Prince Edward Island — Things to Do
Beaches are undoubtedly on the top of most things to do lists on Prince Edward Island, which boast nearly 685 miles of stunning coastline to explore. North Shore, including those in Prince Edward Island National Park are famous for their soft white sand dunes and towering cliffs, while the South Shore is surrounded by the famous red soil. Canada’s smallest province crams a lot of exciting activities and beautiful scenery within a small space.
Cycling and meandering scenic drives are the most popular ways to navigate the red roads and rolling green hills between Prince Edward Island’s beaches. Cyclists can travel the entire 168 mile Confederation Trail from one end of the island to the other or venture off the beaten path for undiscovered scenery. PEI has also become a renowned golf getaway, filled with over two dozen world-class courses from Mill River Golf Course in the west to the links at Crowbush Cove in the east.
Rusty Rover Tours offers both customized and pre-planned itineraries around many Prince Edward Island beaches, which boast some of the warmest waters, softest white sand, and most breathtaking views in all of Canada. Most of the island’s best known beaches like Cavendish, Brackley, and Dalvay are located within Prince Edward Island National Park. However, many of the smaller provincial parks have less crowded, but equally beautiful waters such as Panmure Island in the southeast, Cedar Dunes to the southwest, and Red Point in the northeast.
Visitors seeking extra thrills during their stay can join a sea kayaking expedition organized by North Rustico-based Outside Expeditions. The 90-minute Beginner’s Bay tour is ideal for families and first-time paddlers; while more experienced kayakers will enjoy a six-hour trek to Robinson Island in Prince Edward Island’s national park.
Fishing is another popular pastime on Prince Edward Island, but most of the guided tours specialize in one species, such as giant bluefin. Tuna charters through North Lake Charters are commonplace, and many lobster boats, such as Top Notch Charters and Lobster Tours, allow passengers to walk right on without advance reservations. Most even serve traditional lobster suppers aboard their vessels.
MacQueen’s Island Tours and Bike Shop offer luggage transfers, maps, bicycle rental, emergency road repairs, and even accommodations in their all-inclusive cycling packages. This Charlottetown-based company shuttles guests to the Confederation Trail, the longest and most popular of this tiny province’s countless cycling routes. What Prince Edward Island lacks in challenging mountain trails, it makes up for in gentle rolling hills and beautiful landscapes.
Horseback riding is another unforgettable way to travel along Prince Edward Island’s beautiful beaches. Circle T Trail Rides offers trips across the island’s north shore, while the experienced guides at Brudenell Riding Stables supply gear and lead riders on scenic trails through Brudenell River’s surrounding woods and beach.
Prince Edward Island has also become a world-class golf destination and many tour companies like PEI Golf Packages organize package holidays where the putting green is the star attraction. The island’s highest ranked links are at Crowbush Cove and Brudenell River Golf Course to the east, and Mill River Golf Course to the west, but there are no fewer than two dozen challenging holes across the province, including Green Gables Golf Course, which is situated just steps from its namesake stable.