PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Mountain biking in Prince Edward Island. Yes, you read that right! No, we don’t have mountains, but the trail riding and, more importantly, the hills are alive and well here in cozy little P.E.I. Twenty minutes west of Charlottetown sits Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park, directly off of the highway.
This day park includes picnic areas, bathroom facilities, a playground and more than 18 kilometres of fresh singletrack. The locals nicknamed this trail “Plan B,” after a huge highway re-route, but the official Mi’kmaq name is Ji’ka’we’katik (pronounced Jih-ga-way-ga-dig).
This trail system is beautiful! A scenic mix of open meadows, old orchards, sawmill equipment from yesteryear, old-growth forest and stunning views – you’ll want to stop more than a couple of times to take it all in. There are plenty of fast ups and downs (approximately 400 metres of climbing) that will keep you grinning and spinning through this wellgroomed ride.
Bonshaw’s trail keeps growing every year due to passionate builders and support from Cycling PEI. As you get deeper into the newest sections, the flow just gets better. There are berms, pumps, bumps, “small” jumps and great technical sections to boot. There is a spot to take a sway on an old tree swing and some sweet connectors throughout the trail.
The design lends itself to be ridden in either direction; sections can be linked creatively if you have the luxury of riding here for a couple of days. Also, from the car park, you can connect to at least three other trails, making this place more fun than a strawberry social at the Argyle Community Centre.
Speaking of food, you have to head to picturesque Victoria by the Sea for some amazing eats after this ride. You’re a stone’s throw away, and you’d be mad if you don’t!
Bonshaw’s scenic trail system features superb singletrack, great technical sections and proximity to great post-ride eats.