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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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