North Cape Coastal Drive attractions are where fun and adventure abound. Soar over the Island, viewing our beaches and rolling countryside from a unique vantage point in a four-seater Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Paddle our bays and waterways in a kayak, or scoot along our boardwalks on a Segway. We have water parks and bottle houses, seaweed pie and potato fudge. Our attractions are sure to amuse and intrigue you.
Start in Summerside and follow the coastal roads to find all the quirky and unique attractions of our region.
Summerside – Gateway to the North Cape Touring Region
Spinnakers’ Landing in Summerside is a remarkable boardwalk supported over the water. There’s daily entertainment and events, with a highlight being the cardboard boat races during the Lobster Carnival in July. Feel like splashing around in the water? The Off the Wallz Splash Park in Summerside is exciting and loads of fun for swimmers of all ages.
The history and culture of Summerside will fascinate you. Visit our Fox Museum Hall of Fame or the Wyatt Historic House Museum. Catch a concert under the stars at the LeFurgey Cultural Center. Be sure to check out the Festival and Events Calendar for more information.
Follow the Coast
The North Cape Coastal Drive brings you one-of-a-kind attractions and experiences that showcase our cultures and traditions. Follow the coast and you’ll find attractions from renowned museums to seaside trails to iconic lighthouses. Investigate and you’ll find the hidden gems: join in the fun at the St. Luke’s Kitchen Party or try your investigative prowess at the Ellerslie Escape Rooms.
Headin’ Up West along the North Coast
Following Route 12, you’ll see fascinating local landmarks such as the iconic St. Patrick’s Church in Grand River. Don’t miss the Bideford Parsonage Museum, home to Lucy Maud Montgomery while she taught in Bideford. As you continue around the coast, you can enjoy a morning visiting alpacas or an afternoon at the MacAusland Woolen Mill.
North Cape, at the very tip of the North Cape Coastal Drive, is a one-of-a-kind place to visit. It has natural and human-made wonders, from the longest natural rock reef in North America to the huge wind turbines we use to generate power. You can visit the Wind Interpretive Center and take a walk along the Black Marsh Nature Trail. Enjoy a seafood supper looking over the reef where the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait meet.
Along the way, stop in at Tignish Cultural Center where you might like to spend a night in an old convent, now a lovely inn.
The Winding Southern Coastal Road
As you wind your way back south and east, take Route 14, the south shore road, and you won’t miss an opportunity to eat some seaweed pie or visit the home of Canada’s legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors. You might even want to record a track or two in the studio! The coastline features magnificent red capes and beaches that run for miles and miles. You can relax with a meal at a restaurant on the wharf, soaking in the spectacular views at West Point, and even stay a night or two in a working Lighthouse Inn. West Point is known for its spectacular sunsets, so this makes for an ideal romantic getaway.
As you continue along your way, stop in at the Bottle Houses and visit the Evangeline Region’s Village musical acadien for some fiddle music and chicken fricot. In Wellington, you’ll enjoy Barlow’s Mills Interpretive Center, and in Miscouche, the Acadian Museum of PEI.
From cultural experiences to down-home family fun, the North Cape Coastal Region’s attractions are unique and second to none.
From Route 2 on the Central Coastal Drive (south shore) just east of Summerside, turn south onto Route 1A and drive for 10 km (6.3 miles). Turn right onto Route 171 (Callbeck Street), and then after 1.9 km (1.2 miles) turn right on Route 112 towards Lower Bedeque. Follow Route 112 to its end where you will see the Indian Head Lighthouse at the end of the breakwater. At low tide it is sometimes possible to walk out to the lighthouse.
From Route 2 turn onto Water Street at Reads Corner. Turn left at the intersection with lights at MacEwen Road and Glover Shore Road. Turn onto Glover Shore Road and you will see it a short distance away on your right.