North Cape Coastal Drive’s 560 kilometers of coastline (about 350 miles) makes for tonnes of opportunities for fun on the water. Head out for some deep-sea fishing or paddle along our miles of coastal rivers and bays. The scenic beauty of our waterways will take your breath away.
Experience the Island from a different vantage point. Our estuaries and sheltered bays are truly beautiful viewed from the water. Canoeing or kayaking is an intimate boating experience. Settled down at water level, you’ll be amazed by close encounters with all sorts of sea life and waterfowl, from bank swallows to cormorants. You’ll see blue herons, osprey and eagles winging over the estuaries and diving for fish. Bring your own gear or rent a kayak or other vessel, and there are lots of places you can push off from sandy bottomed beaches and inlets.
If you’d like a faster pace, spend a day cruising around Malpeque Bay. Check deep-sea tuna fishing off your bucket list by sailing out of the Tignish Harbour, the largest small-craft harbour in the Maritimes. Try tuna hook-and-release and mackerel fishing or take in a coastal tour with a local captain who knows all the stories of the sea.
Fresh Water Fishing
The North Cape Coastal Touring Region is criss-crossed with rivers and estuaries that offer great opportunities for fishing. Public lands give access to public fishing spots. Fish to your heart’s content with an inexpensive fishing license, required for anyone 16 years or over.
Come during the May long weekend for Free Family Fishing. During this four-day period, you can fish without an angling licence. Many communities and watershed groups also offer free family fishing events during the spring.
Tignish Harbour is where you need to go for deep-sea fishing charters in both the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait. You can spend a day fishing for mackerel or angling for tuna aboard a 45-foot vessel.
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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