Eastern Townships Explore III (5 nts / 6 days)

Day 1

About Prince Edward Island

About Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, nestled between the eastern maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The large island, about 273 kms from tip to tip, is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland, and is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown, the capital, is home to Victorian government buildings & the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery.

Traveling to PEI (air, land, water + parking)

Arts & Heritage
PEI Lighthouses
Festivals and Events

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 property (or direct with the food/bev 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 in advance for each day of your cycling itinerary. View sample route. All route links are accessible in 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

For those using the GPS route functions:
-Renting one of our Garmin Edge 530's? We’ll upload routes before you arrive. Remember to charge the device nightly while on tour. Tips to extend battery life while touring. Ensure the settings have off course warnings enabled.
-Bringing your own Garmin? Load selected route files from Plotaroute to your device. How to download a route to a Garmin Edge
-No Garmin? You can upload GPX files from Plotaroute to your Android/iOS devices and view offline using the BikeGPX app. You could use this as backup at junctures where you’re unsure about navigation, to conserve your phone battery during the day.

To view, print and download your routes:
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’ll require access. We follow designated user(s) and, once your final balance is paid, open up access for all cycling routes we've plotted for your trip. Private access will remain open until the conclusion of your journey.
Your Plotaroute name(s): __________
c) Sign in to your Plotaroute account. Go to the Cycling Overview tab of your itinerary, or visit the daily route descriptions individually. Click on the Route Links to view all plotted route options for your tour. For each route you’ll see a map, and further down the route metrics, elevation profile and download options.

Printing routes:
Plotaroute makes printing route directions easy.
We recommend a minimum of 1 set of printed routes as a backup while riding.
Just click the chosen route's PDF download to print to a pdf file. The printed version includes Map, Directions, Ride Profile + any photos/notes we may have included as additional references.

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

Route links available for confirmed participants only.

Day 1: Charlottetown city tour/test ride
Route link (view, download, print) Distance: 11.99 km Ascent: 88 m Descent: 87 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 2: Charlottetown to Montague
Option 1: coastal route / road
Route link Distance: 51.6 km Ascent: 477 m Descent: 470 m Terrain: Road
Option 2: active transport path to Pownal (replaces coastal route)
Route link Distance: 50.9 km Ascent: 458 m Descent: 449 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: trail to Orwell, road to Montague
Route link Distance: 59.3 km Ascent: 485 m Descent: 476 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 4: trail to Avondale (skip Orwell), road + trail to Montague
Route link Distance: 61.9 km Ascent: 486 m Descent: 478 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 3: Montague to Panmure loop
Option 1: (as described)
Route link Distance: 52 km Ascent: 438 m Descent: 438 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: Murray River extension included
Route link Distance: 68.9 km Ascent: 546 m Descent: 546 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 4: Montague to Lakeside
Option 1: Trail
Route link Distance: 47.1 km Ascent: 351 m Descent: 358 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: visit Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site
Route link Distance: 57.9 km Ascent: 445 m Descent: 453 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 5: Lakeside to St. Peters, Greenwich, or Cable Head loop
Option 1: to St. Peters
Route link Distance: 41.2 km Ascent: 274 m Descent: 274 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: to Greenwich
Route link Distance: 61 km Ascent: 423 m Descent: 423 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: to Cable Head
Route link Distance: 68.8 km Ascent: 485 m Descent: 485 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 6: Lakeside to Charlottetown
Option 1: via trail north of Hillsborough River
Route link Distance: 47.7 km Ascent: 316 m Descent: 317 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: via north coast & trail
Route link Distance: 51.8 km Ascent: 360 m Descent: 361 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: via southern trail X Lake Verde
Route link Distance: 57.2 km Ascent: 449 m Descent: 450 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 4: via trail & less-traveled road
Route link Distance: 45.9 km Ascent: 414 m Descent: 414 m Terrain: Mixed

Discover Charlottetown

Discover Charlottetown

The City of Charlottetown is a flourishing community of approximately 40,500 people located on the south central shore of Prince Edward Island. The capital city of Prince Edward Island, it's known as the "Birthplace of Confederation" after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to the Confederation of Canada.

Trails & Active Transportation
Charlottetown cycling map

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental

Deluxe Hybrid Bicycle Rental (5 days)

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

We provide and pre-load 1 Garmin computer per group. You'll advise on which of the bikes it should be installed. That person will be the group navigator.

Waterbottle
Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Garmin computer
Emergency Road Repair Insurance
Cycle Charlottetown

Cycle Charlottetown

Take a brief test ride through the residential, waterfront and historic areas of PEI’s capital city, Canada’s “Cradle of Confederation”. Free evening for exploring Olde Charlottetown, some of its fabulous dining or theater opportunities.

Route link (view, download, print) Distance: 11.9 km Ascent: 88 m Descent: 87 m Terrain: Mixed

The Harbour House

The Harbour House (1 night)

The Harbour House is owned and operated by the Van der Gaag family. With 20 years of hotel experience on PEI, they've converted what used to be a small 4-room B&B into a 21-room boutique hotel. The property has a superb residential downtown location on a quiet block, but just steps to best entertainment and dining the city has to offer.

24-hour staff are available to ensure that your stay's as comfortable as possible.

Quoted: Studio room with breakfast included.
Options for King, or 2 Queens.

City tax
Charlottetown dining & theater

Charlottetown dining & theater

Charlottetown has a smorgasboard of excellent restaurants for all tastes and budgets, and a number feature outdoor patios in the summer. The capital also has a wealth cultural opportunities with several theaters, art galleries, and regular musical performances throughout the summer.

Arts, Culture, Events The Guild Confederation Center Benevolent Irish Society

Day 2

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 Charlottetown to Montague

Cycle Charlottetown to Montague

Morning departure through seaside communities and rolling countryside to the small riverside town of Montague in eastern PEI. Stop enroute at the Orwell Corner Historic Village, one of seven PEI Museum and Heritage sites. Adjacent is the MacPhail Woods Ecological Forestry Project, an admirable initiative of the Environmental Coalition of PEI. The well-preserved MacPhail Homestead's also worth exploring.

Option 1: coastal route / road
Route link Distance: 51.6 km Ascent: 477 m Descent: 470 m Terrain: Road

Option 2: active transport path to Pownal (replaces coastal route)
Route link Distance: 50.9 km Ascent: 458 m Descent: 449 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: trail to Orwell, road to Montague
Route link Distance: 59.3 km Ascent: 485 m Descent: 476 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 4: trail to Avondale (skip Orwell), road + trail to Montague
Route link Distance: 61.9 km Ascent: 486 m Descent: 478 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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

Lanes Riverhouse Inn & Cottages

Lanes Riverhouse Inn & Cottages (2 nights)

Lane's is a small hotel right in the heart of Montague, walking distance to restaurants, craft breweries, shopping, the marina and more. The property features comfortable, secluded suites and cottages overlooking the beautiful Montague River.

Quoted: Standard hotel room with options for King or 2 Queens. Breakfast included.

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 3

Cycle Montague to Panmure Island

Cycle Montague to Panmure Island

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 licensed dining and washroom facilities. PEI's native Mi'kmaq population traditionally visited the sandbars at this beach for clamming in the summer. The area features a provincial park and small rural community. Check out Moonlight Sanctuaries & Buffaloland in Milltown on the way back. The Harvey Moore Wildlife Sanctuary is owned & operated by the Southeast Environmental Asociation.

From Lane's:
Option 1: (as described)
Route link Distance: 52 km Ascent: 438 m Descent: 438 m Terrain: Mixed

From Lane's:
Option 2: Murray River extension included
Route link Distance: 68.9 km Ascent: 546 m Descent: 546 m Terrain: Mixed

From Dewar's:
Option 1: (as described)
Route link Distance: 53.3 km Ascent: 449 m Descent: 452 m Terrain: mixed

From Dewar's:
Option 2: Murray River extension included
Route link Distance: 69.2 km Ascent: 577 m Descent: 578 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

PEI Seafood

PEI Seafood

PEI's internationally renowned for its seafood and where better to experience it than fresh from the ocean. Atlantic lobster, fat clams, cultured mussels, succulent oysters, scallops and more await. They don't call us "Canada's Food Island" for nothing.

Day 4

Cycle Montague to Lakeside

Cycle Montague to Lakeside

Most of your ride north today will be via the Confederation Trial. Grab a bite to eat at Peake's Tee or in Mount Stewart before reaching your north shore destination in Lakeside.

Option 1: Trail
Route link Distance: 47.1 km Ascent: 351 m Descent: 358 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: visit Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site
Route link Distance: 57.9 km Ascent: 445 m Descent: 453 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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.

Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort

Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort (2 nights)

The Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort is one of Atlantic Canada's most luxurious resorts. The property features a tranquil setting overlooking Prince Edward Island's panoramic North Shore and wide variety of activities offered on-site. Including The Links at Crowbush Cove golf course.

Quoted: 1-bdrm king-bedded cottage features a full-size jacuzzi and a kitchenette with a mini fridge and microwave.

All cottages are equipped with double pull-out couches, two color cable tv's, data ports, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, bathrobes, and private parking.

Day 5

Cycle Greenwich & St. Peters loop

Cycle Greenwich & St. Peters loop

Cycle one of PEI's most scenic sections of the Confederation Trail to the community of St Peters Bay, then explore the Greenwich section of PEI's National Park. Make sure to take your camera. Optional: continue along the north shore to Cable Head before looping back to the quaint village of St Peters for a bite to eat or meandering the local shops.

Option 1: to St. Peters
Route link Distance: 41.2 km Ascent: 274 m Descent: 274 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: to Greenwich
Route link Distance: 61 km Ascent: 423 m Descent: 423 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: to Cable Head
Route link Distance: 68.8 km Ascent: 485 m Descent: 485 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

Discover St. Peters

Discover St. Peters

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

St. Peters Bay Community
Artisans by the Bay


Greenwich

Greenwich

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

Day 6

Cycle Lakeside to Charlottetown

Cycle Lakeside to Charlottetown

Cycle back to PEI's capital via the Confederation Trail. It borders the Hillsbough River and passes the Abegweit First Nation enroute. If they're in season, there are a number of spots along this route that offer fresh U-pick berries, especially in the Mt. Stewart area. 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.

Option 1: via trail north of Hillsborough River
Route link Distance: 47.7 km Ascent: 316 m Descent: 317 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: via north coast & trail
Route link Distance: 51.8 km Ascent: 360 m Descent: 361 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: via southern trail X Lake Verde
Route link Distance: 57.2 km Ascent: 449 m Descent: 450 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 4: via trail & less-traveled road
Route link Distance: 45.9 km Ascent: 414 m Descent: 414 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available to confirmed participants only.

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.

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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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.

2022 PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tour Pricing
CAD $ per person, includes HST
June through October
Inquire for customized lodging, group itineraries & pricing
Double Occupancy Single Occupancy 2 Singles*
$ 1800.00 $ 3135.00 $2445.00 Request Quote

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Includes:

-Deluxe hybrid bicycle with rear carrier, 1 pre-loaded Garmin per party, helmet or trunk bag, water bottle cage & bottle, helmet, lock
-Route plotting, detailed routes & maps. Available in advance for download &/ printing.
-Emergency road repair insurance included for all MacQueen’s rental equipment.
-Prepaid accommodations (most with breakfast, details in itineraries), selected for proximity to evening meals
-Luggage transfer services (usually every 2 days outside of Charlottetown)
-Suggestions for meals & entertainment

Notes

Prices vary depending on B&Bs/Inns selected and room availability
Itinerary and hotels subject to minor changes.

Meal Plan Codes

B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner, (beverages/gratuities excluded)

Booking Information / Cancellation Policy