Stanhope Beach is located in PEI National Park just 23km from Charlottetown. Energetic beach walkers could walk as far as 3km in one direction, past Ross Land Beach to Stanhope Cape or 2km in the other direction to Dalvay By the Sea. Stanhope has dunes for miles and much less traffic than Brackley or Cavendish Beaches. It’s more popular with local residents and cottage dwellers while still offering facilities and impeccable dunes like other North Shore beaches. Stanhope Beach is a protected area. This is a nesting habitat for the endangered Piping Plover so no pets are permitted. The dunes are also part of the protected landscape as PEI’s north shore loses more than 1ft of land per year to coastal erosion. Efforts to transplant and protect the marrem grasses (dune grass) are ongoing. Help the cause by staying on designated paths and boardwalks. Stanhope is a supervised beach.
Insider’s Tip: All PEI National Park sites have day use fees that help pay for the facilities, interpretive programs and protection of these awesome spots.
Where to Find it: Stanhope Beach is 23km from Charlottetown via St. Peters Rd and PE-25N to Stanhope Lane. Turn right onto Stanhope Lane. Turn left onto Gulf Shore Parkway E and follow signs to Stanhope Beach.