There's no better way to explore the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island than to walk, hike, or cycle along the trails you will find from tip to tip, tailor-made for outdoor adventure or find solitude and "walk through history" by exploring some of the scenic heritage roads.
The Confederation Trail
Discover the Confederation Trail which boasts close to 300 km of groomed trails that will take you through rolling farmlands and quaint villages, into wetland and hardwood groves, and provide you with some of the most picturesque scenery on the Island.
The Green Road on which we are located is a favourite route for cyclists of all abilities. The variety of terrain and proximity to the Bonshaw Hills Trail are key for cyclists who stay at Bonshaw Breezes B&B. All day, half-day, or just for an hour, there are so many routes to choose. Follow the shoreline, wind through farm areas, or take a trip back in time on one of 16 designated Scenic Heritage Roads and experience Prince Edward Island the way it used to be. These clay roads meander through farmland and woodland and provide an excellent opportunity to experience nature at its best. Steep hills and wet areas are common, and these roads should be avoided in the spring when snow and frost are still melting and mud is a problem. Keep in mind that many of these routes are still used by farmers with large machinery and caution is advised.
We are located in a lovely, central but secluded area for hiking. Down the hill, an easy 2 minute walk will bring you to the Bonshaw Hills trail that winds along the West river, through the forests, around fields, up and over hills. This trail (approximately 30 km long) extends from the West River Bridge near St. Catherines to Victoria. Winding through large woodlots, across old fields and along country roads, it traverses some of the most picturesque landscape on Prince Edward Island. The hiker is immediately aware of the vertical nature of the trail. Climbing to the top of a hill, one can look forward or back over the scenic vistas. Descending the slopes often brings the cool dark solitude of a hemlock forest that borders a small brook or pond. Some of the highlights of the trail include a stand of remnant white pine and hemlock near Appin Road, a beautiful section along the West River near Bonshaw, the beach walk at Victoria, and scenic views near Strathgartney and Hampton. The trail provides a recreational and educational facility for all outdoor enthusiasts of any age group. Never far from roadways, the trail may be hiked in sections ranging from 0.4 km to 8 km in length. Access points are marked with blue markers at the St. Catherine’s Road and in the Bonshaw Provincial Park. It is the responsibility of every hiker to ensure that a litter-free trail is maintained and that every respect be shown toward fences, buildings, and all private property along the trail.
If you want to go a little further a field, take a trip back in time on one of 16 designated Scenic Heritage Roads and experience Prince Edward Island the way it used to be. These clay roads meander through farmland and woodland and provide an excellent opportunity to experience nature at its best. Steep hills and wet areas are common, and these roads should be avoided in the spring when snow and frost are still melting and mud is a problem. Keep in mind that many of these routes are still used by farmers with large machinery and caution is advised.
A short drive in several directions will take you to quiet country roads where you can stroll and enjoy the birds, squirrels, and few if any other people. We are fortunate to have 2 heritage roads just minutes from our door. Prince Edward Island is often referred to as the million acre park. Whether you choose to see the beaches or the farmland, the peaceful valleys or the rugged headlands, none of it is very far away. There are many picturesque villages and hamlets to be discovered. Don't be afraid to try the side roads and, in the summer, the unpaved roads can often give you a view of the beauty of our island that most tourists miss.
The Appin Road was built in 1862. This road forms part of an interesting network of clay lanes in the South Shore—a wonderful place for a peaceful ramble through the countryside.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, horses and wagons were used for hauling wood and dressed meats to market. Although the farmsteads are gone, reminders of early rural life are easily found on a drive through this country lane.
Red Sands Drive
Amble along Blue Heron Drive for spectacular views of Prince Edward Island. High, rugged cliffs, the Northumberland Strait, beautiful beaches, coastal villages and grand churches are only a few of the authentic parts of the South Shore you will encounter.