These trails have a number of names depending on the trail users. Collectively they are called the East Royalty trails – some are primarily for walkers and some are used mostly by mountain bikers in the summer, and fat bikes in the winter. The bikers tend to collectively call them the Riverside trails, although the trail that runs along Wright’s Creek is called the Wright’s Creek trail (also used by bikes). This trail runs 1.5 km from Acadian Drive to St. Peters Road. It is one of Charlottetown’s best kept secrets. Walk it (or bike it) at both low and high tides. You will see abundant wildlife year round. The trail is within or next to an original Acadian forest that has never been cut except for very selective harvesting of mature spruce trees for lumber for use by the land owners for their own buildings.
On the east side of Wright’s Creek, you’ll find another trail (yellow markers). This trail starts at the end of Acadian Drive and immediately crosses the wooden bridge, called by some as the Bird Island Bridge, after a former name of Wright’s Creek. The trail continues along former landfill roads and is partly paved. The trail goes around the previously active part of the landfill, which is now fenced. One can continue through the Parkman Soccer Complex parking lot, through a small park and across on a paved path to Cambridge Drive and the end of Oakland Road.
The Riverside mountain bike (and Fat bike) trails are east of the yellow trail. The trail has several serpentine loops in the summer months – the trail is a little abbreviated for Fat bikes in the winter months.