Western Prince Edward Island
The trail begins in the village of Tignish at the western end of the Island. St. Simon and St. Jude Church, near the trail head was built in 1860 with a tracker-action organ built by Louis Mitchell of Montreal. Found outside the community are mixed woodland, quiet streams and wetlands with cat-tails, drowned trees and beaver dams. Watch for woodpeckers and Red-winged Blackbirds and perhaps a Blackbilled Cuckoo.
Several former railway bridges offer vistas and fishing holes in the streams they cross. The stone railway station in Alberton was built in 1906.
The landscape changes to cropland near Elmsdale with glimpses of an esker. O'Leary is the home of the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum and south of the village is Leard's Pond with a working grist mill. Ellerslie Bog is beside the trail near the communities of Ellerslie and Tyne Valley. Wellington is the gateway to the Acadian Region of the province where a pleasant rest stop overlooks the Grand River and a railway caboose now used as a craft shop. At the Old Mills Park there are public washrooms, a playground and picnic tables for you to enjoy. The Miscouche Swamp is an extensive wetland on the way to Summerside offering significant birding opportunities. This is the narrow part of the Island and Canada Geese and various ducks cross between bays on the north and south coasts or drop into the large pond beside the trail. In Summerside you go down to the waterfront, near Eptek Art & Culture Centre and the College of Piping and Performing Arts. East of the city the landscape transforms into cropland; potato country intersected by streams and hardwood lots on the way to Kensington. A town built at the intersection of 5 roads, Kensington is an agricultural center with rich history showcased in its buildings. The stone railway station is a National Historic Site and St. Mark's Church nearby dates from 1866. A few kilometres to the east, Emerald was a thriving railway junction where the pulse of the community was governed by train schedules and where the "boat train" met the "Tignish flier". The trail south leads to Kinkora and Borden-Carleton at the gateway to P.E.I. It is also the point where the landscape transforms into rolling central hills.