Adventure and exploration await in and about North Cape Coastal Drive’s 350 kilometres of coastal roads. Let us guide you to some of the most breath–taking vistas in Prince Edward Island – a place where rolling emerald hills give way to rugged red cliffs, and winding dirt roads lead to pristine sandy beaches.
As you travel, allow yourself to discover our city, towns, and communities – each defined by the sea and soil. Listen to the stories they tell about North Cape Coastal Drive’s Aboriginal, Acadian and Gaelic heritage and be immersed in Island culture. Tap your toes, catch your supper and experience the life of a true Islander. Join the locals as they celebrate tradition, music, cuisine and an entire way of life at one of the many festivals that span the shores of the North Cape Coastal Region. Be sure to stop in at the many shops that dot our meandering country roads for a perfect gift or fulfill your quest for the most memorable souvenir.
Beaches of all sorts abound along the North Cape Coastal Drive. There are plenty of safe, swimmable, supervised beaches; shores for walking and collecting; and intimate places we all have an interest in protecting.
Explore the attractions that make our region so popular with locals and guests alike. Peer through the glass of the Island’s tallest lighthouse, learn the ways of our pioneer settlers and scout the natural wonders along endless trails.
When the time comes and our palate yearns for some authentic Island fare, look no further than some of the finest kitchens around. Whether your preference is for fresh produce grown mere steps from the table or for seafood caught right off the wharf, you will never go hungry along your journey.
Rest your head at a campground by the water, at a beautiful inn overlooking one of many picturesque settings or in the company of friends at a cozy bed-and-breakfast. However you choose to spend the night, we will be happy to accommodate you.
Let the North Cape Coastal Drive enchant you and take you for the journey of a lifetime. However long you choose to stay, know there is no place else to take part in such genuine coastal experiences.
Where is North Cape Coastal Drive Touring Region?
The North Cape Coastal Touring Region is one of Prince Edward Island’s three touring areas. Our region encompasses the entire Western side of the Island and is home to Prince Edward Island’s second largest city. Summerside, located 20 minutes from the Confederation Bridge, acts as the gateway to your next Island getaway.
About Prince Edward Island
Located on Canada’s East Coast, Prince Edward Island is the nation’s smallest province and is the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. Over 146,000 residents call this 5,656-square-kilometre island home and welcome over 1 million visitors annually to join them in their more relaxing way of life.
Prince Edward Island is one of four Atlantic Canadian provinces. Many are surprised to learn that together we are only a 6-hour flight from Europe and a few hours’ drive from many major Eastern United States cities. Wherever you are in the world, the North Cape Coastal Touring Region is closer than you think!
How to Get to Prince Edward Island
By land, sea and air, there are many ways to reach our pristine vacation destination!
The Confederation Bridge
A 13-kilometre engineering marvel, the Confederation Bridge is a quick, convenient and fascinating way to arrive on the Island, with crossings taking approximately 10 minutes. Connecting from New Brunswick, the toll bridge brings you to the Town of Borden-Carleton and the Gateway Village Visitor Information Centre. Find more information about Confederation Bridge by visiting its website or calling 1-888-437-6565. Tolls are collected upon leaving PEI at Borden-Carleton. Click here for current toll rates. A shuttle service is available for pedestrians and cyclists.
Departing from Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, the 75-minute car ferry trip offers a pleasant break from driving. Lounge on the deck, soaking up sunshine and sea air or grab a snack and relax. Ferries depart every hour and a half from May to late December, with up to nine daily sailings from both terminals during peak season. Click links for current schedules and fare information. Tolls are collected upon leaving PEI at Wood Islands. For more information about Northumberland Ferries, please visit their website or call 1-877-635-SAIL (7245).
The Charlottetown Airport is conveniently located in central Prince Edward Island. It’s serviced by Air Canada, which offers direct flights to Charlottetown from Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto on a year-round basis with additional capacity during the peak summer months. Westjet also offers direct service to Toronto on a year-round basis with daily flights from May to October.
Try out The Ocean and immerse yourself in Maritime culture along the way! Travel by train as far as Moncton, New Brunswick, or Halifax, Nova Scotia, and continue on to Prince Edward Island by bus or rental car. VIA Rail and Amtrak (via Montréal) offer services that connect to Moncton, New Brunswick.
Maritime Bus offers daily bus service between Charlottetown, Summerside and Borden-Carleton and over 40 locations across the Maritimes, with connections to Central and Western Canada.
Car Rental Services
A variety of car rental companies offer services in both Charlottetown and Summerside and are ready to assist you in exploring the North Cape Coastal Drive in comfort.
Observing AtlanticTime, one-hour later than the Eastern Time Zone, Prince Edward Island enjoys a very hospitable climate. Spring on the Island is comfortable, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 22 degrees C (46-71 F). Summer is hot, but rarely humid, with temperatures in the 20s (70s) and rising as high as 32 degrees C (90 degrees F). Autumn is clear and bright, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 22 degrees C (46-71 F). Winter is crisp and clean. Temperatures are typically in the -3 to -11 degrees C range (26 to 11 degrees F).
On Prince Edward Island, you are never more than 16 km from the ocean, making a relaxing beach day a must for any visitor. Provincial Park Beaches dot our coastline, with some of the warmest water north of the Carolinas. For updated swimming information, be sure to check out the Island Beach Report. Visitors should be aware of tide information to ensure they have an optimal shoreline experience.
Additional traveling information, such as health care providers, local taxes, language services and alcohol regulations, can be found at Tourism PEI.
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