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 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?
Do I need to register or pay a fee for the trail?
Can I bike the Island Walk?
What camping options are available?
Are there any trip coordination or luggage transfer services available?
Can I cycle, bike or e-bike the Island Walk?
How do I purchase Island Walk merchandise?
What does the term “transportation available” indicate?
As noted on the map page, the transportation available icon means the accommodation will provide transportation or will arrange transportation for you with a taxi or other transportation provider and costs vary.
Here are some other transportation options for you.
Transportation West is a non-profit community organization which provides door to door transportation service Monday to Friday.
Cities of Summerside and Charlottetown
Both cities have numerous taxi services.
Charlottetown and surrounding areas also have a public transit system: https://www.t3transit.ca/
Red Sand Tour offers more than just tours. They also provide taxi services for the season running from May until the end of October. Their vehicles can be booked for local transport in Cavendish/surrounding areas or to and from the airport. They also have spacious vans for groups. Toll-free: 1-844-940-4545 or call direct at 902-940-4545. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.redsandtour.com/
100 km radius of Charlottetown
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 at jackstourspei.com.
Contact him directly at 902 393 2697 or at email@example.com to make arrangements.
For larger groups of 6 or more experiencing the trail who are looking for transportation, please contact or visit https://hopsipswirl.ca/contact-us/ to make an inquiry, email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-330-2739 to arrange travel to your next stop.In Montague, there is Dixon’s taxi at 902-838-2491. They will also go longer distances if necessary.
Where can I park my car?
Can I walk slower/faster than your suggested itineraries?
Can I add in rest days and activity days?
Yes. Walk at your own pace and enjoy the journey.
Does every section have accommodations directly on the trail?
Do you have itineraries for cycling?
La distance, la pente et le temps
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?
You can follow the online map to stay on the route, follow our directional signs or download the PDF instructions here.
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.
Is the Island Walk as physically challenging as the Camino de Santiago?
The Island Walk is much less physically demanding than the Camino de Santiago. For further detail, see How hard are the walks?
Are there descriptive directions available for the route?
La météo, la sécurité et les problèmes
What will the weather be like?
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?
L’équipement et les choses à apporter
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. There is a GPS pin on the upper left corner of the Island Walk map.
Can I get a paper copy of The Island Walk Map?
How do I get a copy of The Island Walk Passport or my Certificate of Completion?
Pour les groupes
Can I take my dog with me?
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.