In this smallest of Canada's provinces the Great Trail follows the Confederation Trail around the beautiful communities of Prince Edward Island, which is a 435 km shared use walking and cycling trail in summer and a snowmobile trail in winter. It is a rail trail with a gorgeous rolled stone dust bed, that never exceeds a 2% grade.
The main trail begins in Tignish at kilometer 0 and extends to Elmira at kilometer 273, but there are branches that stretch out into the rest of the province as well. In addition to the main body of the Confederation Trail there are an assortment of beautiful Island Trails and sections throughout the province which are tied to the International Appalachian Trail.
If you are searching for a remote, rugged, wilderness trail where you can challenge yourself against nature and the elements, then the Confederation Trail is not a good choice. If you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable outdoor adventure where you can experience nature, see lots of birds, learn about local history and culture, enjoy local food and beverages, and take in incredible landscapes, ….or are an avid cyclist who wants over 400 km of uninterrupted well maintained pathways then this trail should definitely be on your bucket list! Indeed from what we have seen thus far on our hike along the Trans Canada Trail the Confederation Trail section is perhaps the best maintained and welcoming pathway which can be easily accessed and enjoyed in Atlantic Canada.
In a nutshell, the Confederation Trail is a beautiful treed corridor that offers views of picturesque rolling hills, charming villages, and expansive seascapes, as well as opportunities to experience local culture, music, food, and Canadian heritage. There are benches located every few kilometers along the trail, as well as covered picnic shelters, and hundreds of interpretive signs to enjoy. If you are interested in enjoying an amazing trail system, visit incredible communities, and relax on red sandy beaches every night this is the place for you! For those curious about our hike across Canada check out the link below about The Great Trail in Prince Edward Island! This 4 year, 24,000 km hiking adventure is blogged, with new pictures and videos of Canada from the trail being posted regularly. It is fun to watch and free to follow along for anyone interested! So if you are curious about travelling Canada, fascinated by what our nation has to offer, or want to see what sorts of natural spaces and amazing wildlife we have locally from coast to coast to coast you are invited to check out our adventure!
We invite you to "Come Walk With Us" as we continue to hike across Canada on the Great Trail from 2019 until 2022. To follow our journey and learn more about our #Hike4Birds simply visit the links below: Website: www.comewalkwithus.online Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WalkWithUsAcrossCanada/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TransCanadaWalk Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/comewalkwithusonthegreattrail/