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 (online magazine or PDF) 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.
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 challenging terrain, 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 explore the green canopies of Mark Arendz Provincial Park at Brookvale, Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park, Strathgartney Provincial Park, Gairloch Road Trail, Robinsons Island Trail System or the O'Leary Mountain Bike Trails.
With the exception of the Mark Arendz mountain bike trails, all of these trails are both mountain biking and hiking trails. 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, PEI has a great mountain bike experience waiting for you.
The Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale mountain bike trails are located at 1800 Route 13 and is home to 22 kilometers of single track trail and is the mountain biking mecca of PEI. It offers a variety of trail difficulty from 'easy' to 'extremely difficult'. Most of these trails are legendary in Prince Edward Island and have become fast and worked-in over years of faithful usage. Ten kilometers of new trail (2018-19) have been primarily machine-built, and feature a fast-rolling hard-pack freestyle loop called "Coastline" which is sure to keep your expectations (and your wheels) sky high. The park is also home to the Rigid Riders Mountain Bike Club, contact Cycling PEI for more information.
The Strathgartney Provincial Park is located at 17025 Trans Canada Highway and is connected to the Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park. There are 9 kilometers of mountain biking and hiking trails. Some of it is new in 2017 and some have the oldest trails in the province. There is some very challenging terrain that will give you a good work out!
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 'more difficult' running through hilly terrain, with several bridged stream crossings. The steep ravine sides have switchbacks.
The Robinsons Island Trail System is located at 740 Robinson Island Road, near the end of Gulf Shore Way East near Brackley Beach. It is 5 km of multi use beginner to intermediate family friendly trail. It is open to biker’s and hiker’s. Designed as a ‘stacked loop’ there is a shorter and longer option. It features 11 technical trail challenges located in spurs that break off of the main trail. Those who dare not test their skills on the ramps and teeter totters need not shy away, just skip the branches and stick to the main trail for a beautiful scenic cycling adventure.
In Summerside the Rotary Friendship Park’s main parking lot is located at 599 MacEwen Rd (between the Prince County Hospital and Walker Ave) . There are other pedestrian and/or cycling entrances off of Colin Avenue and the Confederation Trail just east of Gillespie Drive.
The park is a beautiful network of tree lined gravel and clay trails on a 64 acre parcel of land. The park contains a network of nearly 6.5 km’s of trails suitable for walking, running and/or cycling. Mountain bikes would be needed for Pit Run # 1 & #2 trails.
The trails take you past farmers’ fields, wetlands and through old growth tree areas. This is a great park to reconnect with nature, enjoy the sounds of birds singing and the crunching of leaves under your feet. Community services are located nearby. For more information contact Trent Williams, Horticulturist with the City of Summerside at (902)-432-4963 (mobile) or [email protected].
The O'Leary Mountain Bike Trail is located 2 kilometers East of the town and is just off the Confederation Trail. There are 3 trails, Monkey Tango, Hurricane Wave, and Bench Ridge. These trails vary from easy to very difficult. It is 2 kilometers in length and is located in theConfederation Trail Right Of Way.
Whatever type of cycling you are looking for it can be found amongst the fields, trees, and striking red soil. This is a place where you can discover, enjoy and cherish cycling. Come and cycle our Island.