Tip to Tip North Shore (6 nts / 7 days)

Tignish (1 nt) – Alberton (1 nt) – Miscouche (1 nt) – North Rustico (1 nt) – Dalvay (1 nt) – St. Peters (1 nt)

Day 1

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
Festivals and Events
PEI Cycling Laws & Safety

Eating & Drinking in PEI

Eating & Drinking in PEI

Local tip #1: PEI has many seasonal food operations, especially outside of its urban centers. If traveling before/after high season, before embarking on your ride without a backup plan, you'll want to check online or with your host (or direct with the operator) to be 100% sure your lunch or dinner destination will be open. Some spots are experiencing staff deficits and may close early if it's rainy/slow. Inns are also your best source of intel on where to indulge in Island fare, so don't afraid to inquire before/during your stay. Your Final Itinerary will include helpful daily suggestions of local venues to check out. When you're cycling, it's best to be prepared. Eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty and rest before you're tired.

PEI Culinary Trail

Places to Eat in Eastern PEI (Points East Coastal Drive with map)

PEI Craft Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries

PEI Liquor Store Locations

U-Pick Farms

What's In Season

Picnics:
Cured Creations: If you love biking & picnics, and are riding from Charlottetown, they have a convenient downtown location for pickup. Women entrepreneurs, chef-curated locally-supplied products, vegan/GF menu options & beautiful presentation. What's not to love?
Pure Kitchen Catering's in our neighborhood
Cordial Picnics will set up picnics within 40 kms of Charlottetown

The Handpie Company's located in Albany but their products are available in various PEI locations. Great Made in PEI to-go or heat up later options. And courtesy of another female Island entrepreneur to boot.

Routes

Routes

Downloadable/printable routes are provided 30 days advance for each day of your cycling itinerary. View sample route or scan it to your phone. All route links are accessible in your Final Itinerary after you send us Plotaroute profile name(s) and the final balance has been paid.

View our detailed Route Instructions for more info on:
-digital download formats
-signing up for a free Plotaroute account
-viewing route maps, directions & metrics
-downloading routes to a Garmin or phone
-printing route directions or cue cards

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.

Cycling Overview

Cycling Overview

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Day 2: Tignish to Alberton
Route link Distance: 46.9 km Ascent: 277 m Descent: 289 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 3: Alberton to Miscouche
Route link Distance: 62.8 km Ascent: 406 m Descent: 386 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 4: Miscouche to North Rustico
Route link Distance: 61.1 km Ascent: 612 m Descent: 614 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 5: North Rustico to Dalvay
Option 1:

Route link Distance: 33.4 km Ascent: 254 m Descent: 277 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: with Robinson's Island extension
Route link Distance: 41.1 km Ascent: 289 Descent: 311 Terrain: Mixed

Day 6: Dalvay to St. Peters
Route link Distance: 51 km Ascent: 335 m Descent: 336 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 7: St. Peters to Elmira
Option 1: to Elmira

Route link Distance: 43.1 km Ascent: 336 m Descent: 304 m Terrain: Off-Road
Option 2: to East Point & return to Elmira
Route link Distance: 63.7 Ascent: 491 km Descent: 459 km Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: to Elmira with Glen Road detour
Route link Distance: 47.8 km Ascent: 382 m Descent: 350 m Terrain: Mixed

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.

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (6 days)

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

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.

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.

This first floor room faces the back and has evening sun. It features 2 twin beds or 1 king bed whichever you prefer. Please let us know in advance of arrival. The room can also accommodate 2 cots.

Breakfast is not included but available on site.

Day 2

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

Route link Distance: 46.9 km Ascent: 277 m Descent: 289 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.


North Cape Coastal Drive
Cape Kildaire
Christ Church

Seacow Pond legend
Alberton Station

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.

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

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 Alberton to Miscouche

Cycle Alberton to Miscouche

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

Route link Distance: 62.8 km Ascent: 406 m Descent: 386 m Terrain: Mixed

Route links available for confirmed participants only.

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

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. The pub is open Tue-Thu 4pm-9pm and Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm and serve drinks and food. It's a most convenient and comfortable location to explore PEI's Evangeline region.

Quoted: Suite #2
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 4

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 to North Rustico

Cycle Miscouche to North Rustico

Today's cycling route takes you through Summerside, Kensington, New London & Stanley Bridge into the Prince Edward Island National Park before reaching North Rustico.

Waypoints #14-15

Waypoints #15-16
Waypoints #16-17 (almost)

Route link Distance: 61.1 km Ascent: 612 m Descent: 614 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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

North Rustico Harbour Inn

North Rustico Harbour Inn (1 night)

The North Rustico Harbour Inn features 18 freshly-renovated suites for a restful night's stay near all Rustico amenities. Each unit features its own unique fireplace mantle, salvaged from various Island homes on the island, with some dating back as early as 1885. Artwork was designed by artist Eric Goggin from New Brunswick who created vintage travel posters to reflect various local sites and monuments. Each unit has use of 2 Adirondack chairs nestled in sand, and is greeted with a hand-made door mat woven from lobster rope by local artist Bonnie Ralph.
Breakfast not included, but you could purchase goods from the Olde Village Bakery and Gallant's Clover Farm and store in your in-room fridge for the morning.

Equipped with one queen bed, 4 piece ensuite, TV, microwave, mini-refrigerator, air conditioning, blackout blinds, and table/chair set.
Maximum occupancy: 2 guests

Rustico Eats

Rustico Eats

North Rustico has a number of good restaurants and a great little bakery. Some dining establishments here require advance reservations.

Day 5

Luggage transfer

Luggage transfer

MacQueen's takes care of transferring your luggage between inns. We normally schedule pickups beginning at 08:30. 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 North Rustico to Dalvay

Cycle North Rustico to Dalvay

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

Option 1:

Route link Distance: 33.4 km Ascent: 254 m Descent: 277 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: with Robinson's Island extension
Route link Distance: 41.1 km Ascent: 289 Descent: 311 Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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.

Quoted: King room with view. Breakfast not included but a la carte meals are available on site. Purchase of a park pass is required for overnight guests.

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 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 Dalvay to St. Peters

Cycle Dalvay to St. Peters

A good portion of your ride today will be on the Confederation Trail. You'll border the Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River, traditional fishing grounds for the Abegweit First Nation. The Scotchfort Reserve is enroute with Abegweit Tourism initiatives, the Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves & the first of Canada's National Healing Forests.
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 dunes at Greenwich beach in the eastern section of the PEI National Park.
Waypoints #18-19
Waypoints #19-20

Route link Distance: 51 km Ascent: 335 m Descent: 336 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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

Day 7

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 . Nearby you could divert over to check out 1 or 2 scenic heritage roads, the Glen Road & the New Harmony 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 Points East Coastal Drive 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

Option 1: to Elmira

Route link Distance: 43.1 km Ascent: 336 m Descent: 304 m Terrain: Off-Road

Option 2: to East Point & return to Elmira
Route link Distance: 63.7 Ascent: 491 m Descent: 459 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: to Elmira with Glen Road detour
Route link Distance: 47.8 km Ascent: 382 m Descent: 350 m Terrain: Mixed

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.

Departure PEI

Departure PEI

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

Airport & taxi info
Travel to/from PEI (bridge, ferry & more)

Registration  & Payment

Registration & Payment

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Island Walk by Bike Packages
2023 CAD $/person, includes HST
Inquire for custom itinerary planning services, rates for groups/families. Trips can be tailored to your travel period and budget.
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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.