Cycling Down East (7 nts / 8 days)

Charlottetown (1 nt) – Point Prim (2 nts) – Murray River (2 nts) – Montague (2 nts)

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 and 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

Places to Eat in Eastern PEI (Points East Coastal Drive with map)

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.

Routes

Routes

Downloadable/printable routes are provided 30 days advance for each day of your cycling itinerary. View sample route or scan it to your phone. All route links are accessible in your Final Itinerary after you send us Plotaroute profile name(s) and the final balance has been paid.

View our detailed Route Instructions for more info on:
-digital download formats
-signing up for a free Plotaroute account
-viewing route maps, directions & metrics
-downloading routes to a Garmin or phone
-printing route directions or cue cards

If, for any reason, you are unable to print routes and require us to assist with that task, kindly advise at least 2 weeks in advance so that we can assign a staff member to that job. Our administrative fee for formatting and printing plotted routes is $5 CAD+ HST/route X # of routes X # of copies you require. Ex: if your tour entails 6 days of cycling and you require 2 sets of printed routes/maps, then the fee would be $5 X 6 X 2 = $60.00 CAD + HST.

Cycling Overview

Cycling Overview

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Day 1: Charlottetown city tour/test ride
Route link (view, download, print) Distance: 11.99 km Ascent: 88 m Descent: 87 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 2: Charlottetown to Point Prim
Option 1: mostly via road

Route link Distance: 51.9 km Ascent: 481 m Descent: 492 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: first part via trail

Route link Distance: 63.9 km Ascent: 555 m Descent: 545 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 3: Point Prim to Orwell Corner loop
Route link Distance: 50.3 km Ascent: 507 m Descent: 506 m Terrain: Mixed


Day 4: Point Prim to Murray River
Option 1: via Island Walk route (as described)
Route link Distance: 46.7 km Ascent: 412 m Descent: 416 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: via paved road (TCH)
Route link Distance: 68.4 km Ascent: 509 m Descent: 513 m Terrain: Road

Day 5: Murray River to Wood Islands loop
Route link Distance: 58.5 km Ascent: 439 m Descent: 440 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 6: Murray River to Montague
Route link Distance: 48 km Ascent: 358 m Descent: 355 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 7: Montague to Three Rivers loop
Route link Distance: 53.2 km Ascent: 436 m Descent: 436 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 8: Montague to Charlottetown
Option 1: via trail, heritage road + scenic coastal road
Route link Distance: 57.4 km Ascent: 483 m Descent: 488 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: via trail, heritage road + active transport path
Route link Distance: 53 km Ascent: 406 m Descent: 411 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (7 days)

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

Emergency Road Repair Insurance
Waterbottle
Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Garmin computer
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: Studio room with breakfast included. Options for King, or 2 Queens.

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

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 Charlottetown to Point Prim

Cycle Charlottetown to Point Prim

Today we offer 2 ride options:

Option 1: mostly via road
Take the new active transportation path across the Hillsborough Bridge and then follow the coast around to Pownal, hooking up with the TCH with a broad shoulder which you'll follow partway before branching off to head down to Point Prim.

Route link Distance: 51.9 km Ascent: 481 m Descent: 492 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: first part via trail
Take the new active transportation path across the Hillsborough Bridge and connect up to the Island Walk trail, aiming to complete the sections between waypoints 32 & 30 today, before you branch off to our suggested accommodations.

Route link Distance: 63.9 km Ascent: 555 m Descent: 545 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Kro In The Skye Bed & Breakfast

Kro In The Skye Bed & Breakfast (2 nights)

A unique home built by artists on one of PEI’s private beachfronts. Beautiful sunset views of Northumberland Strait. Sit on the vast sandy beach or lounge on one of the decks. Wake up to the sound of the ocean and the smell of a homemade breakfast. Enjoy local artisans studios, The famous Point Prim Lighthouse and one of the highest rated restaurants, The Chowder House, is just minutes down the road. Reservations required.

The area was the landing destination for many of the Island's early Scottish settlers who sailed aboard the Polly, including those of the MacQueen family. Cathy's grandfather was the longest lighthouse-keeper at the Pt. Prim lighthouse. Cathy is a local artist with a studio is also on the property - workshops are sometimes

Quoted: Queen room, breakfast included.

Day 3

Cycle Pt. Prim to Orwell Corner loop

Cycle Pt. Prim to Orwell Corner loop

Morning departure through coastal communities and rolling countryside to the small riverside town of Montague in eastern PEI. Stop enroute at the Orwell Corner Historic Village, one of seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites. Adjacent is the well-preserved MacPhail Homestead and the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, an admirable initiative of the Environmental Coalition of PEI.
We recommend delving into local history at the Croft House / Selkirk Heritage Center. The Polly Cemetery (on the Pt. Prim road) will also provide a window on how the area came to be settled by Scottish immigrants 200+ years ago.

Route link Distance: 50.3 km Ascent: 507 m Descent: 506 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Local Eats

Local Eats

The Chowder House is a must-stop on PEI's culinary trail. And it's super close to your accommodations, a delightful treat for any foodie cyclist. We highly recommend reserving in advance to avoid disappointment.

Day 4

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 Point Prim to Murray River

Cycle Point Prim to Murray River

Return to the Island Walk route and cycle today from Belfast to Murray River, between waypoints #30 & 29. You could stop enroute for a hike at the Gairloch Trail. Check out Fleece & Harmony. Or visit Hedwig at her studio, Koleszar Pottery. Or visit the Broken Rock Fossil Shop, also nearby. Steve Knechtel is famous on PEI for his sourdough breads which he sells at the Farmer's Market. You'll pass Island Baking & Milling enroute.

Option 1: via Island Walk route (as described)
Route link Distance: 46.7 km Ascent: 412 m Descent: 416 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: via paved road (TCH)
Route link Distance: 68.4 km Ascent: 509 m Descent: 513 m Terrain: Road

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

The Olde Anchor Bed & Breakfast

The Olde Anchor Bed & Breakfast (2 nights)

The Olde Anchor Bed & Breakfast features views of the vibrant Murray River Wharf. Spend your day cycling or strolling on the Confederation Trail, tour one of the local lighthouses, wine or cider makers, take a river tour, relax on a local beach or visit restaurants and shops in the area. End your day lounging on the “Top O’ The Wharf” a private outdoor oasis. The property features just 3 rooms, the Sunset, Harbour or Village.


Enjoy your own private oasis featuring a queen size bed and stunning views of Murray River's active harbour. Private bath.

Breakfast included.

Day 5

Cycle to Wineries & Secret Spots

Cycle to Wineries & Secret Spots

We highly recommend extending a second night in Murray River and looping out to visit some of the local wineries, cideries, museums, bakeries, wharfs, handcraft outlets, lighthouses, provincial parks and more. Your final itinerary will include links to maximize your cycling, cultural and dining experience in this corner of the Island.

Local sculptor Abe Waterman has carved mermaids into the rocks at one of the beaches along this south shore route, but it's mostly just a locally-known secret. His work can also be viewed at the Rossignol winery.

Route link Distance: 58.5 km Ascent: 439 m Descent: 440 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Day 6

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 Murray River to Montague

Cycle Murray River to Montague

Your route hugs the coast today and passes through Murray Harbour North before circling around to the Panmure Island peninsula. A picturesque white sand beach connects via a causeway to an Island and PEI's oldest wooden lighthouse. The beach is supervised in the summer and has dining and washroom facilities. PEI's native Mi'kmaq population traditionally visited the sandbars at this beach for clamming in the summer. The area features a provincial park and small rural community. Your destination is the county hub, the town of Montague, in the Three Rivers municipality.
Waypoints #29-28
Waypoints #28-27

Route link Distance: 48 km Ascent: 358 m Descent: 355 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Panmure Lighthouse and its History
Panmure Island Provincial Park

Discover Montague

Discover Montague

Montague's a small town located within the Three Rivers municipality in Kings County. Also known as “Montague the Beautiful”, you'll find a tranquil river, tree-lined streets and and number of stately heritage homes. At the heart of Montague is its wharf and marina. Enjoy the boardwalk which runs along the waterfront and is part of the Confederation Trail. The town also features a couple of excellent local craft breweries.

Attractions
Artisans on Main
Garden of the Gulf Museum
Town of Montague
Montague Marina
River Run Dining Cruises

Lanes Riverhouse Inn & Cottages

Lanes Riverhouse Inn & Cottages (2 nights)

Lane's is a small hotel right in the heart of Montague, walking distance to restaurants, craft breweries, shopping, the marina and more. The property features comfortable, secluded suites and cottages overlooking the beautiful Montague River.

Quoted: Standard room, breakfast included.
Options for 1 King or 2 Queen beds.

Montague Craft Breweries

Montague Craft Breweries

Few cyclists don't appreciate a cold beer after a ride. Montague has not one, but two local craft breweries, both relatively close to your accommodations. Cooper Bottom Brewing and Bogside Brewing are great options for relaxing, checking out the local scenery and enjoying some authentic Made in PEI products.

Day 7

Cycle Montague to Three Rivers loop

Cycle Montague to Three Rivers loop

Take the Confederation Trail out of Montague. Step back in time with a visit to the Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site - they serve heritage food dishes here too. Stop at the Brudenell River Provincial Park and beach enroute to PEI's former shipbuilding capital in Georgetown. From here, follow the river west to the community of Cardigan. There are lots of opportunities to snack, dine and hydrate along the way. Loop back to Montague via the Confederation Trail.

Route link Distance: 53.2 km Ascent: 436 m Descent: 436 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Day 8

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 Montague to Charlottetown

Cycle Montague to Charlottetown

Head out of Montague following the river west to Knox's Dam, a hidden gem on PEI where you can view fish ladder and the site of a former hydroelectric generation center. Take the Queens Road to Kinross, then hook up with the Confederation Trail as far as the Klondyke Road, one of PEI's heritage roads. You could take the trail right back to Charlottetown, but to change up your route and scenery on the way back, we like the paved route past Tea Hill Park and Keppoch in the town of Stratford. If you're following any of the Island's lighthouse trail, in Kinlock you'll find the Haszard Point Range Front Lighthouse. The Robert Cotton Park and Trail offer some unique vantage points on Charlottetown before crossing the Hillsborough Bridge.

Option 1: via trail, heritage road + scenic coastal road
Route link Distance: 57.4 km Ascent: 483 m Descent: 488 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: via trail, heritage road + active transport path
Route link Distance: 53 km Ascent: 406 m Descent: 411 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.

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PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tour Pricing
2023 CAD $ per person, includes HST
June through September (inquire for off season)
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$ 2352.00 $ 4059.00 $3177.00 Request Quote

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Includes:

-Deluxe hybrid bicycle with rear carrier, 1 pre-loaded Garmin per party, helmet or trunk bag, water bottle cage & bottle, helmet, lock
-Route plotting, detailed routes & maps. Available in advance for download &/ printing.
-Emergency road repair insurance included for all MacQueen’s rental equipment.
-Prepaid accommodations (most with breakfast, details in itineraries), selected for proximity to evening meals
-Luggage transfer services (usually every 2 days outside of Charlottetown)
-Suggestions for meals & entertainment

Notes

Prices vary depending on B&Bs/Inns selected and room availability
Itinerary and hotels subject to minor changes.

Meal Plan Codes

B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, (beverages/gratuities excluded)

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