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Prince Edward Island:
A Beach Lover's Dream

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Prince Edward Island's shore line is lined with beaches. All of them amazing. Many are protected as provincial parks with great picnic facilities and lifeguards on duty. One of the great surprises to us was that there is no entry or parking fee at any of the provincial parks. Most beaches have powder soft sand, often set off by red cliffs. Even in the peak of tourist season, with so many beaches to choose from, we could always find one that was fairly secluded.

Although we had some rain (which prevented us from seeing much in Charlottetown), we also had some great hot weather during our five-day visit. Perfect beach weather!!! We swam in the ocean and, on two occasions, Randy was tempted to reach in and grab our dinner: he saw a large crab and then a 2-lb lobster nibbling at his toes.

The Beaches

Prince Edward Island Beach

Some beaches were quite busy.

Prince Edward Island Beach

Others relatively quiet

Prince Edward Island Beach

Basin Head Beach - apparently rated, "Canada's Best Beach"

Prince Edward Island Beach

We walked for miles and miles, then sat for many hours.

Prince Edward Island Beach

Even had dinner on the beach with a sunset view.

Prince Edward Island Beach

The next day: PEI mussels with a harbour view.

Anne of Green Gables House

Although it wasn't on Randy's "must-see" list, I felt a visit to PEI was not complete without a visit to Anne of Green Gables National Park.

Anne of Green Gables

The house on which Lucy Maude Montgomery based her novels

Anne of Green Gables

A guided tour, characters, and scheduled events made it entertaining and fun.

Other Historic Houses of PEI

PEI Lighthouse

Of course, there are also many historic lighthouses. We stopped at a few.


The route we followed covered most of the eastern coastline of the island, we stayed one night each with four different Boondockers Welcome members, and one night at Red Point Provincial Park Campground.

Boondockers Welcome host

At a Boondockers Welcome host location

Boondockers Welcome host

Another Boondockers Welcome host

One host, Plant, has space for several RVs and they welcomed us even though there was another member there the same night. To our surprise we knew the other guests. The six of us had a great visit!

Boondockers Welcome host

Morning coffee visit with hosts and fellow guests

Breakfast at Historic Shaw Hotel

Breakfast at historic Shaws Hotel with fellow traveling members

Overal Impressions of PEI

Our hosts confirmed our suspicions that, after the Confederation Bridge was built, tourism blossomed here. That, of course, has its good and bad sides. Our only disappointment was that it was raining cats and dogs the day we had set aside for touring Charlottetown. We did drive around the city in the rain, searching for a level parking space, but left after a frustrating half hour search without any luck. As one of our hosts explained, "when it rains, everyone leaves the beach and heads into town". Other than that, the island roads are easy to navigate. There are many straight roads across the island so it seems to be quick to get from one point to another.

The best reason to return to Prince Edward Island? The people (super friendly and genuine) and the beaches. In that order.

Anne or Marianne?

Should I have bought the hat?

Days on the road on this trip: 16

Total camping costs to date: $81

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