By Car

Photo Credit: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Driving to Prince Edward Island

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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! 

 

The Confederation Bridge

PEI Confederation Bridge
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.

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.

Northumberland Ferries

Departing from Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, the 75-minute car ferry trip offers a pleasant break from driving. Walk or drive aboard the vessels – mv Confederation and mv Holiday Island – then relax, stretch your legs, and experience the beauty of the Maritime sea and sky. Lounge on the outside deck soaking up sunshine and sea air or grab a bite to eat in the Saltwater Café.

Ferry service operates from May to late December, with up to nine daily departures from both terminals during peak season. Click here for current schedules and here for fare information.

For more information about Northumberland Ferries, please visit their website or call 1-877-762-7245.

 

Getting to and from Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

C.T.M.A. offers regular ferry service from Cap-aux-Meules, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec to Souris, PEI. For information, please phone 1-888-986-3278.

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. 

Check out our online maps of the Island’s coastal drives, touring regions, and visitor information centres to get familiar with the province, or order a highway map by mail.