Confederation Trail Public Consultation

During the Fall of 2023, a user group review of the Confederation Trail set out to collect input from Islanders, stakeholders, and visitors on its current and future usage. Through online surveys, in-person community workshops, and written submissions, the user group gathered valuable insights about trail use, safety, and potential improvements. The consultation attracted a broad range of participants with vast lived experience and interests that underscored the Confederation Trail’s pivotal role as a cherished public asset. 

Written Submissions

PEI residents and organizations were encouraged to submit written input about their views and experiences with the Confederation Trail, fostering detailed and in depth contributions. This call resulted in 174 written letters and emails from individuals as well as submissions from user-group organizations. 

Online Survey

The online survey resulted in a total of 5,744 completed surveys. The survey focused on learning from individuals about their priorities and principles for the Confederation Trail.  The survey also focused on gathering concerns and areas for improvement that would enhance experiences using the trail.

Community Workshops

Four community workshops engaged 750 participants to discuss ideas for improvement and to share their thoughts and experiences. 

Borden-Carleton - 113 attendees
Monday, October 30, 2023
Borden Legion

St. Peter’s Bay - 105 attendees
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
St. Peter’s Complex

Mill River - 355 attendees 
Thursday, November 2, 2023
Mill River Resort

Capital Region - 180 attendees
Monday, November 6, 2023
Glen Stewart Primary School

Key Themes from the Review Process 

Key themes emerged across all consultation activities that it is imperative to prioritize and assess the safety of the most vulnerable users first before allowing more user groups to access the Confederation Trail. Themes include:  

  • Safety
  • Infrastructure Improvements
  • User Group Accessibility
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Tourism Considerations 

What We Heard Report

To capture the broad range of feedback collected through the public consultation process, a What We Heard report summarizes the feedback and insights gathered across all consultation activities. The report is an important tool that supports decision-making. 

Trails Act Progress Report

The Minister's report from June 5, 2024 outlines the progress towards developing a strategic management plan for the Confederation Trail.

What’s Next? 

The next phase of the projects is research of best practices for trail development and etiquette through a jurisdictional scan of other regions where shared trails are part of the public landscape. This information, combined with the public consultation input, will help form recommendations, guidelines and principles for the present and future use of this historical and valuable piece of our Island. 

Confederation Trail

The Confederation Trail is built on old railway tracks across Prince Edward Island. It was the first part of the Trans Canada Trail to be finished and seamlessly connects the entire Island tip-to-tip, providing a safe space for physical exercise, sports and recreation. Outside of the winter, the Confederation Trail is for walking, hiking, running, and cycling, and it is wheelchair-accessible. In the winter months, it's exclusively for snowmobiles. Equestrians can use designated sections of the trail in the east and west on a trial basis. There are also designated legal crossing for ATVs.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, email DTIpilot@gov.pe.ca

 

Published date: 
June 12, 2024
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