• Opinion On ATV Crossings
    August 07, 2019

    Letter to the Editor - Proposed ATV crossings on the Confederation Trail


    Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail is quite literally one of the jewels in the crown that is Canada’s Great Trail.  Classified as a continuous greenway, it is the envy of others where trails are not necessarily defined as non-motorized.  What we on PEI have is a tremendous resource treasured not only by Islanders, but also those visiting the Island.  Increasingly, soft-adventure tourism is on the rise, and with that is a huge interest in both hiking and bicycling.  Those many, including young families, who take part in this activity every year love not only the high quality of our trails, but also the beauty, and serenity that surrounds one as you move along the trail.  Unfortunately, this may be impacted if Minister Stephen Myers successfully proceeds, as he has stated, with introducing legislation this Fall to allow a pilot for multiple all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) crossing points on the Confederation Trail.  Although one may be sympathetic to the cause of the ATV Federation in wishing to expand their network of trails, this would be a step backwards for the Confederation Trail, and for Prince Edward Island.  Among the concerns are:  1/ Safety at the crossing points – potentially high speed motorized traffic and pedestrian or bicycle traffic is not a good mix;  2/ Damage to the trail – motorized vehicles create ruts and may cause significant damage creating difficulty particularly for bicycles;  3/  Impact on Tranquility – people are not drawn to the Confederation Trail to experience either the noise or the dust that comes from ATV operation.  While any one of these reasons is significant, perhaps the greatest concern of all is that of potential policy-creep – once the door is opened, it can become a very slippery slope.  Even now, while there is an absolute restriction on motorized use, most frequent trail users have at least once experienced ATV’s disrespectfully roaring down the trail itself.  While it is understood that this is certainly not condoned by either the Provincial Government, or the ATV Federation, it happens increasingly, and this is worrisome.  It is important to note that previous administrations of the Government of Prince Edward Island, in accepting significant capital investment from both the Great Trail and the Weston Foundation, have agreed to designating and maintaining the Confederation Trail as a continuous greenway.  The current proposal by Minister Myers at the very least violates the spirit of this commitment.  Additionally, it would not appear to be a good faith move to have already decided, as he has indicated in a recent CBC interview, to table legislation in advance of a fulsome consultation, and seemingly do so based singularly on the lobby interests of just one party to this issue.  Perhaps in announcing his view of a “big opportunity in ATV tourism”, Mr. Myers, as Minister of Transportation, is not fully aware that the tourism industry (TIAPEI) itself, in its “Vision 2021” plan, clearly identifies “soft adventure” tourism as a major initiative, and stresses in detail the importance of offering visitors experiences in PEI’s pristine, natural, and tranquil environment.  Even if one accepts the notion of an ATV tourism opportunity, at what cost would it come – there is certainly much potential for negative impact to the natural essence of the Confederation Trail, and its associated tourism.  It is my hope that citizens speak up, voice their concerns to their MLAs, and bring a halt to this ill-advised proposal before it is too late – once lost, it will be extremely difficult to re-gain what we have today !


    Greg McKee

    President, Island Trails

  • Save the Conferdaration Trail as Greenway
    July 31, 2019

    The ATV association is asking for more crossings of the Confederation Trail.
    Do not let it happen.
    150 public roadway crossings presently exist on the trail.
    Say no to more access.
    Contact your MLA and express your opinion.
    Comment on Island Trails Facebook page.


  • Constitution Revised at 2018 AGM
    October 05, 2018

    Check out our revised constitution Island Trails Constitution   which was revised at our AGM to reflect our committment to non-motorized use of trails.


  • Saturday Hikes

    Meet at the " Trails 4 All" hiking group at Indigo parking lot at 8:15 on Saturday mornings to join their regular Saturday hike. Everyone Welcome
    Group will depart at 8:30 to carpool to the trailhead.
  • Island trails Summer Hiking Series 2019

    This is family and Child friendly hiking series and will be approximately one hour in duration.
    All hikes begin at 10:00 am sharp from the trailhead. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing as well as a water bottle.

    May 18

    Boughton River Trail (8.9 km)

    Seven Mile Rd, Bridgetown, Fire Hall Parking Lot

    GPS: 46.310517, -62.517383

    May 25

    Breadalbane Nature Trail (6.5 km)

    Inkerman Rd, Breadalbane, Confederation Trail Entrance

    GPS: 46.357483, -63.498433

    June 1

    Forest Hill Hiking and Equestrian Trail (10.4 km)

    Cumberland Rd, Albion Cross, Whitlock’s Pond Trailhead

    GPS: 46.352017, -62.522817

    June 8

    Winter River Trail (6 km)

    East Suolk Rd, Suolk, Parking Lot at Trailhead

    GPS: 46.351510, -63.061041

    June 15

    North Cape Nature Trail (3.5 km)

    Route 12, North Cape, Windmill Farm Parking Lot

    GPS: 47.057292, -63.99599red.e:902-894-7535

    June 22

    Gairloch Road Trail (7 km)

    Gairloch Rd, Iona, Confederation Trail Entrance

    GPS: 46.038283, -62.821633

    June 29

    Dromore Woodland (Int’l Appalachian) Trails (14 km)

    429 Campbell Rd, Dromore, North Loop Trailhead

    GPS: 46.306283, -62.829827

    July 6

    Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park (18 km)

    Trans Canada Hwy, Bonshaw, Playground Parking Lot

    GPS: 46.198822, -63.349506

    July 13

    Robinson's Island Trail System (5 km)

    Robinson’s Island Rd, Brackley Beach, Parking Lot

    GPS: 46.436584, -63.242174

    July 20

    Greenwich Dunes Trail System (4.5 km)

    Greenwich Rd, St. Peter’s Bay, Trailhead