Start your North Cape Coastal Drive adventure in Summerside – the gateway to the North Cape Coastal Drive – and savour this sensational seascape city with a burgeoning concert scene. The northwestern region, dubbed the Canadian Oyster Coast, is 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 P.E.I. 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.
Buckle up in Abrams Village for a dinner theatre, festival, frolic or event featuring two Acadian staples: fiddles and vittles. 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.
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! Then work off your meal with some foot stomping stage antics at the recently built Stompin’ Tom Centre in Skinner’s Pond.
The facility is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., starting June 1 and wrapping up on September 30, with the exception of the Stompin’ Grounds entertainment space, which stays open late to cater for the dinner theatres and live entertainment.
Headliners for the four day Stompin’ Tom Festival (June 29-July 2) are Taw Connors, Whiskey Jack and George Canyon. The festival starring Canadian acts coincides with the one-year anniversary of the official opening of the facility, and will be held on the venues outdoor stage.
Wrap up your day in the heart of this region at Mill River Resort, which caters to all types of family, corporate and group events for a truly fun and memorable experience. Canada’s year-round resort now offers family golf getaways! Voted one of “Canada’s Best Golf Values,” you can either stay at the newly-renovated 70-guestroom hotel or, on the beautiful 72-site campground.
The North Cape Coastal Drive boasts 350kms of coastal roads for you to explore. Plan your own genuine coastal road trip at northcapedrive.com.