With sensational seascape scenery, enchanting Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Celtic experiences around every corner and culinary delights fresh from the land and sea, the North Cape Coastal Drive is Prince Edward Island’s must-see destination.
The Canadian Oyster Coast is home of the world famous Malpeque Oyster.The northwestern region is also known for its towering red sandstone capes, secret sea glass coves, harvesting of succulent world-class fresh seafood and potatoes, as well as its vibrant Acadian French culture and heritage in the Evangeline region.
Set the scene with a quick history lesson that spans almost 300-years of French presence on PEI at the Acadian Museum in Miscouche. Follow with a tour of the Bottle Houses in Cap-Egmont, where more than 25,000 colourful recycled bottles are cemented together to create a whimsical set of buildings.
From July to August you can experience authentic Acadian culture with daily toe-tapping tunes, great food and interesting interactive activities at the Village Musical Acadian in Abrams Village.
Continue the trek to Northport, a fishing village that hugs the coast, to watch the sun set across the peaceful Cascumpec Bay. Spend the night in the luxury of the oceanfront Northport Pier Inn. The Inn reflects the warmth of the surroundings with a sense of history, community and romance. Start your next day watching for the amazing sight of a Giant Bluefin tuna being hauled at the dock in season by local fishermen.
Continue your leisurely drive to the heart of the North Cape, where a giant spud that marks the spot for the Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary. PEI may be small, but it hails the largest potato crop in Canada and hard work is at the root of industry success.
Learn about this rich area heritage at the museum and try the chili cheese fries at the onsite restaurant and finish with a slice of Seaweed Pie, which contains Irish moss, or some delicious potato fudge! Then work off your meal with some foot stomping stage antics at the Stompin’ Tom Centre in Skinner’s Pond.
Soak in the notes from planned concerts, dinner theatres and open mic nights. The season long Stompin’ Tom Festival Series runs June to September featuring well known Canadian, regional and local artists including Lennie Gallant, Joel Plaskett, Matt Minglewood, Ellis Brothers and many more. Or choose from one of two dinner theatres mixing chef inspired feasts with Stompin’ Tom entrtainment.
No visit to the North Cape Coastal Drive is complete without stopping at the northernmost point, which is home to the Wind Interpretive Centre, Black Marsh Nature Trail and the longest natural rock reef in North America. View the giant North Cape wind mills in action generating renewable energy for PEI.
Wrap up your day in the heart of this region at Mill River Resort for a truly fun and memorable experience. Canada’s year-round resort now offers family golf getaways! You can either stay at the newly-renovated 81-guestroom hotel or on the beautiful 72-site campground.
After a morning golfing, refuel on the huge Callaghan’s Restaurant & Bar deck and then relax with a visit to the Mill River Spa Boutique.
When your North Cape Coastal Drive vacation is complete, the memories will last a lifetime.
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The North Cape Coastal Drive boasts 350kms of coastal roads for you to explore. Plan your own genuine coastal road trip at northcapedrive.com.
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