PEI The Merry-Go-Round (18d/17n)

Day 1

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.

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

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.

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) 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.

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.

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (17 days)

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

Quoted rental equipment services include:
-Deluxe Hybrids equipped with rear carriers and waterbottle cage (bottle not included)
-Helmet
-Handlebar or Trunk Bag
-1 Lock per every 2 bikes
-1 Basic repair kit per every 2 bikes
For Island Walk by Bike programs without luggage transfers:
-2 sets of touring panniers

Note: it's recommended to plan time for a test ride in Charlottetown before embarking on a multi-day trip. Rentals are for a 24-hour period, so you could schedule pickup 1 day early @ 16:00 and dropoff the final day at the same time (it's no extra charge). Advise when booking if this is your preference.

  • Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Cycle Charlottetown to Victoria

Cycle Charlottetown to Victoria

Cycle through inland PEI to the southern coast. Enroute, 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 endulge 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

Distance: 40.3 km
Elevation gain: 222 m
Elevation loss: 221 m

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 has 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

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 spectacular 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: Driftwood room

One bedroom suite/king bed/ensuite bath.
This spacious one bedroom suite features a king bed, sitting room with TV and large full ensuite bath. Enjoy the sunrise and water view from your pillow.

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 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

Distance: 41.2 km
Elevation gain: 106 m
Elevation loss: 101 m

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.

Explore Summerside
Things to See & Do in Summerside
Cultural Summerside
Baywalk Boardwalk
Samuel's Coffeehouse

Summerside Inn Bed and Breakfast

Summerside Inn Bed and Breakfast (1 night)

Open all year round, the Summerside Inn B&B is a beautifully appointed late Victorian Queen Anne Revival residence, located in the heart of historic downtown Summerside. Within easy walking distance are wonderful restaurants, facilities and attractions including the harbourfront and boardwalk.

The inn has three bedrooms, each with queen sized bed, period furnishings, television and en suite bath. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the parlour, 2nd floor sitting area, sun room and verandah. An elegant breakfast is served in the dining room each morning. Wi-fi and parking are also included in your stay.


Overlooking Winter Street with three large windows, this spacious room offers an en-suite bathroom with a beautifully refinished claw-foot tub. Relax in the historic atmosphere with a bubble bath or watering-can shower. This room boasts is own fire burning fireplace. (Sleeps 2)

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 Summerside to West Point

Cycle Summerside to West Point

Cycle through the Evangeling Region to O'Leary and then head south to the West Point Lighthouse.

Waypoint #4 to 5 to Wellington
Waypoint #5 to 6 to McNeil Mills

Waypoint #6 to 7 to O'Leary
Distance: 84.2 km
Elevation gain: 146 m
Elevation loss: 159 m

This is a longish day and could be broken up by an overnight in the Wellington area, allowing you to explore PEI's Evangeline area at leisure. The Bottle Houses & gardens are truly unique and worth the stop. Let us know if intersted in that itinerary adjustment.
Evangeline Region

Rural Community of Wellington

Mont-Carmel Cultural Cooperative
The Bottle Houses (Cape Egmont)
Acadian Musem (Miscouche)
Acadian Musical Village (Abram-Village)

West Point Lighthouse

West Point Lighthouse (1 night)

The West Point Lighthouse stands among the Island's most recognizable places. At 69 feet tall, it's PEI's tallest and one of the most unique lighthouses due to its unique tapered square shape and black and white striped paint. Built in 1875, put into operation in 1876, and manned until 1963 when its second keeper, who lived in the attached dwelling, retired; today the lantern operates electrically. In 1987, the inn was established by the West Point Development Corporation, a group of enterprising volunteers based in western Prince Edward Island. In 2011, the inn was revamped yet again with further accommodations being added and updated.

Quoted: Tower room: Queen bed (max 2 guests)
Breakfast included

Day 4

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

Proud's Bicycle Works Studio, based in Tignish, takes care of transferring your luggage mainly between Prince County inns. We normally schedule pickups beginning at 09:00. They'll ensure your bags are waiting for you when you arrive in your next destination so that you just enjoy the ride.

Cycle West Point to Tignish

Cycle West Point to Tignish

Return to O'Leary, then head for the coast. You'll follow the coastal byway north past the Stompin Tom Center in Skinners Pond before cycling to your inn, a former convent in Tignish.
Waypoints #7-8
Waypoints #8-9

Distance: 64.7 km
Elevation gain: 148 m
Elevation loss: 130 m

Discover Tignish

Discover Tignish

Tignish is "up west" for Islanders. In the town of about 800 residents, you can check out the Cultural Center to learn of the area's Acadian and Irish heritage and traditions. The St. Simon and St. Jude Church is pretty amazing inside. Indulge in some local fare at M.J.'s Bakery & Caboose Cafe.

Tignish Heritage Inn and Gardens

Tignish Heritage Inn and Gardens (1 night)

Located behind St. Simon and St. Jude Church, at 206 Maple St., built in 1868, this restored Heritage property features magnificent floral gardens and offers the unique charm of the past with all the modern amenities. Within walking distance to restaurants, museum, shopping and mile zero of Confederation Trail. 16 guest rooms with private bath/shower and cable TV. Kitchen and laundry facilities available. Open year round.


Quoted: Room 8

This very spacious second floor room features a queen bed, full bath and cable TV. The room has an 8′ window overlooking the gardens directly down the maple tree lined walkway.
Breakfast included.

Day 5

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

Proud's Bicycle Works Studio, based in Tignish, takes care of transferring your luggage mainly between Prince County inns. We normally schedule pickups beginning at 09:00. They'll ensure your bags are waiting for you when you arrive in your next destination so that you just enjoy the ride.

Cycle Tignish to Alberton

Cycle Tignish to Alberton

Cycle north and visit the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Center for a window on some of PEI's renewable energy initiatives. There's a nature trail for hiking. Meander down the coast to the town of Alberton and enjoy the view from the harbour.
Waypoints #9-10 to Anglo Tignish
Waypoints #10-11 to Alberton

Distance: 46.8 km
Elevation gain: 40 m
Elevation loss: 51 m

North Cape Coastal Drive
Cape Kildaire
Christ Church

Seacow Pond legend

La Petite France B&B

La Petite France B&B (1 night)

Built in 1892-1894 by Fred L. Rogers, La Petite France is situated prominently on Church Street in the town of Alberton adjacent to the Alberton Courthouse Museum. The house has been a recognized Registered Heritage Place since November 2006. Four guest- rooms are each designed in a distinctive style specific to a particular area of France.

In 2001, Michele and Hubert Lihrmann from Colmar, France, fell in love with Prince Edward Island and this house and decided to run it as a B&B. The name La Petite France recalls their origins and an idyllic area in Strasbourg, Michele's native town.

Your inkeepers are happy to welcome you at La Petite France and will make sure you enjoy your stay in a relaxed atmosphere. Evening meals can be ordered in advance.


Quoted: Room with one queen-size bed, en suite bath, free wifi internet access. Breakfast included.

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 Alberton to Summerside

Cycle Alberton to Summerside

You'll cycle south past oyster country and into the Evangeline Region of PEI before reaching PEI's second-largest urban center, Summerside.
Waypoints #11-12
Waypoints #12-13
Waypoints #13-14
Waypoint #14 (partial today, to be continued tomorrow)

Distance: 71.8 km
Elevation gain: 114 m
Elevation loss: 109 m

Cascumpec Bay
Cascumpec Bay Oyster Co.
Cascumpec General Store Antiques & Collectibles

Ellerslie-Bideford

Bideford Parsonage Museum
PEI Shellfish Museum
Wellington
Miscouche
Acadian Musem of PEI
St. John the Baptist Historic Church

Summerside Inn Bed and Breakfast

Summerside Inn Bed and Breakfast (1 night)

Open all year round, the Summerside Inn B&B is a beautifully appointed late Victorian Queen Anne Revival residence, located in the heart of historic downtown Summerside. Within easy walking distance are wonderful restaurants, facilities and attractions including the harbourfront and boardwalk.

The inn has three bedrooms, each with queen sized bed, period furnishings, television and en suite bath. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the parlour, 2nd floor sitting area, sun room and verandah. An elegant breakfast is served in the dining room each morning. Wi-fi and parking are also included in your stay.


Quoted: Winter room

Overlooking Winter Street with three large windows, this spacious room offers an en-suite bathroom with a beautifully refinished claw-foot tub. Relax in the historic atmosphere with a bubble bath or watering-can shower. This room boasts is own fire burning fireplace. (Sleeps 2).
Breakfast included.

Day 7

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 Summerside to Malpeque

Cycle Summerside to Malpeque

Follow the Island Walk route as far as Burlington, then branch off to explore Indian River and Cabot Beach Provincial Park.
Optional: You could continue around the coastal drive to the Cape Tryon Lighthouse and French River for some incredibly scenic coastal riding. There's a dirt road by the Cape Tryon lighthouse that leads to a spectacular location for a cliffside picnic, at the bottom of farmer's fields.
Waypoint #14-15 to Kensington
Waypoint #15-16 to Bayview (you'll can do part of this route today, and then the rest tomorrow)

Distance to Malpeque: 33 km
Elevation gain: 85 m
Elevation loss: 89 m
If ambitious, you could extend this to 72 kms with the aforementioned loop to French River & back.

Noble House B&B

Noble House B&B (1 night)

Jim & Karen Noble have been hosting guests for almost 2 decades. Their cheery yellow heritage farmhouse features a welcoming front porch. gingerbread trim & three well-equipped rooms. Period charm is coupled with contemporary amenities including jacuzzi tubs, cable TV, and high-speed Internet. A hot, home-cooked breakfast is included. The inn is close to Cabot Beach Provincial Park and the Malpeque Oyster Barn, where we highly recommend dinner reservations (by the window, if you can scoop up a seat overlooking the wharf).

King Suite: features ensuite Bath with double jacuzzi & ocean views
The property is a lovingly-restored 1860 heritage Farm Home on 8 acres with sweeping ocean views. An award-winning home and gardens.

Malpeque Oyster Barn

Malpeque Oyster Barn

Hit the PEI culinary trail for the freshest oysters at the Malpeque Oyster Barn. Make advance dinner reservations and ask for the window seat overlooking the wharf.

Extra $, payable locally

The Table Culinary Studio is another extraordinary PEI evening dining / cultural experience, but a little further away. Requires advance reservations & planning.

Day 8

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 Malpeque to Rustico

Cycle Malpeque to Rustico

Today's cycling route takes you through New London & Stanley Bridge into the Prince Edward Island National Park before reaching Rustico.
Waypoints #15-16
Waypoints #16-17

Distance: 53.1 km
Elevation gain: 308 m
Elevation loss: 301 m

Poppie's Porch
Village Pottery
Potter's Parlour (ice cream)
P.E.I National Park
MacKenzie's Brook

Barachois Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast

Barachois Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast (1 night)

The Barachois Inn is a premiere boutique inn experience on PEI. Located on the second floor of the Gallant House, you'll fall in love with the beautiful view of the oldest Catholic Church in PEI, St Augustine's with a picturesque seaside cliff in the distance.

The amazing Queen size bed in this Victorian era inspired room is a true gem that makes a lovely impression on all guests. Made from walnut, this four poster canopy bed is circa 1840 and is truly a hand carved masterpiece of craftsmanship. Offering Victorian sitting chairs, an exquisite armoire and chest of drawers, you'll be transported back in time by this elegant room.

The large ensuite offers an air massage tub for two, a walk in glass shower and double vanity.
Maximum occupancy: 2
Breakfast included.

N. Rustico Eats

N. Rustico Eats

North Rustico has a number of good restaurants and a great little bakery. Some dining establishments here require advance reservations. Choose from:
Pedro's Island Eatery
Blue Mussel Cafe
On the Dock Eatery
Fishermans Wharf
Olde Village Bakery

Day 9

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.

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. A la carte meals are available on site. Purchase of a park pass is required for overnight guests.

Quoted: King room with view. Breakfast not included, but available a la carte ($) at the inn restaurant.

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

Cycle Rustico to Dalvay

Cycle Rustico to Dalvay

Continue heading east and make a stop at the Dunes Gallery & Cafe in Brackley - the extraordinary grounds alone are worth it. Beach 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 is Dalvay by the Sea, a national historic site.
Waypoints #17-18

Distance: 30.5 km
Elevation gain: 105 m
Elevation loss: 120 m

Day 10

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 St. Peters

Cycle Dalvay to St. Peters

A good portion of your ride today will be on the Confederation Trail. The section between Morell and St. Peters is exceptionally scenic. The Morell river is popular for kayaking, paddling and fishing for trout and salmon You'll see cultured mussell farming along the way, plus a lookout to the Greenwich Dunes section of PEI's National Park.
Waypoints #18-19
Waypoints #19-20

Distance: 50.1km
Elevation gain: 60 m
Elevation loss: 55 m

Morell
Abegweit First Nation & Abegweit Tourism
Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves
National Healing Forests

Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River

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 (1 night)

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.
The property's new owners have renovated several of the rooms and are excited about embracing St. Peters as their new home.

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

Day 11

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 St. Peters to Rock Barra

Cycle St. Peters to Rock Barra

Begin with a ride to visit the Greenwich section of the PEI National Park. Return to St. Peters and follow the forested Confederation Trail to New Zealand, where you'll turn north to your coastal accommodations.
Waypoints #20-21

Distance: 43.4 km
Elevation gain: 157 m
Elevation loss: 127 m

What to do in the area

Johnson Shore Inn

Johnson Shore Inn (1 night)

Overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Inn is a secluded refuge where you can relax or stage your adventure. The inn has 12 guest rooms with ocean view, private bath and queen beds. For rooms have an extra twin bed for guests who require separate beds. Breakfast is included. Evening drinks and dining available with advance reservations.


Quoted:
Second floor corner room with a spectacular view, queen bed and facilities en-suite. Option: Sunrise room 9 or sunset room 12.
Breakfast included.

Day 12

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 Rock Barra to East Point & Souris

Cycle Rock Barra to East Point & Souris

Continue to the end of the Confederation Trail at the Elmira Railway Museum, one of just seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites, marking what was the end of PEI's rail line. Then loop around to the East Point Lighthouse. 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.
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. Your route to Souris includes the New Harmony heritage road with its tree-shaded tunnel and colorful rumrunning history.
Waypoints#21-22
Waypoints #22-23
Waypoints #23-24

Distance: 58.5 km
Elevation gain: 202 m
Elevation loss: 221 m

Scenic Heritage Roads in PEI

Points East Coastal Drive

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
Dining (filter by Places to Eat) - The Evergreen Cafe is a local fave in town for breakfast/lunch. 21 Breakwater is a good bet for dinner. The Fiddling Fisherman Lookout (just across the bridge) is being refurbished and promises to be a unique cultural venue.
Artisans on Main
Wildlife

ShantyStay Accommodations

ShantyStay Accommodations (1 night)

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: 1 room with double bed. Breakfast not included but available nearby ($).

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 13

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 Montague

Cycle Souris to Montague

Cycle sections of the Points East Coastal Drive combined with Confederation Trail as you make your way to the town of Montague in the 3 Rivers municipality.
Waypoints #24-25
Waypoints #25-26
Waypoints #26-27

Distance: 54.2 km
Elevation gain: 213 m
Elevation loss: 214 m

Boughton River Trail
Cardigan River Trail
Cardigan, fun facts
Montague

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 (1 night)

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, breakfast included.
Options for 1 King, 1 Queen 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 14

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 Murray River

Cycle Montague to Murray River

Your route hugs the coast today 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. Poverty Beach is a designated natural area and good for off-the-beaten-path lovers. Murray Harbour is the last small town you'll hit before arriving in your destination, Murray River.
Waypoints #27-28
Waypoints #28-29

Distance: 42.6 km
Elevation gain: 99 m
Elevation loss: 105 m

Panmure Lighthouse and its History
Panmure Island Provincial Park

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.

Day 15

Cycle Murray River to Wineries & Secret Spots

Cycle Murray River to Wineries & Secret Spots

We highly recommend extending a second night in Murray River and looping out to visit some of the local treasures 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.

Distance: 54 km
Elevation gain: 122 m
Elevation loss: 126 m

Day 16

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 Belfast

Cycle Murray River to Belfast

Return to the Island Walk route and cycle today from Murray River to Belfast. You'll pass Island Baking & Milling enroute - Steve Knechtel has been making sourdough bread for sale at the Farmers Market for decades. You could stop enroute for a hike at the Gairloch Trail. Check out Fleece & Harmony. Or visit Hedwig at her studio, Koleszar Pottery, or the Broken Rock Fossil Shop, also nearby. Your destination is Point Prim. It's the area where many of the immigrants who traveled aboard the Polly from Skye, Scotland, landed back in 1803. MacQueen family included. Dad used to say we have sheep stealer anscestors, but you can trust us.
Waypoints #29-30

Distance: 52.9 km
Elevation gain: 186 km
Elevation loss: 199 km

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 available.
This property has a minimum 2-night stay.

Day 17

Cycle Point Prim to Orwell Corner

Cycle Point Prim to Orwell Corner

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. For lunch today you could bring a picnic lunch to enjoy here, or possibly supplement with goods from Anna's Tea Room (CASH ONLY) or Verandah Cafe (CALL FIRST). Adjacent is the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, an admirable initiative of the Environmental Coalition of PEI. And the well-preserved MacPhail Homestead and Verandah Cafe.
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.

Distance: 45.2 km
Elevation Gain: 269 m
Elevation Loss: 272 m

Day 18

Departure PEI

Departure PEI

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

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Registration  & Payment

Registration & Payment

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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 Belfast to Charlottetown

Cycle Belfast to Charlottetown

Return to the trail at Waypoint #30. Follow the trail west through woodlands. Your destination is the capital, Charlottetown, and you'll take the new active transportation path across the Hillsborough Bridge to complete your Island journey.
Waypoints #30-31
Waypoints #31-32

Distance: 66.9 km
Elevation gain: 345 m
Elevation loss: 357 m

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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.