In Charlottetown a pleasant pastime can simply be strolling around the downtown area, visiting the local heritage landmarks – such as Province House National Historic Site and St Dunstan’s Basilica – and watching the world go by over an al-fresco coffee. Holding such an important place in the history of Canada’s legislature the central Province House, now a National Historic Site, is worth a visit, with a number of restored rooms and historical re-enactments that take place over the summer months.
Within easy reach of the capital Prince Edward Island National Park offers extensive seascapes as almost all of its 42 kilometres of shoreline is flanked by beaches. Cavendish Beach is the most impressive but can get quite busy in the summer so whilst it’s worth a quick stroll through the red tinged sand dunes, you may find the beaches east of here – Dalvay and Stanhope– a bit quieter. Walking trails weave between the dunes, wetlands and forest, which are home to a diverse range of plants and animals, thus making this a great spot for nature lovers. Please note that park entrance fees apply.
At the far eastern end of the island Basin Head Provincial Park is home to an extensive, golden beach where you will find the famous ‘singing’ sands which squeak as you walk along. The Basin Head Fisheries Museum is also located here and offers an insight in to the heritage of fishing in this area.
Making use of the abandoned railway lines that criss-cross the province, the 470 kilometre long Confederation Trail is a virtually flat network of recreational paths that takes walkers and cyclists through a variety of quaint rural towns and diverse natural environments. Undertaking the whole lot might take some time, however why not enjoy an afternoon stroll or cycle along one section of it to really appreciate the tranquillity of the area. Otherwise, there are a number of scenic driving routes which pass through tranquil farming settlements, fishing villages and iconic seascapes. The key here is probably not to have any set plans and just see where the Atlantic breeze takes you.