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:

  • The Woodlands trail and the Reeds & Rushes trail in Dalvay will be closed until further notice.
  • Infrastructure work is currently underway on the Bubbling Springs and Farmland trails in the Brackley – Dalvay section of the park. This work will require sporadic trail closures and will completed in winter 2020. Visit our Federal Infrastructure Investment Program page for more information.

    Woodlands Trail
    CLOSED until further notice

    Reeds and Rushes Trail
    CLOSED until futher notice

    Farmlands Trail
    Length: 2.9 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Trailheads located at North Rustico and at Cawnpore Lane (Oceanview Lookoff)
    Features: Wheelchair Access

    Cavendish Dunelands
    Length: 2.3 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Starts at Oceanview Lookoff or Cavendish Beach.
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Homestead Trail
    Length: 6.7 or 8.8 km
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Starts just at the entrance of Cavendish Campground
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Clark’s Lane Trail
    Length: 0.8 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Starts at Cavendish Grove.
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Cavendish Beach Trail
    Length: 1.1 km one way
    Difficulty: Easy
    Starts at Cavendish Grove or Cavendish Beach.
    Features: Interpretive Panels

    Tlaqatik
    Length: 4.8 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Located in Greenwich.
    Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout

    Havre Saint Pierre
    Length: 1.1 km
    Difficulty: Easy
    Located in Greenwich.
    Features: Wheelchair Access, Interpretive Panels, Lookout

    All trail distances are return unless otherwise noted.

     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.