Driving to Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island’s crescent shape is perfect for a grand circuit tour. Arrive via ferry in Wood Islands on the Points East Coastal Drive and loop your way into Charlottetown, then tour the central Red Sands Shore and Green Gables Shore. Wrap up your tour with the North Cape Coastal Drive in the west, and then depart via the Confederation Bridge.
You can also reverse your journey and start on the bridge – it’s up to you! Either way, bridge and ferry tolls are paid only on departure or, as we like to say, you pay only if you decide to leave!
A 13-kilometre engineering marvel, the Confederation Bridge is a quick, convenient, and fascinating way to arrive on the Island, with crossings taking approximately 10 minutes.
The Confederation Bridge
Connecting from New Brunswick, the toll bridge brings you to the town of Borden-Carleton and the Gateway Village visitor centre and shopping complex. Find more information about Confederation Bridge by visiting their website or calling 1-888-437-6565.
Tolls are collected upon leaving PEI at Borden-Carleton. Click here for current toll rates. A shuttle service is available for pedestrians and cyclists.
Departing from Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, the 75-minute car ferry trip offers the perfect break from driving and a great way to arrive on PEI. Walk or drive aboard the vessels – mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island – then relax, stretch your legs, or lounge on the outside deck soaking up sunshine and sea air. Hungry? Salt Water Café launched a brand new menu in 2018 and is offering meals made with fresh local ingredients. Cows Ice Cream is also available on select crossing aboard the mv Confederation.
Throughout July-September, Northumberland Ferries offers fun Seaside Experiences such as live music, entertainment, food, wine, and beer samplings. For their Music on Deck experiences, you will be able to enjoy live performances by local maritime musicians.
Things to know once you arrive
- Prince Edward Island has several electric vehicle charging stations.
- PEI is an agricultural province, and you may find yourself sharing the highway with farm vehicles from time to time. Remember to relax, slow down, and enjoy the scenery!
- In Canada, the metric system is used for highway speeds and distances. The maximum speed on major highways in PEI is usually 90km/h (55mph) and 80km/h (50mph) on secondary roads. Speed limits are reduced in towns and villages.
- Radar detectors are illegal in PEI and will be confiscated.
- Remember to fasten your seatbelt – it’s the law!
- We take special pride in our clean roadsides, and fines are imposed for littering.
- If you’re camping, please leave firewood at home and pick some up locally instead. Firewood can carry small but harmful invasive species, such as the emerald ash borer, which can kill millions of trees and eliminate habitat for animals and birds.