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Prince Edward Island

Sandy beaches, warm ocean water, lively fun parks and an overall casual atmosphere make Prince Edward Island an ideal family destination.  PEI offers something for everyone; fly fishing, whale watching, water sports are all on offer…

Summary

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is one of the four provinces that are together known as Atlantic Canada.  PEI is connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge to the west and by a ferry service to the south.

Day 1: Charlottetown
Day 3: Souris
Day 6: Brackley Beach
Day 10: Depart PEI

Description

Description

With over 500 miles of beaches, 90 of which are sandy, Prince Edward Island is ideal for families, as many Canadians already know.  It also claims to have the warmest water north of the Carolinas, tempting you to linger on the beach.  Seven of the 50-odd lighthouses are open to the public, giving a vivid reminder of the treacherous nature of the sea and this provinces association with the ocean.  In addition to this, there are some 220 miles of cycle trails to explore including the Confederation Trail which uses an old railway line for much of the way and takes you through villages, wetlands, hardwood groves and along rivers.

Day 1: Charlottetown
This family holiday starts with a two night stay in Charlottetown. Victorian homes line the streets and an eclectic array of shops, restaurants and cafés are the perfect places to mingle with the locals or just people watch. Charlottetown hosts some of the island’s top festivals and offers attractions such as the world renowned Anne of Green Gables – The Musical™ at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Another great family attraction is Founders’ Hall, a heritage attraction telling the story of Canada from its inception in 1864 up until modern day.
Charlottetown 2 nights

Day 3: Souris
As you travel to the eastern part of the Island for the next three days you’ll be welcomed by the 1,300 residents of the tranquil sea-side town of Souris. The beaches in the east are among the best on the Island; the spectacular dune system at Greenwich, PEI National Park is a must-do for this region and at Basin Head the sand will even sing to you. If you like to cycle or hike, one of the most scenic stretches of the Confederation Trail runs right through the village of St. Peters–also a good stopping point for shopping, dining, theatre and music. Cruise Manada Seal-Watching Boat Tours is another fun way to spend an afternoon.
Souris 3 nights

Day 6: Brackley Beach
Head to the north of the Island and to your base in Brackley Beach. Here stay for 5 nights – the region is a spectacular piece of Prince Edward Island’s acclaimed scenic landscape composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farmland. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in the PEI National Park which hugs the central north shore. Cavendish Grove is an ideal entry way into the Park with its walking trails, picnic grounds and stands of sugar maples. For family fun, spending time in Cavendish is a must-do. There are amusement parks, mini golf, water slides and restaurants that cater to all ages and tastes. Just down the road, in North Rustico, adventure seekers can choose from kayaking, canoeing or deep-sea fishing.
Brackley Beach 5 nights

Day 10: Depart PEI
Start your journey home or continue your adventure in one on PEI’s neighbouring provinces

Photographs by kind permission Tourism Prince Edward Island

12447-K 3      Prince Edward Island Beach

Little Gems

Little Gems

There are many theories about exactly how and why the sand sings, but to experience this for yourself, include a visit to Singing Sands Beach at Basin Head Provincial Park.

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