Summers are made for cycling. What better place to breathe in the salty ocean air than on Prince Edward Island! Canada’s smallest province, often referred to as the “Gentle Island”, is known for its terra-cotta hued landscape, rolling hills and beautiful beaches. It is also one of my favorite places to escape to for a weekend of biking on my Schwinn Fordham.
I love hopping on the Maritime Bus from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Charlottetown P.E.I. For just ten dollars you can bag your bike and take it with you, enjoying the lovely scenic views along the way.
Arriving on the Island
When you arrive in Charlottetown, it’s just a short bike ride from the bus terminal to downtown. Hunkering down at the historic Great George boutique hotel is a must, with its exceptional Maritime hospitality. The rooms are lovely and distinct in design; even the exterior buildings are a colorful mix of red, blue and yellow. There is also something to be said about the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies served daily for guests. I suggest taking a few with you to indulge in while biking.
Just down the road from the Great George is family owned restaurant Water Prince Corner Shop. This local favorite serves up the freshest lobster and yummy fish & chips. Get there early during the summer, as this spot is very popular. Or better yet order lunch to go and bike down to the waterfront.
One of my favorite things to do while in Charlottetown is to pedal along the waterfront past historic Peakes Wharf. This is where the fathers of Canadian Confederation landed in 1864 to create a unified nation. It’s filled with shops, stellar views and great photo opportunities. The boardwalk winds around for a good stretch – you can even bike out towards a lighthouse along the way.
Cows Ice Cream
Head back along the boardwalk and go north into the quaint downtown area for a scoop of Cows homemade ice cream (no trip to the Island is complete without one). I can’t resist the taste of Cowconut Cream Pie.
Hop on your Schwinn and meander along the side streets back toward the waterfront. Along the old railway route you will find Receiver Coffee housed in an 1876 restored building. It’s the perfect spot to unwind for a bit, and if you still feel like pedaling onwards you can make your way to the Confederation trail that stretches for miles and miles on magical Prince Edward Island.
Tiffany is riding the Schwinn Fordham, available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Tiffany Thornton is a travel seeker and word wanderer. Her travel features and celebrity interviews have been published in USA Today, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, West Jet magazine, Canadian Traveller and many more. She has interviewed acclaimed chefs, musicians, and actors for USA Today, and HELLO Canada. In addition, Tiffany is a contributing writer on National Geographic’s book ‘Journeys Home’. Follow Tiffany on Twitter @spinthemap.