If you enjoy walking you may enjoy the challenge of hiking. Hiking is a great way to head outdoors and explore nature on Prince Edward Island’s beautiful trails. However if you are new to hiking, you may want to start walking in an area close to your home before you venture out onto a trail or through the woods. You can follow one of the go!PEI walking programs to help you build up strength and endurance to hike.

Available Walking Programs:

Hiking Basics:

  1. Make your first few hikes shorter ones.  This way you can begin to learn what your limits are. It can be more difficult and strenuous on your body to walk on different terrains. 

  2. Plan your hikes before you start.  Take time to research the trail that you are going to hike.  What is the distance, what is the trail surface, are there any services (bathrooms, fountains), how long should it take to finish?  By planning before you go, you will be better prepared to deal with any challenges that may present themselves.
  3. Hike with others. It is a good idea to hike with at least one other person until you become a more experienced hiker. This allows you to depend on another person if some challenges present themselves.  Usually when you are hiking on trails or in the woods you are some distance away from the nearest car, store, restaurant, etc.

  4. Keep your body fueled.  Make sure that you take some water or fluids to keep you hydrated and some snacks to keep your body fueled with the necessary energy to keep going.   As you become more experienced you will know how much to pack so that you have enough but aren't stuck carrying a bunch of extra weight you don't require.

  5. Footwear is very important.  You need to choose footwear that will be very comfortable and good to your feet while you are hiking.  It isn't necessary to purchase expensive hiking boots or shoes but you do need to ensure that you have a good pair of walking or running shoes.  

  6. Dress for Success.  You need to be aware of the forecasted temperature and have some awareness of how your body reacts when you are walking.  Loose (but not too loose) fitting clothing that doesn't bind with every step is a good choice.  You should also dress in layers so you can remove a layer if you get too warm or add a layer if the temperature starts to drop.
  7. Seek advice from the experts.  If you are able to join a hiking club or start hiking with someone who has done a lot of hiking you will be able to learn a lot by watching what they do and by asking questions. Check out our Calendar to find a hiking club.
go!PEI Heritage Trail Passport
A go!PEI Club 2014 Signature Event

Beginning January 1, 2014 get your go! 2014 Activity Passport and begin your journey back to a time when walking, snowshoeing and exploration were not just activities but a necessity of life. go! PEI will identify over 70 heritage trails, sites and tours that need to be explored like they were in 1864 (on foot or snowshoe). Any Islander or visitor who completes at least 10 of the activities on their passport can submit their completed passport for a go! 2014 commemorative item.

For a printable PDF copy of the Heritage Trail Passport... CLICK HERE

What is go!PEI?

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of

About go!PEI

go!PEI is a community-based healthy living program that offers free physical activity and healthy eating programs for Islanders across PEI. go!PEI is designed around providing information and supports to assist all Islanders to make simple changes to their lifestyle to improve their overall health and quality of life.

The go!PEI team is made up of provincial partners (Island Trails and PEI Healthy Eating Alliance), Regional Sport & Recreation Councils and four major municipalities (City of Charlottetown, City of Summerside, Town of Cornwall, and Town of Stratford).   This group works together to provide opportunities for Islanders wishing to make a change to their personal health.   Through these partners, go!PEI delivers free programs all across the province focusing on walking, running, biking, hiking and healthy eating activities.

go!PEI's seven core principles are to deliver:

1. Activities that are low cost or no cost
2. Activities that have readily available infrastructure across the Province
3. Activities that require limited equipment
4. Activities that do not have time constraints
5. Activities that can be done as an individual or as part of a group
6. Activities that can be done by any age group
7. Activities that can be done year round (maybe not cycling)



How to get Involved

Become a leader: It is our hope to have as many Islanders as possible organize and deliver a program to their community, group or organization. If you have an interest in getting something started for your group, send our coordinator an email.

Sign up for our E-Newsletter: We send out an email newsletter throughout the year with healthy living tips, stories and upcoming events. You can sign up for our newsletter on our website or when you register for a go!PEI program. Or, you can email Laura at gopei@recreationpei.ca!

Participate in a Program/Event: The calendar of events is available on our website which identifies when free upcoming courses and programs are taking place. For programs specific to your community, please contact the community partner nearest you for information.

Request Information: If you want to mobilize your workplace, organization, family or neighbors we can help you do this by providing some information. A number of workplaces have organized go!PEI activities as part of their workplace wellness initiatives by receiving resources from our office.

Download Resources: Finally, if you want to make some personal healthy living changes you can collect tips and lessons on how to do so on our website. You can download program booklets (to follow at home on your own) and healthy living information on our resource page.





February 22, 2017

Website update

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September 29, 2016

go!PEI Steps Out

Challenging Islanders from tip to tip to get active, have fun & win some great prizes!
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May 26, 2016

Uncover PEI - June is Parks and Recreation Month

Take the go!Outdoors challenge to get more time outdoors this June. We have great prizes to be won!
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