CyclingPrince Edward Island offers a great deal of cycling opportunities for experienced cyclists, families, and nature lovers alike. Please explore our many trails, including the Confederation Trail and Homestead Trail, as well as Scenic Heritage Roads for places to cycle.
Prince Edward Island Terrain
Island terrain is classified as hilly, rolling, and level. There are no "very hilly" or mountainous regions - the highest point above sea level is 142 m or 464 ft, at Springton. Hills seldom exceed a 30 degree incline or one-half mile (1 km) in length. Three or five-speed bicycles can handle all terrain, with a 10-speed providing added comfort.
Hilly regions include the broad central strip running north to south in Queens County from Cavendish through New Glasgow, Strathgartney, and Bonshaw to DeSable.
Rolling hills characterize areas in the west around Alberton, in the centre around Kinkora and St. Ann, and in the east surrounding Souris. These tend to be shorter and sharper inclines seldom exceeding a kilometre in length.
Level areas, that is easy going with variations on the flat, are found generally along the coast and from Charlottetown to Montague via Rte. 3. National Park terrain along the north shore is flat for easy cycling, with 5 ft paved shoulders on the Gulf Shore Parkway.
Below is a list of roads with paved shoulders
- Rte.1 --- Charlottetown perimeter highway from Grafton St. to Rte. 2 (Malpeque Rd.)
- Rte.1 --- (TransCanada Hwy) Wood Islands to Borden-Carleton
- Rte. 1A --- Albany to Summerside
- Rte.1A --- Southport (from lights) to Woodlane Dr. (approximately 2 km)
- Rte.2 --- St. Peters Rd. (from Mt. Edward Rd.) to Mount Stewart Note: From Mt. Stewart to St. Peters, all areas are completed with the exception of Mt. Stewart to County Line (3 km) Bristol to Morell
- Rte.2 --- Dingwells Mills to Rollo Bay Rte.2 --- Peter Pan Drive-In (TCH west of Charlottetown) to Winsloe
- Rte.2 --- Loyalist Rd. to Greenvale Rte.2 --- Hunter River area Rte.2 --- Fredericton to Rattenbury Rd. Note: Rattenbury Rd. to Kensington has pave shoulders in some areas of new construction
- Rte.2 --- Kensington to Days Corner (Rte. 124)
- Rte.2 --- Ellerslie Corner (Rte. 133) to Portage (Rte. 12). (Only 1 m. wide)
- Rte.2 --- West Devon (Rte. 138) to Elmsdale (Rte. 150)
- Rte.2 --- 1 km west of Souris through town
- Rte.3 --- Cherry Valley to Pooles Corner
- Rte.4 --- Montague (town)
- Rte.4 --- Pooles Corner through Montague to Rte. 315
- Rte.21 --- From TransCanada Hwy. east 700 m.Rte.150 --- Elmsdale to Alberton has some paved shoulders
NOTE: Most towns and villages have paved shoulders, however, some of these are used for parking.
For more details on cycling trails, the following pocket guides are available for sale at many Island bookstores and at some cycling shops:
Nature Trails of Prince Edward Island
The Prince Edward Cycling Guide
For information on upcoming organized cycling events, contact Cycling PEI at (902) 368-4985 or visit the Cycling PEI webpage.