Points East Coastal Drive’s winding roads are breathtaking, their shops are small and unique, and the local food, straight from the ocean or farmers’ fields, is what the Island is all about!
When The Redhead Roamer paired up with Activate Our Island to explore eastern PEI, there was no doubt it would be a weekend of discovery and adventure. From the panoramic views to the quest for a delicious milkshake, these eastern adventures are the perfect inspiration to get out and explore as we welcome a new season.
Views of a lifetime
What is an adventure down east without taking in the sights? The towering red sandstone cliffs, vibrant green and red fields, and small inlets of water along the Points East Coastal Drive radiates beauty. With over 50 beaches on this end of the Island alone, there is no shortage of spectacular sunsets, amazing seaside golf games, or time spent watching the waves crash in. If you’re looking for magic, you’ll find it here.
Uniquely wonderful finds
Even the quickest drive through each small town will have you stumbling upon the real gems, like charming small shops and their owners. Go on a treasure hunt as you explore local antique shops like Timeless Treasures and Little Barn by the Bay, or experience the feel of an old fashioned general store at Freckles and Porcelain. A visit to the Souris Beach Gateway Park is a must stop and strolling along the boardwalk to find PEI artist Lindsey Ross will lead you to your new favourite piece of art!
The Island bounty
When we say that PEI is Canada’s Food Island, we are not joking around. For a creative take on some of the Island’s favourite foods, 21 Breakwater knows what they’re doing with a menu that will satisfy all your cravings! Favourites include Fish Chowder, Portuguese Seafood Bowl and Warm Lobster Dip. If you’re looking for a unique lunch spot, The Poké Shack along the Souris boardwalk dishes out Hawaiian and Japanese influenced meals utilizing fresh Island seafood. To indulge your sweet tooth, take a drive to the East Point Lighthouse for a famous milkshake from Cherry on Top Creamery. Their Instagram-worthy “FreakShakes” are piled high with deliciousness.
Away at sea!
While you’re exploring eastern PEI, getting out on the water caps off the perfect day. The floating boardwalks at Greenwich give you the opportunity to quite literally walk on the water, and the parabolic dunes at this PEI National Park are an incredible backdrop for your journey to the gorgeous beach. If you’re looking to pick up the pace, a cruise with Fortune River Charters is the experience for you! By booking a private tour, your group has a personal tour guide who will make the Island come alive. As you glide along the river with the sun setting behind you, we guarantee you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face.
Time to relax
The final piece to your wonderfully charming eastern PEI adventure is a stay at The Inn at Spry Point. This elegant B&B in Souris is a feast for the eyes with a stunning view in every direction you look. With easy beach access and several trails that beg to be wandered, Spry Point makes rest and relaxation easy. After a friendly welcome and tour from Innkeeper Dave, the charcuterie menu and wine selection will allow you to fully unwind. Why not enjoy it from your private balcony overlooking the water? To end a perfect stay, sip a hot cup of coffee and enjoy some items off their breakfast menu such as the homemade granola.
Everything about the eastern end of PEI feels like a warm welcome – from the delicious food to the friendly faces, and the views that will stop you in your tracks. When it comes to adventure, Activating Our Island has never been so easy. Every season showcases new pieces of Prince Edward Island and highlights various local businesses. Exploring each of them will have us discovering new favourites for days, months and years to come!