If you really want to experience PEI’s natural beauty, get out of your car and onto a bike! The Island has a number of great trails, and we’ve put together a list of our favorites so that you can get the most out of your biking adventure.
The first route to consider has to be the Confederation Trail, PEI’s leg of the Trans-Canada Highway. The trail, which runs from tip to tip of the island, is over 435 kilometers (270 miles), including branch lines. You can take on the entire route, or enjoy a portion, such as the 25-kilometer (15.5-miles) strip from Mount Stewart to St. Peters, which is arguably the most scenic ride in the province.
For more information, check out the Confederation Trail Cycling Guide.
Brookvale Nordic Mountain Bike Park
Known as the “mountain biking mecca of PEI,” Brookvale has 40 kilometers (25 miles) of a single-track trail and is one of Atlantic Canada’s best mountain bike trails. The park is great for all levels as it offers paths ranging from beginner to expert.
Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park
Bonshaw is another excellent spot for mountain biking, with more than 18 kilometers (11 miles) of trail running along the Bonshaw River. The path is suitable for all levels, and the park has many great amenities, including a natural adventure playground and picnic facilities.
Explore Cavendish on two wheels along the 75-kilometer (46.6-mile) Cabot Trail, which runs from Cabot Beach Provincial Park to the French River. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery and a mostly easy ride, although there are some challenging hills along the way.
If daylong bike rides aren’t your thing, check out this six-kilometer (3.7-mile) trail located right in Charlottetown. Don’t be put off by its nickname as the “Charlottetown old landfill trail”; this moderately challenging route is a scenic one, running through the woods and along a river.
If you’re craving some solitude, consider the seven-kilometer (4.3-mile) Gairloch Trail, which runs through the forest and is only a half-hour drive from Charlottetown. If you want to extend your trip, you can hop onto the Confederation Trail, which runs adjacent to Gairloch.