Day 1 - North River to Victoria (approximately 55 km)
Begin in North River at the intersection of the Trans Canada Highway and route 248. Cycle to Cornwall (don't miss the right turn onto the ferry road before the dead end on route 248). In Cornwall get onto route 19. This is the Blue Heron Drive and it will take you all the way along the south shore to DeSable via New Dominion, Rocky Point, Rice Point and Argyle Shore. The West River bridge is beautiful and less than ten years old - it was constructed to help the Bonshaw River clean itself out and expand its natural habitat abilities.
Fort Amherst National Historic Site (the first French settlement on the Island) offers tremendous views of Charlottetown Harbour. Stop here for a picnic. Next, the views of Northumberland Strait are fantastic. That's Nova Scotia on the other side. At DeSable turn left onto the Trans. Canada Highway and continue to Hampton. You will start to get glimpses of the Confederation Bridge. In Hampton turn right and head for Victoria, my old hometown (I lived in the house that is now the "Chocolate Factory"). The Northumberland Strait is as warm as bath water.
Recommended stays: Orient Hotel, Victoria Village Inn, River Winds B&B (Charlottetown)
Recommended attractions: Victoria Playhouse, Victoria Wharf
Day 2 - Victoria to Park Corner / Stanley Bridge (approximately 57 km)
Exit Victoria via route 116 to Tryon (watch for the Studio Gallery...featuring Island Artists) and then route 10 to Borden. Get ready to photograph the 4th largest bridge in the world... the Confederation Bridge (best views are in Cape Traverse and North Carleton). In Cape Traverse there is a monument commemorating the ice boat crossings of the Strait. Cycle across the Trans Canada Highway staying on route 10 or visit Borden (there is a tourist information centre in the "Gateway Village"). It is a three km detour.
After Searletown, follow the Blue Heron Drive to Bedeque. Turn right on route 171 to Central Bedeque then across route 1A to route 8. This road will take you through the most beautiful farmland on Prince Edward Island - Freetown, Summerfield (St. Kirk Church), Grahams Road and right up to New London. New London is the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables). Continue on route 20. It takes you to French River and Park Corner (and past some magnificent views). Park Corner has antiques, the Anne of Green Gables Museum at Silver Bush and the Luch Maud Montgomery Heritage Museum. In the morning, you'll have to backtrack to New London then turn left onto route 6 to Stanley Bridge.
Recommended stays: The Beach House Inn (French River), Beds of Lavender (Park Corner)
Recommended attractions: Lobster supper at Fyfe's or New London Seafood Restaurant
Day 3 - Stanley Bridge to Brackley Beach (approximately 50 km)
Follow route 6 this morning through Bayview to Cavendish - welcome to the tourist Mecca! The National Park roadway is my favourite route - it takes you through the Park and right around to North Rustico via Orby Head (awesome view). When you come to Cavendish Beach you will have to walk your bike for 500 m ... the roadway is closed here because of the dunes. Parks Canada offers beach walks and bird watching.
Route 6 through Cavendish has been widened so travelling through Cavendish is now easier. The main attraction is Green Gables House (close to intersection of 6 and 13). North Rustico is a major fishing village - be sure to check out the Cape Islanders at North Rustico Harbour. Cycle on route 6 toward Oyster Bed Bridge. Route 242 is a picturesque detour beginning in south Rustico. Turn left at the intersection in Oyster Bed Bridge and cycle to Brackley Beach - the National Park is accessible again here. Cycling to Stanhope adds 10 km.
Recommended stays: Shaw's Hotel (Brackley Beach), Dalvay by the Sea (Dalvay)
Recommended attractions: Dunes Studio and Gallery (Brackley Beach), the sunset on Brackley Beach
Day 4 - Brackley Beach / Stanhope to Charlottetown / North River (approximately 58 km)
Cycle on the National Park roadway past Covehead Harbour to Dalvay. The Dalvay Hotel is on your right - it's magnificent. Exit the National Park and cycle route 6 through Stanhope and Covehead to route 221. Turn left here and travel to route 250 which will take you across bury route 15 and over to route 223. Cycle south until you come to route 256 - another dirt road. These dirt roads are so peaceful and quiet and the farmlands you'll see today are breathtaking. Take this one to route 7 and turn left. When you come to route 2, take a right, cycle down the hill in Milton and get onto route 248. It will take you to North River and the Dutch Inn. Way to Go!
Recommended stays: Dutch Inn, Riverwinds B&B, Duchess of Kent B&B, Fairholm, Hillhurst Inn
Recommended attractions: Main Stage - Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown Driving Park (horse races), Great George Street
Recommended restaurants: Off Broadway, Peakes Quay, Merchantman Pub