Prince Edward Island Explorer
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included between airport and Charlottetown prior to and following tour.
Not Included: Airfare to Charlottetown Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3:00 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm
“The fairest land ’tis possible to see,” wrote French explorer Jacque Cartier in 1534 when he first landed on the broad sandy beach of Prince Edward Island and gazed upon the island’s brilliant meadows and fertile red soil. Easily the smallest of Canada’s 10 provinces, Prince Edward Island is a cyclist’s paradise. Agriculture is the mainstay of P.E.I.’s economy and the island’s mood is distinctly pastoral and serene. Charlottetown, the provincial capital, is the only town of significant proportion on the island. The agricultural nature of the island also has produced a magnificent network of sparsely-traveled country roads ideally suited for cycling.
The northern portion of the island is renowned for its outstanding beaches, most of which are protected within Prince Edward Island National Park, and their waters are warmed by the currents of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Though P.E.I. lacks the dramatic undulations in terrain that characterize Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail, the land rolls gently in a manner that promises the ultimate in a leisurely cycling experience.
We’ll assemble in Charlottetown, known as the Cradle of Confederation, where the Dominion of Canada was planned in 1864. On Day 2 we’ll ride eastward, along the water of the Northumberland Strait to Wood Islands, and then to Montague. We’ll spend our first overnight on the road at the Rodd Brudenall River Resort.
On Day 3 we’ll ride the P.E.I. coast, explore its hidden coves, sheltered harbors and authentic fishing villages. We’re headed to the remote Spry Point and its exclusive Inn for our overnight. Early the following morning, Day 4, we’ll ride through Bay Fortune and on to the beaches of the north shore, continuing to Prince Edward Island National Park. The park is divided into three sections, and right in the middle of the center section is the charming, historic lodge – Dalvay By the Sea – our home for the night.
We’ll continue our exploration of the park on Day 5 as we ride to the village of Cavendish, immortalized in the Anne of Green Gables books of Lucy Maud Montgomery. We’ll visit the Green Gables House, where many of the stories were set, and then ride on to the seaside setting of Summerside, where we’ll spend our final evening. Our last day we will explore the southern coastline, paralleling the Trans-Canada Highway, for our return to Charlottetown where our tour concludes.
|Day 1||Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner|
|Day 2||Charlottetown - Wood Islands - Montague, overnight at Rodd Brudenall River Resort||43|
|Day 3||Brudenall River Resort - Georgetown - Launching Place - Inn at Spry Point||44|
|Day 4||Spry Point - Bay Fortune - St. Peter's Bay - Tracadie - Dalvay By The Sea||60|
|Day 5||Dalvay By The Sea - Cavendish - Stanley Bridge - Kensington - Summerside||63|
|Day 6||Summerside - Victoria - Canoe Cove - Charlottetown||54|