Prince Edward Island is the perfect province to cycle. The Confederation Trail, which is Prince Edward Islands’ leg of the Trans Canada Trail, runs tip-to-tip from Tignish to Elmira. Including branch lines there are 435 kilometres of excellent rolled stone dust surface for cycling. Along the trail, you will find a convenient selection of accommodations, food and services. Not all accommodations are directly on the trail and do require roadway travel. For safety concerns please check with the accommodation providers regarding distance. The Island also has several bike rental facilities and tour guides to provide for all your cycling needs.
The Confederation Trail Cycling Guide will help you plan your cycling vacation on the Confederation Trail. Included in the guide are accommodations which participate in the "Cyclists Welcome Program", which take the needs of cyclists into consideration and make their properties welcoming and easy for cyclists. Browse through the different parts of the guide below, or order one by mail.
No matter what your game -- quiet rides in the country that provide frame after frame of breathtaking photographs, day-long tours that test skill and endurance, or bone-shaking terrain that will challenge both bike and rider, PEI is the destination of choice for die-hard and casual cyclists alike.
For touring enthusiasts, just get on your bike and start pedalling. The rolling hills, lush farmlands and postcard coastlines that keep our visitors coming back for more will reveal to you a whole new appreciation for your two-wheeling hobby.
Enjoy some of Atlantic Canada's best Mountain Bike trails as you tear through the green canopies of Brookvale Nordic Mountain Bike Park, Gairloch Road Trail, or Beck Trail near Murray River. As public mountain bike venues, these trails offer a mix of flowing single-track and sweeping double-track sections. These trails are legendary in P.E.I. and have become fast and worked-in over years of faithful usage. Whether you are a beginner hoping to explore rich Island forests, or an expert set on pushing your limits as you flow through rusty red single-track, P.E.I. has a Mountain Bike experience for you.
Brookvale Nordic Center is the home to 40 kilometres of single track trail. It is the mountain biking mecca of PEI. Home to the Rigid Riders Mountain Bike Club it offers a variety of trail difficulty from beginner to expert. Contact Cycling PEI for more information. PDF Map
The Beck Trail built on family land dating back to 1880, was preserved as the John J. And Annie Beck Natural Area in October 2009. Owner Paul Jenkins then decided to construct a trail consisting of two loops. The front ‘Red’ loop is 4.6 kms. Rated as a beginner/intermediate level biking trail. The ‘Blue’ loop is 5.4 km and is rated intermediate/expert biking. The result is the multipurpose trail which is now open for public use year round. Ride the 10 km trail in a figure of eight. Start at the exit of the red trail, ride past the first blue trail entrance and go in the second blue trail entrance. The trail flows faster this way.
The Gairloch Trail on Route 204 next to the Confederation Trail is a mountain biking and hiking trail. It is primarily a loop trail of about 7 km The trail is a moderate difficulty running through hilly terrain, with several bridged stream crossings. The steep ravine sides have switchbacks.
Whatever type of cycling you are looking for it can be found amongst the fields, tree, and striking red soil. This is a place where you can discover, enjoy and cherish cycling. Come and cycle our Island.