(confederation trail, prince edward island)
Josie and I unpacked our bikes from their plastic harnesses in Montreal. After 4.5 days on CN Rail, we were ready to crack a few cans of bleu under the french summer sun and ride north along the st. lawrence river.
+Two thousand kilometres later and I’d spent the summer cycling from Montreal to Newfoundland. Here is our loosely-documented route:
(cycling distances. montreal, quebec to st john’s, newfoundland)
- La Route Verte. A safe, contained and gorgeous province-wide cycling route created under the cooperation of 15 Quebecois municipalities.
- Les Isles de Madeleine. A quiet Quebecois strip of sandy islands north of PEI.
- The St. John River. “The Rhine of North America”. 600kms of peaceful riverside riding.
- Meductic. Population zilch, yet home to the international musical company, Sabian Cymbals!
- North (f***ing) Mountain, The Cabot Trail. One of Canada’s finest knee-crackers. Bring an extra pair of kool-stop brake pads.
- The Deanery Project. The Atlantic natural building revolution begins here.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- Warmshowers.org & Couchsurfing.org. Life-saving communities for times when you realize you don’t know anyone on this little tiny provincial island. Complete with teepee and bike-in movie nights if you find the right host.
- Otto Young. A legendary guy near Twillingate. Good rates on cabin rentals which may or may not include homemade stew on stormy nights.
- Heavyweather.ca. A collection of Atlantic musicians filmed in funky spots.
(post-north mountain summit, cabot trail)