||September/October 2005 issue||
Riding the rails
A three-day bike tour along Prince Edward Island’s Confederation Trail is a trip through island history
By Stephen Jermanok with photography by Barrett & MacKay
As I pedal up a gentle hill outside Hunter River, horse farms
replace dairy farms and the pasture flourishes, as green and velvety
as billiard felt. I am on the final ride of a three-day bike tour
of Prince Edward Island in September, a quiet time of year when
the summer crowds subside and the maples turn crimson. The town
of Hunter River is a short drive from the fabled dunes and red
cliffs of Cavendish, the P.E.I. tourist hub made famous by that
red-headed girl in braids. Close to civilization, yet far enough
removed to relish the solitude — I’ve greeted only one other
biker this day — I’m lost in a bucolic setting that has
changed little since Lucy Maud Montgomery penned her timeless
novel, Anne of Green Gables, in 1908.
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