PEI Self-Guided Cycle Tours

MacQueen’s Bike Shop & Island Tours has been organizing self-guided cycling tours on PEI since the 1980’s. Not to brag <too much>, but with all that practice, we’ve gotten really excellent at it. And since we’re local when you book with us, not only does your active holiday investment have a greater impact on the lives and bottom lines of real Islanders, but we have tons of personal insights and relationships on PEI that will open doors and reveal places that might otherwise go unseen.

We’re pleased to offer a couple of different self-guided cycle tour categories on Prince Edward Island.

Supported Independent

Island Walk by Bike & Confederation Trail

Supported Independent Tours

We’ve been running this service for multiple decades. It mainly covers areas in eastern PEI & the central North Shore.

∙Luggage transfer service included.
∙Emergency road repair insurance included for MacQueen’s rental equipment.

Island Walk by Bike & Confederation Trail Tours

For independent riders, we offer bookings for both of these established Island-wide routes designed for active travelers.

∙Luggage transfer service is optional.
∙Emergency road repair insurance N/A, as these tours typically cover a larger radius. Riders are provided with contacts for support options around PEI if they run into any technical issues they’re unable to solve on their own.

Each category has multiple tour itineraries from which to choose, and we sometimes tweak them to customize travel preferences. Our Dad was a founder of the Confederation Trail, and while we incorporate sections where they make sense to avoid traffic in urban areas, or where they’re particularly scenic following coastline, we only offer a handful of tip to tip itineraries designed mainly around the Confederation Trail route, since much of it goes through the woods and some riders find that just a li’l monotonous. While its moderate grade and complete removal from traffic are a draw for families with young children or less experienced riders, most of our mature cycle touring guests are looking for a more varied type of scenic and cultural experience.

Compare Tour Categories

Self-Guided Tour Features

Supported Independent Tours

Island Walk (By Bike) & Confederation Trail Tours

Duration

2 to 9 nights

6 to 16 nights

Begin/end cycling in Charlottetown

All 16 itineraries

6/12 itineraries.
All Tip to Tip trips begin/end with shuttles from/to Charlottetown

Client Shuttle Service

X

Tip to Tip tours only

Location changes (inns)

Mostly every 2 nights

Mostly daily

Mainly Eastern PEI & North Central Shore

X

Options for Island-Wide Routes

X

Bicycle & Accessory Rental
(reductions available if bringing your own equipment)

Route Plotting with Downloadable Digital Routes (print/use with iOS/Android or other navigational devices)

Garmin Rental available


(1 per group)

X
(Optional: Cyclotron smartphone holder with battery pack)

Emergency Road Repair Insurance (on call)
(for MacQueen’s rental equipment)

X
(external support contact info provided)

View our rental equipment & current availability

MacQueen’s Bicycle Rentals

Luggage Transfers


(optional)

Prepaid Accommodations

Meal & Activity Suggestions

Guide Service

X

X

Dedicated Support Vehicle

X

X

Transfer of Bikes/Passengers if inclement weather or physical limitations Not included. For any self-guided bicycle tour, you should be prepared with proper clothing for sun/rain protection and travel with an adequate water supply + backup energy supplements. In the event they’re required, we can assist with contacting local taxi services, and recommend you carry a cell phone for that purpose.

Getting Started

We normally book tours 6-12 months in advance of trip start. Outside of the main urban centers of Charlottetown & Summerside, PEI has a limited # of short term accommodation venues, and some are very small in nature, so require significant advance planning to secure from June – September. Especially for those who need multiple rooms. Our itinerary options are so diverse that some people say they have a hard time choosing. Some find this trip comparison tool helpful. Here are some additional tips to get you started:

1. Begin by narrowing down which tour category you prefer.
2. Then look at the sugggested duration. Remember: additional nights can be added to proposed stays at any properties if desired.
3. If price is a concern, we give ballpark figures for guidance. They can fluctuate depending which properties/rooms/dates are still available once you submit a Registration Form.
4. If distance/hills are a concern, consult the suggested daily routes and general ride descriptions in each itinerary. That’s why we provide that information as a guide, so that travelers can evaluate from the outset which trip best matches their diverse interests and abilities.
5. If upgraded properties or fine dining are important, then also pay attention to those details when comparing each tour to arrive at one that best matches your requirements.
We provide lots of itinerary options, so spend some time familiarizing yourself with them to determine which most closely meets your own cycling abilities, support needs, accommodation and meal expectations.
6. If you want us to “reinvent the wheel”, so to speak, with a totally custom tour including route combinations and/or accommodations not proposed on any of our published tours, we usually ask for a nonrefundable deposit for custom proposals, which can be applied to the tour price if you decide to book. The amount of that deposit depends on the complexity of the tour, but we usually start at $500 CAD/person.

PEI Bike Tour FAQ’s

Once you have a better idea of which itinerary outline most appeals to you, or what specific adjustments you’d be interested in having us include, then when you’re ready to request a personalized tour itinerary proposal, kindly send a Quote Request Form with all your particulars and we’ll prepare a tentative and time-sensitive offer for consideration. If you’re traveling with others and wish to pay for rooms separately, then you should request quotes separately, but make reference to each other so that we quote the same itinerary/dates and have that in mind, in the event you proceed to book/secure services simultaneously.