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Situated on the north shore of Prince Edward Island facing the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, this national park was founded in 1937 and is home to protected beaches, sand dunes, wetlands, and salt-marshes. Divided into three regions roughly in Cavendish, Brackely-Dalvay, and Greenwich, the park is the largest on the island, and presents many opportunities for kayaking, bird watching, camping, swimming, golfing and many more outdoor activities. Attractions located in the park include the Green Gables Heritage Place and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site. The park is also a designated Canadian Important Bird Area.
Tucked away on the south shore of Prince Edward Island, Victoria-by-the-Sea, as locals call it, is a charming fishing village that was once a prosperous seaport. Visitors can stay in a former sea-captain’s house, catch local theater in the historic Victoria Playhouse, and eat a lobster roll at the renowned Landmark Café. Tree-lined streets and old-time lobster fisherman make the village seem a little out of time, and the people who live here want it that way. The Victoria Seaport Museum, which is in Palmer’s Range Light, is a great place to learn about local history.
Located close to the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island, Basin Head Provincial Park offers a wonderful retreat for the entire family. A prime feature of this park is its white sand beach, with its pristine sand that creates music when people walk over it, giving it the nickname 'Singing Sands'. A lagoon located within this park is home to chondrus crispus, a type of Giant Irish Moss found here alone, making this a preserve. Basin Head Fisheries Museum, giving visitors a trip into the local history and occupation, is situated here.
The Green Gables Heritage Place is home to the farm and stead that served as inspiration and later as a setting for Lucy Montgomery's most popular novel, Anne of Green Gables. Hordes of tourists and fans of the novel come here to have a glimpse of farm and to learn more about its author. Tours beginning in the visitor’s center highlight the life and work of the author, and pass to the Green Gables House itself. Visitors can also explore the Haunted Wood Trail, and the Balsam Hollow Trail, which are said to have inspired some of Montgomery’s writing.
This bird sanctuary is one of the most important waterfowl habitats in eastern Prince Edward Island, and home to nesting ducks and teals. Flocks of geese, wigeons, and Common Goldeneyes also stop at the sanctuary during different times of the year along their migrations. The pond itself is a shallow freshwater lake that freezes over during winter, and is a great to catch glimpses of some of the 333 species of birds found on Prince Edward Island. The sanctuary’s south side gives way to Little Harbour Beach, a lesser-known, lovely sliver of sand that connects to Red Point Provincial Park to the east.
Striking sandstone cliffs, clear waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, and silky-soft sand make Cavendish Beach something out of a postcard. Thousands of visitors descend on the area annually for days spent at the beach and exploring nearby attractions. The beach is situated along London Bay, surrounded by charming rural and fishing villages and small farms. Facilities include toilets, changing rooms, cafeteria, and a boardwalk which carries visitors over sand dunes separating the beach from several picturesque ponds. The Green Gables Home, which inspired Lucy Montgomery’s Novel, Anne of Green Gables, is nearby just south of The Lake of Shining Waters.
Summerside often plays little sibling to the more popular Charlottetown, but, as Prince Edward Island’s second largest city, offers a picturesque waterfront, many museums for a town its size, and a burgeoning cultural scene. It also acts a gateway to the western side of the province and Malpeque Bay. Cultural highlights include a summer concert series of Celtic music and dance, and the Eptek Art & Culture Centre, which showcases local history and artisans. An unusual museum dedicated to the history of fox breeding is located inside the Holman Homestead.
A beautiful, white sand beach, Sally's Beach Provincial Park is a great place to spend a leisurely day. The park is equipped with picnic tables and restrooms and has two well-marked hiking trails. The beach is named after Sarah 'Sally' Steele born on Prince Edward Island in 1817.