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Welcome to Confederation Trail

Confederation Trail

Perhaps one of the best ways to explore Prince Edward Island is via the Confederation Trail. Following what was once the railway line, the trail stretches from tip to tip of the island, through forests, wetlands, villages and waterways, for 173 miles (279km). The trail is almost entirely flat, and has a finely crushed gravel surface, making it easy going; perfect for walkers, cyclists and those in wheelchairs. In winter, the trail is a favourite with snowmobilers and provides a picturesque route through the province, from Tignish to Elmira. Visitors can enjoy the natural splendour of the island, including its lush flora and abundant fauna, and experience its peace and tranquillity at a pedestrian pace. Entry points to the trail are marked by distinctive plum coloured gates, and the less adventurous can choose to follow the trail for some of the way and stop off to rest and grab a bite in one of the many villages connected by the trail.

Information & Facts

The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.

Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
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