Cycling Charlottetown-Montague-Souris-St Peters (7n/8d)

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

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 (return via trail or heritage roads)
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 St. Peters
Option 1: with Greenwich
Distance: 56.5 km
Ascent: 392 m Descent: 401 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 2: without Greenwich
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 248 m Descent: 259 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 7: St. Peters to Greenwich & Naufrage loop
Option 1: Naufrage without Greenwich
Distance: 45.4 km
Ascent: 340 m Descent: 338 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 2: Naufrage with Greenwich
Distance: 53.8 km
Ascent: 390 m Descent: 388 m Terrain: Mixed
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Option 3: Clearspring without Greenwich
Distance: 63.6 km
Ascent: 482 m Descent: 481 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)
Option 4: Clearspring with Greenwich
Distance: 72.3 km
Ascent: 540 km Descent: 539 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Day 8: St. Peters to Charlottetown
Distance: 60.8 km
Ascent: 384 m Descent: 379 m Terrain: mixed, mostly trail
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

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.

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.

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 (7 days)

Arrival, professional outfitting with MacQueen's rental equipment at our shop at 430 Queen Street in the center of Charlottetown.
Pickup Day 1: 09:00
Dropoff Day 8: 17:00
Rental duration: 8 days

  • Waterbottle
  • Handlebar or Trunk Bag
  • Garmin computer
  • 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: 11.99 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, Culture, Events The Guild Confederation Center Benevolent Irish Society

Day 2

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

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.

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)

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. Options for King, Queen or 2 Queens. Breakfast included.

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's 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)

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. Each room is equipped with a double bed and private bath. Walking distance to Souris Beach, Confederation Trail, Souris Harbour, CTMA Ferry terminal, shops and dining establishments. They also have a barn for bicycle storage.

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

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

Souris Boardwalk

Souris Boardwalk

Take a walk, stop for a drink, visit the beach, shop for local crafts or eats at the Souris Beach Gateway Park. Several of the venues are top notch and well worth the visit. The Poke Shack & The Lobster Shack feature the freshest seafood. Chef Michael's Flavour Shack has lots of goodies you can take home, or gift to friends.

Day 5

Cycle Elmira or East Point loop

Cycle Elmira or East Point loop

Stop at the Basin Head Provincial Park, beach and Basin Head 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. 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 has options for
a) the Trail and past the East Point Wind Farm and Elmira Railway Museum, one of just seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites, marking what was the end of PEI's rail line or
b) via the Glen Road & the New Harmony heritage 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

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

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 St. Peters

Cycle Souris to St. Peters

Cycle the Confederation Trail to St. Peters.
Optional extension: continue to Greenwich National Park for a walk through the unique sand dune system to one of PEI’s best beaches. Return to St. Peters.

Option 1: with Greenwich
Distance: 56.5 km
Ascent: 392 m Descent: 401 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Option 2: without Greenwich
Distance: 36 km
Ascent: 248 m Descent: 259 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Discover St. Peters

Discover St. Peters

St. Peters is an extraordinarily picturesque rural community in northeastern PEI. Its church, aquaculture operations in the bay, proximity to the Greenwich section of the PEI National Park, scenic sections of the Confederation Trail, shopping, summer theater, dining and dairy bars make it an especially attractive destination for cyclists.

St. Peters Bay Community
Artisans by the Bay
Rick's Fish & Chips


Points East Coastal Inn

Points East Coastal Inn (2 nights)

A provincially-registered Heritage Place, the Points East Coastal Inn was built in the 1870's for John P. Sullivan, a prominent merchant and farmer in the village of St. Peters Bay. It has a dominant mansard roof with dormers, overlooking the picturesque church, bay and cultured mussel operation. From 1915 until the early '60's, the home was the Manse for the adjacent Presbyterian (now United) church. Many locals were married in the home's front parlour.

Quoted: Confederation room
Overlooking the Bay and Confederation Trail, this room features a private bathroom with large shower.
Breakfast included.

Day 7

Cycle Naufrage or Clearspring Loop

Cycle Naufrage or Clearspring Loop

Cycle to Greenwich (if you haven't already), then along the north shore stopping at Naufrage or Clearspring before turning south to connect with the Confederation Trail as you return to St Peters.

Option 1: Naufrage without Greenwich
Distance: 45.4 km
Ascent: 340 m Descent: 338 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Option 2: Naufrage with Greenwich
Distance: 53.8 km
Ascent: 390 m Descent: 388 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Option 3: Clearspring without Greenwich
Distance: 63.6 km
Ascent: 482 m Descent: 481 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Option 4: Clearspring with Greenwich
Distance: 72.3 km
Ascent: 540 km Descent: 539 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Shipwreck Point Lighthouse
Naufrage River

Greenwich

Greenwich

The Greenwich Peninsula extends northwest from St. Peters, creating St. Peters Bay. The pristine white sand beach and sand dune field is part of the Prince Edward Island National Park, and is a hidden gem. Visit the interpretive center, walk the trails and the floating boardwalk, and bask in the beauty of the untouched ecosystem of this corner of the Island.

Day 8

Registration  & Payment

Registration & Payment

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1) click to accept the Terms & Conditions on that itinerary. You can read them here now, but remember, you need to click & accept Terms & Conditions on the itinerary you want to accept for us to proceed with your booking.

2) complete and submit a single Registration Form (link also at the bottom of the itinerary page) with complete Traveler, Outfitting & Payment information.

When we receive those 2 notifications, here’s what will happen:

1. We proceed to submit all reservation requests to service providers. If any service isn’t able to be confirmed exactly as quoted, we’ll consult alternatives with you via email prior to proceeding further with your booking process. If any alternative services or prices require adjustment, those changes will be uploaded to your itinerary for approval.

2. We only process your booking deposit once we’ve received written confirmation for all approved services.

 fewer than 5 nights: 50% deposit on booking.
 Tours of 5+ nights: A deposit of $500 CAD per person is required upon booking.
The final balance will be scheduled for automatic processing 30 days prior to trip start.

The quoted rate at the bottom of your itinerary includes taxes. The price is based on using a single credit card to apply deposit/final payment, so the trip organizer will be responsible for collecting information/funds and submitting a Registration Form on behalf of all travel companions.

Departure

Departure

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

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 lodgings so that you just enjoy the ride.

Cycle St. Peters to Charlottetown

Cycle St. Peters to Charlottetown

The most scenic section of PEI's Confederation Trail runs from the community of St. Peters Bay to the village of Morell. You'll see cultured mussell farming along the way, plus a lookout to dunes of Greenwich beach in the eastern section of the PEI National Park. The Morell river's popular for kayaking, paddling and fishing for trout and salmon. The bridge is the longest on the trail and if you stop to look as you cross, you can see the turning mechanism.
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.
You'll also pass by the Scotchfort Reserve and National Healing Forests, and along the banks of the Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River, a traditional hunting and fishing ground for the Abegweit First Nation.
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.
Waypoint #20-19

Distance: 60.7 km
Ascent: 389 m Descent: 386 m Terrain: Mixed
Route link (access for confirmed participants only)

Abegweit Tourism
Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves

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*
$ 2070.00 $ 2950.00 $2655.00 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