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 to plan ahead. September is ideal. October has an added advantage - fall colours!
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.
If you are looking for your own private transportation, Jack DesRoches is available within a 100 kilometer radius of Charlottetown. Jack can provide transportation only or he can also provide you with a personalized tour. Check him out here. Contact him directly at 902 393 2697 or at [email protected] to make arrangements.
Can I choose my own accommodation?
Yes. Booking in advance is recommended. Check out the accommodations supporting the Island Walk on our map or go to https://www.tourismpei.com/ for a complete list.
What sort of facilities in the way of cafes 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 have route questions, consult the map or email [email protected].
Do I need to register for the trail?
No. Registration is not required.
Can I walk slower/faster than your suggested itineraries?
Yes. Walk at your own pace. You may have to arrange transportation if you don't plan to stay in accommodations that are on the route.
Can I add in rest days and activity days?
Yes. Walk at your own pace and enjoy the journey.
Distances, Grades and Times
How hard are the walks?
The walks are easy by international standards. The Confederation Trail was the rail bed for the railway on PEI. Grades are no greater than 2%. The other paths and roads are not steep or difficult.
How do you work out daily distances?
Go at your own pace. We set the suggested daily stopping distances between 20 - 25km.
How easy are the trails to follow?
As an early adopter, you will need to be able to follow the online map to stay on route. We are hoping to post directional signs on the trail as time goes on.
What is the significance of the numbers and waypoints on the map?
The numbers and waypoints are the stops made by the original members of Island Trails when they completed the Island Walk. Although you can walk your own pace and start from anywhere, these would be the stops to make if you wanted to replicate the original Island Walk. Thus waypoint #1 is the end of Day 1.
Weather, Safety and Problems
What will the weather be like?
Depending on the month, the weather can vary from cold to hot and from wet to dry. Prepare for rain and wind in May or in September and October. July and August can be hot. Take insect repellent in June through September.
What if the weather is too bad to walk?
If the weather is very bad, plan to stay in your accommodations for another night.
What dangers should I know about?
PEI is a very safe tourist destination. There are no dangerous wild plants or animals. Take normal precautions to protect yourself and your valuables.
What About Medical Help & Health Care?
In an emergency, call 911.
Equipment & What to Bring
Do you provide a packing list?
Yes, please see our Hiking Basics page for more information.
Are walking poles required?
Hiking poles are not required, but some walkers like using them for stability.
Is a GPS a good idea?
A GPS will help you pinpoint your location. GPS apps on your phone are also helpful.
Can I take my dog with me?
Dogs on leash are permitted everywhere except on beaches in the National Park.
Are the walks suitable for children?
Yes, if your children are accustomed to walking.
What size of group can walk the trails?
Large and small groups can be accommodated, but care should be taken when walking on the shoulder of public roads.
Will I meet other people on my walk?
You will meet people in towns and villages along the way. You may also meet some walkers or cyclists on the Confederation Trail.