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My family and I had an excellent time cycling from tip to tip on the Confederation Trail. For the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
854samuelk
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We biked and walked the Confederation Trail from St Peters in September 2018. It is flat and very... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

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.

Date of experience: August 2017
6  Thank Jacob H
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Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Rode our bikes from Montague to Georgetown and back (about 20 km), while vacationing on PEI. Really enjoyed it! Bring bug repellent for those times you take a break, the mosquitos can be vicious.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Savage93
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

There is a new campground along the trail in Tracadie, P.E.I..
This is the campground that was closed for 7 yrs but has just reopened. The host was great the sites were nice and there was an inside room to sit and relax with a full kitchen and clean washrooms. The rate was reasonable at $20 a night. Check it out, and you will love it as much as I did. Happy cycling to all along the Conferation Trail.

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank cycleingcanada
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Reviewed May 25, 2017

Great for biking and or walking. Want a challenge try and do the whole thing and make it an adventure. Really not much more than a 2% across the whole thing. Worth a look at any section.

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank Spuddler
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

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!

Date of experience: September 2016
22  Thank BRC333
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