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Cabot Route Description

Route Description
Cabot Loop
Distance: 75 kilometres ( 47 miles )

It would take a Wordsworth poem, not a bicycling guide, to describe the delights of this route. Suffice to say that when you cycle through the Island countryside in all its shades of green and gold, rimmed with red bluffs and pink sands, surrounded by blue sea and sky, you will understand why people say that PEI is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

This part of the Island has the charms of the Cavendish area - pink sand beaches, rugged bluffs overlooking the ocean, tidy farms and quaint villages, even authentic "Anne" museums - but with less traffic than Cavendish at peak season.

The ride begins at Cabot Beach Provincial Park, with camping near a good beach - but reserve in advance during peak season, because the park is popular.

You can stop for a meal in Kensington. Of course there are any number of good picnic spots. Perhaps the best among them are the beach near French River (kilometer 42.3) and the bluff at Cape Tryon (kilometer 44.7). However, the only place on the route for a reasonable selection of groceries is Kensington, so plan to buy picnic supplies there.

The terrain on the first third of the ride is generally easy, level to gently rolling, with a climb after Indian River but no really steep hills. Between Kensington and French River, there are longer hills, moderately challenging, but they reward you with some of the most stunning views of the day. After French River, there are a few steeper hills on the first few kilometers along Route 20. With an early start, experienced cyclists can complete this loop in a single day with plenty of time for stops along the way. If you find the length of the ride daunting, take two days.

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