Trantramar Marches before getting to Confederation Bridge into PEI

Why Travel between Moncton and Charlottetown?

You travel across tidal marshlands between the Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Strait, which are home to large flocks of birds, and then cross the 22 kilometer long Confederation Bridge to arrive in PEI. You meander on a two-lane country road to get into historic and charming Charlottetown.

Here is the itinerary for the 168 km from Moncton, NB over the Confederation Bridge between Cape Tourmantine, NB and Borden-Carleton, PEI to Charlottetown:

Confederation Bridge viewThe area east of Moncton (on the north side of the Petitcodiac) & Dieppe (on the south side of the Petitcodiac) are part of the Tantramar eco-zone. The name Tantramar comes from French for loud noise Trantimarre, referring to the noise from large flocks of birds in the area, and migrating through it.

The area, after early deforestation, has been stunted by Fundy fogs and winds. You will also pass an area of drumlins (teardrop-shaped sand & Gravel deposits left behind by glaciers as they receded) beside the Peticodiac River.

NS-Last Exit Before PEIEast of Sackville you enter the Tantramar Marshes, where dykes built by early Acadian settlers in 1686 hold back the sea and build lush farmlands on the recovered land. To fertilize the land, the settlers occasionally let the sea flood the land. The settlement here grew to over a thousand people, and was defended by Fort Beausejour (just inside present-day Nova Scotia). The fort was taken by the English in 1755 and the Acadians were resettled around Memramcook and Dorchester.

You will also notice a set of high antennas, on Coles Island eat of Sackville, which are used by CBC Radio International for their overseas shortwave broadcasts. By anchoring them in salty marshy ground, it was believed the electrical ground would improve signal transmission.

The predominant red colour of the island’s soils and sands is due to iron oxide in the sediments laid down 250-300 million years ago. Following the last Ice Age, water levels rose to create three smaller islands, but as land rebounded without the weight of glaciers, the islands joined into one larger one. European settlement over the past few centuries has replaced forests of pine, maple, hemlock, and beech with open fields goring potatoes, grain, and cattle. When the forests were lost to the shipbuilding industry, the province also lost its bear and caribou population. The rolling hills of the southern half of the Island, sheltered from the harsh winds of the Gulf, support intensive agriculture.

Elevation Chart - Moncton to Charlottetown

Elevation Chart - Moncton to Charlottetown

Cavendish-Anne Of Green Gables HouseThe rich tidal estuaries, where fresh and saltwater mix, make the province a rich environment for shellfish, and the waters of the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait are rich in code, mackerel, tuna and lobster. The famed red Cavendish cliffs on the north shore at the Island’s centre erode at about 5 metres (15 feet) per year.

The Confederation Bridge, replaced a ferry that has served the ferry connecting Cape Tourmantine and Cape Traverse (Borden-Carleton) that has been running since 1827. Drivers only pay tolls on the way to the Mainland. So tourists can save money by taking the Bridge to PEI (paid on way to mainland) and the Woods Island Ferry (paid for  either direction) from PEI rather than the other way around.

The Bonshaw Hills rise 130 metres (400 feet) above sea levels, and are made of sandstone and shale and remain covered by forests because their hilly nature makes it less suitable for agriculture.

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0Intersection University Ave & Grafton Ave, Charlottetown City Centre, Charlottetown Festival, all services (Charlottetown) 7.6
0.4Intersection University Ave & Euston St (Charlottetown) 7.6
1.3Intersection: Allen St (E) and Kirkwood Dr (W), all services (Charlottetown) 8.5
1.5Intersection University Ave & Belvedere Ave (Charlottetown) 20.4
2.2Browne Court (W), E to University of PEI Campus (Charlottetown) 26.2
3Intersection: Buchanan Dr (W) to accommodation, E to Charlottetown Mall shopping centre (Charlottetown) 24.7
3.3Intersection Hwy #2 to Kensington & Cavendish (Charlottetown) 22.6
3.7Intersection: Sandstone Rd (S), accommodation, gas & services (Charlottetown) 12.2
4.1Intersection: North River Rd (S) and Lower Malpeque Rd, accommodation & services both directions (Charlottetown) 2.4
5Intersection: Upton Rd N to Upton Experimental Farm, shopping, industrial area (Charlottetown) 19.8
5.9Crossing Poplar Island, camping, amusement park with go-cart track (Charlottetown) 0.9
6.2Crossing North River, tidal estuary14.3
6.9Junction of Hwy 248 N Milton Station (6 km) and Hunter River (17 km); Royal Park Country Inn, S along York Point Rd to York Point (4 km), and Fort Amherst National Historic Park , W to accommodation… (Cornwall23.5
7.9MacRae Dr (N), gas & services (Cornwall) 23.5
9.7intersection: John St (S) Kellow Rd (N) (Cornwall) 15.2
10.1Centennial Rd (NE), accommodation (Cornwall) 16.8
10.6Ferry Rd (SE) to camping, York Point (4 km), Cornwall Rd (N) services, and Fort Amherst National Historic Park (Cornwall) 11
10.7Town of Cornwall, Junction of Hwy 19 (Meadowbank Rd) SB, with accommodation, and Ferry Rd EB to camping (Cornwall) 13.1
12.3Pass horseracing tack to S of hwy36.6
12.5Junction route 265 (S) and Linwood Rd (N)20.1
13.7Crossing Clyde River3
14.4Junction of route #247 Bannockburn Rd (N)), Clyde River RD (SW), Baltic Rd (NW) (Clyde River) 38.4
16.9Junction of Hwy 9, S to route 247 / Clyde River Rd and community of Dunedin (2 km) (Clyde River) 52.7
17.2Cameron Rd (S) east access, and N to gravel pit (New Haven) 53.6
17.7Junction of Hwy 9, N (Colville Rd) to Hunter River (18 km) (New Haven) 62.2
18.2Amusement park to S of hwy (New Haven) 59.7
19Cameron Rd (S) west access (New Haven) 46.9
19.7Junction of route 244 (N)7.6
20.8Junction of route 245 (N)64.6
21.4Strathgartney PP (SE side of hwy)86.6
22Crosby Rd (NW)59.7
22.4Crossing West River0.9
23.3Green Rd (N) (Bonshaw4.6
23.4Bonshaw Provincial Park (Bonshaw) 5.8
23.5St Catherines Rd (SE), access to Bonshaw PP (Bonshaw) 8.2
23.8Bonshaw Rd (S), services (Bonshaw) 4.6
26.4Junction of route 237 Appin Road (N) to Hwy 1383.8
29.4Junction of route 246, N to Hwy 13 (9 km), and Hwy 19 (South Melville Rd) S to south coastal communities, Argyle Shore Prov Park (4 km) (DeSable) 10.1
30.4Crossing DeSable River, tidal estuary3
33.4Junction of route 116, Town of Hampton, Shore Rd (S) to Town of Victoria and Victoria Provincial Park, Sandy Point Rd (N) (Hampton) 12.2
36.4Crossing Westmoreland River, Memory Rd to W, Old Post Rd to NE3.7
37.2Nelson St to Victoria (1.5 km)17.1
38.4Junction of Hwy 13, E to Brookvale Park, crossing Westmoreland River, access to route 231, Inkermann Rd (N) (Crapaud) 11.6
39.1Sherwood Forest Dr (S) (Crapaud) 37.2
39.8Old Town Rd (NE)27.4
41.4Junction with route 10 (S), W across Tryon River estuary to Augustine Cove (Tryon) 6.4
42.4Junction with route 232 Branch Rd (NE)3
43.4Tryon River crossing8.8
44.4Junction with route 115 (Mt Tryon Cross Road to S and Trill Hill Rd to N)19.2
46.9Bradford Rd (S)44.2
49.4Junction with Route 1A N to Middleton (5 km), Central Bedeque (10 km), junction route 1112 W to Albany (1 km)59.4
51Train Station Rd (N) to Albany (4 km), Vernon Muttart Rd (S)30.8
53.4Junction with Route 10, NW to Chelton Beach PP (5 km), SE to town of Cape Traverse (3 km) and southern coastal communities (Borden Carleton) 10.7
55.4Junction with Borden Ave and Dickie Rd, W to Borden-Carleton, E to Route 10 (Borden Carleton) 4.6
57.4Confederation Bridge on-ramp. 13 km to New Brunswick; toll in Southbound direction. W view of Nonans Marsh, E access to Borden-Carleton, Borden Point Lighthouse, Amherst Point Lighthouse.0.6
71.4Exit 51 U turn before Confederation Bridge, Islands are Cape Jourimains National Wildlife Area2.1
71.4View of Borden-Carleton Harbour & Lighthouse to E3
74.4Exit 47 Highway #955 E to town of Bayfield (1 km), town of Cape Tourmantine (3 km), W to town of Muray Corner (15 km) and Murray Beach Provincial Park (16 km)13.4
76.4Immigrant Rd (SE) to towns of Bayfield 94 km), town of Cape Tourmantine (6 km)31.1
78Chemin Outton (SE) access to Hwy 96027.7
83.4Upper Cape Rd (SE), Noonan Rd (NW)30.5
88.7Job Allen Rd, access to Hwy 96017.1
90.2Hardy Rd (N), shopping13.1
92.1Junction of Hwy 960, coastal road to Cape Tourmantine6.4
94.4Road turnout, rest area South side5.8
94.7Crossroad S into Port Elgin (Port Elgin) 4.9
95.4Pass small horseracing track (Port Elgin) 7
95.7Traffic Circle junction with Hwy 970 (to SE), E to Port Elgin, and Hwy 15 (to NW), to town of Shemougue (16 km) (Port Elgin) 6.7
96Crossing Gaspereau River (Port Elgin) 1.8
96.7Moore Rd, access to town of Port Elgin (Port Elgin) 12.5
98.7Cherry Burton Rd (SE)10.7
100.4Coburg Rd (NW)5.2
101.6Main Street (SE), access to Town of Baie Verte (2 km)10.4
104.2Copp Loop Rd (W)21.6
104.6Baie Vert Rd (SE)22.9
109.4Jolicure Rd (NW), S to Jolicure (3 km), natural feature: Halls Hill / Jolicure Ridge36.9
112.1Parson Rd (NW), W to Jolicure (1 km)13.1
114.4Troop Valley Rd (NW)32
115.7Carter Cross road (NW), access to town of Jolicure, Tintamarre National Wildlife Area (1 km)21.3
117.3Point de Brute Road (NW), access to La Coupe Dry Dock National Historic Site, Aulac21.6
118.7Crossroad: Trueman Mills Rd NW25
120.4Crossroad West access to Mount Whatley Rd to east (Mount Whatley on northwest side of Rd)36.3
121.4Exit #513b Junction of Trans Canada Highway #16 East on highway #16 (The Acadian Trail Scenic Route) to Province of Prince Edward Island (52 km), via the Confederation Bridge. Services at highway26.2
122.4Exit #513a Access to community of Aulac, visitor information22.9
124.4River Crossing Aulac River4
127.4River Crossing Goose Creek3
128.4Exit #506 Access to Highway #106 (Cattail Ridge), services at highway (Sackville) 7.9
130.4Exit #504 Junction of Highway #940 (Main St), gas & services (Sackville) 21.3
134.4Exit #500 Walker Road95.1
135.4Exit #488 EB-only to/from Memramcook Rd (N/S) and Lac Rd (W) (Memramcook) 87.2
137.4Exit #488 WB-only to/from Rouge Rd (Memramcook) 44.2
141.4Weigh Scales Eastbound (Memramcook) 85
153.4Exit #482 Renaissance St, access Memramcook (Memramcook) 86
155.4Exit #480 Old Shediac Road, access to community of Memramcook (Memramcook) 75.9
161.4Exit 474 junction Highway #132 E to community of Scoudouc (10 km), W to Moncton airport (5 km) (Moncton/Dieppe) 50
168.4Exit #467/#19a Junction Highways #15 & #2. W to City of Moncton 8 km. NE to Shediac(12 km). SE to town of Sackville (37 km), Province of Prince Edward Island. (Moncton/Dieppe) 53.3
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0Exit #467/#19a Junction Highways #15 & #2. W to City of Moncton 8 km. NE to Shediac(12 km). SE to town of Sackville (37 km), Province of Prince Edward Island. (Moncton/Dieppe) 53.3

 

7Exit 474 junction Highway #132 E to community of Scoudouc (10 km), W to Moncton airport (5 km) (Moncton/Dieppe) 50

 

13Exit #480 Old Shediac Road, access to community of Memramcook (Memramcook) 75.9

 

15Exit #482 Renaissance St, access Memramcook (Memramcook) 86

 

27Weigh Scales Eastbound (Memramcook) 85

 

31Exit #488 WB-only to/from Rouge Rd (Memramcook) 44.2

 

33Exit #488 EB-only to/from Memramcook Rd (N/S) and Lac Rd (W) (Memramcook) 87.2

 

34Exit #500 Walker Road95.1

 

38Exit #504 Junction of Highway #940 (Main St), gas & services (Sackville) 21.3

 

40Exit #506 Access to Highway #106 (Cattail Ridge), services at highway (Sackville) 7.9

 

41River Crossing Goose Creek3

 

44River Crossing Aulac River4

 

46Exit #513a Access to community of Aulac, visitor information22.9

 

47Exit #513b Junction of Trans Canada Highway #16 East on highway #16 (The Acadian Trail Scenic Route) to Province of Prince Edward Island (52 km), via the Confederation Bridge. Services at highway26.2

 

48Crossroad West access to Mount Whatley Rd to east (Mount Whatley on northwest side of Rd)36.3

 

49.7Crossroad: Trueman Mills Rd NW25

 

51.1Point de Brute Road (NW), access to La Coupe Dry Dock National Historic Site, Aulac21.6

 

52.7Carter Cross road (NW), access to town of Jolicure, Tintamarre National Wildlife Area (1 km)21.3

 

54Troop Valley Rd (NW)32

 

56.3Parson Rd (NW), W to Jolicure (1 km)13.1

 

59Jolicure Rd (NW), S to Jolicure (3 km), natural feature: Halls Hill / Jolicure Ridge36.9

 

63.8Baie Vert Rd (SE)22.9

 

64.2Copp Loop Rd (W)21.6

 

66.8Main Street (SE), access to Town of Baie Verte (2 km)10.4

 

68Coburg Rd (NW)5.2

 

69.7Cherry Burton Rd (SE)10.7

 

71.7Moore Rd, access to town of Port Elgin (Port Elgin) 12.5

 

72.4Crossing Gaspereau River (Port Elgin) 1.8

 

72.7Traffic Circle junction with Hwy 970 (to SE), E to Port Elgin, and Hwy 15 (to NW), to town of Shemougue (16 km) (Port Elgin) 6.7

 

73Pass small horseracing track (Port Elgin) 7

 

73.7Crossroad S into Port Elgin (Port Elgin) 4.9

 

74Road turnout, rest area South side5.8

 

76.3Junction of Hwy 960, coastal road to Cape Tourmantine6.4

 

78.2Hardy Rd (N), shopping13.1

 

79.7Job Allen Rd, access to Hwy 96017.1

 

85Upper Cape Rd (SE), Noonan Rd (NW)30.5

 

90.4Chemin Outton (SE) access to Hwy 96027.7

 

92Immigrant Rd (SE) to towns of Bayfield 94 km), town of Cape Tourmantine (6 km)31.1

 

94Exit 47 Highway #955 E to town of Bayfield (1 km), town of Cape Tourmantine (3 km), W to town of Murray Corner (15 km) and Murray Beach Provincial Park (16 km)13.4

 

97Exit 51 U turn before Confederation Bridge, Islands are Cape Jourimains National Wildlife Area2.1

 

97View of Borden Carleton Harbour & Lighthouse to E3

 

111 Confederation Bridge, on-ramp. 13 km to New Brunswick; toll in Southbound direction. W view of Nonans Marsh, E access to Borden Carleton , Borden Point Lighthouse, Amherst Point Lighthouse.0.6

 

113Junction with Borden Ave and Dickie Rd, W to Borden Carleton, E to Route 10 (Borden Carleton) 4.6

 

115Junction with Route 10, NW to Chelton Beach PP (5 km), SE to town of Cape Traverse (3 km) and southern coastal communities (Borden Carleton) 10.7

 

117.4Train Station Rd (N) to Albany (4 km), Vernon Muttart Rd (S)30.8

 

119Junction with Route 1A N to Middleton (5 km), Central Bedeque (10 km), junction route 1112 W to Albany (1 km)59.4

 

121.5Bradford Rd (S)44.2

 

124Junction with route 115 (Mt Tryon Cross Road to S and Trill Hill Rd to N)19.2

 

125Tryon River crossing8.8

 

126Junction with route 232 Branch Rd (NE)3

 

127Junction with route 10 (S), W across Tryon River estuary to Augustine Cove (Tryon) 6.4

 

128.6Old Town Rd (NE)27.4

 

129.3Sherwood Forest Dr (S) (Crapaud) 37.2

 

130Junction of Hwy 13, E to Brookvale Park, crossing Westmoreland River, access to route 231, Inkermann Rd (N) (Crapaud) 11.6

 

131.2Nelson St to Victoria (1.5 km)17.1

 

132Crossing Westmoreland River, Memory Rd to W, Old Post Rd to NE3.7

 

135Junction of route 116, Town of Hampton, Shore Rd (S) to Town of Victoria and Victoria Provincial park, Sandy Point Rd (N) (Hampton) 12.2

 

138Crossing DeSable River, tidal estuary3

 

139Junction of route 246, N to Hwy 13 (9 km), and Hwy 19 (South Melville Rd) S to south coastal communities,Argyle Shore Prov Park (4 km) (DeSable) 10.1

 

142Junction of route 237 Appin Road (N) to Hw y1383.8

 

144.6Bonshaw Rd (S), services (Bonshaw) 4.6

 

144.9St Catherines Rd (SE), access to Bonshaw PP (Bonshaw8.2

 

145Bonshaw Provincial Park (Bonshaw) 5.8

 

145.1Green Rd (N) (Bonshaw4.6

 

146Crossing West River0.9

 

146.4Crosby Rd (NW)59.7

 

147Strathgartney PP (SE side of hwy)86.6

 

147.6Junction of route 245 (N)64.6

 

148.7Junction of route 244 (N)7.6

 

149.4Cameron Rd (S) west access (New Haven) 46.9

 

150.2Amusement park to S of hwy (New Haven) 59.7

 

150.7Junction of Hwy 9, N (Colville Rd) to Hunter River (18 km) (New Haven) 62.2

 

151.2Cameron Rd (S) east access, and N to gravel pit (New Haven) 53.6

 

151.5Junction of Hwy 9, S to route 247 / Clyde River Rd and community of Dunedin (2 km) (Clyde River) 52.7

 

154Junction of route #247 Bannockburn Rd (N), Clyde River RD (SW), Baltic Rd (NW) (Clyde River) 38.4

 

154.7Crossing Clyde River3

 

155.9Junction route 265 (S) and Linwood Rd (N)20.1

 

156.1Pass horseracing tack to S of hwy36.6

 

157.7Town of Cornwall, Junction of Hwy 19 (Meadowbank Rd) SB, with accommodation, and Ferry Rd EB to camping (Cornwall) 13.1

 

157.8Ferry Rd (SE) to camping, York Point (4 km), Cornwall Rd (N) services, and Fort Amherst National Historic Park (Cornwall) 11

 

158.3Centennial Rd (NE), accommodation (Cornwall) 16.8

 

158.7intersection: John St (S) Kellow Rd (N) (Cornwall) 15.2

 

160.5MacRae Dr (N), gas & services (Cornwall23.5

 

161.5Junction of Hwy 248 N Milton Station (6 km) and Hunter River (17 km); Royal Park Country Inn, S along York Point Rd to York Point (4 km), and Fort Amherst National Historic Park , W to accommodation… (Cornwall23.5

 

162.2Crossing North River, tidal estuary14.3

 

162.5Crossing Poplar Island, camping, amusement park with go-cart track (Charlottetown) 0.9

 

163.4Intersection: Upton Rd N to Upton Experimental Farm, shopping, industrial area (Charlottetown) 19.8

 

164.3Intersection: North River Rd (S) and Lower Malpeque Rd, accommodation & services both directions (Charlottetown2.4

 

164.7Intersection: Sandstone Rd (S), accommodation, gas & services (Charlottetown) 12.2

 

165.1Intersection Hwy #2 to Kensington & Cavendish (Charlottetown) 22.6

 

165.4Intersection: Buchanan Dr (W) to accommodation, E to Charlottetown Mall shopping centre (Charlottetown) 24.7

 

166.2Browne Court (W), E to University of PEI Campus (Charlottetown26.2

 

166.9Intersection University Ave & Belvedere Ave (Charlottetown) 20.4

 

167.1Intersection: Allen St (E) and Kirkwood Dr (W), all services (Charlottetown) 8.5

 

168Intersection University Ave & Euston St (Charlottetown7.6

 

168.4Intersection University Ave & Grafton Ave, Charlottetown City Centre, Charlottetown Festival, all services (Charlottetown) 7.6

 

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