If you have been following Cindy’s blog, we have been on the road since November. While we have visited many interesting places, it seems that finding out where to go was the biggest challenge.
We visited many information centres, state run and private. We picked up several pamphlets and tour guides. We also did considerable research on the Internet. While these are good resources, we found we were often overwhelmed by the huge number of choices. How do you pick the best one?
We found that talking to people was often more informative. Sometimes we would strike up a conversation with a store owner and ask where they would go to visit. This is one of the reason Cindy blogs about our trip. We highlight the favourite places along our trip; if your interests are similar, you will likely enjoy them also.
This trip has also given me the idea of helping plan trips to PEI. Over the next few weeks, I will compile some of my favourite things to do in PEI.
Nature Lovers Trip
Here are may Favourite Spots in PEI to admire Nature:
North Cape is the windiest part of PEI. It was the first experimental windmill site. This is where PEI experimented with several designs. Unfortunately, many of the older models have been dismantled. It is still a great place to learn about wind energy. There is also an Irish Moss Interpretation Centre. At low tide, you can walk out a great distance between “the two tides”. There, you can often spot seals basking in the sun.
West Point Lighthouse is steeped in history. Visit the lighthouse and attached motel to find out more. There is also a beach where you can walk for miles. On a good day, you might be able to come back with a handful of seaglass.
While Cavendish Beach is very popular, I enjoy Brackley beach. It features the same great sand and unspoiled nature. Now, there is also a bicycle path that runs alongside the roadway so you can pedal your way through nature’s sights.
Like Brackley, Greenwich is part of the National Park system. So if you get a park pass at Brackley, make sure you also use it at Greenwich before it expires. There is a swimming beach in Greenwich. My reason for going there is the nature trails. Go past the welcome centre all the way to the end of the road. There are several hiking trails. The longest takes you through an open area, a short walk through a wooded area, a boardwalk through a marsh, and ends up on one of the nicest beaches on Prince Edward Island. Turn left and go down a couple of hundred yards. There is a place to climb back over the dunes to learn about their formation. Be sure to bring suitable sun protection and water. You might be out for a long time.
Basin Head Provincial Park is the site of Singing Sands Beach. Children of all ages love this beach as they like to make the sand sing. So come and take your shoes off. Find a dry patch of sand and walk kicking your feet in the sand. On your way out to Basin Head, you will pass by the town of Souris. As you approach via the causeway, you will see a parking area on your right and a long stretch of beach. This is also a popular area for beachcombing.
My nature lovers tour ends in Victoria Park. Donated to the city of Charlottetown almost 150 years ago, the park remains a 35 acre park close to downtown Charlottetown. There is a boardwalk all around the outside perimeter. There is also a bicycle lane during the summer. The inner court of the park has tennis courts, a playground, a pool, and trails through wooded areas. It is a great place to spend the day or to unwind after a busy day of exploring Prince Edward Island.