Distance: 51 kilometers (32 miles) and 32 kilometers (20 miles)
These two loops meander along country roads in Southern Kings County, past neat working farms with fields rolling down to the sea. Along the way you can climb to the top of PEI's oldest lighthouse, tour a restored 19th century village, and visit a beautiful old church. You can stop at a woolen mill specializing in exotic fibres, and have lunch at an Island homestead that is now a National Historic Site. There is a crafts gallery along the way, a waterfront restaurant, and all the pastoral scenery you could want. This quiet part of the Island has not been discovered by crowds of tourists, so it is ideal for cycling.
Both loops start from Lord Selkirk Provincial Park, ideally situated on a bluff above the shore. This park is perfect for campers - roomy sites on the edge of the bluff are within easy walking distance of a swimming pool, and there is even an adjoining golf course.
Search for places to stay along the trail.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that P.E.I. is flat. As a cyclist, you will discover some challenging hills on these loops, though not enough of them to turn cycling into an ordeal. The two loops together total 82 kilometers, just over 50 miles, so an experienced cyclist could ride both in a single day. Cycle the Island way, taking your time, investigating all the little detours, and making your own discoveries as well.