Borden-Carleton is a town of 700 people (2016) in western Prince Edward Island. Located at the foot of the Confederation Bridge, it is the main gateway to Prince Edward Island.
Borden-Carleton is on the south shore of Prince Edward Island fronting on the Northumberland Straight and was formed in 1995 through the amalgamation of the town of Borden and the community of Carleton. It was formerly a train and car ferry port until the completion of the Confederation Bridge in 1997. The province later constructed Gateway Village, a tourist rest area, information, and shopping complex on the grounds of the former rail yard.
The monumental Confederation Bridge, almost a visitor attraction in itself (viewing stations on the New Brunswick side offer good photo opportunities), crosses the Northumberland Strait between New Brunswick and PEI. It's reached from the mainland on TCH Route 16, near Aulac, and stretches 13 km (8 mi) across open water to the island.
The toll of $47.75 toll for a car, $19.00 for a motorcycle (2018 rates, 2-axle vehicle, $8.25 for each additional axle), is collected on the PEI side when returning to the mainland. Travel across the Bridge as a pedestrian or cyclist is possible via the passenger shuttle service which travels between Borden-Carlton, PEI, and Cape Jourimain, NB. The price for the shuttle is $4.50 for pedestrians and $9.00 for cyclists (this price includes the bicycle as luggage). The first article of luggage is free and every additional piece of luggage is $4.00 (not including luggage attached to a touring bicycle). Apprehensive drivers (drivers who wish not to drive themselves across the bridge, often a fear of heights) can pay $40.00 to have a Bridge employee drive their vehicle across the bridge.
There is no stopping allowed on the bridge and is open 24/7 year round, with the exception of severe wind conditions which may close the bridge for an indeterminate amount of time.
TCH Route 16 in New Brunswick becomes TCH Route 1 on PEI, and continues to Charlottetown.
- Marine Rail Historical Park, 41 Borden Avenue, ☏ . Daily 8AM-11PM. Small park showcasing local rail and ferry history.
- 1 Shop & Play (formerly Cavendish Figurines), 99 Abegweit Blvd (Gateway Village), ☏ , toll-free: . M-Sa 8AM-5PM, Su 8AM-5:30PM. Gift and souvenir shop. One can dress up as Anne of Green Gables or take free photo opportunities at the world's only Anne statue, Lorenzo the 6-ft. plush lobster, and the "Welcome to PEI" sign.
- 1 Classic Burger, 101 Abegweit Blvd (Gateway Village), ☏ . Daily 10:30AM-8PM.
- 2 COWS Creamery (Anne of Green Gables Chocolates), 126 Abegweit Blvd, ☏ . Daily 9AM-9PM. Ice cream
- 3 Gateway Lobster Shop, 103 Abegweit Blvd (Gateway Village), ☏ . Daily 11AM-6PM.
- 4 The Handpie Company, 1788 Route 115, Albany (Route 1A & 115, 6 minutes from Borden-Carleton), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 9AM-7PM.
Accommodations in Borden-Carleton are limited, it's best to continue to Summerside or Charlottetown.
- Briarcliffe Inn, 274 Salutation Cove Rd, ☏ . The Briarcliffe Inn is a bed and breakfast in Salutation Cove with a beautiful view overlooking the Confederation Bridge. $130-200.
- Carleton Motel & Coffee Shop, 23650 Trans Canada Highway.
- 1 Borden-Carleton Visitor Information Centre (Borden-Carleton Welcome Centre), 100 Abegweit Blvd (Gateway Village), ☏ , toll-free: , ✉ email@example.com. Daily 9AM-4:30PM. Located in the heart of Gateway Village just off the Confederation Bridge, the Visitor Information Centre has vacation planners to help you make the most of your PEI vacation. Accommodation and activity reservations made on site.
|Routes through Borden-Carleton|
|Aulac ← Port Elgin ← becomes ← Confederation Bridge ←||W E||→ Jct N → Charlottetown|
|END ← Summerside ←||N S||→ END|