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Reported: Oct. 2016

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Biking the Confederation Trail

Prince Edward Island (PEI) Canada

Prince Edward Island is an idyllic location, and the Confederation Trail on an abandoned Prince Edward Island Railway railbed covers 260 miles east-west across the island, plus several trail extensions. Although unpaved, the trail is rideable on a rolled stone dust surface, running through forests and farmland, on scenic bridges over rivers, and through small towns. The trail has mileposts, interpretive signs, benches, picnic tables, shelters, and scenic look-outs. Long stretches run through rural areas with little shade, but other sections - particularly near the water (rivers and bays) - are more scenic.


Bike Map...
Confederation Trail

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Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada (See map)
Distance: 260 miles
Surface: Rolled stone dust over crushed stone

Bike shops/rentals:
Confederation Trail Bike Rentals external (St. Peter's Bay)

Confederation Trail, St. Peters Bay, PEI
We rented bikes and rode a particularly scenic section along St. Peters Bay, west from the town of St. Peters Bay to Morell (about 15 miles round-trip).
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Onto the Confederation Trail at St. Peters Bay Trail along the Bay Along the Trail Typical road crossing Midgell River bridge
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Along the trail Picnic shelter Approaching
Morell River
Crossing
Morell River
Trailhead at Morell

More about the Confederation Trail:
When the railroad was abandoned in 1989, the provincial government purchased the entire right-of-way and developed the trail. The Confederation Trail comprises a portion of the Trans Canada Trail external, which when completed will run 15,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans.

More information on biking on Confederation Trail, PEI:
Prince Edward Island Dept. of Tourism - Cycling external
Prince Edward Island Dept. of Tourism - Confederation Trail external
Confederation Trail Cycling Guide external