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Canadian PEI route based on camino

mspath

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This current BBC article details Canada's new 700km path on Prince Edward Island which is based on ideas formed by Bryson Guptill while walking the Camino de Santiago.

 
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K_Lynn

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Frances 2021
I looked into doing part of the trail this year as we were going to PEI to visit family. PEI is gorgeous and while there are a lot of hills there are no mountains so for a walking route it is ideal. However, the infrastructure for a "Camino-like" experience is seriously lacking. I gave up trying to find a sensible way to do the western loop of the island. Here's why: walk 20-25km, call a taxi to come get you to drive you back to where you started in the morning, have a taxi drive you back to yesterday's end point, walk 20-25km call a taxi to drive you back to where you've been sleeping for 2 nights or to drive you to where you will now be spending the next two nights, repeat taxi trip in the morning and again the next evening. There are very few trail adjacent cafes as well, so food would be an issue. I think it would be much easier by bicycle. The center portion of the route is much more doable as there are more accommodations and amenities. I was not willing to have cousins I hadn't seen in 30 years drive 3 hours a day to ferry me back and forth lol.

There is a similar route at Iles de la Madeleine https://www.quebecmaritime.ca/en/blog/explore-the-iles-de-la-madeleine-on-foot-entre-vents-et-marees

If you do decide to do either, book your accommodations months in advance. PEI is a tourist destination and there are frequently no vacancies. Bring rain gear! It will rain!
 

MaryLynn

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I looked into doing part of the trail this year as we were going to PEI to visit family. PEI is gorgeous and while there are a lot of hills there are no mountains so for a walking route it is ideal. However, the infrastructure for a "Camino-like" experience is seriously lacking. I gave up trying to find a sensible way to do the western loop of the island. Here's why: walk 20-25km, call a taxi to come get you to drive you back to where you started in the morning, have a taxi drive you back to yesterday's end point, walk 20-25km call a taxi to drive you back to where you've been sleeping for 2 nights or to drive you to where you will now be spending the next two nights, repeat taxi trip in the morning and again the next evening. There are very few trail adjacent cafes as well, so food would be an issue. I think it would be much easier by bicycle. The center portion of the route is much more doable as there are more accommodations and amenities. I was not willing to have cousins I hadn't seen in 30 years drive 3 hours a day to ferry me back and forth lol.

There is a similar route at Iles de la Madeleine https://www.quebecmaritime.ca/en/blog/explore-the-iles-de-la-madeleine-on-foot-entre-vents-et-marees

If you do decide to do either, book your accommodations months in advance. PEI is a tourist destination and there are frequently no vacancies. Bring rain gear! It will rain!
Thanks for your information about the Island Walk! I have the guide and I have intended to do the walk, but knowing that each night's stay in B&Bs and hotels in one of the most touristy provinces in Canada will be very expensive has kept me from making serious plans. If they ever create an albergue-system at a reasonable price, I'll be there!
Quebec, on the other hand, has developed a 215km well-maintained and well-signed walking trail in14 sections across the beautiful province with reasonably priced B&B's and accommodations in re-purposed schools and other buildings. I walked it a few years ago with 3 friends, I had met on the Camino Frances! It was an excellent experience!
Sentier Notre-Dame, Kapatakan, Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
 
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K_Lynn

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Quebec, on the other hand, has developed a 215km well-maintained and well-signed walking trail in14 sections across the beautiful province with reasonably priced B&B's and accommodations in re-purposed schools and other buildings. I walked it a few years ago with 3 friends, I had met on the Camino Frances! It was an excellent experience!
Sentier Notre-Dame, Kapatakan, Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
I did not know about this!!! Thank you! I'll look into this for future trips. Thank you!
 
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My son and his wife toured PEI in the summer of 2021 by vehicle, staying in tourist lodging the whole distance. They thought it beautiful, but quite a bit is rather remote so I am not surprised that @K_Lynn has found it difficult to attempt on foot.
 
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K_Lynn

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My son and his wife toured PEI in the summer of 2021 by vehicle, staying in tourist lodging the whole distance. They thought it beautiful, but quite a bit is rather remote so I am not surprised that @K_Lynn has found it difficult to attempt on foot.
We rented a car and drove the entire island, stopped at every beach and ate more lobster than my cousin catches in a season! :D (well maybe not that much, but close).
 
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Thanks for your information about the Island Walk! I have the guide and I have intended to do the walk, but knowing that each night's stay in B&Bs and hotels in one of the most touristy provinces in Canada will be very expensive has kept me from making serious plans. If they ever create an albergue-system at a reasonable price, I'll be there!
Quebec, on the other hand, has developed a 215km well-maintained and well-signed walking trail in14 sections across the beautiful province with reasonably priced B&B's and accommodations in re-purposed schools and other buildings. I walked it a few years ago with 3 friends, I had met on the Camino Frances! It was an excellent experience!
Sentier Notre-Dame, Kapatakan, Saguenay Lac Saint Jean
Sounds like a potential winner, @MaryLynn. I have twice been to Quebec City and Montmorency Falls, but did not know of a designated walking trail. I too have two Camino girlfriends I'd met on the Camino Frances and we have walked the Le Puy together since then; possibly this could be a new consideration for us. What is the designated name for the trail? A quick search is showing several in the Quebec area.
 

K_Lynn

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Frances 2021
Sounds like a potential winner, @MaryLynn. I have twice been to Quebec City and Montmorency Falls, but did not know of a designated walking trail. I too have two Camino girlfriends I'd met on the Camino Frances and we have walked the Le Puy together since then; possibly this could be a new consideration for us. What is the designated name for the trail? A quick search is showing several in the Quebec area.
I've already bookmarked it! http://www.sentiernotredamekapatakan.org/
 
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