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Old 08-23-21, 08:15 AM
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Prince Edward Island, cycling route?

I vaguely recall my road biking friends had often talked about taking cycling vacations in PEI, but can't remember exactly where on the island.

Will be in the area next week. So would like to bring my bike and do some riding.

Any suggestion on where to ride would be appreciated. Where are the best scenery? Quiet roads without much traffic?

Thanks
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Old 08-23-21, 09:15 AM
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I have only been to the western part of the island. Traffic is light pretty much everywhere there. I rode the whole west coast on one ride and you are in sight of the water pretty much all the time. Views are spectacular and It will be windy. You will not find much in the way of places to stop for food and water along the coast, you have to turn inland if you need anything. The Confederation trail runs the length of the island, it is unpaved but you can ride it on a road bike even with 700 x 23 tires. The east end of the island is more populous and busier, but I never got there.
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Old 08-23-21, 10:22 AM
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That's a good start. Thanks!

Are there places to stay on that part of the island or did you stayed in the population center (Charlottestown, I believe?)
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Originally Posted by atnyc View Post
That's a good start. Thanks!

Are there places to stay on that part of the island or did you stayed in the population center (Charlottestown, I believe?)
The west end of the island has very few places to stay although there is a small place in the village of Tignish. I was staying at my cousin's cottage, she lives in Toronto but her husband is from Tignish. All this is about as far as you can get from Charlottetown which is on the east end of PEI
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Have you tried asking Google? cycling prince edward island

I also find that simply going to the heat maps or just searching for routes on RWGPS, Strava or Garmin Connect useful.

And as soon as you get there, stopping at the local bike shops will usually get you some good and current info too.
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Old 08-23-21, 07:09 PM
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Giving up on going to PEI.

PEI requires visitor to get the PEI pass, which is fair enough.

Except in order to complete the form, one would need to upload a whole bunch of documents, including my passport. The kicker is, those documents need to be in tiny file sizes! The suggestion to reduce the size of photos and screen shots are to email it to myself. What that means is, multiple copies of my personal information is now on some email server of the ISP.

I don't need to go to PEI so desperately that I need to litter the entire internet with my personal information!

Not to mention it takes "up to 10 days" for them to 'approve' the PEI pass. I'm going to the Maritimes this weekend and probably only staying a week. So I probably not even get the pass before I need to go home! (the other Maritime provinces only require self-declaration forms with only the vaccination record to be uploaded, no waiting for approvals required, nor all sort of pictures of every bits of official documents)

I'm pretty sure I'll find enough other places to ride without having to be put through all those questionable security practices.

(Thanks to all who had helped. Good suggestion on RWGPS. I forgot that one. I'll use that for finding places to ride in NB and NS)

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Looks like I'm too late to the party, but just for future reference, there is an "Eastern Canada" forum under "Regional Discussions."
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For future reference - I live on PEI and have cycled it tip to tip along the Confederation Trail.

If there is anything I can do for you here let me know and I will see what I can do.
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For future reference - I live on PEI and have cycled it tip to tip along the Confederation Trail.

If there is anything I can do for you here let me know and I will see what I can do.
The Confederation Trail looks interesting. Am reading up on it right now.

Don't think I have the time to ride it end to end though. Not even close to that in say, a weekend.

A pointer on the few "signature" sections, especially sections having the best scenery would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-27-21, 04:35 PM
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Surprise! I uploaded some really fuzzy pictures of my id and vaccine record (they have a file limit) and I got "approved"!

So I'm back in business (of going to enjoy the famous PEI cycling opportunities).

Originally Posted by Bearhawker View Post
For future reference - I live on PEI and have cycled it tip to tip along the Confederation Trail.

If there is anything I can do for you here let me know and I will see what I can do.
The Confederation Trail looks interesting. Am reading up on it right now. Don't think I have the time to ride it end to end though. Not even close to that in say, a weekend.

A pointer on the few "signature" sections, especially sections having the best scenery would be greatly appreciated. Moreover, much of it doesn't appear to run anywhere near the coast though. I wonder will I be better off riding on the roads that takes in more of the scenery?

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The trail from Tignish to Summerside (most westerly section) is likely the least interesting.

Since it is a converted rail trail there are no real "hills" - I think the max grade is something like 2-3% The downside is there is no coasting - lol Once section of "uphill" goes on for maybe 10km... the non-riders I was with complained about it the whole way and I never even noticed.

The biggest challenge is really the gates at every single road crossing - designed to keep the motorized traffic off and it almost works. There is enough room for a loaded bike to get through them all but some are tighter than others, but they certainly slow down the overall trip if you are looking for a speed record. On that front there are folks that do it in 12 hours or less (all 273km) every year. One guy even did it on a modified fatbike so that has me wondering if I can beat him on mine. lol

The Wife says: Kensington to Charlottetown, Morrell to St Peter's Bay and on to Elmira are the best sections. She has done the Trail several times and has taken groups of women on multi-day trips along it.

Personally I'd like to do it again in 2 days or less, but my wife likes to take 4-5

Keep in mind the Island, tip-to-tip is about 270 km (~170 miles) long by road/trail so nothing is "far" away here.

Let me know if there is anything I can do for you when you're here
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The singing sands were cool in the NE and there's a fun bridge to jump off of, has a strong current and a popular spot to swim, the signs all say not to but the lifeguards didn't seem to care. A good one with some effort is leaving Charlotte and heading south, there's a lighthouse there that's nice to see though there's plenty of lighthouses. Do not bring 23c tires, when I went with the family we ended up camping next to a couple that brought 23c tires and they were cutting the trip short due to comfort. I wouldn't do it with less than 28 and really a 32c would be better. The roads can often be the quickest way to get around but they aren't flat, there's nothing really long or steep but there were a lot of rollers.
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Old 08-27-21, 08:37 PM
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there's nothing really long or steep but there were a lot of rollers.
That sounds perfect!

Have 32C tires, will travel.

Thanks for the tips.
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