Walking and Hiking
Copyright J. Dan McAskill 2006
1. Waterfront Boardwalk and Waterfront Boardwalk Extension:
This boardwalk system stretches 4.9 km (3.0 mi) along Charlottetown’s waterfront from the Victoria Park pool in the west to the Grafton Street/Riverside Drive intersection in the east. The surface includes boardwalk, sidewalk, and crushed stone. The route runs from the Victoria Boardwalk, then via sidewalk along Kent Street, then turn right along West Street, then turn left on Richmond Street, then turn right on Rochford Street, then make a final right on Sydney, proceed to its end and then join the boardwalk. Then follow the boardwalk around Queen Charlotte Armoury to join Water Street. Then turn right on Water Street and follow the sidewalk to the Charlottetown Yacht Club. From there follow the boardwalk behind the Prince Edward Delta Hotel to Peakes Quay Marina and Confederation Landing. Then proceed through the park to the boardwalk in front of Founders Hall and follow the boardwalk east past the Hillsborough Canadian Heritage Monument and H.M.C.S. Queen Charlotte to the Friendly Pharmacy. The final section of crushed stone pathway will take you to its current Grafton Street terminus. This route offers spectacular views of the Hillsborough Canadian Heritage River and features many historic buildings.
2. Confederation Trail
Confederation Trail is the preeminent long distance hiking and cycling trail on the Island. Its rolled stone dust surface provides a good surface for hiking and biking. If you are starting in Charlottetown, take Confederation trail from its junction on Grafton Street (Route 1) in the Joe Ghiz Memorial Park to Royalty Junction Road, a distance of 9 km (5.4 mi) where it connects to the Island wide trail syste. Turn right (east) and proceed 27.3 km (19 mi) to the Hillsborough River Eco-Centre in Mount Stewart. From there walkers or hikers can continue east through St. Andrews and out of the Hillsborough River watershed or they can turn southwest and take the Pisquid River branch along a short stretch of the southern part of the watershed. These segments are only part of this 357+ km system. For more information go to www.gov.pe.ca/infopei .
3. Hillsborough River Walkway
Commencing adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, this 1.6 km (1 mi) paved surface walking trail follows through woodland and has some good viewpoints of the Hillsborough. It starts at the junction of Riverside Drive and Murchison Lane and ends at Pioneer Avenue.
4. East Royalty Nature Pathway
This nature pathway runs 3.2 km (2 mi) through the Wright’s Creek riparian zone. It commences at the wooden bridge at the end of Acadian Drive near Riverside Estates and continues to its end at St. Peter’s Road (Route 2).
5. Royalty Oaks Natural Area
This 1 km loop natural surface trail is located in mature mixed hardwood on the eastern side of Charlottetown. Turn off St. Peter’s Road (Route 2) onto Northridge Parkway and take Oak Tree Crescent to the trail head.
6. Mount Stewart Wildlife Management Area Trails
Mount Stewart is about ½ hours vehicle drive from Charlottetown or a 30 km (20 mi) cycling trip. For naturalists and historians, a visit to the Hillsborough Eco-Centre in Mount Stewart is a must and there are maps of the trails available including the 3 km (2 mi) Pigot’s Trail and the Confederation Trail. Here you can leisurely explore the Hillsborough’s natural and cultural history and learn much about this Canadian Heritage River System jewel. Pigot’s Trail has portions of grass and a finely crushed gravel travel surface.
7. Dromore Provincial Forest Trail
The Provincial Forest’s green and gold diamond shaped signs mark various entrance ways to public forest lands. These woodland roads afford good walking corridors for woodland birding. The Dromore Birding Trail is located within the Dromore Provincial Forest (C-2) south of route 21. Take route 214 (the Dromore Road) and travel 4.5 km (2.8 mi) south. The woodland road which turns left (eastwards) off the Dromore Road offers gentle to moderate slopes through woodlands. The 1.3 km (0.8 mi) Dromore Birding Trail portion of this trail system is located about 0.2 km short of the West Brand Pisquid River woodland bridge. This trail extension runs through the West Branch Pisquid River riparian zone and features tolerant hardwood and mixed woods. For more information go to PEI Provincial Forests.
For more information go to Dromore Birding Trail.
8. Auburn Demonstration Woodlot Trail
For visitors wishing for a good walking trail and information on forest management on Prince Edward Island, the self guided Auburn Demonstration Woodlot which is part of the Provincial forest can be found 3.6 kilometres south of Route 21 in Fort Augustus along the Monaghan Road (Route 213). This single loop, natural or wood chip base walking trail is slightly over a kilometre in length, has short distances of moderate slope, and offers a variety of softwood stands and plantations. Numbered sign posts and an interpretive brochure are available on site. The Auburn Demonstration Woodlot is part of the Provincial Forest system and is a forest managed for sustainable multiple uses including education, recreation, birding, wildlife, timber, and much more. Click here for more information on the Auburn Demonstration Woodlot.
9. Robert L. Cotton Park Trail and Stratford Trails
This is a 1 km loop gravel trail with a 2.4 m (8 ft) surface. It runs from the Cotton Centre Park but also features entrances on either Bunbury road or MacDonald Road. In addition to the Cotton Park Trail, there are other gravel paths or sidewalks with blue lines denoting walking trails.
Charlottetown Trail Map
For more information click City Trails Map.
Stratford Trail Map
For more information click Stratford Trails Map.