Must-See PEI Beaches

Thousand’s of miles of sandy beaches surround Prince Edward Island.  Whether your taking in a sunset, splashing in the waves, or relaxing with your toes in the sand, there is a beach for everyone! From our warm waters, to beautiful white sand or spectacular red cliffs it is no wonder our beaches are a must see experience for many travellers to PEI.  To make it easier for you to choose, we’ve narrowed it down to our top 5 “must-see” PEI beaches.

Gorgeous and scenic PEI Beach.

Basin Head Beach

Basin Head Beach was named the top beach in Canada by Vacay.ca. Run your feet through the sand on this beach and it will sing! Really, we’re not kidding read about the signing sands here.  This beach is one of Prince Edward Island’s provincial parks and with that comes all the amenities you could need; showers, bathrooms, and a canteen.

 Insider’s Tip: Jumping off bridges is not permitted in PEI for safety reasons, but let’s just say that the cannonball has been seen in action.

Photo by Shane MacClure

Cavendish Beach

Cavendish Beach

This is PEI’s most well known National Park beach. Cavendish Beach is miles of white sand surrounded by protected sand dunes. The beach is located right in the heart of Cavendish and is a great convenient spot to escape with the family. If you are looking for things to do, this beach has got it covered; explore the walking trails or take part in the captivating interpretive programs on beach ecology and wildlife.

Insider’s Tip: Cavendish Beach is a perfect setting for a romantic walk taking in the beautiful sunsets.

Photo by Nick Jay

Family friendly beach in scenic Prince Edward Island.

Lakeside Beach

Lakeside Beach, located just 30 minutes east of Charlottetown, is the choice beach for many Prince Edward Island locals, known as “Islanders”. This gorgeous mile long white sand beach sits nestled next to the fairways of the award winning Links at Crowbush Cove Golf Course.  It is a perfect spot to bring pets and enjoy a simple beach experience (you know the basic type, without the facilities/amenities and parking lots).

Insider’s Tip: It’s free! The locals park on the road leading to the beach. After a relaxing day at the beach, head to the nearby Riverside Diner and try some pizza by the slice.

Photo by Sarah Dunphy

Fun and scenic PEI beach in West Point.

West Point Beach

West Point Beach is located in the Cedar Dunes Provincial Park offering miles of beautiful red sandy beach. This beach is great to explore the shoreline and look for sea glass. Plus the black and white striped West Point Lighthouse makes for a great photo op! This south shore beach has warm waters so don’t miss out on going for a dip.

Insider’s Tip: Take a stroll over to the West Point Lighthouse and climb to the top for some stunning 360 degree views!

Photo by Ron Zapf (Flickr – goaniwhere)

Gorgeous cove beach in Prince Edward Island.

Canoe Cove Beach

Canoe Cove Beach located in the South Shore of PEI is a perfect spot to take the kids and beach chairs for the day. This picturesque beach offers everything a family needs for a day at the beach; an on-site canteen, playground, shower facilities, picnic areas plus breathtaking scenery

Insider’s Tip: Check the tides before you go, the beach is more fun at low tide! The sand is a little more wet at the south shore beaches so take along a beach chair.

Photo by  Nate Vanbenthem