Let’s get one thing out of the way first: If you want to ride twisties, don’t make the trip to PEI. There’s probably less than 100 kms of twisty tarmac on the Island, and nothing that would compare to the Dragon, the Triple Nickel, or even closer routes like the Cabot Trail or the Mini-Cape.
The good news, though, is that if you just want to cruise, worry-free, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better area. There are no deer, moose or bear to run into, and traffic enforcement is fairly slack – you can cruise all day without seeing a cop car. That’s a good thing, because the highest speed limit on the Island is 90 kph, and it’s not hard to accidentally exceed that. You, know, going downhill and with the wind at your back, and all that. The only town with a reputation for being tough on speeders is Borden, right at the end of the Confederation Bridge.
You’ll notice this DYR has a main route that takes you from the ferry in eastern PEI, to the Confederation Bridge in western PEI. We did ferry to bridge so that it’s an easy addition to any east coast tour but we recommend you do do it that way round as it’s a lot cheaper to leave by the bridge than the ferry – though it’s free to go to the island by either way.
As this is more of a stop-and-smell the roses tour, we’ve included a few sightseeing stops along the way. The main Ferry-to-Bridge route will also take you right through Cavendish, so if you want to ride a roller coaster or buy a T-shirt with a lame tourist pun, or maybe even an Anne of Green Gables bobblehead doll, then you’re in luck.
There’s also a few add-on routes. The main one on the east will take you around the eastern end of the Island, on Rt. 2 and Rt. 16. The big western loop will take you longer, but it’s also more scenic, and many of the roads are better. If you want to do the western loop, you’d be well-advised to stay overnight in the Summerside or Kensington area, then take a second day to do the western leg.
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