Canadian Cycling Magazine

Notes from the Gruppetto

- 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 mtbatlanti­ 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.

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