The Southside of the Island
Charlottetown to Summerside
85 km | 4-7 days | Waypoints 32 to 4
Start your walk in Charlottetown, the Birthplace of Confederation and home to the lovely Victoria Park Boardwalk which goes by stately historic homes including the Government House referred to as Fanningbank, and head towards Dunedin. Be sure to stop at Cows Creamery along the way, which was voted the best ice cream in Canada (as Anne would say – there’s nothing more delectable)! You can also take a tour at the Cows Creamery to discover the secrets behind making their ice cream and award-winning cheeses.
As you make your way from Dunedin to the seaside community of Victoria, walk down two of the most beautiful and quietest red dirt roads on PEI: Rebokary Lane & Ferguson Road. Victoria is a charming seaside village straight out of a storybook that is home to a chocolate factory, theatre, pottery shop, and some of the Island’s most delicious restaurants. Don’t forget to order a lobster sandwich at the Lobster Barn! The sandwich is pretty well famous on PEI.
You’ll head onward to Borden-Carleton, where you will see The Confederation Bridge, one of the most memorable sights of your walk. The Confederation Bridge opened in 1997 and is the longest bridge in Canada and the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered water (13 km).
The next day will take you by picturesque farms and fields through the small Island communities of North Carleton and Central Bedeque until you arrive at PEI’s second-largest city, Summerside. Take in the fresh salt air at the Summerside Harbour and grab a coffee and a snack at Samuel’s. If you are a craft beer lover, check out Evermoore Brewing. Be sure to visit Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour in the city’s center and treat yourself to homemade gourmet ice cream, decadent desserts, and old-fashioned hand crafted sodas. Historic atmosphere in one of PEI’s most significant heritage homes.