Prince Edward Island East Bicycle Tour

JULY 26 – AUGUST 1, 2017
Cycling Prince Edward Island - fun week long bicycle tour on PEI
TOUR OUTLINE

This tour of Canada’s smallest province will take in Prince Edward Island’s eastern side. Overall, our tour cycling Prince Edward Island will feature mostly gently rolling terrain and have varied scenery. We begin at Charlottetown, the primary city of Prince Edward Island and the Birthplace of Canada. We cross the interior of the Island to explore the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Here we will enjoy the beaches, walking trails, and other natural attractions at Prince Edward Island National Park.

We work our way eastward, turning at the farthest point of PEI. The beaches here are spectacular. We weave in and out around the coasts as far as Cape Bear, at the furthest point south-east. Our last evening together is on the Northumberland Strait shore. We end our trip with a return ride back to Charlottetown.

A naturalist’s paradise, Prince Edward Island is one of the top cycling destinations in North America! Circling the island are 40 glorious beaches, ranging from bright red clay to pure white sand. Bird sanctuaries are numerous, seal colonies lie along the shore. The PEI Tour alternates each year between the eastern and western sides of the island. They match together for participants to return and experience the entire island.

The Prince Edward Island East Bicycle Tour will follow scenic back roads, enabling us to experience the rural flavour of the island. No matter where we are, we will never be far from its shores, which we will visit often. The shallow depths allow us to swim in the warmest waters north of Carolina. We will also include options to explore parts of the province’s developing bicycle trail system.

We try hard on our Prince Edward Island tours to fit in both experienced riders and also at the same time welcome newer and more casual cyclists.  For riders looking for higher distance each day, don’t skip over touring PEI.  We have prepared most days extra routes along peninsulas and harbours to explore.  On this tour we can have both types of riders enjoying exploring the Island.   

In addition to cycling to our favourite hidden corners, we will enjoy campfires, swim at beaches, wander on shoreline walks, take trails, taste great seafood. Our week on Prince Edward Island will be fun, social, and rewarding.

ITINERARY
Wednesday, July 26 – Charlottetown to PEI National Park
Thursday, July 27 – PEI National Park to St. Peter’s
Friday, July 28 – St. Peter’s to Red Point
Saturday, July 29 – Red Point to Brudenell
Sunday, July 30 – Brudenell to Panmure Island
Monday, July 31- Panmure Island to Wood Islands
Tuesday, August 1 – Wood Islands to Charlottetown

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Wednesday, July 26 – Charlottetown to PEI National Park 57/67 km (35/42 mi.)
Our tour begins. Charlottetown has an important place in Canada’s history. The birthplace of Canadian Confederation, it is an attractive, small city. We take a leg of the Confederation Trail to take us out of the city. leaving the trail, rolling hills set in a pleasant patchwork of farmland will take us through a winding route crossing the province northward. We emerge on the other side of the island at Brackley, at Prince Edward Island National Park. We have the late afternoon to enjoy the beaches of Prince Edward National Park. The park is famous for its huge white sand beach.

Thursday, July 27 – PEI National Park to St. Peter’s 53/77 km (33/48 mi.)
Lines of buoys of the mussel farms in St. Peter’s Bay will guide us westward. Here along the shore, part of the trail system will be waiting for us to test out. For extra cycling we suggest the Greenwich section of Prince Edward Island park, with beaches, and bird watching among the dunes. We are within walking distance of perhaps the best fish and chips spot on PEI.

Friday, July 28 – St. Peter’s to Red Point 75 km (46 mi.)
Our tour today takes us along some of the finest beaches in all North America. Watch for herons, and possibly seals. Today we go to the far eastern tip of the Island. In fact, to where the province is no more than a few feet wide. At East Point Lighthouse, we can see where the Northumberland Strait meets the mighty Gulf of St. Lawrence. Elmira was once the end of the line. Today its Railroad Museum is the start of a new trail system, which we can ride. Another option is to explore the forested Heritage Roads through the interior. On the southern coast, the scenery is splendid. We follow it to outside of Souris, and the end of a full day. Our campsite is along the ocean and is quite attractive, usually one of the favourites of the tour.

Saturday, July 29 – Red Point to Brudenell 74 km (46 mi.)
Our tour’s longest day, we will still have time to linger in the town of Souris before we head out to wind our way around two peninsulas taking us off the island’s main roads. There are a few short cuts for cyclists wishing for a smaller total than the full distance. Near camp we will have a pub overlooking the golf course if anyone wishes to linger for a while in the evening.

Sunday, July 30 – Brudenell to Panmure Island 64 km (40 mi.)
To reach Panmure Island after lingering in the town of Montague we meander around country back roads. Panmure is connected by a narrow sandbar. Alongside our stopping point for the day is one of the best beaches on Prince Edward Island. Being an easy day today we should have a lot of time for the beach, or we can suggest more cycling.

Monday, July 31 -Panmure Island to Wood Islands 57 km (36 mi.)
Today’s ride is one of the best of the tour. Our route has wonderful views over the water, yet not much car traffic. With views out over the Northumberland Strait, we have a great spot for the last evening of our tour.

Tuesday, August 1 – Wood Islands to Charlottetown 65 km (40 mi.)
We wind our way through old Irish and Scottish settlements toward Charlottetown. Historic Orwell Village, a collection of authentic PEI buildings from yesteryear makes for a great shaded rest stop. We finish cycling Prince Edward Island by following the shoreline back to our end point at Charlottetown.
TOUR DETAILS
What We Provide:
– Comprehensive ride guide; all about what you will experience on route, history, culture, trivia -camping facilities -luggage transfer; we will carry your gear, just bike and enjoy the ride! -bike mechanic assistance -sag wagon service –support vehicle available for breakdowns or drives to shorten your day -daily route maps -tour escort; Gary Conrod will be along the route, he has 177,000 kilometres cycling experience, including almost every road on Prince Edward Island

About Our Tours: 
Our tours are different!  We run friendly and fun bicycle-camping trips.  There are not many groups left like us out there doing this. Running inexpensive tours by camping and not doing inns is now a rarity. We have done it this way since way back in 1987.  It gets a little bit harder each year to crawl in and out of tents - we are not getting any younger, but we would still rather be doing it our way - under the stars.

Our events usually have between 18 and 35 people, the majority older adults.  Since our camping groups are a bit larger compared to inn to inn tours, there are far greater chances of finding others with the same interests. During a week to 10 day tour everyone gets to know pretty well everyone else.   Rather than a tour with just a handful of people, possibly none you have things in common with, our size allows a wide range of personalities, interests, and similar riding speeds. We feel our trips are just the right size for fitting in.  Lots of friendships are made on our tours.

We run our tours in prime natural settings in Eastern and Atlantic Canada.  Our tours are a bit harder to get to - they will need more planning.   Running events in remoter regions with limited options raises costs a bit more than if we did them in busier places.  We feel getting away from the heat, humidity, cities, stress, tension, and traffic makes the experiences we offer completely worth it.  Our return rate is among the highest of any cycling organization - as high as 90% on some tours, so overall people seem to love what we are doing and value their experiences.

Accommodation:
Our trip will be a tent camping adventure, but for some  who say their camping days are behind them can join in on our journeys. A limited number of Bed and Breakfasts and motels are along our route. Upon request, a listing of motels and Bed and Breakfasts will be sent with confirmation. Due to the small places we go to, early reservations are strongly recommended.

Meals:
Each cyclist can have their own choice of dining. Some prepare meals at our campsites. Participants buy food daily at designated spots and we transport it to the end point. We have a large amount of cooking stoves, equipment, and cutlery – no need to bring any of that gear to our tour. Others prefer to enjoy as many restaurants as the route allows. We will provide a list each day of what you will find along our route.

Baggage System:
Each morning you will bring your baggage to our truck. You are then free to ride at your own pace. Your bags will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the next campground or indoor selection.

Tour Support:
During the ride, our support vehicle will be at your service if you need a lift or other assistance. Maps and information materials will help guide you along the way.

Preparation and Equipment:
We will carry whatever you feel you need to enjoy the tour. You must supply your own bicycle, tent and sleeping bag.

JOIN US ON OUR TOUR!
Entry Fee:
$866 CAD (Canadian Dollars)

Returning Participants Appreciation:
We are proud of having among highest the return rates of all bicycle touring organizations. In appreciation, we wish to offer returning riders $100 off before March 31, 2018 and $50 off after.

Entry Options:
*Credit Card - (Visa and MasterCard) - We put cards through by phone to avoid sensitive information passing through our web site.  Please call us at 888-800-2498; or 902-423-2453.  Please also for security reasons, do not send credit card numbers by email or text.  American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate.

*PayPal - we can send you an email with a link that goes to our PayPal page. American and foreign participants have the Canadian amount converted to their currency at the current exchange rate.

*Personal Cheque or Money Order - Postal mail:  PO Box 1555 Stn CRO Halifax NS B3J 2Y3 Canada. Note that the bank rate is different than the "paper" rate.  Use this link on the day you send payment   Exchange Rates  Use the column (Client Sells - Receives Canadian). If the math gets complicated contact us and we will help sort it out.   Note that the postage rate to Canada is higher than U.S. domestic rate, ask what it currently is, mail can be turned back.

*Interac - send payment link to [email protected]

*Wire Transfer - please contact us and we will check if this can set up without unreasonable charge from your area.

Youth and Child Rates:
We have rates for youth and children, please contact us for details.

Taxes:
All taxes are included.

Deposits – Getting on Board:
To secure a spot on one of our trips a $300 deposit is required. Full payment is due 60 days prior to the day of departure. If we do not receive your final balance on time, we will consider your reservation cancelled. We will attempt to remind you as the date nears.

Cancellations and Change to Later Trip Charges:
We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or defer your bike tour.  A fair amount of work and arrangements are involved with each registration ACC receives and the cancellation timeline outlined below is strictly adhered to.  Exceptions will not be made for any reason. This includes weather or personal emergencies.  We highly suggest that you purchase travel insurance. There are many companies that offer inexpensive trip insurance, and we recommend you look into it.

Your cancellation fee will be determined based on the day the written notice is received. There is no refund if you arrive late or must leave a tour early.

Change to later Trip Option - Registrations may be forwarded to a future event within 3 years with the timeline outlined below. Moving your tour ahead is a better deal than the costs of cancelling outright.

Cancellation Fee
Over 60 Days refund minus $200
31-60 Daysrefund minus $400
16-30 Days50% of trip price
15 Days or lessno refund
Change to Later Trip Fee
Over 60 Days $100 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
31-60 Days$200 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
16-30 Days$300 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years
15 Days or less$400 fee; remaining credit may be used within 3 years

 

Travel Insurance:
Since there are no exceptions to the cancellation policy outlined above, unfortunately including personal emergencies, we highly recommend that each participant have cancellation and travel insurance.  This type of insurance covers illness, accident, loss of luggage, or other unforeseen occurrences. In addition, we also recommend travelers health insurance to supplement your own medical insurance. Atlantic Canada Cycling does not provide travel insurance or health/accident insurance. This is strictly the participant’s responsibility.

Cancellation of Event:
Atlantic Canada Cycling has never had a cancelled event in its twenty-seven years. We do, however, reserve the right to cancel any scheduled tour. In this event you will receive a full refund of any money paid (for tour operation only).  In this event ACC is not responsible for expenses incurred by individuals in preparation for the trip such as non-refundable airline tickets, medical expenses, equipment etc.

ACC Registration Form:
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Cycling Prince Edward Island

Our week cycling Prince Edward Island will be fun, social, and rewarding.  In addition to our bicycle ride each day, we will enjoy campfires, swim at beaches, wander off on shoreline walks, take trails, taste great seafood. Tourism PEI can help with information related to cycling Prince Edward Island with us.