Route Instructions

Downloadable/printable routes are provided 30 days advance. View sample public route details and check to see if your phone‘s compatible with the free BikeGPX web app. Once we finalize your tour, we’ll follow designated participants in Plotaroute to open your access to private route links. They’re available in the following file formats for analog/digital travelers: GPX KML TCX FIT JPG GIF PNG PDF

To view/compare details, print or download your routes: 

a) Register for a free account in Plotaroute.
Just register a user profile ID and send it to us so that we follow you. You don’t need to a) install the app that uses data or b) upgrade to a premium account.

b) Any travelers in your confirmed party who require access to routes:
Email with your Plotaroute profile name(s) and/or profile ID exactly as they appear in your Plotaroute profile(s).

Don’t send:
1. Your email
3. Just your name, if there are multiple users with the same name.
Do send:
Profile Name
Profile ID (url Ex.):

If there are multiple users with the same name in Plotaroute, then the profile ID url is handy for us to identify you. Once your final balance is paid, we can follow designated user(s). Verify in your account if we’re a follower and if not, send us your Profile ID. Our following your account enables your access to all private routes we’ve plotted for your trip until the conclusion of your journey. 

You’ll want to use Plotaroute to:
a) check out the ride profiles and weigh ride options, taking into account your preferences for ride difficulty, length, terrain, separation from vehicles, etc.
b) decide what routes to ride when there’s more than 1 daily option presented.
c) print maps/directions if desired
Anyone touring with a MacQueen’s rental Garmin can request we upload all proposed routes, or just route preferences defined in advance. If traveling with your own navigation device(s), you’ll access the files to download/upload to your personal device(s) there.

c) Sign in to your account. Leave it signed in in an open tab the background.
Once signed in, verify that MacQueens’ Bike Shop & Island Tours is a follower. Remember: you don’t need to follow us, but our account needs to be following yours before your access to your itinerary’s private route links will be open. If you’re not a) signed in to your profile and b) we’re not already following your profile, then you’ll only be able to view a few of MacQueen’s public access Charlottetown day tour routes in Plotaroute.

d) Open your trip’s routes in Plotaroute.

Option A) Open the Plotaroute links from the Routes file provided on finalizing your tour.
Option B) Open your itinerary’s Cycling Overview in a new tab of your browser. The identical Plotaroute route links are there and in your daily route descriptions too.
Individually view each of your tour’s plotted route options in new browser tabs. For each route you’ll see a map, and further down the route metrics, elevation profile and download options.

View Plotaroute Map & Directions:

View Plotaroute Route Metrics (scroll down past map):

When we provide more than 1 ride option, Route Metrics & your itinerary’s ride descriptions are tools you’ll use to compare one proposed route to another, to narrow down your choices and decide which proposed daily ride works best for you. If you’re really keen you may want to consult additional route features and more here:
PEI Recreational Cycling & Walking Map and its tutorial for first-time users. See details in layers including paved shoulders, trails, trail features and more. The RidewithGPS app (more info below) also features multiple maps views.
PEI Transportation Map including any construction/weather advisories and more.

Download GPX files in Plotaroute (downloaded file displays at bottom of screen):

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? 

  1. You can upload the navigation files to your laptop/computer and from there to your own devices.
    2. Or use an app to navigate either:
    a) offline with the free BikeGPX app (click the BikeGPX route links, or scan the BikeGPX QR codes) or
    b) using the RideWithGPS app (upload the Plotaroute GPX files to your free RideWithGPS profile). They offer a free 7-day trial; for offline navigation capability after that period expires, this mobile app’s offers an inexpensive paid upgrade to their basic monthly plan. It can be cancelled post travel if desired.
    If it makes your trip navigation simple, navigation apps are are a good solution that many riders like. If one app is incompatible with your phone, try installing and loading your routes to the other.

When we finalize your tour services, we send:
-a Google file with a compilation of all Plotaroute route links from your itinerary paired with their corresponding BikeGPX URL for Android/iOS devices. Rides can be followed offline using the free BikeGPX app.
The RideWithGPS app is an alternative to try if your phone has compatibility issues. To conserve phone battery during the day, check periodically/use just as backup at junctures where you’re unsure about navigation. Or rent a Cyclotron cell phone holder with integrated battery pack.


Barcode for scanning:

Follow links/QR codes
to install the 
 BikeGPX app on your phone and then:

Select Route                 

Add Route   

Scan route barcode

Scan barcode w. phone    

Select Chosen Route    

Select Start Riding

Printing routes

Plotaroute makes printing route directions easy. We recommend a minimum of 1 set of printed routes as a backup while riding. To print the highlighted map + directions: Select the PDF download. For a more compact version with a convenient format for handlebar bags, try out this handy GPX to Cue Cards tool.

Convert written directions to cue cards.

This is the pdf result that will print on 8.5 X 11 paper:

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.on