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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; 8/15/2014 - 8/24/2014;
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 historians bring to life the early history of Charlottetown’s place as the “Birthplace of Confederation.”



Activity Particulars

Cycling up to 45 miles daily over rolling paved roads with a few clay or gravel sections. Additional cycling options available.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Charlottetown, 2 nights, cycle/van to Mill River, 1 night; Cavendish, 4 nights; Crowbush Cove, 1 night; 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
  Description: The Hotel on Pownal proudly provides 45 guest rooms and suites, each with their own modern urban touches. We pride ourselves in offering a distinct hotel experience like no other on Prince Edward Island.
  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, fridge, coffee maker 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:
Independent arrivals to the hotel in Charlottetown, PE. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. Dinner at the hotel. You will be staying at The Hotel on Pownal that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from the hotel in Charlottetown after breakfast. 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. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  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
  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
Elevation Note: Maximum elevation is 400 feet.

Equipment Requirements: 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: Arrivals/Introduction to Prince Edward Island
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Afternoon: Participants arrive to the hotel in the afternoon check-in after 3:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
 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 Alberton
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Cycling approximately 22 miles (36 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 into Northport and your beautifully located waterfront inn.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
   
Accommodations: Rodd Mill River Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Cycling: Mill River to West Point
(Monday, July 14)

Note: Cycling approximately 28 miles (45 kms); options for additional cycling.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: On your bike again, cross the island to the Acadian Coast for an idyllic ride overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You’ll pass tiny villages and Cape Wolfe on route to the West Point Lighthouse.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues. Transfer to Stanley Bridge.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cycling: Stanley Bridge to Summerside
(Tuesday, July 15)

Note: Cycling approximately 32 miles (50 kms); options for additional cycling.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Starting in Stanley Bridge; set out by bike to explore the countryside as we cycle into Summerside.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Cycling continues. Transfer/cycle to Stanley Bridge.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cycling: Stanley Bridge to Dalvay
(Wednesday, July 16)

Note: Cycling approximately 28 miles (45 kms); options for additional cycling.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Departing from Stanley Bridge, follow the coast past lighthouses and toward PEI National Park and onto Dalvay-by-the-Sea. 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.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch
 Afternoon: Continue cycling in PEI National Park and 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. Transfer/cycle to Stanley Bridge
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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

Note: Cycling approximately 32 miles (50 kms); option for additional cycling or other activities: sea kayaking, golf, and deep-sea fishing ($$ additional cost for optional activities).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Transfer to Kensington to cycle along the Confederation Trail and into PEI National Park. 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: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Continue cycling in the Park or participate in other optional activities. 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.
 Dinner: Dinner at the resort.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Cycling: Dalvay to St. Peter’s
(Friday, July 18)

Note: Cycling approximately 41 miles (65 kms).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: Turning inland through rolling farmland, you will practice your navigation skills following rural roads toward a picnic lunch overlooking St. Peter’s Bay from old train trestles.
 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
(Saturday, July 19)

Note: Cycling approximately 41 miles (65 kms).



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the resort.
 Morning: This morning we set out from Crowbush Cove, cycling along the shore of St. Peter’s Bay, one of the best stretches of the Confederation Trail, past the old Elmira railway station that marks the end of the Trail. Transfer to East Point.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: 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! 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: Independent Departures
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island as per individual travel plans.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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