When you visit the working harbours of the North Cape Coastal region, you may see fishermen pull in with boats full of crab. Then begins the bustle as the longshoremen hop to work to unload and pack the fresh catch on ice. Lobster fishers and tuna anglers alike use the 12 working harbours of our region.
Fishing is deeply rooted in the history of the communities of western Prince Edward Island. In the North Cape Coastal Region, every spring, the excitement is palpable. Captains drive their flatbeds to the harbours, bearing the fishing boats that they will launch for “Setting Day”, which kicks off the opening of the lobster fishing season in May.
As you tour the North Cape Coastal region, come visit our working harbours; you’ll see lobster traps, painted sheds, pleasure craft and the boats of the inshore lobstermen who make their living harvesting lobsters. Want a chuckle? Be sure to read the boat names, it doesn’t get punnier than this.
Lobster on the Wharf
Looking for fresh seafood right from the fisherman? Our harbours are the ideal place to buy the very freshest lobster or oysters from our Atlantic waters. There are two lobster seasons on PEI. The first runs from May to June on the north side of the Island. During the second season, from August to October, boats go out from the south side harbours. Boats from 22-45 feet are used by most inshore lobster men. Even larger boats are used in the offshore fishery, where lobster men will go out to sea for several days at a time.
The bluefin tuna season in the North Cape Coastal region runs July 20 to October 31 with boats sailing out from Tignish Harbour. You can book a deep-sea fishing adventure on a boat, but usually you will be participating in catch-and-release fishing. When a fish is caught and kept for sale, it is under a government-regulated commercial tag registered to the captain of the ship. The tuna is then sold at auction or on consignment to brokers. The tuna pulled in can weigh from 300 to 1,200 pounds.
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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