The Bonshaw trails were first constructed back in 1974 by the Red Cross as a hiking / running trail spanning both sides of the Trans Canada Highway. The water-side of the trail is 6.5K, while the inland side is between 7-10 K depending on the spur trails you cover. Of all the hikes I know of in PEI, this is the most back country in nature, and has camping potential. No guarantee for a water supply however.
The trail serves as frequent haunts for informal groups of mtn. bikers called the Twisted Shifters and Rigid Riders who conduct frequent trail maintenance and course re-routing when hurricanes cause havoc, or private landowners take issue.
The system cuts through land that is entirely privately owned. Consequently it is essential to stay on the trail to keep land owners happy. On one occasion, one landowner did the generous act of creating new trail to keep cyclists from rutting one of his logging roads. Thus the range of enthusiasm is teeteringly varied. Please, no ATV's.
The trail serves hikers and cyclists by warmer seasons, and xc skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts by winter. I am especially enthusiastic to finally have the GPS data because with downed leaves in the autumn, and snow cover in winter, the trail is difficult to track.
The nature of the trail is such that it passes through some of the hilliest terrain of the island. It spans gorges and edges along the occasional clearing. An added bonus is that the trail's original route (not including recent detours) was such that it went through a variety of flora. Because of the trees close to the trail, the roots and surface undulations, the Bonshaw trail is one of the most technical the island has to offer.
(Thank your GPS!)
From Charlottetown, you can access the water side of the Bonshaw trail (also known as the St. Cat's trail) by reaching the small community of Bonshaw, and after crossing the West River bridge, turn left onto the St. Catherine's road. Drive for about a minute or two and look for a small "trail" sign posted near a stick bridge crossing the ditch on the right.
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Posted By: bruce9494
- Sat Dec 17 12:50:47 UTC 2005
UpsideWell kept trail the land owner hikes this trail daily. DownsideSome say it is tough but its like horseradish to me either you love it or hate it I love it! CommentNo matter what trail you are on rember some one has maintained it either you are a help or a hinderance be a help ...Keep all trail neat and rider freindly! Each and every rider is an Embasador for the sport.