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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Hiking

Parks Canada staff is hard at work getting our trails ready in order to meet our opening dates. However, some trails may be delayed in opening on time due to the harsh winter weather conditions we experienced. Please check with our Web site for up-to-date notices on trail info.

There are many scenic trails located within Prince Edward Island National Park, each with its own unique features. Meander along field edges and hedgerows, across floating boardwalks or through mixed woodlands. Discover spectacular vistas and a variety of species of birds and other wildlife. The trails vary in length as well as in sight and sound. For brief descriptions as well as the location of each trail refer to the table below. Enjoy!

For trail users, washrooms are available at beach facilities, picnic areas, and some trailhead locations during the following dates:

  • Greenwich Trails - May 17 to September 30
  • Dalvay Trail House - May 16 to October 12
  • Stanhope Beach - June 14 to September 15
  • Ross Lane Beach - May 16 to September 30
  • Brackley Beach - May 16 to October 19
  • Cape Turner - June 14 to September 15
  • Cavendish East - June 14 to September 15
  • Cavendish Beach - May 16 to September 30
  • Cavendish Grove - May 16 to September 30

Off-Season Access

Trails and other facilities at PEI National Park are not maintained between Thanksgiving and Victoria Day each year. However, visitors are still welcome to use the trails. During this period there is no Parks Canada emergency response.

Trails

All trail distances are return unless otherwise noted.

TrailLengthDifficultyLocation
Woodlands*
Hike Bike
4 or 4.9 or 5.7 km Easy Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent
Reeds & Rushes*
Hike Scenic Wheelchair Access
2 km Easy Starts off the northwest portion of Dalvay Crescent
Farmlands
Hike Bike
2.7 km Easy Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway
Bubbling Springs
Hike Scenic Bike
2.2 km Easy Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway
Gulf Shore Way East
Hike Wheelchair Access Bike

10 km
One Way

Easy Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent
R.I.T.S. (Robinsons Island Trail System)
Hike Bike
5 km Moderate Starts at Robinsons Island Trailhead
Gulf Shore Way West
Hike Wheelchair Access Bike

8.5 km
One Way

Easy Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff)
Cavendish Dunelands
Hike Scenic Bike
2.3 km
One Way
Easy Starts at Oceanview Lookoff
Homestead
Hike Bike
6.3 or 8.4 km
Return
Moderate Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground
Clark's Lane Trail
Hike Scenic Bike
1.2 km
One Way
Easy Starts at Cavendish Grove
Cavendish Beach Trail
Hike Scenic Bike
1.1 km
One Way
Easy Starts at Cavendish Grove
Haunted Wood**
Hike Scenic
0.9 km
One Way
Easy Green Gables Heritage Place
Balsam Hollow**
Hike Scenic
0.8 km
Return
Easy Green Gables Heritage Place
Tlaqatik
Jike Scenic Bike
4.8 km Moderate Greenwich
Greenwich Dunes
Hike Scenic
4.8 km Moderate Greenwich
Havre Saint Pierre
Hike Wheelchair Access Scenic Bike
1.1 km Easy Greenwich

*The Woodlands Trail and the Reeds & Rushes Trail will be closed until further notice. This closure is in effect to facilitate upgrades to the park's wastewater infrastructure. For more information, please contact us.

**Green Gables site fee applicable

Trail Descriptions

Farmlands

A path taking you along fields, hedgerows and mixed woodlands, part of this trail was once a road – the oldest road in PEI!

Cyclists note: smooth asphalt surface, hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

Bubbling Springs

A favourite among birdwatchers, this path has lookouts that offer great views of waterfowl at Long Pond.

Cyclists note: mixed surfaces, hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.
Note: climbing stairs is required to access lookout tower which is not barrier-free.

Gulf Shore Way East

Stretching from Brackley to Dalvay, this paved, multi-use trail is perfect for walking, jogging or cycling. Take in the beautiful views of sand dunes, salt marshes and forests from a whole new point-of-view!

Cyclists note: smooth asphalt surface, suitable for all bikes.

R.I.T.S. (Robinsons Island Trail System)

Stacked loop with 11 optional technical features. Suitable for beginner to intermediate mountain bikers. Picnic area, observation stations and beach access.

Cyclists note: mixed surfaces, Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

Gulf Shore Way West

Trailheads at Oceanview Lookoff and North Rustico park entry gate. Paved, multi-use trail skirting the top of the red sandstone cliffs with magnificent views of Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Cyclists note: smooth asphalt surface, suitable for most bikes.

Cavendish Dunelands

Stunning views of sand dunes and freshwater ponds. Links with the Homestead Trail and Gulf Shore Way.

Cyclists note: mixed surface, suitable for most bikes. Please dismount on floating boardwalk.

Homestead

Suitable for hikers or cyclists. Passes through forest and farmland along the shores of New London Bay.

Cyclists note: mixed surfaces, best for hybrid or mountain bikes.

Clark's Lane Trail

Starts at Cavendish Grove and connects with Cavendish Dunelands and Cavendish Beach trails.

Cyclists note: smooth crushed gravel surface, suitable for most bikes.

Cavendish Beach Trail

Passes through a sugar maple stand before reaching Cavendish Beach and connecting with Cavendish Dunelands trail.

Cyclists note: smooth crushed gravel surface, suitable for most bikes.

Haunted Wood

Located at Green Gables, this wooded area served as the inspiration for the Haunted Wood that appeared in Anne of Green Gables. Green Gables Heritage Place entry fees apply. Passes near the Cavendish Cemetery, resting place of L.M. Montgomery, and connects to Site of L.M. Montgomery’s Cavendish Home (separate entry fee or combination pass required).

Balsam Hollow

Part of Green Gables, this trail begins with Lover’s Lane and wanders through woodlands and follows a brook. Green Gables Heritage Place entry fees apply.

Tlaqatik

Experience the history of the area and the story of human interaction with the land over time as you journey along the edges of St. Peters Bay

Cyclists note: Trail is one-way. Mixed surfaces, hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

Greenwich Dunes

Travel across homestead fields, through a forest stand and over Bowley Pond on a floating boardwalk as you journey toward your first sight of the majestic Greenwich Dunes. Only part of this trail can be explored by bike. You can travel as far as the junction with the Tlaqatik Trail and then the rest must be done on foot. Bike locks are available to borrow at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre.

Havre Saint Pierre

This short trail takes you along the shores of beautiful St. Peters Bay. The flat, natural surface trail is partially wheelchair accessible.

Cyclists note: mixed surfaces, hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

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