Eastern Townships Explore IV (5 nts / 6 days)

Charlottetown (1 nt) – Montague (2 nts) – Goose River (2 nts)

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 (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 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

Routes 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 Goose River (optional: Greenwich or Georgetown)
Option 1: without Greenwich
Route link Distance: 43.1 km Ascent: 376 m Descent: 377 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: with Greenwich
Route link Distance: 60.9 km Ascent: 475 m Descent: 476 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: with Georgetown
Route link Distance: 59.3 km Ascent: 484 m Descent: 485 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 5: Goose River loops
Option 1: return via Goose River Rd.
Route link Distance: 44.1 km Ascent: 315 m Descent: 315 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: return via north shore (Monticello)
Route link Distance: 50 km Ascent: 359 m Descent: 359 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: Souris loop

Route link Distance: 69.4 km Ascent: 604 m Descent: 604 m Terrain: Mixed

Day 6: Goose River to Charlottetown
Option 1: trail
Route link Distance: 70.2 km Ascent: 465 m Descent: 471 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 2: trail + less-traveled road
Route link Distance: 68.3 km Ascent: 555 m Descent: 562 m Terrain: Mixed
Option 3: trail + road (hwy 2)
Route link Distance: 63.2 km Ascent: 465 m Descent: 472 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.

Waterbottle
Emergency Road Repair Insurance
Handlebar or Trunk Bag
Garmin computer
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
River Run Dining Cruises

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 room in hotel, options for King, Queen, or 2 Queen beds.
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.

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

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

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 Montague to Goose River

Cycle Montague to Goose River

Cycle the Confederation Trail to Cardigan and Route 313 to St Peters. If it’s a nice day you may want to explore the unique sand dune system and visit one of PEI’s best beaches at Greenwich National Park.

Option 1: without Greenwich
Route link Distance: 43.1 km Ascent: 376 m Descent: 377 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: with Greenwich
Route link Distance: 60.9 km Ascent: 475 m Descent: 476 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: with Georgetown
Route link Distance: 59.3 km Ascent: 484 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


45 Steps - The Culinary Beachside Inn

45 Steps - The Culinary Beachside Inn (2 nights)

The Culinary Beachside Inn is a place where guests can slow down by reviewing their experiences of the day enjoying the breathtaking views from the patio or the library or by having a special dining experiencing served from the open kitchen that forms the center and heart of the Inn. The unique Inn features a sensational view of the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, private beach access and lawn tennis court in a rural setting.

Built in a traditional Hampton style, the residence has been gently redesigned with local architects and craftsmen, and furnished with modern maritime furniture and accessories with great attention to detail.


Quoted: Deluxe room. Breakfast included.

Deluxe Rooms have private terraces and direct access to the beach and garden. Private, direct access to the room. 34-37 square meters. King size bed + sofa bed.

3-course evening meals are available with advance booking. Barbara used to work in a Michelin-starred restaurant in Europe. Cost: $40-50/person + HST.

Day 5

Cycle Greenwich & St. Peters loop

Cycle Greenwich & St. Peters loop

Cycle to Greenwich for some hiking (if you haven't already), then ride to St. Peters to check out local dining and shopping options. Take the Confederation Trail + the Goose River road back to the inn.

Option 1: return via Goose River Rd.
Route link Distance: 44.1 km Ascent: 315 m Descent: 315 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: return via north shore (Monticello)
Route link Distance: 50 km Ascent: 359 m Descent: 359 m Terrain: Mixed
In Monticello you can check out the Big Cape schoolhouse. There's a bit of a secret waterfall to be discovered via a forest hike in Monticello too, if you're up for that adventure.

If you'd like a longer route...
Hug the secluded north shore east through Clearspring and Naufrage (Shipwreck Point). Pick up the Confederation Trail and you'll ride by the Townsend Woodlot Natural Area, one of the oldest hardwood forest areas left on the Island. There are no defined trails. The International Biological Program classified
this site as “the best remnant of the original deciduous forest cover of Prince Edward Island”. Check out the seaside town of Souris and then follow the trail, riding over Larkins Pond as you make your way back to Goose River.

Option 3: Souris loop

Route link Distance: 69.4 km Ascent: 604 m Descent: 604 m Terrain: Mixed

Routes available for confirmed participants only.

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

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 Goose River to Charlottetown

Cycle Goose River 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. 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. Adjacent is the Scotfort reserve, the Abegweit First Nation & Abegweit Tourism initiatives, Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves and the first of Canada's National Healing Forests.

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. 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.

Option 1: trail
Route link Distance: 70.2 km Ascent: 465 m Descent: 471 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 2: trail + less-traveled road
Route link Distance: 68.3 km Ascent: 555 m Descent: 562 m Terrain: Mixed

Option 3: trail + road (hwy 2)
Route link Distance: 63.2 km Ascent: 465 m Descent: 472 m Terrain: Mixed

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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 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.

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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*
$ 1760.00 $ 3050.00 $2385.00 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