Being born and raised in eastern Prince Edward Island, I love when the summer hits and it’s time to get out exploring. Afterall, we just made it through a long quiet winter and now the Island has come alive with colors, smells, sights and sounds. I was brought up on the Eastern end of the Island, known as Points East Coastal Drive for visitors and it still happens to be one of my favourite places to spend the day. There is so much to see and do on this drive from wineries, beaches and golf, to beautiful lighthouses and quaint seaside fishing villages. But, if you only have a few days to explore Point’s East Coastal Drive,here are my Top 5 insider’s tips on things to do on PEI’s eastern shore.
1) Rent a kayak or a bike from Kingfisher Outdoors
I simply could not choose between these two activities because I have had unforgettable experiences doing both. Renting a kayak you will get escorted up to Indian Bridge where your journey will begin. The paddle takes about 3-4 hours and you’ll get to experience the peaceful nature and wildlife of the beautiful Morell River. If you decide to stay land bound, renting a bike and venturing from Morell to St. Peters is a great way to spend an afternoon. It is the most beautiful stretch of the Confederation Trail. Imagine a sunny day with a little breeze, meandering through trees and alongside the river. It’s one of those picture perfect postcard moments plus you got a little exercise, which means more room for PEI’s seafood chowder later.
2) Drive along White Sands and end at Cape Bear Lighthouse
A couple years ago, I was driving to the Cape Bear Lighthouse for the first time and I discovered this quiet seaside drive in White Sands where on a clear day you can see Nova Scotia across the water. To top it all off, seeing the tall red sandy cliffs at Cape Bear Lighthouse really is icing on the cake. If you’re looking for a tasty souvenir visit PEI’s oldest winery, Rossignol Winery on your way to Cape Bear Lighthouse and stroll through the vineyards and see firsthand how this local wine is made.
3) Lunch at Clubhouse on the Links
I grew up very close to Crowbush and I have always admired its beauty and serenity. It is like driving off the busy highway into a hidden oasis. On a beautiful sunny day, lunch on the clubhouse patio is the perfect spot to be. Call me predictable, but I always enjoy their delicious chicken and bacon club with a frosty cold beer. You can watch golfers tee off the 15th fairway while hearing the beach waves crash in the distance. If you’re looking to walk off lunch, ask your server about the walking path to Lakeside beach.
4) Breakfast at Brehaut’s
My family absolutely loves going for breakfast at Brehaut’s. Really, Brehaut’s is delicious any hour of the day, but breakfast has always been a family favorite. This cozy, family run restaurant located in Murray Harbour is so good that people have no problem waiting for a table to open up. Like, for breakfast I go with the traditional sausage breakfast, but it’s that much better here with Island made hash browns and scrumptious sausage. If you are there for dinner try seafood chowder, it’s the most popular item on the menu so you can’t go wrong.
I used to visit the beach every now and then for an evening stroll or climb the tower that overlooks the entire park. However, last summer I visited the trails for the first time and we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch the stunning sunset along the St. Peters Bay. Now there’s a sight to see! Greenwich is part of PEI’s National Park because of the extensive parabolic dunes system that surrounds the white sand beach. You will find floating boardwalks, beautiful scenery and wildlife. If you love learning there is a state-of-the-art center that brings this region to life with a 3D walk-over floor model of the peninsula and a movie that tells the story of human settlement in the area. If all this adventure has worked up your appetite I suggest you visit Lin’s Takeout and have the Dune Burger platter.
For all things Eastern PEI, visit Points East Coastal Drive.