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This page covers the bike trip from Cap-Pelé (NB) to Charlottetown (PEI).

Total Days: 2
Pedaling Days: 1
Total Distance: 105 km
Total Vertical: 666m
Average Speed: 29.9 km/h

Route summary: We crossed the Confederation Bridge which spans Northumberland Strait, then followed Hwy 1 into Charlottetown.  We had a rest day in Charlottetown, then Hwy 1 to Hwy 23 and down to the ferry terminal at Wood Islands, where we caught the ferry to Nova Scotia.

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  1. PEI: July 31-August 1
    1. Sunday, July 31
      1. July 31- Cap Pele to Charlottetown (PEI)
      2. Bridge to PEI
      3. Taking the wheel after a couple months off
      4. Twin
      5. PEI farmland
      6. Taking it easy in Charlottetown
    2. Monday, August 1
      1. August 1 – Rest day in Charlottetown
      2. Me in the streets
      3. Cheryl down by the harbour
      4. A cool brick building
      5. The rocks look fake but they're real

PEI: July 31-August 1

Sunday, July 31

Bike log: 105.0km, 666m of vertical, avg. speed 29.9 km/h

July 31- Cap Pele to Charlottetown (PEI)

We’re in PEI – really we are! Pay no attention to the missing sign at the welcome greeting, just look at the red soil. We took the confederation bridge onto the island this morning, and the first thing you have to do when you get on is to go through a maze of very tourist-trappy stores. “Quick! Tourists are here! Get their money before they leave the island!!!” The old welcome sign is located just past there, but maybe they took it down since by this point they figure people have been welcomed enough just by stopping and buying some Anne of Green Gables memorabilia. Or maybe the budget for keeping up the welcome sign went into the construction of the tourist village. Oh well, maybe I’ll get a photo at the ferry on the way off.

Bridge to PEI

The bridge onto the island was really impressive. You could see the bridge for quite some time coming from the New Brunswick side, which is where this photo was taken. It must have been very interesting to watch it getting built. You do not pay to go across onto the island, only to get off, and the fee for both the ferry and the bridge is about the same – around 40 bucks. We took the bridge to get on, and will take the ferry off to Nova Scotia after a day of rest.

Taking the wheel after a couple months off

Bikes are not allowed to cross the bridge.  They have a trebuchet full of potatoes waiting to take out anyone who tries.   Driving with my bicycle right beside me was the closest I could come.


There was a twin of our van (from Québec) in the parking lot as you come onto the island - same year, same colour.  I conspicuously parked right beside her.  When we returned, the owners had left a little note of greting on our window!  Volkswagen van owners are a pretty loyal and friendly bunch.  After having spent so much time in one, I understand why!

PEI farmland

Once you get onto the PEI side, the scenery changes once again. The soil really is quite red – and it must be excellent for crops since almost the whole island is farmland. The island is dotted with tiny little towns. The ride was very pleasant – nice road condition and a few decent hills to make the ride interesting.

Taking it easy in Charlottetown

I have not had a rest day since Quebec City (8 days and about 1100km), so we are going to take a rest day here tomorrow and do a bit of sight seeing. It was kind of a short ride today, so we got in at a reasonably early time and saw a bit of Charlottetown today. It is not a huge city, only about 65,000 including the surrounding area. But there is a downtown area with restaurants and pubs that we explored a bit. We found PEI’s only brewpub and tried out some of their products – best beer we’ve had since leaving! I have to say that once we left BC it has been a bit of a wasteland as far as beer goes (not that we’ve been looking too hard though). Everybody has the same stuff on tap – “Canadian, Blue, Coors Lite, and Rickard’s Red.” I guess we’re spoilt by the microbrew industry in BC. Anyway, we sure enjoyed this place!


Monday, August 1

August 1 – Rest day in Charlottetown

We had a good day off here. We explored the downtown area on foot and found a lot of nice looking areas. There were lots of really cool old wooden buildings dating from the early 1800s. They were in excellent shape, obviously a great deal of pride here.

Me in the streets

We wandered up and down a bunch of streets, this was one of the more picturesque of them. That weird thing I am carrying is a little travel guitar that I bought in a music shop here.  I have been looking for one for a while...this one played nice and was a good price.  Nice and small, fits into the van great!  However, my callouses are gone, probably shed in the mountains of BC to keep the weight down.

Cheryl down by the harbour

Charlottetown has a great protected harbour, where a few rivers empty into the sea. The narrow gap just to the right of Cheryl is the opening out onto Northumberland Strait.  The bay would be a great place to go sailing...which apparently has occured to some other people as well.

A cool brick building

Wood was much more common, but a few were brick and stone.  This one looked pretty old but was well kept up.

The rocks look fake but they're real

We checked out “Victoria Park”, which is a large park on the water near downtown, with a walkway along the shore. The red boulders lining the path looked like they should be those foam Disney rocks that you can pick up with 1 finger!  Here were a couple of other shots from our walk in the park:

The path wound along the water.  We got red dust all over our shoes.

This park reminded us of Beacon Hill Park in Victoria in some places.  

We both really enjoyed the city.  In a number of ways it was reminiscent of home.  Not hard to imagine, I suppose, given that it is also a provincial capital located on an island.  But in addition there is something about "island living" that is common on many islands, I think. People like living on them to get away from some of the hustle of the mainland.  The locals here seemed pretty laid back.

As usual, the rest was great, but we’re looking forward to moving on tomorrow!

Ferry across Northumberland Strait to Nova Scotia