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cycling trip Prince Edward Island Explorer Moderate

Dates: 7/30 - 8/4, 2018

(6 days, 5 nights; Mon. - Fri.)

 


Assembly Point: Charlottetown, PEI

(Timberline van shuttle is included between airport and Charlottetown prior to and following tour)

Not Included: Airfare to Charlottetown Airport; Guide Gratuity

Meeting time: airport: 3:00, hotel 3:30 pm

Drop off time: 5 pm

Double Booking: $TBD/person

Single Booking: $TBD

Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, support van, leaders, tour maps & narratives.

Roommate Rebate: $TBD

"The fairest land 'tis possible to see," wrote French explorer Jacque Cartier in 1534 when he first landed on the broad sandy beach of Prince Edward Island and gazed upon the island's brillant meadows and fertile red soil. Easily the smallest of Canada's 10 provinces, Prince Edward Island is a cyclist's paradise. Agriculture is the mainstay of P.E.I.'s economy and the island's mood is distinctly pastoral and serene. Charlottetown, the provincial capital, is the only town of significant proportion on the island. The agricultural nature of the island also has produced a magnificent network of sparsely-traveled country roads ideally suited for cycling.

The northern portion of the island is renowned for its outstanding beaches, most of which are protected within Prince Edward Island National Park, and their waters are warmed by the currents of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Though P.E.I. lacks the dramatic undulations in terrain that characterize Cape Breton's Cabot Trail, the land rolls gently in a manner that promises the ultimate in a leisurely cycling experience.

We'll assemble in Charlottetown, known as the Cradle of Confederation, where the Dominion of Canada was planned in 1864. On Day 2 we'll ride eastward, along the water of the Northumberland Strait to Wood Islands, and then to Montague. We'll spend our first overnight at the Rodd Brudenall River Resort.

On Day 3 we'll ride the P.E.I. coast, explore its hidden coves, sheltered harbors and authentic fishing villages. We're headed to the remote Spry Point and its exclusive Inn for our overnight. Early the following morning, Day 4, we'll ride through Bay Fortune and on to the beaches of the north shore, continuing to Prince Edward Island National Park. The park is divided into three sections, and right in the middle of the center section is the charming, historic lodge - Dalvay By the Sea - our home for the night.

We'll continue our exploration of the park on Day 5 as we ride to the village of Cavendish, immortalized in the Anne of Green Gables books of Lucy Maud Montgomery. We'll visit the Green Gables House, where many of the stories were set, and then ride on to the seaside setting of Summerside, where we'll spend our final evening. Our last day we will explore the southern coastline, paralleling the Trans-Canada Highway, for our return to Charlottetown where our tour concludes.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive, assembly, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner  
Day 2 Charlottetown - Wood Islands - Montague, overnight at Rodd Brudenall River Resort 43 miles
Day 3 Brudenall River Resort - Georgetown - Launching Place - Inn at Spry Point 44 miles
Day 4 Spry Point - Bay Fortune - St. Peter's Bay - Tracadie - Dalvay By The Sea 60 miles
Day 5 Dalvay By The Sea - Cavendish - Stanley Bridge - Kensington - Summerside 63 miles
Day 6 Summerside - Victoria - Canoe Cove - Charlottetown 54 miles

Total cycling mileage: 264

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.