Prince Edward Island: Lighthouses and Red Sand Beaches
By Carissa Hickok
Prince Edward Island is an island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The island is well-known for its red sand and lighthouses that line the coast. Here are some of Prince Edward Island’s top attractions…
Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park is located on the northern coast of Prince Edward Island. The park is famous for its red sandstone bluffs and sand dunes. The park has picnic areas and campgrounds. The park is also a popular spot for wildlife watching - sometimes you can spot the red fox and the endangered piping plover. There are many beaches within the park such as Cavendish Beach, Brackley Beach, and Stanhope Beach. Greenwich is an area within the park with a beach, 900 acres of sand dunes, and a floating boardwalk trail from which you can find over 300 species of birds.
Point Prim Lighthouse
Point Prim Lighthouse was the first lighthouse constructed on Prince Edward Island and thus, is also the oldest lighthouse on the island. The lighthouse is one of Canada’s two round brick lighthouses. Guided tours are available from mid-June to the end of September. If you walk up the wooden steps to the lighthouse deck, you can get a splendid view of Northumberland Straight and Hillsborough Bay.
North Cape is a more rugged area of Prince Edward Island located at the northernmost point of the island. North Cape is where the waters of the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence converge around the natural rock reef. There you can find the North Cape Lighthouse, nature trails, seals, wind mills, and the North Cape Interpretive Centre. Inside the North Cape Interpretive Centre, you can learn about renewable energy and the process of turning wind into energy; you can visit the marine aquarium; and you can eat outdoors at the Wind & Reef restaurant that offers a panoramic view of your surrounding.
Points East Coastal Drive
Points East Coastal Drive is located on the eastern end of the island. At the very end of the road is East Point Lighthouse where red fox sightings are common. There are more than 50 beaches, rare dune systems, and lighthouses. Basin Head Provincial Park is a popular place to stop, famous for its singing white sand and tidal lagoon behind the sand dunes. The sand “squeaks” when your press your feet into it.
Confederation Centre of the Arts
The Confederation Centre of the Arts honors the time Canada became a nation. The centre has five theaters and an art gallery that showcases the best artists and artistic work from across Canada. Some types of displays in the gallery are photographs, digital media, traditional art forms, and installations. The gallery has permanent as well as temporary exhibits. The centre offers art classes for children, introducing them to drawing, painting, sculpturing, and more.
West Point Lighthouse
West Point Lighthouse is an inn with 13 rooms. The lighthouse, almost 70 feet tall, is located on the beach, allowing you the chance to fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves and wake up to the sunshine of the sunrise. The lighthouse stands out for its black and white zebra paint pattern, and the square building structure.
The Confederation Bridge is a piece of engineering wonder. It is the longest bridge over ice-covered water connecting Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick. Bicyclists and pedestrians are not allowed on the bridge but not to worry - the bridge operates a shuttle service that will take pedestrians and bicyclists along with their bicycles from one end of the bridge to the other.
Check out Prince Edwards Island!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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