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Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada

Hiking

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!

Guided Hikes

Join a guided hike to the Greenwich Dunes with a park interpreter. Learn about the cultural and natural history of Greenwich and see the peninsula’s spectacular parabolic dunes on this 5 km hike.

Trails

*The Woodlands trail and the Reeds & Rushes trail will be closed from May 1 2014 to January 2015. This closure is in effect to facilitate upgrades to the park's wastewater infrastructure. For more information, please contact us.


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
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

*Green Gables site fee applicable

All trail distances are return unless otherwise noted.

Trail Descriptions

Farmlands

Meander along field hedges, hedgerows and through mixed woodlands.

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

Bubbling Springs

Lookouts provide panoramic views of Long Pond and a great spot for watching water fowl in spring and fall. The "spring" is a small pond fed from underground.

Cyclists note: mixed surfaces, recommended for hybrid or mountain bikes.
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 lets you get active. Experience the sand dunes, salt marshes and forests of the park from a new point of view.

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

Gulf Shore Way West

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

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

Cavendish Dunelands

Links the Homestead Trail to the Oceanview Lookoff. Excellent views of sand dunes and freshwater pools.

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

Homestead

Passes through forest and farmland, along the shores of New London Bay.

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

Clark's Lane Trail

Starts at Cavendish Grove and connects to 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 the Cavendish Beach and connects to Cavendish Dunelands Trail.

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

Haunted Wood

Located at Green Gables, this trail is the influence and inspiration for L. M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Gren Gables. Entry fees to L. M. Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site apply.

Balsam Hollow

Located at Green Gables, this trail begins as Lover's Lane, then wanders through mixed woodlands and follows a babbling brook. Entry fees to L. M. Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site apply.

Tlaqatik

Experience the history of the area, and people's interaction with land over time, as you journey along this loop trail touching the edge of St. Peters Bay.

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

Greenwich Dunes

Travel through old homestead fields with views of St. Peters Bay, through a forest stand and then out onto the floating boardwalk of Bowley Pond and your first sight of the majestic Greenwich Dunes. Don't miss the dunes lookoff: cross the dune using the sand ladder and staircase at the end of the Bowley Pond boardwalk. Once on the beach, turn left and walk about 400 m. You'll see the official lookoff on your left, which provides you with more great views of this spectacular landscape.

Cyclists note: You can bike as far as the junction between the Greenwich Dunes and Tlaqatik Trails. Leave your bike in the bike rack and continue your journey by foot. Bike locks are available to borrow at the Greenwich Interpretation Centre.

Havre Saint Pierre

Make your way along the shores of St. Peters Bay. This short, flat natural surface trail is partially wheelchair accessible.

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