Canada’s smallest province Prince Edward Island or ‘PEI’ for short is known for its pastoral scenery and lush agricultural landscapes. Its idyllic towns and capital Charlottetown move at a gentle pace, surrounded by Maritime delights, towering red sandstone cliffs and peaceful beaches. Whether you are local looking for new pastures to explore or you are new to the area, PEI offers plenty of fun family days out in the great outdoors. If you are travelling from mainland Canada, you may want to stay somewhere overnight to break up the journey. Look online for listings of Quebec City hotels for a quick kip before setting off on a short drive to the Island.
Basin Head Provincial Park
Enthusiastic guest reviews claim that Basin Head houses one of the best beaches on the island. The park in Souris provides nine miles of white sand along the beautiful coastline with great parking facilities for visitors. You can also learn about the Maritime history of the area in the Fisheries Museum. The popular area fills up quickly in peak times; however, you can walk along the beach to a more secluded area at Bothwell Beach. Take a picnic and laze under the sun in the day park while the kids play in the children’s village or enjoy a cooling ice-cream before a stroll around the Park’s gift shop.
Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island’s National Park boasts a diverse range of landscapes, scenic views and local wildlife. The park is home to woodland, wetlands, sand dunes, beaches and the Island’s signature sandstone cliffs. The National Park is also important for protecting the endangered Piping Plover, a delicate bird species. Parks Canada has been helping to revive the numbers of this coastal bird since 1982, which is continued to this day. The park was also awarded Best Canadian National Park, 2013 by About.com readers.
PEI’s capital is a bustling hive of entertainment, activities and historical landmarks. Like everywhere on the Island, you are never far away from water. The bays near the city provide ample activities by the water’s edge including fishing, boardwalk strolling and biking. Alternatively, you can stay inland to discover the Islands history which is perfectly preserved in an array of stunning buildings including the St. Dunstan’s Basilica and Beaconsfield Historic House.
Shining Waters Family Fun Park
Take the kids to this family-friendly park which is spread over 30 acres. Take a splash into Buccaneer Bay or climb up the tree houses in the Adventure Woods. Children can also play with animals in the barn as well as watch animated animals in performances and shows. There is also carnival rides for older children as well as canteen facilities for an energy boost at lunchtime.
Burlington Amusement Park
Fancy an adrenaline rush after lazy days spent on the beach? Kensington’s Burlington Amusement Park is home to PEI’s only batting cage and children’s go-karts. There are a total of 3 go-kart tracks for any age and level as well as bumper cars and mini golf.
~~ Guest Post by Susan Varano ~~