Prince Edward Island’s quiet roads and gentle terrain make it a great place for cycling, but although there are several cycle-tour operators, it’s much less expensive (and entirely straightforward) to plan your own route:in Charlottetown, both Smooth Cycle, 330 University Ave (Mon–Thurs 9am–5.30pm, Fri 9am–6pm, Sat 9am–5pm; t 902 566 5530, w smoothcycle.com; $25.99/day), and MacQueen’s, 430 Queen St (Mon–Wed & Sat 8.30am–5.30pm, Thurs & Fri 8.30am–7pm, Sun 10am–2pm; t 902 368 2453, w macqueens.com; $20–50/day), rent out all the necessary gear and will advise on trails. The most popular of these is the 273km Confederation Trail (w tourismpei.com/pei-confederation-trail), a combined hiking and cycling trail (gravel surface) that weaves its way across the bucolic heart of the island from east to west, partly following the route of PEI’s old railway, which was closed in the 1980s. You won’t see much of the coast from the trail, but you won’t see any cars either, and it’s a wonderful way to take in the idyllic countryside.

 

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