When Prince Edward Island's railway was abandoned in 1989 Islanders were quick to notice a unique opportunity. The idea of a tip-to-tip shared use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter was born. With beautiful rolling hill scenery, quaint villages and broad bay seascapes, the Confederation Trail is Prince Edward Island's portion of the Trans Canada Trail.
The 435 kilometres of rolled stone dust trail has gentle gradients which never exceed 2% (up or down). This Island wide exploration corridor is ideal for visitors of all fitness levels. The Main Trail starts in Tignish at kilometre 0 and ends in Elmira at kilometre 273. Branch trails extend into the heart of Charlottetown and to the waterside communities of Souris, Georgetown, Montague, Wood Islands, Murray River and Murray Harbour, plus the link to the Confederation Bridge in Borden-Carleton. Along the trail, you will find a convenient selection of accommodations, food and services. Not all accommodations are directly on the trail and do require roadway travel. For safety concerns please check with the accommodation providers regarding distance. While exploring the trail, take advantage of the opportunity to discover the many charming villages along the way.
The logical FKT route is to run from tip-to-tip of Prince Edward Island, Tignish to Elmira (or reverse), roughly 275km.
I will be attempting this route on May 1st with the support of my family.