Tip to Tip North Shore (8d/7n)

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.

Discover Western PEI

Discover Western PEI

Islanders call this part of PEI “Up West”. With alot of industrial agriculture farmland, it's an area often overlooked by visitors. Here you can discover the Wind Energy Interpretive Center, the hometown of one of PEI's cultural icons Stompin Tom Conners, oyster farming, Lennox Island and the Island's Acadian cultural epicenter.

North Cape Drive
What to Do
North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Center
Stompin Tom Center
Canadian Potato Museum
PEI Shellfish Musem (Bideford-Ellerslie)
Moth Lane Brewing
Scenic Heritage Roads

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 route 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.

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
Duration: 8 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.

  • Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Confederation Trail Shuttle

Confederation Trail Shuttle

MacQueen's shuttle service moves passengers, bicycles and luggage from 430 Queen Street, Charlottetown to the Confederation Trail head in Tignish or Christopher Cross (Waypoint #7 of The Island Walk) to begin this journey.

Available on Day 1: luggage dropoff at an alternative location. Inquire (with your lodging location + # of travelers) for price supplement.

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

MacQueen's staff will ensure your bags are waiting for you when you arrive in your next destination so that you just enjoy the ride.

Cycle Christopher Cross to West Point

Cycle Christopher Cross to West Point

Your adventure begins in Christopher Cross, where you'll begin cycling south along the coast to O'Leary, before branching down to the West Point Lighthouse for overnight accommodations.
Island Walk Waypoint #9-8 to Mimenegash
Waypoint #8-7 in O'Leary

Distance: 63 km
Ascent: 415 m
Descent: 432 m

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 with breakfast

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 West Point to Miscouche

Cycle West Point to Miscouche

You have several ride options today.
a) ride back to O'Leary to begin ride, so that you don't miss any sections of the Island Walk.
b) shorten your overall mileage a little by beginning your ride at Coleman
c) you could extend your mileage by branching off in Northam to ride section 13-14 to Miscouche.
We've calculated here for option b but can plot your choice of route in advance, just let us know your preferences.
Stop off to check out Leard's grist mill in Coleman, the last remaining one on PEI. In Portage discover the Wildlife Management Area, dedicated to conservation. Ellerslie features the Green Park Shipbuilding Musem and Yeo House.

Your destination is in the Island's Evangeline region, and the overnight accommodations with on-site pub are the perfect spot to begin a loop to explore the lovely church on the south shore, the Bottle Houses and Abram's Village before heading on to Summerside tomorrow. It's a window into PEI's acadian culture.

Waypoints #7 to 6
Waypoints #6 to 5

Distance (hooking up with route in Coleman): 72.9 km
Elevation gain: 111 m
Elevation loss: 85 m

Prince County Guest House

Prince County Guest House (1 night)

The Prince County Guest House is located directly across from the historic St. John the Baptist church in Miscouche and just 1 km from the Confederation Trail. Featuring 16 unique guest rooms with private bath, the inn also has an on-site restaurant, The Village Pub. It's a most convenient and comfortable location to explore PEI's Evangeline region.

The King Suite features a king size bed + double sofabed with private ensuite bath, on the second floor of the inn.

Breakfast is not included but is available just 1 km away on Hwy 2 at the Country Oven.

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 Miscouche / Evangeline & Summerside

Cycle Miscouche / Evangeline & Summerside

Today's loop will take you through the cultural center of Acadian PEI to Wellington, past the church in Mont-Carmel, the unique Bottle Houses and Cape Egmont Lighthouse to Abrams Village. Your loop will circle back along the Confederation Trail to Summerside.
Waypoints #5 to 4

Distance: 57.9 km
Elevation gain: 99 m
Elevation loss: 113 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.


Quoted: Winter room with breakfast
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 4

Malpeque Oyster Barn

Malpeque Oyster Barn

Hit the PEI culinary trail for the freshest oysters at the Malpeque Oyster Barn (seasonal, check dates of operation for 2022). Make advance dinner reservations and ask for the window seat overlooking the wharf.

Ship to Shore in Darnley is a popular local choice too.

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

Extra $, payable locally

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 and 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).


Quoted:

King Suite featuring ensuite Bath with double jacuzzi & ocean views.

Day 5

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 authentic heritage Barachois Inn is nestled in an historic Acadian settlement (c.1763) with the rolling landscape touching the sea. The community features the Farmers' Bank of Rustico, a National Historic Site.

The 1880 home, adjacent to the St. Augustine’s imposing church steeples, is beautifully appointed, rich with antiques, superb breakfasts, immersing guests in comfort and privacy with the genuine hospitality of the MacDonald family.

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, the 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.

Rustico Eats

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 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 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

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 in the inn's restaurant.

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

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 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

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 with breakfast.
Overlooking the Bay and Confederation Trail, this room features a private bathroom with large shower.

Day 8

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.

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)

Cycle St. Peters to Elmira

Cycle St. Peters to Elmira

The trail is mainly forested to its end at the Elmira Railway Museum, one of just seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites, marking what was the end of PEI's rail line. Adjacent at heritage roads, the Glen Road & the New Harmony heritage road with its tree-shaded tunnel and colorful rumrunning history.

Optional extensions:
-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.
-You could potentially loop back to Souris along the coast with a 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.
Waypoints #20-21
Waypoints #21-22

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

Souris
Scenic Heritage Roads in PEI
Elmira Railway Museum

Glen Road
New Harmony Road
East Point Lighthouse

Basin Head Provincial Park
Basin Head Fisheries Museum

Points East Coastal Drive

Confederation Trail Shuttle

Confederation Trail Shuttle

MacQueen's shuttle service moves passengers, bicycles and luggage from the Confederation Trail end point in Elmira (Waypoint #22 of The Island Walk) to end this journey.

Quoted: stop at your inn to pick up luggage on the return to Charlottetown.

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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(rates include panniers)
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Tip to Tip North (7n/8d) $2,620 $4,750 $3,405 $2,215 $3,860 $3,085 Request Quote

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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.