Explore North Cape Coastal Drive’s 350 kilometers of coastal roads, and you will see some of the most breath-taking vistas on Prince Edward Island. Here rolling hills give way to rugged red cliffs and winding red dirt roads lead to pristine beaches.
Plan your trip around our coast and join the locals as we celebrate our traditions, music and cuisine. This is an entire way of life. Participate in one of the many festivals that span the shores of the North Cape Coastal Region. Be sure to stop in at the shops that dot our meandering country roads for a perfect gift by an Island artisan or to fulfill your quest for the most memorable souvenir.
Our villages and communities tell the stories of Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Celtic peoples that live and breathe our Island culture to this day. Come join in! Tap your toes, catch your supper and experience the life of a true Islander.
Produce from Land and Sea
Our farming and fishing cultures are strong. Fresh seafood – lobster, snow crab, Island mussels – is fished all along our shores. You can easily buy these bounties at seafood markets. Experience the fun of buying your seafood right at the harbours where our fishermen land their catches. You’ll find fresh-from-the-farm produce at our farmer’s markets and roadside stands.
The Musical Coast
Live music and entertainment abound. From intimate settings like neighbourhood pubs up to the large open air venues of our music and cultural festivals. North Cape Coastal Drive boasts an eclectic choice of music styles from rock, bluegrass and Celtic to Mi’kmaq drumming and Acadian fiddle music.
Red Sands and Dunes
With 350 kilometers of red sand beaches and dunes, the North Cape Coastal Drive is the place kick off your shoes and enjoy some serious relaxation.
Let the North Cape Coastal Drive enchant you and take you for the journey of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for peace and relaxation on one of our amazing red sand beaches, or musical inspiration, and to immerse yourself more deeply in our culture, North Cape Coastal Drive has so much to offer you.
Follow Route 11 west of Summerside, and follow it down past Union Corner Provincial Park, Mont Carmel until you reach Cape Egmont. At the turn-off to Cape Egmont Fishermen’s Cove, turn left off the main road unto Phare du Cap-Egmont Road – The Cape Egmont Lighthouse Road. It is located at the end of this short, clay road.
Just east of the lighthouse alongside Route 11 are the Bottle Houses, some of which were built by a former keeper.
From Route 12 (Church Street) in Alberton, turn south on Main Street and continue for 3 km (2 miles) on Highway 152 to Northport. The Cascumpec Lighthouse is visible on an island just offshore from the marina in Northport. If you want to take a trip aboard a pontoon boat to get a closer look at the lighthouse, contact Blair Matthews (902) 853-7943.
The lighthouse is privately owned. Grounds/dwelling/tower closed.
Take Route 14 on the western shore. You will enter a community called Cape Wolfe. Howard’s Cove is between Routes 146 and 147. Look for a road called Wharf Road. There is a clay road that takes you to the lighthouse.
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.
Take Highway 2 to its end at Tignish, near the northwest tip of the island. When Highway 2 ends in Tignish, turn left onto Church Street (Route 14), and then make an immediate right onto Dalton Avenue. When Dalton Avenue ends, turn right onto Route 12, and then after 1.6 km (1 mile) turn left onto Tignish Shore Road. Continue until Tignish Shore Road ends, and you will see the Tignish Run Lighthouse on the corner of Tignish Shore Road and Harbour Road.
Take Route 2 west to Route 14. Turn left on Route 14 at Coleman Corner. Once you pass the “Welcome to West Point” sign, it is less than 1 km to where you turn left onto Harbour Road.
At the West Point Harbourside Centre, turn right onto Cedar Dunes Park Road, which leads to West Point Lighthouse.
Continue on Route 2 past Coleman Corner until you reach the round-about. Turn left to O’Leary. Follow Route 142 until you reach a T intersection. Turn left and follow Route 14 until you reach Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, or Harbour Road..
Make the most of your visit with our itineraries! GO!