Brackley Beach is just 20 minutes from Charlottetown, located within the PEI National Park. This beach is part of a protected area that stretches from Rustico harbour to Brackley, continuing west to Stanhope and Dalvay. Altogether, six beach areas dot this coastline with Brackley Beach the largest and most popular among them. The Gulfshore Parkway runs 10km along the coast parallel to the bach and it meanders over salt marshes and alongside sand dunes. An ambitious beachgoer could spend the morning at Brackley Beach before cycling, running or rollerblading along the multi-use trail, stopping along the way for a swim at the next 3 beaches before returning to Brackley for sunset. Just like all beaches within PEI National Park, this is a protected area. The dunes are critical to the health of the ecosystem and the dune grass that holds the delicate dunes in place is particularly sensitive to trampling. So keep your feet on designated trails and boardwalks! No pets are permitted – it’s a nesting area for the endangered Piping Plover. Just like Cavendish, Brackley is a wheelchair accessible beach and a special beach wheelchair with fat tires can be booked ahead through the visitor centre.
Insider’s Tip: Need a quick rinse of the salt and sand before heading to dinner? The ample showers & change rooms in the beach complex are a great place to make a quick change from your beachwear to your dinner attire. All PEI National Park sites have day use fees that help pay for the facilities, interpretive programs and protection of these awesome spots. Did you work up an appetite? The lobster roll at Richard’s Fish & Chips in Covehead Harbour is to die for.
Where to Find it: Located 24km from Charlottetown via Mt. Edward Road to Trans-Canada Hwy/PE-1E. Follow Brackley Point Rd/PE-15 N to Robinsons Island Rd. Turn Left on Robinson’s Island Rd.