Prince Edward Island’s and Nova Scotia’s newest attractions are GREEN! Come Ride Solar with us using the sun in our SOLAR-POWERED vehicles for sustainable tours & transit while enjoying delicious food, local craft beer/wine, and beautiful sights in downtown Charlottetown, PEI & Halifax, Nova Scotia!
Ride Solar is a private-sector solution to an ongoing government commitment to help reduce provincial greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as per PEI’s Provincial Energy Strategy 1016/17.
Canada’s first SOLAR-electric tours & transit system with both land and water vehicles for the purpose of commute, sight-seeing, and fun, Ride Solar provides a unique perspective to see, taste, & ride in PEI and Nova Scotia that has never been available before.
Ride Solar is clean, green, quiet, and fun – just like the Maritimes!
4 unique ways to see the island
Solar Boat Rides
Relax aboard the Isola Solaretto for a fun 90 min tour of the Charlottetown Harbour! Originally a “vaporetto” from the famous 1967 Montreal Expo, this 52 yr old Canadian Heritage Vessel has been completely rebuilt & retrofitted to become the world’s first solar-powered dinner cruise and tour boat – North America’s largest solar-powered boat.
Tour Includes a time-lapse video of the boat being built, an explanation/demonstration of the 9kW perfectly silent electric motor powered by the specially designed NiCad battery system under the see-through floor, which is charged by 6.2 kW of flexible solar panels on top of the roof, an overview of solar-powered vehicles, and the impact of “green” technology in today’s world.
The tour continues by learning about the ecosystem and history of Charlottetown and it’s harbour as well as a brief history of the world-famous 1967 Montreal Expo, for which the boat was originally created and used.
A great combination of history & the future while cruising comfortably and taking in the beautiful sights of Charlottetown on the water – this tour is unlike anything else in the world today! Limited to 40 people/tour.
Solar Pedal Bus
Take a ride on the Island Solar Pedal Bus throughout downtown Charlottetown to visit some of PEI’s best pubs and most scenic/historic venues! The FIRST pedal bus tour in Atlantic Canada, Ride Solar’s unique tour offers up to 18 passengers (including one wheelchair!) an opportunity to pedal your way to various pubs, restaurants, and unique sight-seeing/historic locations throughout the birthplace of Canada.
This four-wheeled “bike” is powered by up to 10 people pedaling (minimum of 6 required to move the bike) with additional seating for up to 18 passengers. WE CAN EVEN ACCOMMODATE ONE WHEELCHAIR!
All instrumentation, lights, sound system, & electric pedal-assist motor are powered by 1.2kW of solar panels on the roof. Our pedal bus is safe, moves at slow speeds, has an adjustable grab bar to hold and every seat has a seat back and seatbelt to keep all riders secure. Passengers may also choose to wear helmets supplied by Ride Solar at no extra cost.
Green, clean, fun, & safe – just like PEI!