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Stanhope Beach – PEI National Park

Sandbars, shallow waters, stunning sunsets, and a postcard-perfect lighthouse are yours to enjoy at Stanhope Beach. Located just east of Brackley Beach, this stretch of the National Park includes three beaches: Ross Lane, Covehead Beach, and Stanhope Main.

Looking for a secluded beach with incredible sand dunes and shallow waters the whole family can enjoy? Head to Ross Lane, a hidden gem tucked between Brackley Beach and Stanhope Main. Featuring a raised walkway for easy access from the parking lot, plenty of sandbars and warm(er) shallow waters, this stretch of beach is loved by locals but less-often frequented by visitors. 

Lighthouse lovers will swoon upon arriving at Covehead Beach, where the Covehead Harbour Lighthouse stands proudly at the entrance to this quieter stretch of beach. Located at the harbour mouth, Covehead Beach is located directly across the road from Covehead Wharf. After soaking up sun rays at the beach, pop over to the wharfside and watch as lobster fishers sail into the harbour with their catches. If you’ve worked up an appetite from your beaching adventures, you’ll also find a number of seasonal eateries at the harbour serving up fresh seafood dishes, including the quintessential PEI lobster roll! 

Traveling east along the Gulf Shore Parkway, past Covehead and Ross Lane, you’ll happen upon Stanhope Main. Just like its sister beach at Brackley, Stanhope features miles upon miles of sandy beachfront and spectacular dune systems. It also offers washroom facilities and parking. Once a local hotspot during P.E.I`s rum-running era, Stanhope epitomizes the beauty and tranquility of the North Shore.

A reminder that pets are not permitted on the National Park beaches, in an effort to protect the endangered Piping Plovers that nest in the beach sand and dunes. 

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