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Hike, Bike and Kayak Prince Edward and the Magdalen Islands

Program Number: 21438RJ
Start and End Dates:
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    

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest island province boasting brilliant blue waters, over 600 miles of pristine sandy beaches, pastoral hills and some of the most breathtaking cliffs and coastlines in the country. A farming community at heart, PEI's agricultural history spans three centuries and remains an important industry for the Island economy. Discover the rich Acadian and Maritime culture and the undiscovered hidden treasures of the islands. Through scenic routes by bike, kayak and on foot, experience these diverse landscapes and coastlines as they should be explored — up close and outdoors.


• Cycle along the Confederation Trail and the shoreline of Prince Edward Island National Park and learn about the unique ecology of the Greenwich Dunes.
• Go clamming to cook a fresh seafood treat, learn to make lobster traps and hear firsthand maritime stories from a local fisherman.
• Explore the Magdalen Islands’ surface caves by kayak then paddle to Boudreau Island for an invigorating mud bath or mask.

Activity Particulars

Participants must be physically fit and prepared for full days of activity. Cycling up to 35 miles daily over rolling paved roads and trails with some clay or gravel sections. Additional cycling options available. Swimming and paddling ability for water activities.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Charlottetown, PE, 2 nights; cycle/van to Brudenell River, PE, 1 night; transfer to Souris, PE, ferry to Magdalen Islands, QC, 4 nights; ferry to Souris; transfer to Charlottetown, 1 night; departure.


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.

Comfortable, conveniently located hotels and resorts.
Meals and Lodgings
   Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
  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
   Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
  Charlottetown, PE 1 night
 Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Type: Inn
  Description: The Quality Inn & Suites Downtown is ideally located in the centre of Prince Edward Island, just a 10 minute walk to the historic Charlottetown waterfront. This Charlottetown hotel provides easy access to many local attractions, including the Confederation Centre of the Arts (Centre des Arts de la Confédération), Jean Canfield, Information Technology Centre, University of Prince Edward Island, Province House National Historic Site of Canada and the Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre. Nearby, the Charlottetown Boardwalk meanders along the shoreline, allowing visitors to stroll along its pathways, relax on a park bench or enjoy a picnic on the water.
  Contact info: 150 Euston Street
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1W5 Canada
phone: 902-894-8572
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed wireless internet, cable television, air conditioning, refrigerator, microwave, iron/ironing board, in-room coffee maker.
  Facility amenities: On site restaurant and lounge, business centre, free weekday newspaper. Free coffee and tea is available in the lobby. Room service available. Complimentary passes to the CARI Facility, which features two swimming pools and waterslide, hot tub and a fitness centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel Contact hotel directly for rates and availability at 902-894-8572.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel Contact hotel directly for rates and availability at 902-894-8572.
  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.
  Contact info: 180 Mill River Resort Road
O'Leary, PE  C0B 1E0 Canada
phone: 902-892-7448
  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
  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
  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 Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the hotel in Charlottetown after breakfast. Breakfast served 7:30 a.m. Check-out is 12:00 noon You will be staying at Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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:
  Parking availability:
Long term parking at the airport; public parking lots.
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



From Airport






Per Person/One Way:


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




5 miles




To Airport






Per Person/One Way:


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




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, August 15)
 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: Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Charlottetown Walk/Province House
(Saturday, August 16)
 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: Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cycling: North Cape to Mill River via Alberton and Kildare Cape
(Sunday, August 17)

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, August 18)

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, August 19)

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, August 20)

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, August 21)

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
 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, August 22)

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
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, August 23)

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: Quality Inn and Suites Charlottetown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Program Concludes/Departure
(Sunday, August 24)
 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 12:00 noon. 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
  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
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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