Skip to main content

Must-visit sections of PEI's Confederation Trail

Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island

Must-visit sections of PEI's Confederation Trail

Cycling or walking along the Confederation TrailExternal Link Title is a wonderful way to discover Prince Edward Island's charming villages and seaside scenery. This trail, a legacy of the railway that once ran from one tip of the island to the other, is accessible to all. Its pathways are wide and its gradients never exceed 2 percent so there is no need to be a super athlete to enjoy it!

With a total length of 435 kilometres, there is a lot to see along the Confederation TrailExternal Link Title. To help you plan your adventure, we have listed a few of our favourite sections below.


Emerald - Borden Carleton

18 km (easy)

When driving to Prince Edward IslandExternal Link Title via the Confederation BridgeExternal Link Title, Borden-Carleton will be the first town on your itinerary. This will also be your first opportunity to stretch your legs on the Confederation Trail. Start your adventure at the Borden-Carleton Visitor CentreExternal Link Title. There, friendly locals will help you make the most of your time on the Island. Once you have all the information you need, take a walk in the same complex to sample the island's legendary Cow's ice creamExternal Link Title. If you're hungry for more, head on the trail and stop by The Handpie CompanyExternal Link Title for delicious chef-made pies filled with the best local ingredients. At night, unwind at Chez Shea, Kikora Country Inn,External Link Title a lovely family-run Inn surrounded by rolling hills.


Cardigan Junction to Montague

10 km (easy)

The Cardigan Junction-Montague section follows wooded wetlands and the Brudenell River Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, the largest provincial park in the eastern part of the province. The area is popular for campingExternal Link Title and golfingExternal Link Title. In Cardigan, visit the local farmers marketExternal Link Title to fill up on local produce and pick up a souvenir. In Montague, get your history fix at the Garden of the Gulf MuseumExternal Link Title. This museum's building alone is worth the detour; built in 1888 using red sandstone, it's a true architectural masterpiece of Prince Edward Island. Across from it, you'll find Waterfront Park and the Montague Train Station, Marina & WharfExternal Link Title;  the perfect place to relax, especially while seated at the Station Caf?External Link Title.


Stratford to Murray Harbour

80 km (moderate)

The StratfordExternal Link Title to Murray HarbourExternal Link Title branch will take through farmland communities and small fishing villages. On that stretch of the trail, hire a bicycle from either Ocean AcresExternal Link Title or PEI Cycling ToursExternal Link Title. In Stratford, start your day with gourmet coffee, fresh pastries, or a lovely sandwich from Now N' Zen CoffeehouseExternal Link Title. Under the same roof, you'll find a yoga studioExternal Link Title offering morning classes. Once you get to Uigg, veer off the trail to relive the 1890s at the Orwell Corner Historic VillageExternal Link Title.


In Murray Harbour, join Forest & Stream Birding ToursExternal Link Title to learn about the forest birds, waterfowl, and shorebirds you'll encounter on the trail. At night, stay in one of their quiet cottagesExternal Link Title. A great place to camp in the area is the Northumberland Provincial ParkExternal Link Title, located between the Northumberland FerryExternal Link Title (your entry point to the Island from Nova Scotia) and the Rossignol Estate WineryExternal Link Title.


Tignish to O'Leary

45 km (easy to moderate)

From the western tip of the island, travel from TignishExternal Link Title to O'LearyExternal Link Title to explore lovely coastal communities and... potato country! To learn about the island's celebrated tuber, drop by the Canadian Potato MuseumExternal Link Title in O'Leary. On site, have a meal at the Potato Country KitchenExternal Link Title and make sure to save room for a piece of their famous potato fudge! In Tingish, the trail starts near the beautiful St. Simon and St. Jude ChurchExternal Link Title, renowned for its architecture and a restored pipe organ from the 1880s. As you make your way to NorthportExternal Link Title, a quaint fishing village and fishing wharf, take a break in AlbertonExternal Link Title to replenish at the delicious French Bakery Caf? Chez CartierExternal Link Title. If you wish to spend the night in Northport, a great halfway point, check in at the Northport Pier InnExternal Link Title. Another great option, requiring a little detour from the trail, is the 4-star Mill River ResortExternal Link Title, a holiday destination complete with a full-service spa, golf course, indoor pool and waterslide, luxurious rooms and a large campground.


Wellington to Hunter River

65 km (moderate to hard)

From Wellington to Hunter River,External Link Title you'll discover the Central Coastal touring region of the Island. Expect hills on this moderately hard section of the trail. Along the way, you'll find one of the province's must-see museums: the Acadian MuseumExternal Link Title. There, you'll learn about the fascinating history of the French settlers that came to Prince Edward Island three centuries ago.


Travel east for eight kilometres and you'll find yourself in SummersideExternal Link Title, the Island's second largest city. Summerside is a great destination for entertainment; the Harbourfront TheatreExternal Link Title and The College of PipingExternal Link Title are two local favourites. Next, in the town of KensingtonExternal Link Title, visit the Haunted MansionExternal Link Title... at your own risk! For a good night's sleep on this section of the trail, plan a stay at the Prince County Bed & BreakfastExternal Link Title, Twin Shores Camping Area and CabinsExternal Link Title or The Home Place InnExternal Link Title.