Cycling by the Sea - Gulf Shore Way

There is no better way to explore the stunning landscapes of PEI’s North Shore than by cycling the Gulf Shore Way. This seaside route is a recent upgrade to PEI National Park that offers a paved, two-way trail that twins the Gulf Shore Parkway, providing cyclists with a smooth surface and a mix of flat stretches and gentle rolling slopes. Wind your way past the iconic red sandstone cliffs of Cavendish, panoramic dunescapes in Brackley, the iconic Covehead lighthouse and six of PEI National Park’s breathtaking supervised beaches. With so much to see and do on route, you’ll love the trip as much as the destination!

Visitors, please be advised of the following (updated - July 2017):

  • The Woodlands trail and the Reeds & Rushes trail in Dalvay will be closed until further notice.
  • The floating boardwalk on the Cavendish Dunelands Trail is temporarily closed for infrastructure work, restricting access between the Cavendish Beach facility and Oceanview. Those wishing to use the Gulf Shore Way Trail should plan to begin or end their trip at the Oceanview parking lot. A detour route has also been posted (PDF, 1.83 MB).
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    Woodlands Trail
    CLOSED until further notice

    Reeds and Rushes Trail
    CLOSED until futher notice

    Farmlands Trail
    Length: 2.9 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway.
    Features: Interpretive Panels, Archaeological Site


    Bubbling Springs
    Length: 2.5 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts 2 km east of Stanhope, to the south of the Gulf Shore Parkway.
    Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout


    Gulf Shore Way East
    Length: 10 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent.
    Features: Wheelchair Access

    R.I.T.S. (Robinsons Island Trail System)
    Length: 5 km
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Dates maintained: May 19 - Oct. 12
    Starts at Robinsons Island Trailhead.
    Features: Lookout/Birdwatching, Pump Track, Mountain Bike Features

    Gulf Shore Way West
    Length: 8.5 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff)
    Features: Wheelchair Access

    Cavendish Dunelands
    Length: 2.3 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts at Oceanview Lookoff or Cavendish Beach.
    Features: Interpretive Panels
    Please note: The section of this trail between the beach facility and Oceanview is closed until  mid-July when replacement of boardwalk has been completed. 

    Homestead Trail
    Length: 6.7 or 8.8 km
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Clark’s Lane Trail
    Length: 0.8 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts at Cavendish Grove.
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Cavendish Beach Trail
    Length: 1.1 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: May 15 - Oct. 12
    Starts at Cavendish Grove or Cavendish Beach.
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Tlaqatik
    Length: 4.8 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: June 2 - Oct. 12
    Located in Greenwich.
    Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout

    Havre Saint Pierre
    Length: 1.1 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Dates maintained: June 2 - Oct. 12
    Located in Greenwich.
    Features: Wheelchair Access, Interpretive Panels, Lookout

    All trail distances are return unless otherwise noted.


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

  • Greenwich Trails - June 2 to September 15
  • Stanhope Beach - May 31 to September 15
  • Ross Lane Beach - May 15 to September 30
  • Brackley Beach  - May 15 to October 18
  • Cape Turner - June 12 to September 15
  • Oceanview - June 12 to September 15
  • Cavendish Beach - May 15 to September 30
  • Cavendish Grove - May 15 to September 30


    Schedule subject to change. For more information please call 902-672-6350.
  •  Trail locations and information

    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.

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