Trails Within 15 Minutes of Downtown Charlottetown

Beach Grove Trails (3 km) - Located in the west part of the city, behind the Beach Grove Home, these nature trails are a popular retreat for city residents, offering wooded pathways and scenic views. 200 BEACH GROVE RD (EASY) MORE INFORMATION | MAP

Confederation Trail - Linking the Island from tip-to-tip and traversing the capital city, the Confederation Trail's wide, flat and well-groomed trails are the perfect way to make an adventure out of travelling from the downtown core to midtown and uptown while getting acquainted with your snowshoes. If exploring on a Saturday morning, be sure to stop at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market alongside the trail's intersection with Belvedere Ave. Take note the trails are only open to snowshoers and walkers within the city limits. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION | MAP

Riverside Ride Trail (4 km) - Located on the east side of Charlottetown, this narrow trail snakes its way through the woods along the Hillsborough River. (INTERMEDIATE)

Robert L. Cotton Trail - Located just across the Hillsborough Bridge in the neighbouring municipality of Stratford, the Cotton Trail is part of a 17-acre park built in memory of local businessman, Robert L. Cotton. 57 BUNBURY RD, STRATFORD (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Terry Fox Trails (2.5km) - Explore these easy trails situated at the Town of Cornwall's Terry Fox Sports Complex, then check out other indoor and outdoor activities taking place at the Complex. 85 HILLTOP DR, CORNWALL (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Victoria Park Trails - Located in Downtown Charlottetown, Victoria Park is a 40-acre expanse with easy trails through its forested areas and, after a fresh snowfall, along its beloved boardwalk. The perfect city respite for families and new snowshoers. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION | MAP

Winter River Trail (6 km) - Located just a 15 minute drive from Charlottetown in the community of Suffolk, Winter River Trail includes a woods road, white spruce trees, gently rolling terrain and plenty of opportunities to view wildlife and waterfowl in the woods and along the Winter River as it opens up to Winter Bay. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Trails Within 30 Minutes of Downtown Charlottetown

Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park (18 km of trails with many shorter loops) - Located 20 km west of Charlottetown, the Bonshaw woodland trails take advantage of scenic views and vistas of the West River and offer some of the hilliest wooded terrain in PEI. (EASY, INTERMEDIATE, DIFFICULT) MORE INFORMATION

Brookvale Demonstration Woodlot (4 km) - Trails weave through softwood plantations on old field sites and mixed hardwood trails. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Brookvale Winter Activity park (1, 2 & 4 km) - The park has wooded trails designated especially for snowshoeing. There is a $6 trail fee to use the trails if you have your own snowshoes. If snowshoeing or walking, please refrain from walking on the groomed cross country ski trails and ski tracks. The snowshoe trails are marked with orange flagging tape and the starting point is Brookvale Nordic Centre. (EASY, INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Bubbling Springs and Farmland Trails in Stanhope (4km) - Enjoy a trek through fields and mixed forest as you explore the Farmland Trail and watch for an archaeological site. And yes, you'll happen across a spring bubbling up from the ground along the Bubbling Springs Trail. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Port La Joye/Fort Amherst Trails (6km) - Explore the newly-opened areas of an 18th century Acadian settlement and 19th century British farmlands, follow the Old Harbour Interpretive Trail to the remains of Fort Amherst or take in the stunning views of Charlottetown from the coastal paths. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Strathgartney Provincial Park (6 km of trails with many shorter loops) - Located 20 km west of Charlottetown, Strathgartney offers scenic views and wooded trails for all levels. (EASY, INTERMEDIATE, DIFFICULT) MORE INFORMATION

Trails Within 45 minutes of Downtown Charlottetown

Boughton River Trail (9 km with shorter loops) - The trail is built in four interconnected loops, plus a short spur to a lookout to view the typical "drowned estuary" of the Boughton River. The trail winds through white spruce thickets, open hardwoods, river flats, steep ravines, and grassy meadows. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Breadalbane Nature Trail (6 km with a shorter loop) - This trail follows a diverse terrain along a ravine and through the flood plain of the main and a smaller branch of the Dunk River. The trail is made up of two loops crossing at a central bridge. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Dromore Woodland Trail (14 km with shorter loops) - The trail has an easy loop near the main trailhead and more difficult loops further on. It features numerous bridges over streams, boardwalks over wet areas, and clay steps cut into steeper slopes. The trail runs mostly through forested land although there are a few open areas. There are many stream crossings and much up and down terrain in portions. (DIFFICULT) MORE INFORMATION

Dunk River Trail (3km) - This trail parallels the Dunk River and was developed by the community as an offshoot of the Scales Pond recreational park. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Forest Hill Trail (10.4 km) - Located near Bridgetown in Kings County, this trail loops through extensive wooded areas and along two large ponds. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Gairloch Trail (6 km) - The Gairloch site located near Belfast presents approximately 400 acres of the full range of typical woodland cover. The trail runs through and skirts dense white spruce thickets, as well as more open pine and hardwood copses, where ground pine and other club mosses abound. (INTERMEDIATE, DIFFICULT) MORE INFORMATION

Haunted Wood Trail at Green Gables Heritage Place (.9 km loops) - Take a peek around Green Gables Heritage Place in the snow and explore one of Anne Shirley's famous haunts. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Black Marsh Trail (5.5km) - The trail winds through a forest, along the red capes, and across a vast bog. It is marked by twenty-five bilingual interpretive panels describing points of interest in more detail. Snowshoe under a giant whirring windmill, with a tower height of 80 metres, and be sure to watch for the North Cape Lighthouse. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

Green Park Trail (2.5km) - This trail is located in Green Park Provincial Park near the community of Tyne Valley in Western PEI, and includes seaside, marsh and wooded areas. (INTERMEDIATE) MORE INFORMATION

Trout River Trail (5km) - A relaxing nature trail located near the community of Coleman in Western PEI. (EASY) MORE INFORMATION

This list of trails is only a selection of the many snowshoe-friendly trails across PEI.

Note that during winter months access to some trails may be more challenging than others. Parking lots may not be maintained and washroom facilities may not be available. Some of these trails are more remote so people should be prepared for winter conditions. Exercise caution and use your own judgement when setting out on your snowshoeing adventure.

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