Notes from the Grup­petto

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - writ­ten by Ruth De­long Trails Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Co­or­di­na­tor for Tourism PEI

The right team will make ev­ery event a great one


Start your morn­ing in Summerside at Sa­muel’s Cof­fee House then ride along the board­walk. Get back on the Trail next to the old Train Sta­tion which is now the Ever­moore Brew­ing Com­pany.

Stop just a few me­tres east of the sta­tion and look at The Great

Trail pav­il­ion and the mon­u­ment honouring the birth­place of the Trans Canada Trail/the Great Trail.

From Summerside to Kens­ing­ton you will cy­cle be­side ac­tive farm­land. When ar­riv­ing in Kens­ing­ton check out the Is­land’s other stone rail­way sta­tion which is now The Is­land Stone Pub. If you have time, be sure to read the in­ter­pre­tive pan­els as they are full of in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion. From here you can eas­ily do a loop up to the North Shore and back. The road ride is lovely but it does in­volve hills! When you leave Kens­ing­ton take Route 20 - Cen­tral Coastal Drive to Spring­brook and come back to Kens­ing­ton on Route 234.

If you have ex­tra time and are in the mood to ex­plore, go down one of the many won­der­ful side roads for an ‘off the beaten track’ ex­pe­ri­ence. In­sider Tip: While in Kens­ing­ton make sure to pop by the Frosty Treat dairy bar, a lo­cal favourite or head to Mary’s Bake Shoppe for their fa­mous cin­na­mon rolls.


Bon­shaw Hills Pro­vin­cial Park and Mark Arendz Pro­vin­cial Ski Park at Brook­vale -Nordic Cen­tre have the best moun­tain bik­ing in the prov­ince. Both places are west of Char­lot­te­town and only 20 min­utes away by car. At Brook­vale there are 22 km of ‘old school’ trails that are rooty and tech­ni­cal and some new flowy ma­chine built trails that are blow­ing ev­ery­one away with their amaz­ing rid­ing. Fat­bikes are avail­able to rent at Brook­vale on the week­ends through­out the win­ter as well as July and Au­gust.

At Bon­shaw Hills and Strath­gart­ney Pro­vin­cial Parks there are 28 km of trails shared with hik­ers. There is plenty of space for ev­ery­one. Here you’ll cy­cle through hard­wood stands of maples, yel­low and white birch, hem­lock and white pine. Some of the trails are next to the West River which ends at the mouth of the Char­lot­te­town har­bour.

Check out the Trail­forks app and mt­bat­ for in­for­ma­tion on the trails and re­lated shops.

It’s not just the well groomed trails that make cy­cling on PEI spe­cial; it’s the hid­den gems you find and the peo­ple you meet along the way.

Let us know how you’re ex­plor­ing our trails by us­ing #Ex­plorepei.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.tourism­

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