This ride is a wonderful introduction to the quiet pleasures of Prince County. Western PEI has less tourist traffic than the central part of the Island, but it offers a full helping of beauty and interest - as you will see.
Tyne Valley, where the ride begins, is a compact village that packs in its small cluster of buildings a remarkable amount of charm. There is a lively restaurant and pub, fine old homes and comfortable B&Bs, a small crafts shop selling hand-knit sweaters, and one of PEI's great summer events - the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival.
The ride begins at Green Park, a few kilometres outside the village, where you can tour a restored Victorian mansion and shipbuilding museum. On the ride, you can stop at a parsonage where Lucy Maud Montgomery once lived, a museum that focuses on PEI's famous oyster industry, and an island where a Mi'kmaq Indian band operates eco-tourism businesses and a cultural centre. Throughout the day you will cycle on quiet country roads, often near the shores of Malpeque Bay, and through tiny villages.
In Green Park Provincial Park, there are campsites and also small, inexpensive cabins. They have only simple bunks with foam mattresses, a table and chairs, and electricity - not much, but quite luxurious if you are accustomed to camping in a small tent! Check the online PEI Visitors Guide for details on these places and for other accommodation in the area.
The terrain between Tyne Valley and Green Park is moderately hilly, and there is a hill immediately north of the village as well. Otherwise, the terrain is nearly flat, making this a relatively easy ride.