What better way to spend time with a grandparent than riding the trails across beautiful Prince Edward Island. In 2006, nine-year-old Zachary MacDonald and his 78-year-old grandmother, Phyllis did just that as they cycled the 273 kilometers of the Tip-to-Tip Tour of the Prince Edward Island Confederation Trail - the Island's part of the Trans Canada Trail.
What was once used as a railroad across all of Prince Edward Island has been transformed into a modern day outdoor bicycle and walking trail that spans from one end of the Island to the other. The Tip-to-Tip Tour offers much to see and do, and Zack and Phyllis had a great time on their free adventure right here in their home province.
Each day was like a new experience for Zack and Phyllis as they explored many new and old treasures along the woodsy trails. From the giant wind mill farm in North Cape, to the East Point Lighthouse, to all of the natural beauty in between, the grandson and grandmother became good friends through their pursuits in the fresh outdoors from Spring to Fall.
Meeting new people, sharing laughs, experiencing the power of nature and encouraging each other through the long stretches, the two learned just how much they had in common by the end of their journey. Not only was it a healthy way to get out and be active, it was also a great opportunity to share an exciting excursion with family, and create a lasting memory.
On November 10, 2006, at the Island Trails Recognition Night, President Brendon McGinn presented Zach and his Grandmother with the "Youngest Male Tip-To-Tip" and "Oldest Female Tip-To-Tip" awards.