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The 13-km (8-mi) Confederation Bridge connects Cape Jourimain, in New Brunswick, with Borden-Carleton, PEI. The crossing takes about 12 minutes. The toll is about $42.50 per car and $7 for each additional axle, collected when you leave the Island. There is a minimum of public transportation on the Island, so having your own vehicle is almost a necessity. There are more than 3,700 km (2,300 mi) of paved road in the province, including the three scenic coastal drives: North Cape Coastal Drive, Central Coastal Drive, and Points East Coastal Drive. A helpful highway map of the province is available from Tourism PEI and at visitor centers on the Island.
Designated Heritage Roads are surfaced with red clay, the local soil base. These unpaved roads meander through rural and undeveloped areas, where you're likely to see lots of wildflowers and birds. A four-wheel-drive vehicle isn't necessary, but in spring and inclement weather the mud can get quite deep, and the narrow roads become impassable. Keep an eye open for bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians.
Confederation Bridge (902/437—7300 or 888/437–6565. www.confederationbridge.com.)
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