Beaches of the Fairest Land

Beaches along the North Cape Coastal Region are cradled in the arms of wide and quiet bays with red cliffs, home to bank swallows and foxes. You’ll see swathes of wind-swept sand where piping plovers hop through waves and gulls wheel in the sky. And you can dig for clams and search the tidal pools for hermit crabs and other sea life.

Prince Edward Island’s first European visitor landed in 1534 near the provincial park which bears his name: Jacques Cartier. He exclaimed that this was “…the fairest land ’tis possible to see!”

The Island’s North Cape Coastal Region is indeed fair, with 350 kilometers of red and sandy beaches that edge our crinkled shoreline. Many, like the local favourite at St. Chrysostome, where, at low tide, you can wade ankle-deep for miles out, thanks to a long progression of shallow sandbars – perfect for families with little ones to explore. Other beaches are rocky and hold mini ecosystems of hermit crabs and dulse in their tidal pools.

Whether you are looking for a quiet place to stroll and beach-comb or the perfect spot to set out on your kayak, a safe and family friendly supervised beach, or something off the beaten track where you can explore and marvel at Prince Edward Island’s natural wonders, North Cape Coastal Drive has just what you’re looking for.

Supervised Provincial Park Beaches

The supervised Provincial Park beaches are equipped with washrooms and changing rooms. Most facilities are open from mid-June to mid-September. Please check for accessibility off season.

Cedar Dunes Provincial Park

Lighthouses Lowell Palmer
Cedar Dunes Beach

Cedar Dunes is famous for miles of beautiful beaches and dunes. Enjoy a swim on the supervised beach, while the kids participate in children’s activities.

This is also one of the best places to catch a romantic sunset over the water. Better yet, stay at the West Point Lighthouse Inn, Canada’s only inn that is also a functioning lighthouse, with unparalleled views over the Northumberland Strait. While you’re here, be sure to stop by The Catch restaurant for seafood right on the wharf.

Green Park Provincial Day Park

This park, open mid-June to mid-September, has a children’s playground, nature trails and a sandy riverside beach. You can camp here or rent a rustic cottage right on the water.

During the 19th century, Green Park was the site of an active shipyard. Be sure to visit the Shipbuilding Museum and Historic Yeo House while you’re here. Nearby attractions include the Britannia Hall Theater where local theater and entertainment is produced regularly. Every first weekend of August, Green Park hosts the Rock the Boat Music Festival.

Jacques Cartier Provincial Park

Jacques Cartier Provincial Park was famously named after the first European explorer to visit our shores and offers a wide range of activities for all ages. There are supervised swimming and gorgeous views along this seacoast strand on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Unsupervised Provincial Park Beaches

Unsupervised beaches at our Provincial Parks have changing and bathroom facilities.

Belmont Provincial Park

Belmont Beach
Belmont Beach

Belmont Provincial Park features a wide bay, with towering red capes. Located on Route 123, Belmont is a day-use park featuring an unsupervised beach, playground equipment, firepits, picnic facilities, showers and flush toilets. Pets are permitted on leash.

Linkletter Provincial Park

This park, located on Bedeque Bay, is in close proximity to Summerside, the recreational and cultural center of Prince County. It is also close to Slemon Park, which hosts several summer hockey schools. Linkletter is the closest Provincial Park to the Confederation Bridge that offers camping.

Nearby attractions include the Summerside Golf and Country Club and the Acadian Museum of PEI in Miscouche.

Union Corner Provincial Park

Located on Route 11, Union Corner is a day-use park featuring a playground, beach, change rooms and firepits. Pets are permitted on leash.

Natural Beaches

North Cape Coastal Region has plenty of unsupervised beaches, so you can explore and find your own little piece of paradise. No bathrooms or changing rooms here, but you may find a few locals enjoying the natural beauty. Very likely, you’ll have miles of sand all to yourself. Read on if you’d like some tips about these beaches.

River Beach off Route 12, North of Jacques Cartier Beach

River Beach – North Cape Coastal Drive

There is a beach, much beloved by the locals, that a river estuary runs through. What’s most impressive is that it changes its configuration after every winter’s beating. Sometimes, it cuts a course swift and straight through the beach and out to sea. In other years, the river meanders along the beach, picking up bits of flotsam like any beachcomber might, before it turns and gently gives itself to the bigger body of water.

Rocky Point Beach at St. Chrysostome

RockyPointBeach - North Cape Coastal Drive
RockyPointBeach – North Cape Coastal Drive

Known as Rocky Point, or St. Chrysostome Beach by locals, this beach has the remains of a long stone jetty that extends out into the water. Sandbars go out for miles, which keeps the waters shallow and wonderfully warm. This unsupervised beach is a favourite with locals and is sure to keep the kids occupied hunting the shallow tidal pools for hermit crabs – hours of fun for youngsters.

Down Rocky Point Rd., off Rte 11.

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246 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside

784 Bideford Rd.,
Route 166, Ellerslie

101 Water St., Summerside


619 Water St. East, Summerside

511 Notre Dame St., Summerside

1745 Route 124, Abram-Village

33 Summer St., Summerside

5627 Route 12, Birch Hill

17 Sunnyside Rd., Richmond

433 Water St, Summerside, PE C1N 1C8

146 Bideford Rd., Ellerslie

136 Harbour Rd., West Point

536 Main St., O’Leary

103 School St., Tignish

719 Water St. East, Summerside

85 Spring St., Summerside

2181 Cannontown Rd.

23 Main Dr. East, Miscouche

1745 Route 124, Abram-Village

1745 Route 124, Abram-Village

3 Emma Drive, Alberton

457 Church St., Alberton

9 Mill Road, Wellington

Baywalk Boardwalk
370 Water St., Summerside

21817 Rte. 12
North Cape

1 Dewar Lane, O’Leary

1 Dewar Lane, O’Leary

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.

75 Spring St., Summerside

130 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside

552 Main St. O’Leary, PE

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.

The Hardy’s Channel / Little Channel Lighthouse is located at the end of a long private road, so the best public views of the lighthouse are from across the inlet from Howard’s Cove Seafood Limited.


Take Route # 173 North from Freeland and then turn left onto Smith Road from where a distant, partial view of the lighthouse is possible. You might find a fisherman willing to give you a water view!

No driving directions because this lighthouse is “privately” owned.

No driving directions because this lighthouse is privately owned.

360 Green Park Rd., Port Hill

124 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside

9564 Route 11, Mont-Carmel

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.

33 Summer St., Summerside

74 Old Palmer Rd off Rte 14 in St Lawrence, near Miminegash in Western PEI

4 Eagle Feather Trail
Lennox Island First Nation

1209 Barbara Weit Rd.
Lower New Annan

1209 Barbara Weit Rd.
Lower New Annan

180 Mill River Resort Rd.

21817 Rte. 12, North Cape

Following Route # 12 to its end at the Northwestern point of the Island.

From Route #12 (Church Street) in Alberton, turn South on Main Street and continue for 3km (2 miles) on highway 152 to Northport Harbour. It is adjacent to the Northport Community Centre.

599 MacEwen Rd., Summerside

482 Main St., Alberton

298 Rte. 152, Alberton

150 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside

8 Eagle Feather Trail
Lennox Island First Nation

O’Leary Corner
Intersection of Route 2 and O’Leary Road

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.

250 Water St., Summerside

Throughout Summerside

From Route 2, turn onto Water Street at Reads Corner. Continue heading west on Water Street until you reach a juncture with South Drive. At this point you will see this range light.

From Route 2 turn at Reads Corner onto Water Street. Continue heading west until you reach MacKenzie Drive.  You can see it adjacent to the boardwalk.


Grounds open/tower closed.

Throughout Summerside

6891 Rte. 11, Cap-Egmont

6891 Rte. 11, Cap-Egmont

205 Prince St., Summerside

103 School St., Tignish

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.

Grounds open, tower closed. Open seasonally.

36927 Western Rd – Rte 2, Carleton

17 Sunnyside Rd.
Richmond (Lot 14)

364 Cedar Dunes Park Rd.
West Point

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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