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RKMC PEI 1, 45 TRAILVIEW DR. CHARLOTTETOWN, PE, C1E 2J6
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CONVENTION 2014 – PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND (PEI)
July 16 thru 20, 2014
Important information on the 2014 RKMC Convention:
The host hotel is the Rodd Royalty Hotel. The Rodd offers a true hotel experience, and have just completed extensive renovations. The entire Rodd hotel is blocked for the convention and additional rooms will be blocked at a couple of other hotels just down the street from the Rodd.
Please check the websites listed at the end of this flier for information on the hotels in the area. The rooms at the Rodd are $154 per night, they are $124 at the Comfort Inn down the street. However, there are at least three hotels/motels within 2 blocks with rates through kayak.com of $71, $91, and
$105 (Canadian funds). Note, there are two Rodd hotels in Charlottetown; we will be at the Rodd Royalty on Capital Drive, NOT the Rodd Charlottetown.
Getting to PEI on two wheels:
There are two direct route options to get to PEI, there is the option of driving through Southern Ontario and Quebec and then driving south through New Brunswick to get here, or the option of head for Maine and drive East through New Brunswick.
If you go the Maine route, a great detour from the highway is through route 9 from Bangor/Brewer through to Calais and crossing into Canada, make sure you have a full gas tank before to get on this road though. The requirements to get into to Canada via the border may vary so it is advisable that you
check with the US Border Security to determine what you will need. A passport would be recommended so no one experiences any challenges or delays.
Once you get to PEI you can stop worrying about large animals on the roads at night, we don’t have any deer or moose on the Island. Our largest of wild animals are coyotes but are shy of the roads, you may want to watch out for foxes, racoons, and skunks, but it is not like some states and provinces where night driving is somewhat discouraged.
The Google Maps offers the following distances from these selected locations:
Rutland, VT 2013
Gettysburg Pennsylvania 2012
Ocean City, Maryland - 2011
Niagara Falls, New York - 2010
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - 2009
Sandusky, Ohio - 2008
Worcester, Massachusetts - 2007
New York, New York - 2006
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - 2005
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - 2004
Laval, Quebec, Canada - 2003
Warwick, Rhode Island - 2002
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - 2001
Indianapolis, Indiana - 2000
Daytona Beach, Florida - 1999
There are two ways to get to Prince Edward Island:
#1 – Take the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick. This is the longest bridge in the world crossing water that freezes in the winter. It is an engineering marvel and an unbelievable time saver for anyone travelling. The bridge is 13 km (8 mi) in length and takes approximately 17 minutes to cross. Speed is closely monitored (max 80 kph or 50 mph) on the bridge via closed circuit cameras and passing is strictly prohibited. Try either of the two and you will have a welcoming committee waiting for you on your arrival onto to Island Soil.
#2 – Travel with Northumberland Ferries from Nova Scotia. This is about a 50 minute crossing from Pictou Nova Scotia followed by about another 50 minute drive to Charlottetown; check the schedule in advance to limit your wait for a crossing (they run throughout the day from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. each day).
The bridge is considerably faster and shorter. The ferry however, offers that true “going to an Island” feel. If you want to experience both options, take the ferry to PEI and take the bridge home. Either option is free to get on the Island. There is no fee charged coming on the Island but we do charge it as you leave as part of a scheme to increase our Island population. The Ferry is $40 per bike to get back while the bridge is only $17.75 per bike (2012 rates).
NOTE: The Government of Nova Scotia is in the process of re‐establishing the ferry link from Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Newspapers have indicated they are hoping to have this ready for
2014. There is no information yet on schedules or rates or any other details. What we do know is that if it is running, that would be a great way to see some of the rest of Atlantic Canada.
What to expect on PEI:
Tourism is one of PEI’s leading industries so you can expect to find every product and service you need when you are with us. There are major banks and ATMs everywhere but if you are travelling from the States you may want to get some Canadian cash before you come to avoid the service charges.
From the host hotel, you can walk to a number of major stores such as Walmart, Target and several large grocery stores are only a few steps away. Additionally there are several restaurants like Wendys, Boston Pizza, Subway, Tim Horton’s (Canadian Version of a Dunkins) etc. also just a short walk from the hotel. The nearest liquor store is likely too far to walk but is not a far drive.
In and around Charlottetown you will find dealers/repair shops for Harley, Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki/Yamaha – there are many places here where you can rent a car. Motorcycles can be rented at J.K. Walker Rentals at the Halifax Airport. This is the largest international airport in the area and is only 300 km from Charlottetown.
What else to look for on PEI:
One of the planned tours during the convention will see a visit to the Island’s only Moonshine brewery – with free taste samples… There are also a few vineyards worth a visit (or two).
o Anyone not born in PEI are known as CFAs or Come From Away. This goes for visitors, people that have moved to PEI. If you were born here you are always an Islander.
o If we think that we may know a family member of yours or you have any link to the Island the first question you may be asked is “Who’s your fadder” (aka father)?
o The western end of the Island is referred to “up west” and the eastern end of the Island is referred to as “down east”.
o We refer to ourselves as “Islanders”.
o Slippy is our version of slippery – such as the roads are pretty slippy.
o For a great video made by one of the local radio stations check this link out:
o No, it is not monopoly money.
o LOONIE – a common word for our one dollar coin.
o TWOONIE – a common word for our two dollar coin, pronounced “two‐nee”
Hotels in the immediate area include (see map on next page):
Rodd Royalty: http://www.roddvacations.com/rodd‐royalty/ Call 1‐800‐565‐7633 to book.
Canada’s Best Value (many motorcycle clubs stay here): http://www.canadasbestvalueinnpei.com/
Comfort Inn, just down the street: http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/comfort‐hotel‐cn320
Econolodge, down the block: http://www.choicehotels.ca/en/econo_lodge‐hotel‐cn437
Holiday Inn Express: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/charlottetown/yygca/hoteldetail
Tourist information: http://www.tourismpei.com/index.php3
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