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Bicycling Prince Edward Island: The Confederation Trail and Beyond

Program Number: 21438RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/11/2014 - 7/20/2014; 7/10/2015 - 7/19/2015; 8/14/2015 - 8/23/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $2,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Bicycling Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

No sooner will you arrive on Prince Edward Island than you’ll see why its beaches and farmland are best explored by bicycle. A sublime contrast of red soil, blue sea and exuberant green — combined with country roads and beautiful beaches — create a magical character for you to savor up close. There’s plenty of variety for beginners and experienced cyclists alike, from Charlottetown and Prince Edward Island National Park to the less-traveled but picturesque east coast and its fabulous inns, blueberry farms, pastoral landscapes and some of the longest, emptiest beaches you’ll ever see during a magical week.




Highlights

• Cycle along the Confederation Trail into Prince Edward Island National Park to ride along beachside trails.
• Discover the diverse habitats in the Dunelands Trail area, including wetlands, forests, beaches and more.
• Local experts bring to life the early history of Charlottetown’s place as the “Birthplace of Confederation.”



Activity Particulars

Cycling up to 50 miles daily over rolling paved roads and trails with a few clay or gravel sections. Additional cycling options available.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Charlottetown, 2 nights, cycle/van to Mill River, 2 nights; cycle/van to Summerside, 1 night; cycle/van to Brackley Beach, 2 nights; cycle/van to Crowbush Cove, 1 night; cycle/van to Charlottetown, 1 night. Depart.




Charlottetown

Charlottetown, the historic capital city of Prince Edward Island, was the site of the 1864 discussions to unite the country by delegates from Upper and Lower Canada. Visitors may re-live the “Charlottetown Conference” in local museums and on historic Grand George Street, as well as enjoy the colorful boardwalk and harbor on Peake’s Wharf.



Accommodations
Comfortable, conveniently located hotels and resorts.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Boyde Beck

Boyde Beck is a curator with the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. He also has a regular history column on MainStreet, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s afternoon radio show on the Island, and is a sessional lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Hotel on Pownal
  Charlottetown, PE 2 nights
   Rodd Mill River Resort
  Mill River, PE 1 night
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Cavendish, Prince Edward Island 4 nights
   Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort
  Crowbush, PE 1 night
   The Hotel on Pownal
  Charlottetown, PE 1 night
 The Hotel on Pownal
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 146 Pownal Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 3W6 Canada
phone: 902-892-1217
web: www.thehotelonpownal.com
  Room amenities: Rooms feature wireless high speed Internet, 40" flat screen TVs and alarm clocks with iPod docking stations.
  Facility amenities: Wireless high-speed internet. Coffee, tea and treats are available 24 hours/day in the lobby. Freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are available every day after 3:00 p.m.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel. Contact hotel directly for rates and availability.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

 Rodd Mill River Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: This full-service resort located within Mill River Provincial Park along the North Cape Coastal Drive is only 45 minutes from Summerside, 60 minutes from the Confederation Bridge, and 90 minutes from Charlottetown. The three and a half star resort has 90 large guestrooms and a variety of suites - each with views of either Mill River Golf Course or Mill River Provincial Park. Each guestroom is tastefully decorated and features many modern amenities. (902) 859-3555 roddvacations.com
  Contact info: 180 Mill River Resort Road
O'Leary, PE  C0B 1E0 Canada
phone: 902-892-7448
web: www.roddvacations.com/rodd-mill-river/
  Room amenities: Hairdryers Iron & Ironing Boards Telephones Voice Mail Coffee Makers 25' Cable Televisions Electronic Locks Air Conditioning
  Facility amenities: Indoor Saltwater Pool Whirlpool & Sauna 90 foot Waterslide Fitness Room Spa Services Business Centre The Hernewood Dining Room Club on the Green Lounge Mill River Golf Course (18 Holes) Recreation Program Bike Rentals Free Wireless High Speed Internet Squash/4 Tennis Courts 100% Smoke Free Resort
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: Stanley Bridge Country Resort is a beautiful rustic inn located on quiet, spacious grounds overlooking New London Bay and the Stanley River, just 5 minutes from Cavendish. The inn and restaurant are entirely smoke-free for your health and enjoyment.
  Contact info: R.R. # 6 Stanley Bridge
P.O. Box 8203
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0 Canada
phone: 902-886-2882
web: www.stanleybridgeresort.com
  Room amenities: Satellite TV, alarm clock, hair dryers.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, games room, Laundromat, outdoor gazebo and fire pit, outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and two quality gift shops.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort
Type: Resort
  Description: With its tranquil setting overlooking Prince Edward Island's panoramic North Shore and wide variety of activities offered on-site, the 5 Star Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort is one of Atlantic Canada's most luxurious resorts. Located on-site at the famous 4 1/2 Star Links at Crowbush Cove, just 25 minutes from Charlottetown, Rodd Crowbush offers superior accommodations and first-class service.
  Contact info: 7690 St Peters Rd
Morell, PE C0A 1S0 Canada
phone: 902-892-7448
web: www.roddvacations.com/rodd-crowbush-golf-and-beach-resort
  Room amenities: Hairdryers Full Size Bath Bathrobes Iron & Ironing Boards Telephones Voice Mail Coffee Makers Mini Fridge 25" Cable Televisions DVD Players Electronic Locks Air Conditioning
  Facility amenities: On-Site at the Famous Links at Crowbush Cove (18 Holes) Access to Beautiful Lakeside Beach Beach Shuttle Indoor Pool Outdoor Whirlpool Fitness Room 2 Tennis Courts Rodd Spa Boutique Fine Dining & Lounge Clubhouse on the Links 24-Hour Room Service Free Wireless High Speed Internet Pets Welcome Yoga (Every Thursday at 8am)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the hotel in Charlottetown, PE. Check-in is 3:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m. You will be staying at The Hotel on Pownal that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the hotel in Charlottetown after breakfast. Breakfast served 7:30 a.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at The Hotel on Pownal the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A waiver is required to participate in the program. Please complete and return signed waiver to Routes Adventures by mail, fax or email to: Routes Adventures Attention: Mona Perry 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 021W Kingston, ON K7K 1Z7 Canada Fax: 613-530-2096 Email: mperry@routesadventures.ca
  Parking availability:
Long term parking at the airport; public parking lots.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Charlottetown, PE
  Nearest city or town:  Charlottetown
  Nearest airport:  Charlottetown International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Charlottetown, PE
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charlottetown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10 - 15 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

 

Charlottetown

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10 - $15 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

5 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Confederation Bridge Route 1 Trans Canada to Charlottetown.
  New England If you are coming from New England, take Route 95 to Bangor, Maine, then Route 9 to New Brunswick. From the US border, it is only five hours to Prince Edward Island
  Nova Scotia Take Wood Islands Ferry or the Confederation Bridge to PEI.
Elevation Note: Maximum elevation is 400 feet.

Equipment Requirements: Biking attire and comfortable shoes. Bicycles are included. The program uses new or nearly new, high-end TREK hybrid bikes. The riding position is comfortable and semi-upright. These are the rental bikes the outfitter recommends and supply for most riders. Trek 7.4fx/7.5fx or equivalent. Bike rental includes hybrid bikes, helmets, water bottles, small rear bag, lock, water bottle, repair kit, pump, spare inner tube, odometer, map holder and high visibility vest will be supplied and are included in the program cost. Bring your own seat and pedals if you have a particular preference. You are also welcome to bring your own bike
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Introduction to Prince Edward Island
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Afternoon: Participants arrive to the hotel in the afternoon check-in after 3:00 p.m. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel at 6:00 p.m.
 Evening: Introductions are followed by a lecture on Prince Edward Island. A local historian will bring the early history of the Island alive using stories of the people who have made Prince Edward Island their home: native Mi’kmaq, French explorers, Acadian farmers, British military, and Scottish and Irish immigrants.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel on Pownal
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Charlottetown Walk/Province House
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Embark on a guided walk with a local historian to learn about the historic city of Charlottetown.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At Province House National Historic Site, discover the significant role this building has played in the history of Canada. The Charlottetown Conference was held here in 1864. The delegates were driven by fears of American expansionism and by Britain's growing desire that its North American colonies should look after themselves. Yet these men were gripped by the idea of a new, independent nation. After further conferences in Halifax and Quebec, the delegates hammered out the terms of Confederation, and Canada was born on July 1, 1867. Province House is also the seat of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Legislature since 1847.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening in Charlottetown.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel on Pownal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cycling: North Cape to Mill River via Alberton and Kildare Cape
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Cycling approximately 36 miles/56 kms.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning meeting in Charlottetown for bicycle introductions and familiarization; transfer to North Cape by 11:30.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycle to Kildare Cape, where the island’s first European visitor Jacques Cartier remarked “the fairest land 'tis possible to see!”. Finish with a ride towards Alberton and Kildare Cape before arriving at our destination in Mill River.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Rodd Mill River Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cycling: Mill River to Summerside/Acadian Coast/Transfer to Stanley Bridge
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Cycling approximately 39 miles/62 kms plus options.



   
 Breakfast: At inn
 Morning: Morning transfer to Mount Pleasant, then cycle along the Acadian Coast towards Summerside with a stop at the bottle houses. This is a short coastal ride before returning to the Confederation Trail for the ride into Summerside.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues followed by a transfer to Stanley Bridge (approximately 30 minutes).
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cycling: Kensington to Stanley Bridge/Green Gables/Cavendish Beach
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Cycling approximately 31 miles/50 kms



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at inn.
 Morning: Transfer to Kensington then bicycle the coast past lighthouses and toward the site of Green Gables, home of Lucy Maud Montgomery and inspiration for her novel "Anne of Green Gables". Spend time at Green Gables National Historic Site, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, "Anne of Green Gables". Discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues. Finish the day with a splash in the surf at Cavendish Beach, before exploring supper options near Green Gables.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cycling: PEI National Park/Dalvay-by-the-Sea
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Cycling approximately 25 miles/40 kms



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the inn.
 Morning: Cycle through PEI National Park towards Dalvay-by-the-Sea. A presentation will introduce you to Prince Edward Island National Park. Learn about the park's dynamic system of shifting sand carried by wind and waves, the finest example of sand-dune ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Continue cycling or explore the National Park beaches, where the wide and quiet roads make a wonderful ride along the dunes and a perfect location for a picnic lunch. Transfer back to Stanley Bridge.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Cycling: Prince Edward Island National Park
(Thursday, July 17)

Note: Cycling up to 45 miles (75 kms), or optional activities: sea kayaking, golf, and deep-sea fishing.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: An easy day to allow you time to enjoy the national park beaches, the easy cycling, and the abundant distractions. Options for those who prefer not to ride the fabulous beach roads will enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, browsing in a gallery of local artists, golf, deep-sea fishing, beach-basking, swimming in the warm Gulf waves, or just lingering over a fantastic lunch at Dalvay-by-the-Sea or the Dunes Gallery. You’ll also have the option to visit Charlottetown tonight to see “Anne of Green Gables”; check rates and schedules at www.confederationcentre.com.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue cycling or participate in other optional activities.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Cycling: Dalvay to St. Peter’s/East Coast/Greenwich Dunes
(Friday, July 18)

Note: Cycling approximately 41 miles (54 kms)



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Cycling begins at Stanley Bridge en route to Crowbush Cove. Turning inland through rolling farmland, you will practice your navigation skills following rural roads toward St. Peter’s Bay.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues on the East coast of the island, much quieter and more varied, where the roads follow the shore and you can visit the newest part of the National Park at Greenwich for a stroll among the delightful dunes. There may be a live theatre option in St. Peter’s tonight; check out www.courthousetheatre.com.
   
Accommodations: Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Cycling: St. Peter’s to East Point/Naufrage Harbour/Singing Sands/Transfer to Charlottetown
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: 47 miles/75 kms



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Cycle to East Point Lighthouse stopping to enjoy the wee bridge over Naufrage Harbour. Pass North Lake and East Point Lighthouse, then stop to enjoy the Singing Sands at Basin Head, and if you like, enjoy swimming and playing on miles of deserted beach and dunes. We know of a real and rare adventure for warm days here and hope we get a chance to show you!
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Return from East Point by van or by bike along clay roads through blueberry farms and past the old Elmira railway station that marks the end of the Confederation Trail. Transfer to Charlottetown at day’s end, pleasantly tired from a day full of PEI’s best outdoor experience.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in Charlottetown.
   
Accommodations: The Hotel on Pownal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Program Concludes/Departure
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 a.m.
 Morning: Departures from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island after breakfast as per individual travel plans. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Charlottetown, PE Confederation Centre of the Arts
Confederation Centre is open year-round and showcases the best in Canadian visual and performing arts. It houses several theatres, an art gallery, a restaurant and a gift shop. For additional information, visit www.confederationcentre.com/en/
  Peake's Wharf
Explore the historic waterfront merchants at Peake’s Wharf on the Charlottetown waterfront. Peake’s Wharf offers something for everyone: crafts, clothing, fine gifts, souvenirs and great live Island music. For additional information, visit www.peakesquay.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Prince Edward Island Pictorial


Author: Wayne Barrett


Description: 64 pages of accommodations, restaurants, shops and other special places.



Canada's Smallest Province, A History of PEI


Author: F.W.P. Bolger, editor


Description: An historical collection, giving a complete overview of the history of the island.



Island Beaches


Author: Julie Watson


Description: A guide to the beaches and coastal regions of the island. Julie has also authored: Ghost Stories and Legends of PEI and Seafood Cookery from PEI.



PEI Sketchbook


Author: Henry Purdy


Description: A locally produced picture book.



The Historic Houses of PEI


Author: Scott C. Smith


Walks in Charlottetown


Author: Irene L. Rogers




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