Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province. You won’t find any freeways here. The Trans Canada Highway will get you where you need to go but the island’s coast is traced with stunning coastal routes and criss-crossed with secondary roads through pastoral landscapes. The heritage road pictured above is the Peters Road and is located about 15 minutes from the Banbridge. Roads like these are one of the many joys of island living.
Depending on your interests, we can suggest wonderful day-trips, beautiful scenic drives, and short-cuts! The Banbridge is centrally located in Charlottetown, the capital city. Charlottetown is located in the middle of the island: 1 1/2 hrs from the most Easterly point and 2hrs from the most Westerly point. This makes Charlottetown an ideal base for exploring every part of the island. If you’re ever unsure what road to take, please ask us, we are very happy to share our local knowledge with our guests.
We highly recommend renting a car to explore Prince Edward Island. If that is not an option, there are alternative methods of transportation (see below).
GPS often does not work well in P.E.I. So pick up an Island Road map and a City of Charlottetown map as soon as you can. You can have them mailed to your home address by contacting Tourism PEI. Or can pick them up at a Visitors Information Centre and our front desk.
IMPORTANT: Book your car rental well in advance (they are very limited during peak season) and be sure to book direct with the car rental company (avoid online travel agencies).
Public transit exists, but it is very limited in its routes. There is no public transit after 6:00PM or on weekends. Click here for Bus Schedules. TIP: Conveniently, there is a bus stop at the Banbridge driveway (105 Capital Drive).
Taxis are easily accessible and affordable within the city. A taxi from The Banbridge to the waterfront area of the city will cost about $10, one way. Taxis can also be hired for drop off and pick-ups in rural areas. Try Co-Op Taxis at 1(902)628-8200. Prince Edward Island does not have Uber or Lyft (yet). Please note: Taking a taxi from the airport is more expensive and will incur a flat-rate fee of about $20+
If you’re without a car and want to experience rural P.E.I. and our famous beaches there are many tour companies to choose from. You can day-trip with larger bus tours, shuttles and smaller custom tour companies.
We have a long way to go to make our roads cycle-friendly. There are some designated bike lanes within the city and in some National Parks (Brackley Beach – Dalvay). We are lucky to have the Confederation Trail – a great network of trails across the island. You can pick up the trail nearby at the Charlottetown Mall. Mountain biking trails can be found at Bonshaw Provincial Park and Robinson’s Island in the National Park (both are located about 15 minutes from the Banbridge). There are several companies that rent bicycles.