9 Best Sights in Points East Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

Greenwich (P.E.I. National Park)

Fodor's choice

The west end of the Greenwich Peninsula, known for its superior beach and shifting sand dunes, was federally protected in 1998 when a 6-km (3½-mile) section was incorporated into Prince Edward Island National Park. Because the dunes are still moving, gradually burying the nearby woods, here and there bleached tree bits thrust up through the sand like wooden skeletons. The road in ends at an interpretive center (open daily early June to mid-September) where displays, hands-on activities, and themed programs teach visitors about the ecology of this unique land formation. Walking trails let you follow the progression from forest to dune to beach, and include a photogenic boardwalk over Bowley Pond.

Greenwich Rd., off Rte. 313, Greenwich, PE, C0A 2A0, Canada
902-672–6350
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Rate Includes: C$7.90 July and Aug.; C$3.90 other times

Basin Head Fisheries Museum

Overlooking the Northumberland Strait, this small museum depicts the ever-changing nature of PEI's inshore fishing industry through artifacts, exhibits, and dioramas. The museum also hosts events, including demonstrations, music, food sampling, and art exhibitions.

336 Basin Head Rd., Souris, PE, C0A 2B0, Canada
902-368–6600-during off-season
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Rate Includes: C$5, Closed Oct.–mid-June

Basin Head Provincial Park

This park, 13 km (8 miles) east of Souris, 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) is 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 silica content. For visitors with mobility issues a floating wheelchair is available when conditions are safe.

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Brudenell River Provincial Park

From late June to late August, the park promises interpretative programs, plus a wealth of outdoor opportunities—including boating, hiking, and horseback riding. There's also a heated swimming pool from July through early September. Two championship golf courses (Brudenell River and Dundarave) are the icing on its proverbial cake.

East Point Lighthouse

Ships from many nations have been wrecked on the reef running northeast from here, necessitating the installation of the East Point Lighthouse in 1867. Guided tours of the towering edifice are offered mid-June through Labor Day. Books about life at sea, as well as local crafts, are available at the on-site gift shop, and there's a café. Because of the erosion, caution should be used when approaching the high cliffs overlooking the ocean here.

Panmure Head Lighthouse

Marking the entrance to Georgetown Harbour, it stands more than 60 feet tall. You can ascend to the top; then catch your breath browsing the on-site gift shop.

62 Lighthouse Rd., Panmure Island, PE, COA 1R0, Canada
902-969–9380
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Rate Includes: C$6, Closed mid-Oct.–mid-June

Point Prim Lighthouse

Erected in 1845, Point Prim is PEI's oldest lighthouse, a circular brick structure designed by the same architect (Isaac Smith) as Province House in Charlottetown. Knowledgeable guides will tell you the history of the lighthouse while you climb to the top.

2147 Point Prim Rd., Belfast, PE, C0A 1A0, Canada
902-659–2768
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Rate Includes: C$5, Closed Oct.–mid-June and weekends in Sept.

Roma at Three Rivers

This National Historic Site, about 2 km (1 mile) outside Georgetown, commemorates the trading post that French merchant Jean Pierre Roma established here in 1732. Costumed staffers offer interpretive programs and guided tours daily (there are trails with informational panels if you'd prefer to explore independently). Heritage lunches with sustaining soup and brick-oven-baked bread are also served on-site.

Wood Islands Lighthouse Museum and Interpretive Centre

This lighthouse by the ferry terminal contains exhibits on local history and marine lore—like the Burning Phantom Ship of Northumberland Strait and stories of the rumrunners—along with period room settings, a craft shop showcasing island artisans, and an interpretive center. There is, of course, a great view from the top of the tower.

173 Lighthouse Rd., Rte. 1, Wood Islands, PE, C0A 1B0, Canada
902-962–3110
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Rate Includes: C$6, Closed Sun.