Learn more about the history of the western Prince Edward Island. Come explore the cultures that give us our unique outlook on life. The North Cape Coastal Drive region is renowned for the natural beauty of its coastline and the bucolic settings of our rural communities, but we have a rich and storied history too. Visit our interpretive centers and museums to dig deeper into the fascinating history of our peoples.
Lennox Island Cultural Center offers insights into the First Nations peoples’ long history on Prince Edward Island. Archaeological evidence shows that Mi’kmaq First Nations have made their home on PEI for about 10,000 years. Come join in the cultural celebrations at the Pow Wow in August. This event held on the impressive pow wow grounds, is an event unlike any you’ve ever witnessed. This is not a put-on tourist attraction, but rather an authentic celebration featuring opening prayers, dancing, drumming, sweat lodge and feast. Powerful drums, colourful jingle dresses and dancing will delight and amaze you. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.
Miscouche’s Acadian Museum of PEI will give you some insight into the Evangeline region, and the determination and undaunted spirit of the Acadian people of Prince Edward Island, from the early days of settling the Island and through the tumult of the Great Deportation.
Evidence of the life and spirit of English, Scottish and Irish settlers can be seen throughout the region, from place names to the lively Celtic music and ceilidh celebrations held in small halls all around the region.
From shipbuilding, lighthouse and fox museums to machine shops, woolen mills, shellfish and potato interpretive centers, along with Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultural centers, you can dig deep to explore and uncover the roots of historic PEI’s industries, cultures and way of life.
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..
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