Take in some of the sights and pristine scenery of Prince Edward Island while traversing it by bicycle. A do-it-yourself tour is also easy on your pocketbook! The Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island is 273 kms/170 miles from tip to tip, but with branch trails, offers up to 435 kilometers/270 miles of riding possibilities. We are very proud of our founder Gordon MacQueen’s commitment and dedication to realizing the dream of a recreational trail on PEI that is now enjoyed by countless Islanders and visitors alike.
The Confederation Trail is a great asset to PEI and provides a wonderful, car-free cycling experience. However, the trail does cut through the inland heart of PEI and seldom offers the stunning ocean vistas or visits the quaint seaside villages that some of our rural roads can provide. It is our opinion that the best cycling experience and opportunity to more intimately discover our Island is to combine some of our lesser-traveled roads and certain strategically-selected sections of the Confederation Trail. Of course, if you need to avoid traffic altogether, then the trail may be your best option.
Confederation Trail Shuttle Service
1 – 6 Person Transfers
Advance Reservations Recommended
Transfers can be arranged on any day between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 (start/end). While alternative schedules may be possible, for transfers from Charlottetown to Tignish we recommend an early transfer departing at 9:00 am. Transfers from Elmira back to Charlottetown work best with a 2-3 pm pickup. Our shuttle driver will be waiting for you at your specified time. If a delay occurs on your part, a $40 CAD/hour late fee applies.
7+ Person Transfers
Advance Reservations Required
Please inquire for pricing
|Transfer Per Departure
Rates in CAD, excluding 15% HST
|Charlottetown to Tignish||$316.00||$400.00|
|Elmira to Charlottetown||$228.00||$288.00|
|Elmira to Tignish||$542.00||$685.00|
Rates are based on Exclusive (not Collective) Departures.
Deposit and Payment
|50% (of pre-tax rate) required upon booking.||Due 72 hours prior to the delivery of service. MacQueen’s reserves the right to release any services (with no applicable refunds) if payment is not able to be completed by this deadline.|
Modifications or Cancellation
Depending on availability, should your travel itinerary be altered, it may be possible to re-program your confirmed transfer services to an alternative date in the same season.
|Adjustment Notification Received in Writing||Action||Associated Fees|
|At least 24 working hours* prior to the start of service (*Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30 excluding holidays)||Service reconfirmed on an alternate date/time in the same season||$25 CAD administrative fee per modification, payable upon reconfirmation of the service.|
|Service cancelled / not able to be reconfirmed on an alternate date/time in the same season||50% forfeiture of any fees that have been processed at the time cancellation notification is received, plus 5% banking fees.|
|You will be delayed arriving at the scheduled pickup location/time and provided less than 24 hours notice to MacQueen’s staff.||If the driver indicates he/she has no prior schedule conflicts preventing them from awaiting your arrival, then an alternate time can be arranged.||A $40 CAD/hour supplementary late fee applies if you are delayed for any reason in arriving as planned to the appointed pickup time/location and our staff is able to delay the service initiation on your behalf.|
|Failure to be present at the appointed pickup location/time/date with no prior notification||Service is forfeited||100% forfeiture of payment|
|Modifications / Cancellations must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Last minute delays (on the date of the service) must be additionally informed to Maria or Mirley during business hours via telephone: 1-902-368-2453.|
Shipping your own bike / MacQueen’s Bicycle Mechanics
Professional mechanics are on duty at our shop from Monday to Saturday. If assembly or repairs are required prior to departure, advance notice may be required.
Bikes and Luggage
MacQueen’s offers the highest quality and best maintained rental bikes and equipment on Prince Edward Island. Choose from our selection of high quality rental bikes, trailers and tandem bicycles with a choice of standard or extra large panniers to carry your luggage.
Where Do I Stay
While MacQueen’s does not offer itinerary planning assistance for your Confederation Trail adventure, we do suggest coming in July, August or September and we recommend advance reservations for bicycles and accommodations. When making your overnight reservations, don’t forget you’ll want to be near your evening meal. The prevailing winds on PEI are westerly, an important consideration for most when planning an independent cycling route.
Trails of Prince Edward Island (2015) may be a helpful resource when planning your independent PEI cycling or hiking trail adventures.