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Prince Edward Island

A Cycling Journey: Red Cliffs, Blue Waters and Green Gables

Cycle along some of Prince Edward Island’s 700 miles of pristine shoreline and learn about sand dune systems and the settlers and natives who have called this lovely island their home.
Rating (4.92)
Program No. 22790RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,429
8 days
7 nights
18 meals
7B 5L 6D
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
2
PEI Introduction, Cycling Victoria to Summerside
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
3
Cycling Mont-Carmel, Acadian Region, Agriculture
Summerside, Prince Edward Island
4
Cycling Summerside, French River
Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island
5
Green Gables, Cavendish, North Rustico, Brackley
Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island
6
Cycling PEI National Park, Stanley Bridge
Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island
7
Cycling Confederation Trail, Charlottetown
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
8
Program Concludes, Departure
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
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At a Glance

Prince Edward Island’s 700 miles of shoreline first drew English, French, Scottish and Irish settlers to this beautiful region centuries ago. Travel to PEI for a week of cycling, taking in the pristine beaches, red sandstone cliffs, soft blue sky and white-capped waves along the island’s coast. Cycle through quaint villages nestled along the coastline in PEI’s Acadian region and stop along the way to experience the rustic charm and fun-loving hospitality of this French-speaking culture.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Cycling 20-35 miles daily on mostly paved roads, bike paths, and some roads with cars. Riding pace is approximately 10 mph. Participants (especially those used to rail-trails and flat topography) should prepare for hills on all rides, some of which are challenging. One day of extended cycling, up to 43 miles. Support vehicle available.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Cycle through diverse landscapes of Prince Edward Island National Park and the Confederation Trail, from Acadian forests to sandstone cliffs and discover the finest sand-dune ecosystems in Atlantic Canada.
  • Visit Green Gables, home of the red-headed heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's “Anne of Green Gables.”
  • Hear stories from a local historian about PEI’s rich agricultural history and the people who have made Prince Edward Island their home.

General Notes

Please inquire if interested in upgrading the bicycle to a road bike (aluminum or carbon fiber), E-bike, tandem, or step-through.
Featured Expert
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Wayne MacKinnon
Wayne MacKinnon grew up on a family farm in Prince Edward Island and has always been interested in agriculture and rural issues. An award-winning author, Wayne has written extensively on Prince Edward Island politics and history. He co-wrote a study on traditional, sustainable agriculture on the Island and is a lecturer in political science at the University of P.E.I. For over 20 years, Wayne has held senior communications roles at the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and later, the Department of Finance.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Acadians of Nova Scotia, Past and Present
by Sally Ross
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Consider the Oyster
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