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Lord Selkirk Route

Lord Selkirk Campground (51km and 32km) 

These two loops meander along country roads in Southern Kings County, past farms and lighthouses. You can stop at a woollen mill, a crafts gallery, or a waterfront restaurant. These loops include some of the Island’s most challenging hills. At just over 82km total, an experienced cyclist could cover both loops in a single day. 

Lord Selkirk Campground Route (Loop 1)

This loop ride starts at the entrance to Lord Selkirk Campground on Route 1, just east of Eldon.

0.0 Turn left as you leave the park, onto Route 1 West toward Charlottetown. 

1.5 Turn right onto Garfield Road, Route 207, following the sign to Garfield. On the left at this turn is Cooper's Store, with gas and groceries. 

3.0 Continue straight on Route 207 toward Garfield; Route 206 goes left to Iona. An enjoyable downhill begins in a couple of hundred metres, followed by a short, steep climb. 

3.6 Bear left at a fork, staying on Route 207. This turn comes as you are conquering another steep hill that happily lasts only 100 metres. (Route 208 goes right to Roseberry.) At the top of the hill on the left is St. John's Presbyterian Church. There will continue to be occasional hills along Route 207, a few of which are moderately difficult, but the road rolls past farms with fields of potatoes, hay and grain, and through spruce woods. At kilometre 8.3, at the top of a hill on the left, is the entrance to International Spinners Ltd. and Belfast Mini Mills Ltd. 

Optional Shortcut - At kilometre 9.1 note a Scenic Heritage Road on the right off Route 207, shortly past the bottom of a hill. By turning right on this unpaved Heritage Road, you shorten the ride by three kilometres. It is wooded and shady, more downhill than up. If you take the Heritage Road, you will come to a T intersection with Route 1 in four kilometres. Turn right. You will be at kilometre 16.2 of the regular route. If you stay on Route 207, continue straight, passing Route 204 on the left at kilometre 9.5, and watch for the next turn: 

11.5 Turn right on Camp Road, which is Route 261. Camp Road passes first through mixed woods, but in less than two kilometres, there are clearings with homes, and then farms. 

14.5 Turn right at a T onto Route 1 West. There is more traffic on Route 1 than elsewhere on this loop, but cycling is safe because of the paved shoulders. 

16.2 Continue straight, passing a Heritage Road on the right. This is the optional shortcut mentioned above. 

18.6 Pass Roseberry Road, Route 208, on the right. 

22.0 Pinette Provincial Park is on the left, there is a beach here.

23.7 Turn left on Glashvin Rd. following the sign to Mt. Buchanan. The turn comes just after a Royal Canadian Legion Post on the left. About 300 meters along Glashvin Road, there is a perennial garden on the left. Views along the road are lovely, with fields rolling down to the Pinette River. 

25.4 Turn right, following the paved road. You are on McCaulay's Wharf Road. 

27.2 Turn left at a stop sign and T intersection onto Point Prim Road. The road to Point Prim is lovely and at the end there is the Point Prim lighthouse which was built in 1846 and is PEI's oldest lighthouse. It is an easy, out-and-back ride to the point, nine kilometres each way. Also, Point Prim Chowder House is open in the summer and early fall. 

35.1 The road turns to dirt. 

36.1 Backtrack after visiting the lighthouse. 

45.1 Pass McCaulay's Wharf Road on the right, on which you rode earlier. 

46.8 Turn left at a T intersection onto Route 1, following a sign to Charlottetown; this is the end of the Point Prim Road. 

50.5 End of the first loop. Lord Selkirk Campground is on the left. 

Lord Selkirk Campground Route (Loop 2)

This loop ride also starts at Lord Selkirk Campground.

0.0 Turn left onto Route 1 West as you leave Lord Selkirk Campground. 

1.5 Continue straight on Route 1 towards Charlottetown. This is where you turned right on the previous loop. Cooper's Store is on the left. 

3.8 Stay on Route 1 where Route 211 angles off to the right. 

4.7 Turn left on Irving Road, following the sign to Orwell Cove. Most of this short road is unpaved. In a few hundred metres you will be going down a steep hill.  From the bottom of the hill there is a moderately steep, short climb. 

5.9 Turn right at a T intersection. There is a dirt road to the left, paving to the right. This is a lovely stretch of road, with rolling fields, neat farms and homes, all overlooking Orwell Bay to the left. 

8.1 Turn left at a stop sign onto Brush Wharf Road. This is an out-and-back section, about two easy kilometres each way and well worth riding for the splendid views. 

8.6 Notice an unsigned road on the right. You will turn here on the way back. The old Orwell Cove School is on the left. It is now attractively restored as a private home but still has its antique sign. 

10.5 Backtrack from the end of the road to the next turn. 

12.4 Turn left and climb a moderate hill. The old Orwell Cove School is on the right at this turn. 

13.7 Turn left onto Route 1. 

14.7 Bear left and stay left on Route 1, passing Route 210 on the right to Uigg, Kinross, and Montague. 

15.5 Turn right following a sign to Orwell Corner Historic Village. Begin climbing a hill. 

15.8 The entrance to Orwell Corner Historic Village is on the right, before the top of the hill. 

16.0 Pass the back entrance to Orwell Corner and then, at the top of the hill, bear left onto a chip sealed road which narrows.

16.8 The entrance to Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead, a National Historic Site, and the Macphail Ecological Woods Project, are on the left. 

17.8 Turn right at a T intersection onto Route 24. This road can have more traffic and the shoulder is not paved. 

At kilometre 18.1, enter Kinross and continue straight past the Dundee Road, which is Route 325, on the left. You will be making the next right turn. 

18.6 Turn right onto Route 210. 

20.7 Turn left onto Route 23, the Selkirk Road. Climb a moderate hill after turning left. Route 23 is a good road over rolling terrain, and traffic is usually light. There is a particularly fine panoramic view of farms as you start a gradual downhill around kilometre 23.If you reach a T intersection at Route 1, you have missed the turn at kilometre 20.7 by less than 200 metres. 

23.5 Turn right onto Route 211. 

27.9 Bear left at a stop sign onto Route 1. Route 211 ends here. At kilometre 30.1, pass Cooper's Red and White on the right. 

31.6 End of this loop. The entrance to Lord Selkirk Campground is on the right.

Please note that many roads do not have paved shoulders and caution should be used in these areas. Helmets are mandatory while cycling on Prince Edward Island.