How do I obtain a copy of The Island Walk Guidebook?
A detailed guidebook is available for the Walk. The book describes all 32 sections of the Walk, and highlights every turn along the route. There are also tips on some alternative routes, especially on beaches that are not part of the official route.
How to purchase The Island Walk Guidebook:
Paperback: The Bookmark
When is the best time of year to walk?
Mid-May to late October are the best times to walk.
May is quiet but it can be cold. June is better - expect a few hot days.
July and August are peak tourism months so accommodation can be difficult to find. We strongly recommend planning ahead. If visiting in July and August, you will want to carry bug spray as there will be mosquitos.
September is ideal. October has an added advantage - fall colours!
We go into further detail on our When to Walk page, here.
The route can not be followed in the months of January to March, as the Confederation Trail is closed to pedestrians in the winter.
How do I get to and from the trail?
You can start anywhere on the route - walk or get someone to drop you off. Some accommodations will assist with transportation to the nearest entrance to the trail or will get a taxi for you if needed. Charlottetown is the nearest airport.
Can I choose my own accommodation?
What sort of facilities in the way of cafés and toilets are available?
Coffee shops are available in most small towns. Check the Confederation Trail map for toilets on the route.
What is the best way to contact you?
If you would like to speak to someone via email please contact email@example.com.
If you need to speak to someone over the phone about visiting PEI or The Island Walk, you can call Tourism PEI to speak to a vacation planner at 1-800-463-4734.
Do I need to register for the trail?
No. Registration is not required and there are no fees to take part in The Island Walk.
The Island Walk has passports available, allowing you to chronicle the dates you walked each of the 32 sections. To order an Island Walk passport please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a $13.50 postage and handling fee for the passport, however we’ll also include a complimentary Island Walk backpack patch!
Can I cycle, bike or e-bike the Island Walk?
Yes, you can cycle, bike or e-bike the entire Island Walk. The Walk follows a mix of public paved and red clay roads as well as well-kept trails.
Two of our partner tour operators, Outer Limit Sports & MacQueen’s, offer bike and e-bike rentals visit their websites for further information. https://www.ols.ca/ & www.macqueens.com.
What camping options are available?
Wild camping is illegal on PEI and camping is only allowed in licensed campgrounds.
Booking in advance is recommended. Find the accommodations and campgrounds supporting the Island Walk on our map or go to tourismpei.com for a complete list of accommodations in PEI.
Are there any trip coordination or luggage transfer services available?
Local businesses Outer Limit Sports, Experience PEI, & MacQueen’s (cycling only) offer trip coordination services including booking accommodations and luggage transfers.
More information on these services can be found on our page, here.
The Island Walk route is wheelchair accessible. The route consists of the Confederation Trail, other maintained trails as well as clay and paved roads.
The Confederation trail makes up most of the route, this rolled stone dust trail is wheelchair accessible and well maintained, with grades no greater than 2%. The accessibility of trails and clay roads can be affected by heavy rain, which can create muddy conditions in some areas.
Please confirm directly with any accommodations or transportation providers to ensure they can accommodate your accessibility needs.
How do I purchase Island Walk merchandise?
You can purchase Island Walk merchandise through AllStar Cresting. The link can be found below:
Shipping and in-store pick-up are available, however, all purchases must be completed through the online portal. AllStar Cresting does not have any merchandise on-hand, so orders must be placed in advance of the desired pick-up date (turnaround time for orders is typically 10-14 days).
Pick-up orders can be obtained at AllStar Cresting. Their address is 166 St Peters Road, Charlottetown, PE C1A 5P8.