There are 28 parks in Prince Edward Island. So there are plenty of choices if you are looking to find a place to stay the day or go camping.
You will find 3 National Parks – these charge admission fees. For $8 per person or $20 per family you can spend the day in the national park. Your pass is good for all three parks and if I remember correctly until noon the next day. The official hours in the summertime are 10 am to 6 pm but you can still get into the park (for free) outside those hours. See the details and plan your trip.
This is probably the most popular beach because it is located close to Green Gables and the other “Anne” related attractions. Even on the hottest days, the beach is never crowded. There are miles of beach to explore. You can enter “Cavendish East” along the gulf shore parkway which ends in a parking lot overviewing the sea and the swimming beach. From there it is a 10 minute walk to the beach. Better to drive through Cavendish and re-enter “Cavendish West” where a short boardwalk gets you directly to the beach.
Cavendish Beach is an excellent place to catch a glorious sunset. While driving in the general area of Cavendish, I have raced many times upon seeing a reddish evening sky. Most times I have been lucky enough to get to the beach to see the sun setting in the water. The red glows onto the red cliffs behind you for a wonderful effect. Remember that if you want to see a sunset in the water on Cavendish beach, you must do so before the end of July.
Just a few miles down the road is Brackley Beach. Same miles of beach with a supervised swimming area. The soft sandy beach is usually uncluttered with very little debris or rocks. However, the PEI landscape is constantly changing and there are no guarantees.
Greenwich park is a full day experience. There is a swimming beach. There are also trails through the marshes. The longest of the trails will take you about a half hour through fields, woods, a boardwalk through the marsh and finally a walk over the dunes to a spectacular unspoiled beach. You are almost guaranteed to be alone on the beach when you get there. Take your hiking shoes and some water for the trek.
There are also 11 provincial camping parks and 14 day use parks. Admission is free to the provincial parks and each offers a bit of something different. Consult the map for a park near where you will be staying.
Tomorrow a different theme. Some Q&As.