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 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 four 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!

Download a PEI National Park Trail Guide (6.05 MB). 

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Cavendish-North Rustico trails

Cycling in PEI National Park 
Information on trails

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

Trailheads at Oceanview and North Rustico entry gate. Paved, multi-use trail
skirting the top of red sandstone cliffs with magnificent views of the Gulf of
St. Lawrence. This trail is a perfect conduit from Cavendish Campground to
North Rustico, or anywhere in between. Suitable for all bikes and for walking,
jogging, cycling or rollerblading.

 

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

Stunning views of sand dunes and
freshwater ponds. Links to Homestead and Gulf Shore Way West. Suitable
for most bikes. Please walk your bike across the floating boardwalk.

 

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

Passes through forest and farmland
along the shores of New London Bay.
Best for hybrid or mountain bikes.

 

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

Starts at Cavendish Grove and connects to Cavendish Dunelands and
Cavendish Beach trails. Suitable for most bikes.

 

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

Passes through a sugar maple stand before reaching the Cavendish Beach
Facility and connecting to Cavendish Dunelands. Suitable for most bikes.

 
 

Brackley-Dalvay trails 

Two cyclists ride past Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site on the Gulf Shore Way East.  
Information on trails 
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

This path takes you along old fields and mixed woodlands and close to the
site of a former archaeological dig. Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

 
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

A favourite among birdwatchers, this path has lookouts that offer great
views of waterfowl at Long Pond. Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

 
Gulf Shore Way East
Length: 10 km one way
Difficulty: Easy
Trailheads located at Brackley Beach Complex and Dalvay Crescent.
Features: Wheelchair Access

Stretching from Brackley to Dalvay, this paved, multi-use trail runs along
the coast from Dalvay Gate all the way to Brackley Beach. Take in the
beautiful views of sand dunes, salt marshes and forests from a whole
new point-of-view. Suitable for all bikes and walking, jogging, cycling or
rollerblading.

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

12 optional technical features suitable for beginner to intermediate
mountain bikers. Picnic area, observation stations, and beach access.
Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.

 

Greenwich trails

A cyclist looks back and smiles while two other cyclists in the background pedal away, on a wooded trail with green trees. 
Information on trails

Tlaqatik
Length: 4.8 km
Difficulty: Easy
Features: Interpretive Panels, Lookout

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. If you choose to cycle, then hybrid or
mountain bikes are recommended. Note: Please dismount at boardwalk.

 

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

This short trail takes you along the shores of beautiful St. Peters Bay.

 

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. Please note: There will be limited emergency service provided by Parks Canada during this time.