Looking to unplug and reconnect with nature this summer? PEI is home to amazing beaches, gorgeous parks, spectacular views, and beautiful red clay roads that will lead you across the island. Get ready to have an adventure that you will not forget when you visit these natural wonders that PEI is home to.
Tea Cup Rock/Thunder Cove Beach
Walk along or paddle along PEI’s North Shore to see a fantastically unique rock formation. Tea Cup Rock can be spotted in the ocean during low tides. There are a few ways to reach this amazing red rock, but the best way is to leave from Twin Shores Campground and follow the beaches. It is a few kilometres from the campground. You can choose to walk along the beach or if you are feeling adventurous, paddle your way in a kayak to the rock formation.
Cavendish Beach is a gorgeous 8-kilometre natural sand beach that fronts the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This beautiful beach located in the community of Cavendish stretches from New London Bay in the west to the red sandstone cliffs at Cavendish East in the east.
590 Graham’s Ln, New Glasgow
Red Clay Soil
Across PEI, you can spot the iconic red clay soil that the province is famous for. Drive the beautiful red dirt roads that will take you across the island, past fertile farmland, and through lush Acadian forests. Argyle Shore is home to the reddest beaches on PEI. At Argyle Shore, the iron oxide in the sand can actually dye white clothing a rusty red color.
Greenwich National Park
Explore the towering parabolic dune system and relax on the pristine white sand beaches of Greenwich National Park. The parabolic dunes are home to numerous rare plants species and the phenomenon is very rare in North America.
Relax on the soft sand and take a dip in the ocean. During the summer, the beach offers supervised swimming and picnic areas.
The three hiking trails offer views of abandoned agricultural fields, an amazing view of Bowley Pond, and will take you to secluded wooded areas.
59 Wild Rose Road, Greenwich
Located on the North Shore are lovely white sand beaches. Blooming Point is just one of them. Stroll along the beach or enjoy a picnic. Along the beach is marram grass, which is important to the ecosystem, so please stay on the paths. Details
Have you ever heard sand sing? The sand at Basin Head Beach makes a unique sound when you walk on it. It makes a squeaking sound as you walk on it. The sound is caused by the high amount of quartz and silica in the sand. Details
318 Basin Head Rd, Souris
Buffalo Land Provincial Park
See buffalo, and white tail deer at this day park. The buffalo were gifted to Prince Edward Island government from the Province of Alberta. Over the years the herd has grown to about 25 buffalo. Watch the large animals graze from the boardwalk.
1206 Line Road, Montague
Kings Castle Provincial Park
Kids love Kings Castle Provincial Park. The park is home to unique play equipment that will have kids wanting to stay all day. From late June to late August, the park offers scheduled recreational activities. Cool off with a dip in the river or relax on the river beach. There are shelters for picnics and barbecues.
1887 Gladstone Road, Gladstone
Dig up a Clam Dinner
Seafood is a staple of PEI cuisine, and you can dig up your own clam dinner. Grab a shovel and head to south sandy beaches on PEI. There are really good sand bars near Maximeville, Tea Hill, and Pinette. Digging for clams is relatively easy, you just need to find the small airs holes in the sand at low tides. Just lift the sand out and the clam should be easy to find, especially if it is spitting water at you. Regulations state you cannot take more than 200, and the clams have to be more than 2 inches large. Be sure to rinse the clams before cooking them. There are tours if you want to learn more about clamming. Details
Explore the Confederation Trail
From tip-to-tip, the Confederation Trail is a shared-use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter. A portion of the Trans Canada Trail, this trail will take you along the ocean to quaint villages. It is 445 kilometres in length with many starting and exit points. Geocachers love the Confederation Trail as there are over 1600 geocache sites along the trail. Details
Panmure Island Provincial Park
Home to one of PEI’s most popular white-sand beaches, Panmure Island is a beach lover’s haven. Relax on the sandy beaches and cool off in the ocean. Bring your camping gear, so you can spend the night relaxing near St. Mary’s Bay. The island is also the home to the annual Pow Wow, which attracts people from across Eastern Canada. Details
350 Panmure Island Road, Panmure Island
While travelling along the western shore of Prince County, some visitors may have seen boats pulling drag rakes that collect Irish Moss from the ocean. In the past, horses pulled baskets along the shoreline while people used hand-rakes to harvest the moss. Irish Moss is a small sea plant that is used in many items that people consume or use today, such as chocolate milk, ice cream, beer, toothpaste, cosmetics, shampoos, and many more. Details
If you want to attend a themed festival, attend Tignish Irish Moss Festival.
Western shores of Prince County
Head off the beaten path in Victoria Cross to find Knox’s Dam. Knox’s Dam was originally part of a gristmill and was a part of the electrical power generating station that supplied Montague in the early 19th century. Today you can spend the day watching the sea trout and salmon jump the fish ladder, try your luck at fishing or snap a picture next to a waterfall.
Route 320, Victoria Cross