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With such long winters, Canadians certainly have a particular fondness for warm beaches. Boasting 90 beaches with over 1100 kilometers of shoreline, Prince Edward Island is the proverbial pot of gold for those seeking sand and surf. Whether you’re looking for a busy beach scene or a quiet sandy recluse, PEI will deliver.
With so many picturesque white and red-sand beaches, it may be hard to decide which to visit. We’ve narrowed it down to our five favourite beaches on the Island:
Home to L.M. Montgomery, author of the famous Canadian novel, Anne of Green Gables, and the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Cavendish beach is one of the more popular beaches in PEI. With beautiful white sand and views of sandy red cliffs, Cavendish Beach is the perfect place to soak up some sun or go for a long walk along the shores of the Atlantic. With easy access to hiking, cycling, golfing, and PEI National Park, there’s sure to be something for everyone on or near these sandy shores.
Some locals refer to Basin Head Beach as one of the best beaches in Canada, and we’re not inclined to disagree. Within Basin Head Provincial Park sits this incredible 15 kilometre white-sand beach with some of the warmest swimming opportunities (occasionally eclipsing 22 degrees) north of the Carolina’s. The beach has some incredibly fine sand, dense with quartz and silica, that squeaks beneath your feet.
Another beauty within Prince Edward Island National Park, this beach boasts the largest sand dunes in the province in an incredibly rare dune ecosystem. The beautiful boardwalk allows you to cover vast stretches of the 900 acres of sand dunes at an easy pace and the white sand beaches are beautiful and a little less crowded than the nearby Cavendish Beach.
Only 15 minutes outside of Charlottetown is the amazing Brackley Beach. With white sands, expansive dunes, a nearby drive-in theatre, mini golf course and a local art gallery and cafe, Brackley Beach is exactly what you think of when you think of a beautiful beach and an accompanying beach community.
Cedar Dunes Provincial Park sits a little off the beaten path in the north-west corner of PEI but for those hoping to escape the crowds, it is well worth the drive. This gorgeous beach offers campsites located just off the sandy shores and even presents the opportunity to stay at the nearby West Point Lighthouse. An active lighthouse standing above the shorelines of the beach, guests at West Point are treated to unforgettable sunset views making it quite possibly one of the most romantic venues in the nation.
Check out our map for all the beach locations mentioned in this article. If you want to discover even more amazing beaches, you can easily explore PEI’s convenient database of all public beaches in the province.