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Cycling the Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island

5th February 2013 Print

Prince Edward Island is the perfect province to cycle. The Confederation Trail runs tip-to-tip from Tignish to Elmira and includes 400 kilometers of excellent rolled stone dust surface for cycling.

The trail was developed on abandoned railway lines and takes you into wetlands and hardwood groves, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers.

No matter what your game -- quiet rides in the country that provide frame after frame of breathtaking photographs, day-long tours that test skill and endurance, or bone-shaking terrain that will challenge both bike and rider, PEI is the destination of choice for die-hard and casual cyclists alike.

For touring enthusiasts, just get on your bike and start pedalling. The rolling hills, lush farmlands and postcard coastlines that keep our visitors coming back for more will reveal to you a whole new appreciation for your two-wheeling hobby.

Frequent villages along the way offer cyclists a convenient selection of places to stay, things to eat and all round service. Don’t worry if you break down -there are 25 bicycle rental shops on the Island. Also, don’t worry about altitude sickness  - the highest elevation is 142 meters (465 feet) above sea level, with much of the land rising and falling in gentle slopes.

Here are some of the activities seen in the video

Making Moonshine at the Myriad View Artisan Distillery

Producers of Canada’s First Legal Moonshine the company was established with the express intention of producing spirits with a history and heritage unique to Prince Edward Island and The Maritimes.

The term moonshine usually refers to illegally produced un-aged alcohol distilled from any source. However, because of it’s illegality the quality of moonshine has been notoriously variable.

The differences between illegal moonshine and “Shine” from The Myriad View are few and simple :- quality and consistency and the fact that they have paid all legally required taxes. If the gangster Al Capone had paid his taxes he wouldn’t have ended up in jail!

PEI itself had the longest period of prohibition (from 1900 to 1948) of any Canadian province. It’s people went through two world wars unable to buy a legal drink! This may well explain why Shine (as illegal moonshine on PEI is called) is still the preferred and traditional drink at most social gatherings and weddings.
Prince Edward Island’s Shellfish Festival

Every September, competitive shuckers, celebrity chefs, music lovers and a host of shellfish fans gather in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for four days of festivities, all built around the Island’s shellfish industry.

Lovers of oysters, mussels, lobster and Prince Edward Island Potatoes will be in shellfish heaven with countless tastings and culinary demos all weekend.

Cheer on oyster shuckers as they race the clock. Get up close and personal as top chefs go head to head. Shuckers and chefs come from around the world to compete for a grand total of $24,000 in prizes

West Point Lighthouse

The West Point Lighthouse Inn is among the most recognizable places in PEI.

West Point Lighthouse is 69 feet and one of the Island’s tallest and most unique. The lighthouse was built in 1875, put into operation in 1876 and manned until 1963 when the keeper, who lived in the attached dwelling, retired. Today the lantern, in a bright red housing atop the tapered tower, operates electrically.

The Inn was originally created in 1987 and there is also a museum.