Summerside is PEI’s second-largest city and has all the amenities you’d expect. Harbourfront Theatre attracts world-class entertainers and plays host to many great festivals and events. A lively boardwalk allows visitors to shop and dine beside the ocean and just down the way at the College of Piping, performers show off the Island’s Celtic roots with energetic displays of dancing, piping and drumming.
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North Cape Coastal Drive
Brimming with Mi’kmaq culture, Acadian music and theatre, and museums devoted to potatoes, silver foxes, and shipbuilding. You’ll find the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre, the College of Piping, and houses made of glass bottles. You can even sleep in a lighthouse! More information >>
Central Costal Drive
Looping the province’s central region, the 253-kilometre Central Coastal Drive highlights two distinct shores. More information >>
Green Gables Shore – While Anne may be the principal attraction for many, Green Gables Shore has more beauty and mystique up its sleeve. The region is a spectacular piece of the Island’s acclaimed scenic landscape, composed of red sandstone cliffs, white sand beaches and rolling farm fields. Some of the classic coastline has been protected in PEI National Park, which hugs the north shore in this area. Cavendish Grove is a lovely recent addition to the Park, featuring walking trails, picnic grounds and a stand of sugar maples.
Red Sands Shore – There is a warmth that envelopes you here, and it’s embodied by the colour red: the red sand beaches that await your footprints and castles, the red jutting cliffs that will both impress and humble you and the red clay roads that disappear over hills and beckon you to follow. These are Mother Nature’s imprints on Red Sands Shore.
Points East Costal Drive
Don’t miss the rare dune system at Greenwich or the bayside community of St. Peters. This is the land of breathtaking beaches, lively ceilidhs and lighthouses. Watch for eagles and seals, and if you can fit it in–scenic Montague, the winery at Little Sands and Orwell Corner Historic Village. More information >>
Canada was born (or perhaps more accurately, was conceived) here when the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House National Historic Site in 1864 to plot out the creation of Canada. Charlottetown’s beauty is that, even in the heart of the city, you’re never far away from a round of golf or a day at the beach. The 18-hole Fox Meadow Golf and Country Club is just seven minutes away, in Stratford. Keep driving a little further and you’ll discover the red sands of Tea Hill Beach, a great place for shell collecting and a dip in the warm water.