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!

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: TEMPORARY CLOSURE
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

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: TEMPORARY CLOSURE
Located in Greenwich.
Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout

Havre Saint Pierre
Length: 1.1 km
Difficulty: Easy
Dates maintained: TEMPORARY CLOSURE
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 12 to September 15
  • Stanhope Beach - May 15 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

    Visitors, please be advised of the following (update - March 2017):

    • Work has begun to replace the boardwalk on the Greenwich Dunes trail. This structure is being replaced as it has reached the end of its lifespan. Please note that the Havre Saint PierreTlaqatik and Greenwich Dunes trails and the trails’ parking lot are closed while this work is underway. The parking lot and trails are expected to reopen in the summer of 2017 - official date to be determined.
    • The Woodlands trail and the Reeds & Rushes trail in Dalvay will be closed until further notice.

    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.

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