I loaded up my car to explore PEI’s Points East Coastal Drive and all I can say is, Wow! This scenic drive is bursting with gems and treasures to see and do. The eastern side of the Island is home to more than 50 beaches, some of which are renowned across Canada! Venture out east on Prince Edward Island and see for yourself what’s so amazing about this region.
Let Spontaneity Take the Wheel!
One of my favourite parts of being on a road trip is leaving time for spontaneous stops and moments of inspiration! Maybe I’ll stop at a cute little shop, perhaps I’ll venture down a dirt road not knowing where it leads. My camera is always by my side to capture unexpected moments that sometimes make for the very best photos! Slow down, take your time and let your Eastern PEI adventure unfold. If all the Points East fun can’t be contained to a single day, stay the night at the Rodd Brudenell Resort, Riverhouse Inn, or at any of the regions gorgeous hotels and inns.
A Look-Out To Go Down In History
There are so many beautiful lighthouses in eastern PEI but Cape Bear is one of my favourites because of its interesting history. This designated heritage place played a role on the historic night of April 14,1912 when the Cape Bear Marconi station received a distress signal that the Titanic was sinking off the coast of Newfoundland. It was the first S.O.S. signal from the ship that was received in Canada.
Food for the Soul
Hungry? You will definitely work up an appetite exploring eastern PEI. Pop in to 5 Cafe, a sweet little restaurant in Murray Harbour! The restaurant is located in a restored church with chevroned wood covered ceilings and big bright windows. Here you’ll find an ever changing menu with a focus on clean eating. If some finer fare is more your speed, check out the panoramic views of the North Shore with a visit to David’s Restaurant in the Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort where Chef Jesse MacDonald’s Island-inspired dishes are brilliant to behold and enjoy.
Double the Beach, Double the Fun
I can’t believe it was only a few years ago that I first set foot on this jaw-dropping beach. It’s since become a favourite of mine. Panmure Island is a long stretch of paradise that makes you feel like you have this slice of heaven all to yourself. There are sandbars for days, (great for kids!) and shallow pools to lounge in. To top it off, there is a grand lighthouse at the end of the beach.
Brews, Blues, and a Snack or Two!
Montague’s brewery scene is definitely worth checking out as you head East. Instead of visiting just one, Copper Bottom Brewing and Bogside Brewing are close enough together that you can turn it into a beer crawl! Chef Dave Mottershall has an impressive culinary resume, you don’t want to miss his menu at your Bogside stop. Copper Bottom is always a blast with weekly live music events including their Tunes on Tap and Pizza & Vinyl series!
A Lovely Stroll Through Town
The Village of Murray River is quaint and picturesque. It really feels like you are stepping back in time to PEI’s early years! There is a rich history here that’s rooted in fishing, boat building and the saw mill that you can still see as you tour around. I love how the colourful shops in this town maintain their traditional exterior, creating an even more charming feel as you explore the craft stores, shops, and café. Make sure to pick up a coffee and take a stroll down the wharf to take in the stunning views of the Murray River!
Cool Off Along the Brudenell River
A hot Summer day doesn’t feel complete unless I’m by the water and kayaking is one of my favourite ways to get a different view of PEI. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards from Outside Expeditions located in Brudenell River Provincial Park. If you are new to these water activities they also offer lessons and guided tours. I jumped into a kayak to explore the calm waters of the Brudenell River. The riverbanks and shallows are home to heaps of plants and animals, and starfish galore!
Did you know that there are more than 50 buffalo roaming in Milltown Cross? It really surprises visitors and Islanders alike to see these animals on Prince Edward Island at the Buffalo Land Provincial Park. It’s believed that 15 of these animals first arrived to the Island by train in the 70’s. They were a gift to PEI from the province of Alberta. On this visit I saw several baby buffalo wandering around these fields. I’d highly recommend going now while they are still little! Admission to the park is free, though donations are appreciated to pay for food, vet bills and other costs.
Oh Captain, My Captain
If your adventure East happens to find you at the end of your trip, take the scenic way home from Wood Islands to Nova Scotia on the Ferry. Let those sweet vacation vibes travel with you across the Northumberland Strait as you kick back and daydream about everything still to explore on your next PEI vacation.