Every travel destination has a list of things you must do. In Prince Edward Island, you’ve got to get outside! We have outdoor activities to offer every visitor, regardless of the season. Hike, bike, or run on the Confederation Trail. Take advantage of the waters that surround us with a wealth of water activities. Here’s a taste of the outdoor adventure that awaits!
Running in PEI: PEI’s clean, fresh air and gorgeous views make it a perfect destination to log a couple of kilometres on foot, whether you prefer road or trail running. The Confederation Trail is popular with runners. Check out the PEI Roadrunners Club website for race information, routes, and more.
Hiking in PEI: Explore PEI on foot! The Confederation Trail boasts breathtaking scenery and plant life, perfect for a quick stroll or a longer hike. Find an exciting Island Trail, or find solitude and "walk through history" by exploring some of the scenic heritage roads.
International Appalachian Trail (IAT) - The Confederation Trail is the connector trail for North America's section of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT). The IAT is a hiking trail that runs from the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Mount Katahdin, Maine, into New Brunswick, parts of Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and then extends to the north-eastern most point of the Appalachian Mountains in Belle Isle, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Prince Edward Island's part of the IAT may be hiked from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick to the Confederation Bridge. After being shuttled over the Northumberland Strait on the 13 kilometre Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in the world that spans water which freezes in the winter, hikers arrive in Gateway Village in Borden Carleton.
From Borden Carleton travel east via the Confederation Trail, a former rail line, which has been converted into a world class hiking and cycling trail. The trail passes through many small communities, close to a few single-track woodland trails, and onto PEI's capital city of Charlottetown.
Hikers would stay on the Confederation Trail by Royalty Junction, just outside of Charlottetown. Stay on the main trail to Mt. Stewart and then turn southeast on a branch trail to the Dromore Woodland Trails, Prince Edward Island's official designated section of the IAT, and then onward to Wood Islands. Several back-roads return the hiker to an adjoining branch trail that leads to Wood Islands where you would catch the ferry to Nova Scotia.
Hunting in PEI: The migratory bird hunting season begins in PEI on the first Monday of October and lasts through the second Saturday of December (the exception is woodcock season, which runs from the last Monday in September to the second Saturday in December). Hunt for partridge or ruffled grouse. Snowshoe hare and coyote seasons run from early October until February. Please contact Forests, Fish and Wildlife for hunting rules and regulations.
Mountain Biking in PEI: Enjoy some of Atlantic Canada’s best mountain bike trails at Brookvale Nordic Mountain Bike Park, Gairloch Road Trail, a 7km hilly loop trail, or Beck Trail near Murray River which consists of two loops totalling 10km. These public mountain bike venues offer a mix of single-track and double-track sections, and there are terrains suitable for both beginner and expert mountain bikers! Contact Cycling PEI for more mountain biking information.
Geocaching in PEI: There are more than 7,000 geocaches hidden in PEI, including 1,800 on the Confederation Trail! For geocache locations please click here.
Water Sports in PEI: We’re surrounded by water, so water activities are plentiful! Sign up for a sailing excursion, try a kayak or canoe tour, or even try your hand at parasailing.
Motorcycling in PEI: Planning a visit by motorcycle? Be sure to check out the website www.motorcyclepei.com for an up-to-date resource with printable pages. A brochure, Motorcycle Prince Edward Island, is also available at the Visitor Information Centres. If you have specific questions, email these touring enthusiasts at [email protected].
Snowmobiling in PEI: Cruise 650km of groomed snowmobile trails! Check out the PEI Snowmobile Association website for more information.