435-Mile Walking Route With Scenic Views Opens on Canada’s Prince Edward Island

The Island Walk on Prince Edward Island, "Canada's Food Island"


Have you ever heard of Canada’s Food Island? This affectionate nickname for Prince Edward Island hints at the great cuisine that compliments the lovely sights on the east coast of the continent. In September 2021, a new 435-mile walking route was opened that now allows tourists to experience PEI better than ever. Officially called The Island Walk, the path loops around the island, hitting large towns like Charlottetown and Summerside as well as beaches and pleasant small towns along the route.

Travelers are able to complete the entire route in 32 days by walking 12–15 miles per day. But with so many scenic towns and historic places along the way, you’re likely to be distracted by something amazing. If you prefer to only hit the highlights, there's actually a map of The Island Walk that helps you pick out the must-sees. Some of the most popular stops include the fictional home of Anne of Green Gables, lobster rolls, shucked oysters, and a traditional poutine for international travelers excited to try the famous Canadian cuisine.

The Island Walk on Prince Edward Island, "Canada's Food Island"


Though there are countless things to eat and to see along The Island Walk, it is also a place for peaceful strolls through nature. “Just like the Camino de Santiago, The Island Walk will give you the time to slow down and be present in your thoughts and daily journey, while experiencing the simple beauty of the island around you,” says Bryson Guptill, the creator of the Island Walk. The incredible views of the shoreline and elevated boardwalk over beautiful flora will keep your spirits high as you walk from place to place.

Throughout the route, no slope is steeper than 2%, so the walk is easily accessible to many travelers of different ages and activity levels. It is also convenient for international travelers, with paths cutting to hotel accommodations. If you are hoping to plan your trip to Prince Edward Island and the new Island Walk, Tourism PEI suggests mid-May to late October as the best time for a trip, with plenty of extra activities in the summer and beautiful fall colors in October.

The Island Walk is a new, 435-mile walking route for tourists to explore Canada's Prince Edward Island like never before.

The Island Walk on Prince Edward Island, "Canada's Food Island"


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Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at @sampir.fi.
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