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Basin Head Provincial Park
Basin Head Provincial Park Review
Located 13 km (8 miles) east of Souris, this park is noted for an expanse of exquisite silvery sand that's backed by grassy dunes. The beach (accessible via a boardwalk and supervised in peak months) no longer qualifies as a secret. But it's still well worth visiting—and not only because it's one of the Island's most beautiful. If you scuff your feet in the sand here, you can hear it squeak and squawk. The so-called "singing sand" is a rare phenomenon produced by the sand's high silicia content.
On a beach-top bluff inside the park, you'll also find the small Basin Head Fisheries Museum (902/357–7233, www.peimuseum.com, $4, Early June–Oct., daily 9–5), which depicts the ever-changing nature of PEI's inshore fishing industry through artifacts, exhibits, and dioramas.
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