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 Brookvale Mountain Bike Trails, Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park, Strathgartney Provincial Park, Gairloch Road Trail, O'Leary Mountain Bike Trails, or the Beck Trail near Murray River. All of these are both mountain biking and hiking trails. For mountain biking the trails offer a mix of single-track, hard climbs and a variety of 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. 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, the island has a Mountain Bike experience for you.
The Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale Mountain Bike Trails are located at 1800 Route 13 and is home to 12 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'. It is also home to the Rigid Riders Mountain Bike Club; contact Cycling PEI for more information. View map
Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park has two entrances. One is located at 17530 Trans Canada Highway and the other is 98 MacKinnon Lane (off the Riverdale Road). Enjoy 18 kilometers of trails rated as 'more difficult'. These trails were constructed in 2016-17 and the area has been designated under the Natural Areas Protection Act.
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.
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 the Confederation Trail Right Of Way.
The Beck Trail, located on Route 4/Commercial Road near Murray River, was built on family land dating back to 1880, and 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 for both mountain biking and hiking. The front Red loop is 4.6 kms and is rated as 'easy'. The Blue loop is 5.4 km and is rated 'more difficult' to 'very difficult'. 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.
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.