PEI Self-Guided Supported Cycle Tours

MacQueen’s, based in Charlottetown, is PEI’s longest-running and largest bicycle specialty shop. MacQueen’s Island Tours’ self-guided supported PEI bicycle tours offer unparalleled flexibility for almost all levels of cyclist. There are no guides, groups, locked riding itinerary or pre-set dates. Stop, eat and cycle when and where you wish. Our team of local resident cyclists takes care of booking professional equipment, tried & true accommodations, expert route planning with a curated list of some of our favorite local spots for dining and activities, transferring your luggage between inns and offering emergency road repair service for our rental equipment should a problem arise (we’re never further than an hour away). Our local team takes care of the details so you just enjoy the ride. Travel at your pace with confidence in MacQueen’s insider knowledge of Prince Edward Island.

Trips begin in Charlottetown with professional outfitting, a short city tour and accommodations in the historic district of Charlottetown. Cycle to the Island’s quiet eastern coast. Choose from stops in Point Prim, Murray River, the riverside town of Montague or the former shipbuilding hub of Georgetown. From there you have a choice of cycling to Souris and the “singing sands” of Basin Head, to St Peters and the unique protected sand dunes of our PEI National Park at Greenwich, or heading west to the PEI National Park and Dalvay before returning to Charlottetown. Or, if you prefer, visit both Souris and St Peters or Goose River and savor the unique flavors of more destinations. Return to Charlottetown via one of our favorite sections of the Confederation Trail, encountering quaint fishing villages, lighthouses, farmland, beaches, serenity, and friendly, down-to-earth locals that are the true pride of Prince Edward Island. Depending on which areas you visit, you might incorporate stops at local wineries, distilleries, craft breweries, a learning experience at our famous Culinary Institute, seasonal U-picks, the freshest local products, dairy bars, food trucks, seafood shacks, clam digs/bakes, river cruises, or lobster boils aboard a fishing boat accompanied by the lilting tunes of a fiddling captain and his family, and some of the finest dining and local fare available on our fair isle. Your pre-trip information kit will include links to some of our favorite local culinary highlights, activities, cultural venues for the areas chosen and more, allowing you to customize your Island bike adventure to your own particular tastes and interests. Each itinerary’s food/drink stops and accommodation venues will be different.

If you’d like to take your doggo on holiday, they’ll lap up the fun and adventures in PEI too. We offer four dog-friendly itineraries, with pet cleaning fees and a Burley Tail Wagon included.

Tour details

Included

  • Deluxe Hybrid Bikes: Includes professional outfitting, handlebar or trunk bag, rear platform carrier, souvenir water bottle, helmet and one lock per every 2 bikes. Additional rental equipment available as per our published rental rates. E-bike upgrades may be available when booked in advance. Road bikes are not recommended for the mixed terrain.
  • Accommodation reservations in Island inns and bed & breakfasts. Rooms are equipped with private bath. Additional nights may be arranged before or after your tour.
  • Breakfasts (exceptions: Lane’s Cottages, Dalvay, Shanty Stay or other properties where expressed in your itinerary)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed route directions & highlighted maps (private digital access). Garmin rentals are available (extra $).
  • Emergency road repair insurance (service calls may be assessed fees)
  • All taxes

Cycling Dates & Availability

Tours can start any day you choose. Many of the properties are small Inns and B&Bs and space is limited. Some operations are seasonal and may not be open from October to May. It’s important to book early, especially for travel in July and August when “no vacancies” often  occur, although we have alternative accommodation options in each destination when our first choices aren’t possible. Some of PEI’s dining operations are seasonal, so advance planning for meals becomes more important before mid June / after mid September. Groups: many of the properties we use are small scale, so ample advance booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

Families & Groups

We have child trailers available for family touring and a wide selection of youth bicycles and trail-a-bikes.

If you’re looking for adventure without any of the hassle, have us custom-design your custom PEI cycle tour – guided or independent. We can customize trip accommodations and distances. We’ll design your tour to your schedule, special needs and can book basic or deluxe hotels to suit your budget/tastes.

Routes & Terrain

All ride options indicate total distance and, when available, we often provide multiple daily ride options to accommodate different cycling abilities + comfort levels with shared roadways. After departing Charlottetown, most of our supported cycling itineraries aim to stay 2 nights at each property; not only does it help to keep luggage transfer costs down but on alternate days there are options to lengthen or shorten your suggested route or even take an occasional day off riding if desired. We mostly recommend scenic byways, heritage roads & the Confederation Trail. Road cycling will either be on a broad shoulder or on less-travelled paved surfaces. Terrain is generally gently rolling and our route plotting software includes an auto-generated description of each ride option’s terrain type, elevation and more.

Ride distances

Rides average ~50 kms/day, but vary according to available accommodations. Itineraries can be developed around a variety of our preferred small scale Island inns, bed & breakfasts or hotels with just minor fluctuations in daily mileage. Extensions are always possible. Shorter routes on alternate days too. For families with young children, our Confederation Trail or North Shore Bliss tours might be most appropriate, featuring less ambitious distances and more dedicated bike lanes.

Meals

Breakfast is included by many lodging partners, except at these/other properties indicated in your quote:
-Lane’s Cottages
-Shanty Stay
-Dalvay
In all cases, breakfast is available nearby, or at the facilities with local payment.

Accommodations

We’ve hand-selected preferred inn and b&b operators for our independent cycle tour programs, all with private bath and near evening meal venues. Beware that PEI has a very limited # of short term rental properties outside of the main urban centers so it’s very important to plan in advance to secure preferred properties.

2024 PEI Supported Independent Cycle Tour Pricing
Prices in CAD $ PER PERSON – All taxes included
June through September. Inquire for off season.
Inquire for customized lodging, group itineraries & pricing
Private Tour $ (1-2 pax) Double Occupancy
(2 ppl in 1 room)
Single Occupancy
(1 person)
2 Singles
(2 ppl in 2 rooms)
2 nts Best of Confederation Trail I $ 1049 $ 1826 $ 1242 Request Quote
2 nts Best of Confederation Trail II $ 990 $ 1658 $ 1352 Request Quote
3 nts Best of Confederation Trail III $ 1307 $ 2312 $ 1307* Request Quote
3 nts North Shore Bliss $ 1397 $ 2447 $ 1510 Request Quote
3 nts North Shore Bliss West $ 1322 $ 2343 $ 1903 Request Quote
3 nts Foodie Cyclist’s Dream $ 1748 $ 3172 $ 2423 Request Quote
3 nts Eastern Townships Survey I $ 1397 $ 2400 $ 1712 Request Quote
3 nts Eastern Townships Survey II $ 1370 $ 2427 $ 1720 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore I Standard $ 1671 $ 2843 $ 1914 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore I Superior $ 1972 $ 3427 $ 2661 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore I Deluxe $ 2222 $ 3929 $ 3193 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore II Standard $ 1769 $ 2895 $ 1914 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore II Deluxe $ 2068 $ 3545 $ 2845 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore III $ 1828 $ 3142 $ 2487 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore IV $ 1997 $ 3447 $ 2599 Request Quote
5 nts Eastern Townships Explore V $ 1894 $ 3186 $ 2516 Request Quote
5 nts Explore VI with Doggo (pet friendly) $ 2161 inquire inquire Request Quote
5 nts Explore VII with Doggo (pet friendly) $ 2032 inquire inquire Request Quote
7 nts Discover East I with Doggo (pet friendly) $ 3086 inquire inquire Request Quote
7 nts Discover East II with Doggo (pet friendly)   $ 2623 inquire inquire Request Quote
7 nts North Shore Bliss West +  $ 2570 $ 4350 $ 3521 Request Quote
7 nts Down East    $ 2294 $ 4158 $ 3069 Request Quote
7 nts Up East $ 2292 $ 3925 $ 2942 Request Quote
7 nts Eastern Townships + North Shore  $ 2492 $ 4302 $ 3321 Request Quote
8 nts Eastern Townships + Foodie Dreams $ 2916 $ 5307 $ 4097 Request Quote
9 nts Up East + North Shore $ 3002 $ 5552 $ 3908 Request Quote

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Includes:

-Deluxe hybrid bicycle with rear carrier, helmet or trunk bag, water bottle cage & bottle, helmet, 1 lock per every 2 bikes
-Dog-friendly tours are priced with a Burley Tail Wagon trailer included.
-Route plotting. Routes available in advance with private digital access for you to download &/ print detailed directions & maps. View sample routes with public access. Don’t have a Garmin? Have a look at the RideWithGPS app for Android & Apple devices and Tour Participant Benefits. We also offer rental Garmins (extra $), and pre-loading the FIT files for your indicated route choices is included with our rental units. Note: if you’ve never used a Garmin before, there’s usually a learning curve.
-Emergency road repair insurance included for all MacQueen’s rental equipment.
-Accommodation reservations (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.

Booking Information / Cancellation Policy