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Confederation Trail
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Developed along railway lines, this 180-mile hiking and biking trail passes through scenic villages and towns across Prince Edward Island.
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lkis229
Southington, CT575 contributions
Aug 2023
This is a great trail for walking, running or biking. There are interesting things to see all along it. We only had a few hours and biked from St. Peter's Bay to Mt. Stewart - great ride along the water with places to stop to rest or take pictures. Definitely would recommend this trail.
Written August 13, 2023
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Kumar K
Toronto, Canada3 contributions
Aug 2019
Very nice trail, due to short time, we cycled from St.Peters to Morrel and back. The trail goes along the north coast and beautiful views. I plan to go back and cycle the entire trail.
Written March 2, 2020
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BRC333
Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
My wife and I had a blast in early September 2016 biking PEI tip to tip. The trick is to prepare well and enlist the help of locals who know the best travel routes and where to go for food, liquor, etc. The Confederation Trail (the "Trail") plays a solid role in this journey but so do the various side roads across the island as there are many opportunities for cyclists to come off the Trail and see more dimensions of this amazing province. We are offering our itinerary below to assist other tip to tip cyclists to make the most of their trip. Note that we did not camp but rather focussed on inns and B&Bs.

Day 1 and 2 - Upon arriving from Vancouver, we rented a car at the airport and then headed to the Holman Grand located in the heart of Charlottetown. We then drove to various parts of PEI to help get our bearings and also went across the Confederation Bridge to New Brunswick and back just because. Finally, we took in the Ross Family Ceilidh in Stanley Bridge which is not to be missed (with the ability to go for a quick dinner next door before the show).

Day 3 - We left our extra luggage at the Holman Grand and took a short taxi ride with our panniers to Outer Limit Sports (see separate review) to grab the hybrid bikes we rented. George Larter of PEI Cycling Tours (see separate review) took us to the western tip of PEI which is where most cyclists start due apparently to the prevailing winds. At George's suggestion, we started the journey by biking on the road along the water until we reached Alberton. We had lunch at the Albert & Crown pub and then, after buying some wine in the local liquor store, went on the Trail until we had to come off to bike approximately 4 kms on the road to Rodd's Mill River Resort in O'Leary. The resort is part of an impressive golf course but the accommodations are a little tired. We understand the Resort was soon due to undergo significant renovations by the new owner. We ate dinner at the resort.

Day 4 - We biked back 4 kms to rejoin the Trail and, at George's suggestion, we soon came off the Trail and biked through quaint communities until we reached Miscouche where we filled up on water. We then rejoined the Trail and stayed on it til we reached Summerside. There we stayed at the Willowgreen B&B (which is located next to the Trail) and walked down a couple of blocks to the Brothers 2 Restaurant for dinner.

Day 5 - We started on the Trail as it traverses through beautiful farming country. We reached Kensington which had an impressive pub right next to the old train station but because it was still the morning we simply grabbed some additional water and a bottle of wine and then biked on the Trail until we reached the turnoff to the Heritage Classic B&B in Hunter Valley. This small town is essentially a part of greater Charlottetown without a lot of services nearby. We walked down the street and at a bakery/café (which is not licensed) and then enjoyed a bottle of wine back at the B&B.

Day 6 - We went back in the Trail and rode it all the way to Charlottetown. Unlike many parts of the Trail where you see very few pedestrians and cyclists, there was an increasing number the closer we rode to the big city. To have a different experience from the Holman Grand, we stayed at the Cranford Inn. After we checked in, George drove us to lunch at the impressive Blue Mussel Café in North Rustico which has a cool beach community vibe. We then biked up to Cavendish along a paved path next to the road so that my wife could experience everything Anne. Next we biked around the northern area until it became dusk and George picked us up and took us back to Charlottetown. We walked down to one of the Irish pubs and had a good meal while we listed to classic Celtic music.

Day 7 - While it would have been more efficient to take the Trail, again at George's suggestion, we biked the whole day off of the Trail until we reached Murray Harbour for the night. Long and particularly hot, it was also one of the most memorable days due to all of the different scenery we took in. We biked through Charlottetown, over the bridge into Stratford and then biked along the shoulder of the old Highway 1 until we reached the Wood Islands ferry/lighthouse complex. We picked up a bottle of wine at the liquor store at the Visitor's Centre and headed along the final stretch with the water always in sight until the turnoff to Murray Harbour. We picked up some food in town (watch it - restaurants in these small towns can close early) and ate it at the Country Charm B&B along with our wine.

Day 8 - We left the B&B and joined the Trail right up the street until Murray River when we again left it for the small roads that took us to the impressive lighthouse at Panmure Island. The little restaurant along the beach on Panmure Island was very welcoming. Having chowder and a couple of pints of a local ale while taking in a very warm and windy beach scape was memorable and relaxing...until it was time to somehow get back on the bikes and climb out of there. We then biked to Lane's Riverhouse in Montague which is quite new with beautiful vistas of the river and surrounding area. We walked several blocks back to town to go to the pub and found it was closed permanently! Again, it is best to be diligent in knowing what food and liquor services exist in small PEI towns particularly during the middle of the week.

Day 9 - We biked out of Montague on the road and headed off to Georgetown where we ate great chowder again for lunch at Clam Diggers on the water. We then used the very efficient 313 to cut across to the Inn of St. Peters which is impressive. We had a corner unit and ate a gourmet meal at the Inn.

Day 10 - We biked out of St. Peters along the Trail and then came off it to head south to the water in order to visit a moonshine distillery, eat a lobster roll and take in some of PEI's best beaches. We finished up at the eastern tip where George met us to take us back to the Holman Grand in Charlottetown. We then walked to the Water Prince for a celebratory dinner (see separate review).

Day 11-12 - We returned the rental bikes and then hung out in Charlottetown walking everywhere until our flight back.

Great people, great food, great scapes and exercise to boot. Well done PEI!
Written March 19, 2017
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butterfly_jr
Kitchener Ontario27 contributions
Spent two weeks on this island this summer (2006) and cycled the Confederation Trail from tip to tip. Left my car at Fredericton PEI and took a shuttle (arranged thru Lecky's B&B in Miscouche) to North Cape. Cycled back to the car in 4 days, staying at Tignish Inn (nice), Lilly's Garden B&B in O'Leary (very nice, friendly owners and great accomodations), Lecky's in Miscouche (excellent with friendly owners, everything you would expeect from an old style B&B, 5 course lobster dinner fantastic, they went the extra mile in helping me with car problems etc). Camped a few days at PEI National Park (awesome), then parked the car back in Fredericton, and shuttled to East Point. Cycled back to the car via Souris in four days. Stayed at Dockside B&B in Souris (nice, but basement room very damp), Greenwich Gate Lodge in St Peter's (good), Duneview B&B in Tracadie (lovely little B&B and very hospitable owners). What a great trip! If you need more info, Lecky's or Duneview have my email info.
Written September 16, 2006
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jjpPei
PEI135 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
The "rail trail" is a great way to see the island. It winds through back yards, idyllic woodlots and farms and, often in the towns, behind factories and industries that once needed the trains to move their product. Frequent historical markers reveal interesting tidbits about the communities, industries, and local flora and fauna. There are no steep hills to climb; the grades are gentle, though they may last for several kilometres.

I've biked the main trail from Tignish to Elmira, all 273 km. Here are some suggestions, west to east: 1) From Tignish to O'Leary is lovely, with plenty of shade. 2) From O'Leary to Summerside, you'll find long, tedious straight stretches. Bike there only if you enjoy stationary exercise bikes. 3) Either direction, for 20 km, from Hunter River is quite scenic. 4) The section between Mount Stewart and St. Peters has water views and is ideal for shorter family trips. 4) Avoid the wasteland to the immediate east of St. Peters. 5) The eastern tip, entering Elmira, is a hidden gem, with sections where the trail is completely canopied.

Carry insect repellent. Free trail maps are available at information centres. Enjoy.

Finally, in general on P.E.I., limit your cycling to the trails or bike paths. The roads are dangerous, with few paved shoulders. Tourists are distracted by views. And the locals, though unfailingly friendly and polite, pay no heed to traffic rules.
Written July 8, 2015
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AlbertaCathy
Alberta, Canada110 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
After visiting PEI last year, I put this trip on my bucket list and I'm so glad I did. We started training in June, knowing we would be averaging 50 - 60 km a day and it was well worth it. We travelled with another couple and rented our bikes at Outer Limit Sports in Charlottetown. We decided to do "tip to tip" and drove out to North Cape on a Thursday afternoon, biking the 15 km in to Tignish to stay overnight and begin the Trail on Friday morning. We finished at East Point on Tuesday afternoon - 5 days and 300 km later. We had good luck with weather, only having to endure cool, windy weather on the final day. The trail was in great condition with all the winter damage having been repaired. A few sections were looser, not having been as firmly packed. The bed and breakfasts that we stayed at were exceptional. The bakeries and cafes along the way just added to the overall positive experience. There were very few other cyclists on the trail, maybe because it was near the end of the season? We met maybe 50 other cyclists, including a group of about 25 coming out of Charlottetown. Everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. We loved the scenery, and reading all the interesting signage along the way. I strongly recommend this trip for anyone who might be considering it.
Written September 13, 2015
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Steve Z
Randolph, VT15 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
My wife and I rode most of the trail east of Summerside, including the side trails to Bordon-Carlton, Charlottestown and Montague on a self-guided 'disorganized tour'. It was early in the season and we had no trouble finding places to stay without making reservations.

Overall we loved the trail: the scenery, the quiet, the people we met were all wonderful.

Trail conditions are variable. Generally it's hard packed with a little loose stuff on the surface. Sometimes there is more loose stone on the surface, making it a bit more difficult to ride. Sometimes there is a deeper pocket or stretch of loose stone that will bog you down.

I wouldn't recommend road bike tires. As others mention, because it follows an old rail bed, there really aren't any hills - only mild ups and downs compared to the roads in the hillier sections of PEI.

Don't plan to cover as much ground as you do on pavement. We are in our 60s, in decent shape and were riding with full paniers, a tent, etc. and without much difficulty we went a minimum of 50km/30 miles/day.

We did a little road riding to connect legs of the trail and found we much preferred the smaller roads with no shoulder because they were so quiet and peaceful compared to the busy roads with shoulders (like highways 1,2, and 3). Even where its hilly, the steepest road climbs were never very long.

The bugs on the trail were really bad, but as long as you kept moving and picked your spots to stop (in windy places) they were no problem. Unfortunately nearly all of the benches and covered picnic tables situated on the trail are in wooded, buggy spots.

Many of the little towns you pass thorough have no services, so its good to pack some food to fuel yourself during the ride. Best lunchtime pit stops we found were: By the River Bakery and Cafe in Hunter River and The Thoughtful Squash in Mt. Stewart. Both were great.
Written June 22, 2015
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BostonTraveler89
Brookline, MA23 contributions
This bicycle trail covers some amazingly beautiful territory in PEI. It's fantastic to have such a far-reaching trail that covers so much of the island complete with many right-of-way bridges and mainly easy street crossings so the whole family can safely enjoy it.
I would recommend this attract to a friend, but would warn them to make sure they have the appropriate bike. The crushed gravel surface is ideal for walking and running, but can make for a jarring bike ride after a while. We rode from Hunter River to Charlottetown (about 18 miles each way) and actually choose to ride paved roadways for 6 miles on the return. The Charlottetown branch is not well maintained at this time (8/2010) with just narrow tire ruts with grass growing between them serving as the trail at times.
Again, I would recommend this to a friend, but it's best to know what you're getting into in advance.
Written August 14, 2010
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Karen_Savannah
Savannah, GA35 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
My husband and I travel a great deal and we like to hike and bike, so were intrigued when we heard that PEI has an old railroad bed that has been converted to a biking/hiking trail. Now we didn't do the whole length this trip, but the portions we biked were mostly level, well-maintained and wound through gorgeous sections of the island's countryside and various great little hamlets where you could get off and get something to eat or visit a few shops.The island also does a great job of providing info, maps and route info for the trail both in printed form and on the web. One of the nicest "rails to trails" we've found, whether you do a little of it, or a lot!
Written July 18, 2012
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Jacob H
Oakville, Canada20 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I have been taking advantage of the confederation trail annually while on vacation for the last five years. I have ridden every trail east of Wellington and have found the trails to be in excellent condition. Mostly hard packed with some soft spots, I ride a cross bike with 700x34 tires which I find works well. My rides are typically 100km and this is possible as the trails are well maintained. Most of the bikes I see on the trails are mountain bikes which are not necessary. As a previous rail bed any hills are very gradual and turns are long and sweeping.

My favorite parts of the trail are Morell to St Peters and the Kensington area. The trail cuts right thru the centre of Kensington with lots of options for taking a break.

If you are planning a trip the wind can be very favourable if you are riding west to east so plan accordingly.

The trail has lots of rest areas with covered picnic tables and a few washrooms along the trail. This year I wasn't bothered at all by mosquitos however bring along some mosquito repellent as there have been previous years where they have been annoying.

Enjoy this idyllic trail to see parts of PEI that you miss when driving.
Written August 16, 2017
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