Self-Guided Bike Tours

Canada: Prince Edward Island

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Irish-green fields, stunning red cliffs, and sparkling blue waves characterize the maritime landscape in Canada’s smallest province. Much of our cycling route hugs the ocean along the Blue Heron Drive, named for the statuesque birds that frequent the area. Perfect biking temperatures and refreshing sea air make summer cycling a breeze. You’ll enjoy plenty of off-bike delights too, from an evening of Maritime theatre to the endless dunes and beaches of the National Park—not to mention PEI’s world famous mussels!

Prefer a group tour? Check out our guided PEI Canada bike tour.
  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Feedback
  • What's Included
  • Self-guided cycling on the shores of Prince Edward Island
  • Bike the Confederation Trail and the Homestead Nature Trail
  • College of Piping in Summerside
  • Lucy Maude Montgomery’s homestead
  • Biking, birding, and beaches in PEI National Park
  • Historic Charlottetown, the “Birthplace of Canada”
  • Optional evening entertainment: Victoria Playhouse, local ceilidh, “Anne of Green Gables” musical

Day 1: An Easy Rider guide will transfer you from Charlottetown or the airport to the cozy seaside village and arts enclave of Victoria-by-the-Sea, originally an 18th-century English landlord’s estate. After fitting your bike, your guide will take you for a warm-up spin to Victoria Beach, ending with an “educational” stop at the Island Chocolates Company! Or cycle inland for rolling hills and a beautiful red-clay Heritage Road. Two-night stay in the village at a charming Victorian-era inn. (0, 3, or 12 mi.)

Day 2: Cycle past scenic coves, lighthouses, and Provincial Parks along Northumberland Strait. Picnic with panoramic views at Fort Amherst National Historic Park, the first European settlement on Ile Saint-Jean. Return to Victoria through the rolling green fields of New Argyle. If you like, take in a show this evening at the intimate Victoria Playhouse, a true island experience. (48 or 58 mi. loop)

Day 3: Follow the Blue Heron Drive along the south coast (with a great view of the Confederation Bridge) en route to our harborfront hotel in Summerside. In the afternoon, cycle an optional loop through the Région Acadienne along Malpeque Bay, stopping to learn about PEI’s French heritage at Le Musée Acadien in Miscouche. For evening entertainment, check out the local ceilidh at the College of Piping. (29 or 41 mi.)

Day 4: Ride through the rolling green farmland of the interior to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Brake for the view at Southwest River, and top off your lunch with fresh blueberry pie. A warm welcome awaits at Kindred Spirits Country Inn in Cavendish. If you’re an Anne of Green Gables fan, a visit to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s homestead is a must. (37 mi.)

Day 5: Begin the day on a scenic nature trail in the National Park, then take a coastal route along the cliffs of Cavendish to the fishing village of North Rustico for lunch. Local artwork and native gardens are both on view along the way at the Dunes Studio Gallery. Continue Gulfside to Dalvay-by-the-Sea Resort, where our grand hotel overlooks twenty-five miles of dunes and beaches in the National Park. (32 or 39 mi.)

Day 6: Watch for cormorants and osprey along the National Seashore, stopping at the picturesque harbor at Tracadie Wharf; then take the Confederation Trail to the 19th-century heart of Charlottetown. There’s plenty to do and see: have lunch at a sidewalk café, tour the Province House National Historic Site to learn about the birth of Canada’s Confederation, stroll the boardwalk at Confederation Landing Park, take in a waterfront concert, or see a musical production of “Anne of Green Gables.” Four-star overnight in the Historic District at the Great George. (18 or 22 mi.)

Day 7: Meet your local guide for mid-morning transfer to Charlottetown Airport.

“We wanted to see Prince Edward Island and the self-guided tour offered seemed to be the perfect fit. The trip was great. We loved the island - the views are spectacular! The routes were also wonderful with plenty to stop and see/tour and we really enjoyed the optional detours. The restaurant recommendations were spot on.”
– K.B., Alabama

“We were looking for a family experience that would combine physical activity with sightseeing and an opportunity to go someplace we might not otherwise explore. PEI provided all that, plus some outstanding seafood, beautiful vistas, and a sense of serenity. Although we self-guided, Blaine set a great tone on our introduction and warm-up ride from Victoria.”
– G.Y., California

“What a great variety of experiences: from biking to music, history, nature, gourmet dining, and even shopping!”
– D.B., Massachusetts

“It felt like a true immersion into the geography and culture of PEI. A great surprise—I had no idea PEI would offer so many never-ending, beautiful water vistas.”
– S.H., California

“PEI knows how to cast a spell. Her scenery and friendliness made me forget I had a life elsewhere.”
– P.M., Tennessee

“All this land is low and most beautiful to see.”
– Explorer Jaques Cartier in 1541

  • 6 nights accommodations in country inns and a seaside resort (double occupancy, with private bath)
  • Full breakfasts every morning, lunch on Day 2
  • Use of a top-quality 27-speed hybrid or road bike
  • Baggage transfers between inns
  • Detailed maps, written directions, and background information on sights along the way
  • Easy Rider’s favorite restaurant recommendations for lunches and dinners
  • Daily choice of cycling options; total mileage of 161-212 miles
  • Comprehensive trip preparation information and training tips
  • Not included: Airfare, guides, and van support.
2019 Dates
Jul 01 - Jul 31
Aug 01 - Aug 31
Sep 01 - Sep 15

Price: US$1950 for
7 days/6 nights. Single supplement: $600. Choose any week from months listed above.

Arrive/Depart
Charlottetown Airport

Activity Level: 1, 2. Moderate terrain.