Prince Edward Island

Annie Schlechter
Be warned: This is not a destination for those craving crowds, shopping, or nightlife. But to cleanse the spirit with a walk on a windswept beach, bald eagles wheeling overhead, this is the spot. Throw in kayaking across sparkling bays (passing a curious seal or two) and biking from lighthouse to lighthouse along red sandstone bluffs covered in wild roses, and one begins to grasp the island’s understated charm.

Things to do in Prince Edward Island

Bike the Confederation Trail

The Confederation Trail runs 167 miles along the bed of the old Prince Edward Island Railway, almost the length of the island, with another 100 miles or so of branch trails along the way. Plover Bike Rental (15465 Northside Rd.; 902-961-3223; www.stpetersbay.com) in St. Peter’s Bay is a good starting point on the island’s eastern end, and in central Charlottetown, MacQueen’s Island Tours (800-969-2822; www.macqueens.com) rents high-quality bikes and runs shuttle service to points along the trail.

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Tags: biking | things to do | outdoors

Confederation Centre of the Arts

Given the island’s latitude, it is common to hit a patch of blustery weather. If the sun’s not cooperating, take a morning to stroll around Charlottetown’s leafy, Victorian streets and the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Yes, the Anne of Green Gables musical runs all summer, yet also on tap are extensive art galleries run by intelligent curators, free daily concerts at noon in an outdoor amphitheater, and small productions of works by Canadian playwrights.

145 Richmond St., PEI, 902-628-1864, www.confederationcentre.com
Tags: arts and culture | theater | things to do | gallery

Kayaking Tours

For kayaking, try Outside Expeditions, offering a wide range of guided tours – from beginner paddling in sheltered bays and rivers to 6-hour sea kayaking voyages – at north and south shore locations.

North Rustico Harbour, PEI, 902-963-3366, www.getoutside.com
Tags: kayaking | things to do | outdoors | tour

Prince Edward Island National Park

Prince Edward Island National Park offers a breathtaking swath of dunes, sandstone cliffs, salt marshes, and open coastline, with hiking trails, picnic areas, beaches with lifeguards, and also long stretches without a single soul in sight. A new 5-mile bike path runs along the shore, past lighthouses and fishing ports. Further east another section of the national park, Greenwich Dunes, may harbor the most exquisite scenery on the Atlantic Coast: A floating boardwalk traverses salt ponds, dramatic dunes, and miles of untouched beaches where one might spot eagles nesting in the bluffs.

Off Route 6 in Dalvay and Route 15 in Brackley, PEI, 902-672-6350, www.pc.gc.ca
Tags: beach | hiking | biking | things to do | national park

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