PEI Eastern Loop (9d/8n)

Note: This trip follows the Island Walk route in a counterclockwise direction, with the Island’s prevailing southwesterly winds in mind (we know headwinds matter to cyclists!). We also wanted to take maximum advantage of our existing Eastern PEI luggage transfer direction (southeast >northeast >Charlottetown), to minimize our/your carbon footprint by combining as many stops as possible. But the current Island Walk signage was only designed for those following the path in a clockwise direction from waypoint #32 (Charlottetown) to 1 (Dunedin) and 2 (Victoria) and so forth. So while the routes & stops will be equally beautiful and enjoyable, you’ll not necessarily fully benefit from the existing Island Walk signage direction.
If purchasing this trip WITHOUT luggage transfers, and prefer to travel in a clockwise direction for the signage, there’s no issue on our end to set it up inversely.

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.

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.

About Prince Edward Island

About Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, nestled between in 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

Routes

Routes

The Island Walk is largely signed in a CLOCKWISE direction.

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

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.

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (8 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 9: 17:00
Duration: 9 days

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.

  • Emergency Road Repair Insurance
  • Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Cycle Charlottetown to Belfast

Cycle Charlottetown to Belfast

You'll 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.

Suggested ride: 61.2 km
Elevation gain: 282 m
Elevation loss: 271 m

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 2

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

Local Eats

Local Eats

The Chowder House (seasonal) 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 3

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 Murray River

Cycle Belfast 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.

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

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 4

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 5

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

our 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.
Section 29-28
Section 28-27

Distance: 46.6 km
Elevation gain: 114 m
Elevation loss: 108 m

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 (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, 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 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 Montague to Souris

Cycle Montague to Souris

Bike through rural countryside along a meandering scenic coastal drive to the port of Souris.
Waypoints #27-26
Waypoints #26-25
Waypoints #25-24

Distance: 65.32 km
Ascent: 621 m
Descent: 617 m
Terrain: Mixed

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
Artisans on Main
Wildlife
The Fiddling Fisherman Lookout (just across the bridge) is being refurbished and promises to be a unique cultural venue.

The Library Inn

The Library Inn (1 night)

The Library Inn overlooks the harbour in Souris and is easy walking distance to multiple dining options. Rooms are equipped with private bathrooms with shower. The inn has a sun terrace and garden. Continental or a la carte breakfasts are available and included with your stay.

The Library Inn overlooks the harbour in Souris and is easy walking distance to multiple dining options. Rooms are equipped with private bathrooms with shower. The inn has a sun terrace and garden. Continental or a la carte breakfasts are available.

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 7

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

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

Cycle Souris to East Point & Rock Barra

Cycle Souris to East Point & Rock Barra

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 Elmira Railway Museum is one of just seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites, marking what was the end of PEI's rail line. You could skip over to see 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. If you're looking for branch trails to explore, the area features the Glen Road & the New Harmony heritage road with its tree-shaded tunnel and colorful rumrunning history. Island Walk sections to complete on today's ride:
Waypoints #24-23 to Bothwell
Waypoints #23-22 to Elmira
Waypoints #22-21 to New Zealand

Distance: 62.7 km
Elevation Gain: 267 m
Elevation Loss: 249 m

Scenic Heritage Roads in PEI

Points East Coastal Drive
Rock Barra Retreat
Hermanville-Clearspring wind energy development

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.

Down the beach: the Rock Barra waterfall and artist's retreat


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

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 Rock Barra to St. Peters

Cycle Rock Barra to St. Peters

The Confederation Trail leads to St. Peters, where you can take an optional extension to the Greenwich section of PEI's National Park, a natural gem of a hiking trail. If you're feeling ambitious, you could loop around and discover the paved north shore byway.

Waypoints #21-20 to St. Peters

Distance to Greenwich: 37.3 km
Elevation Gain: 130 m
Elevation Loss: 159 m

Shipwreck Point Lighthouse
Naufrage
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.

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. U.P.E.I. is operating a new climate change & adaptation research facility in the center of town.

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.

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

Day 9

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

If interested in proceeding to request services as quoted, the primary trip organizer will navigate to the lower section of the main itinerary page and

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.

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 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 the Greenwich Dunes section of PEI's National Park. The Morell river is popular for kayaking, paddling and fishing for trout and salmon.
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.
We recommend visiting In the Mix Bakery or Laurie's Country Kitchen in Mount Stewart for lunch or refreshments before continuing on the last leg of your journey along the historic Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River. 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: 64.06 km
Elevation Gain: 231 m
Elevation Loss: 233 m

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

Island Walk by Bike Packages
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Inquire for custom itinerary planning services, rates for groups/families. Trips can be tailored to your travel period and budget.
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View PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tours

Includes:

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

More Info

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

Families

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