Tuna, Oysters, Harbours & Brews
Souris to Murray River
97 km | 4-7 days | Waypoints 24 to 29
Start your walk on the shoulder of the road from the beautiful Eastern town of Souris towards Fortune Bridge. As you walk, you will encounter stunning vistas of the Fortune River. You will also walk right past PEI’s very own celebrity chef Michael Smith’s Inn: ‘Inn At Bay Fortune,’ which serves delicious sustainable food items. Chef Michael Smith is a Canadian celebrity chef with an international reputation for simple, sustainable home cooking. He is the author of 10 cookbooks and has starred in five different Food Network series. Chef Michael’s cooking shows are seen in more than 100 different countries around the world. For more information on Chef Michael Smith and the Inn At Bay Fortune visit their website.
As you continue into Howe Bay, you will see both a fishery and blueberry fields. The Inn at Spry Point is a welcoming place to stay where you can enjoy a delicious charcuterie board and wine. If you have time, be sure to check out the various trails around the Inn as well as Sally’s Beach.
The next part of your walk will take you on quiet red dirt roads through Dundas and past the villages of Bridgetown and Primrose. These two small villages are the new home to a growing number of Amish farmers who have built their school and small businesses along the highway. Keep an eye out along this part of the walk for friendly llamas who love human attention. When you are coming into Cardigan, you will catch a view of the beautiful harbour. Check out Clamdiggers restaurant for a delicious supper loved by locals. This area and the next is also known as Three Rivers, To find out more about the area, check out their community website: https://threeriverspei.com/
Onward by way of a beautiful rail trail walk to the stunning town of Montague. The short 12 km walk from Cardigan will take you to amazing views coming into the Montague Harbour. When you arrive in Montague, be sure to check out the two local craft breweries, Bogside Brewing and Copper Bottom Brewing. Dine at Windows on the Water and have the best bread pudding on PEI.
To avoid the busy Rte 4, head East towards Gaspereaux. Although this section is mostly a road walk, you will catch beautiful views of the towns of Three Rivers and Georgetown across the water. Finish your walk towards the Eastern fishing village of Murray River and take in views of hidden harbours and fishing villages along your route. Be sure to reward yourself upon arrival at some of the quaint shops and excellent restaurants.
This itinerary is part of the Points East Coastal Drive.
For more information on this region of PEI visit their website.