in itineraries), selected for proximity to evening meals
-Tip-to-tip trips include shuttle from/to Charlottetown at beginning/end of journey
-Optional luggage transfer services (mostly daily, see itineraries for details)
-Suggestions for meals & entertainment

More Info

#1 Tip for cyclists: PEI’s prevailing winds are southwesterly.
For information on independent touring services including routes, accommodations, meals and more we invite you to peruse these links:
Island Walk Map
Confederation Trail Info
Tourism PEI

Families

Child trailers, youth bicycles, tandems and trail-a-bikes are available for family touring.