Cycling Charlottetown-Montague-Souris (5n/6d)

Day 1

Cycling Overview

Cycling Overview

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

Day 2: Charlottetown to Montague
Distance: 50.9 km
Ascent: 481 m Descent: 473 m Terrain: Road
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 3: Montague to Panmure loop
Distance: 52 km

Ascent: 438 m Descent: 438 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 4: Montague to Souris
Distance: 65 km
Ascent: 620 m Descent: 616 m Terrain: mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 5: Souris to Elmira or East Point loop
Option 1: (to Elmira, return via trail)
Distance: 50.9 km
Ascent: 457 m Descent: 457 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 2: (to Elmira, return via heritage roads)
Distance: 55.9 km
Ascent: 539 Descent: 539 Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 3: (to East point, return via trail)
Distance: 66.7 km
Ascent: 576 m Descent: 575 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 4: (to East point, return via heritage roads)
Distance: 67.8 km
Ascent: 623 m Descent: 622 m Terrain: mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 6: Souris to Charlottetown

Option 1: trail St. Peters to Mt. Stewart only
Distance: 88 km
Ascent: 724 m Descent: 733 m Terrain: Mixed mostly road
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 2: road to St. Peters, trail to Charlottetown
Distance: 90.1 km
Ascent: 615 m Descent: 624 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 3: Confederation trail all the way baby
Distance: 93.3 km
Ascent: 659 m Descent: 667 m Terrain: Mixed mostly trail
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

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

View a downloadable/printable cycling route, a sample of what we provide in advance for each day of your cycling itinerary. We upload all route links to your Final Itinerary after the final balance has been paid. Default access is set to private. They're available for download in the following formats:
GPX KML TCX FIT JPG GIF PNG PDF

To view, print and download your routes (set for private access only in our account), you'll need to:
a) Sign up for a free account in Plotaroute.
b) PENDING: Your Plotaroute name(s): __________
Send us the name(s) of those members of your party (as registered with Plotaroute) who will require access.
We'll follow designated user(s) in Plotaroute and, once your final balance is paid, open access up for all cycling routes we've plotted for your trip. That private access will remain open until the conclusion of your journey.
You can upload GPX files to your Android/iOS devices and view offline using the BikeGPX app.

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.

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

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

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (5 days)

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

  • Waterbottle
  • Garmin computer
  • Handlebar or Trunk Bag
  • Emergency Road Repair Insurance
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.

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

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 options for king or 2 queens. Breakfast included.

  • 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 Montague

Cycle Charlottetown to Montague

Morning departure through seaside 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 are the well-preserved MacPhail Homestead and the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, an admirable initiative of the Environmental Coalition of PEI.

Distance: 50.9 km
Ascent: 481 m Descent: 473 m Terrain: Road
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

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 in hotel with options for king, queen or 2 queens. Breakfast included.

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 3

Cycle Montague to Panmure loop

Cycle Montague to Panmure loop

A picturesque white sand beach connects via a causeway to an Island and PEI's oldest wooden lighthouse. Read more on its history. 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. Check out the Harvey Moore Wildlife Sanctuary, Moonlight Sanctuaries & Buffaloland in Milltown on the way back.

Distance: 52 km

Ascent: 438 m Descent: 438 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)




PEI Seafood

PEI Seafood

PEI is internationally renowned for its seafood and where better to experience it than fresh from the ocean. Atlantic lobster, fat clams, cultured mussels, succulent oysters, scallops and more await. They don't call us "Canada's Food Island" for nothing.

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 Montague to Souris

Cycle Montague to Souris

Bike through rural countryside along a meandering scenic coastal drive to the port of Souris.

Distance: 65 km
Ascent: 620 m Descent: 616 m Terrain: mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Discover Souris

Discover Souris

Situated amidst an absolutely stunning seascape vista, Souris serves as the economic hub of Eastern Kings County. Heavily dependent on both land and sea, preserving the rich farming and fishing traditions of the region, Souris residents maintain a very comfortable rural lifestyle that enhances the community’s charm. The Basin Head Fisheries Museum gives visitors a glimpse into the region's history while the neighbouring white "singing sands" beach is one of the province's finest. A number of retail stores, restaurants and public services are available in town while a ferry service connects the travelers the Quebec Magdalen Islands.

Souris
Artisans on Main
Wildlife

ShantyStay Accommodations

ShantyStay Accommodations (2 nights)

Located in the heart of the seaside town of Souris, ShantyStay offers 10 simple and rustic yet clean, cozy hand-built affordable cabins with a distinct PEI nautical style. Walking distance to Souris Beach, Confederation Trail, Souris Harbour, CTMA Ferry terminal, shops and dining establishments.

Quoted: room with double bed. Breakfast not included, but available nearby.

Day 5

Cycle Elmira or East Point loop

Cycle Elmira or East Point loop

Stop at the Basin Head Provincial Park, beach and Fisheries museum. The "Singing Sands" nickname comes from the sound the geologically-unique pure white sand makes when you step on it, due to a high silica content. Stop at the Elmira Railway Museum, one of just seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites, marking what was the end of PEI's rail line. If you feel like riding longer, the hexagonal wooden East Point Lighthouse marks the northern & easternmost tip of PEI. It's also where the Gulf of the St Lawrence tides meet the Northumberland Strait. Your return to Souris includes options for cycling past the East Point Wind Farm and riding either the Confederation Trail or a less-traveled scenic heritage road route over the Glen Road & the New Harmony road with its tree-shaded tunnel and colorful rumrunning history.

Option 1: (to Elmira, return via trail)
Distance: 50.9 km
Ascent: 457 m Descent: 457 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 2: (to Elmira, return via heritage roads)
Distance: 55.9 km
Ascent: 539 Descent: 539 Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 3: (to East point, return via trail)
Distance: 66.7 km
Ascent: 576 m Descent: 575 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 4: (to East point, return via heritage roads)
Distance: 67.8 km
Ascent: 623 m Descent: 622 m Terrain: mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Points East Coastal Drive

Souris Boardwalk

Souris Boardwalk

Take a walk, stop for a drink, visit the beach, shop for local crafts or eats. Several of the venues are top notch and well worth the visit.

Musical Dinner Cruise

Musical Dinner Cruise

Optional experience (seasonal):
Captain J.J. Chaisson, multi-instrumentalist and fisherman, offers an authentic Island cultural trip like no other. Step dancing, fiddle music, lobster fishing and tasty eats are all part of the experience aboard his boat, with the dramatic red cliffs of his hometown of Souris as the stage.

Book directly:
Fiddling Fisherman
Fiddling Fisherman on Facebook


Day 6

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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 fewer than 5 nights: 50% deposit on booking.
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The final balance will be scheduled for automatic processing 30 days prior to trip start.

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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 Souris to Charlottetown

Cycle Souris to Charlottetown

Return cycle to Charlottetown via the Confederation Trail, paved highway or a combination of both. Cycling the most picturesque part of the trail, you will have splendid views of the water, cultured mussel farming, Morell and the historic Hillsborough River as you pass by the Abegweit First Nation.
There are a number of U-pick berry farms in the area but McCardle's Berry Patch in Mt. Stewart offers 3 kinds - ready-picked or U-pick strawberries, raspberries & blueberries. Vesey's Seeds and gardens in York has been supplying gardeners since 1939, and have a retail shop and trial gardens on site.
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: trail St. Peters to Mt. Stewart only
Distance: 87.2 km
Ascent: 268 m Descent: 278 m Terrain: Mixed mostly road
Route link (access for confirmed participants only) PENDING

Option 2: road to St. Peters, trail to Charlottetown
Distance: 90.1 km
Ascent: 615 m Descent: 624 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Option 3: Confederation trail all the way baby
Distance: 93 km
Ascent: 312 m Descent: 322 m Terrain: Mixed mostly trail
Route link (access for confirmed participants only) PENDING

Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves
National Healing Forests

2022 PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tour Pricing
CAD $ per person, includes HST
June through October
Inquire for customized lodging, group itineraries & pricing
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy 2 Singles*
$ 1560.00 $ 2650.00 $1950.00 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)

Booking Information / Cancellation Policy