It seems that during the summer time on Prince Edward Island that there is simply no end to all that can be seen done no matter which way you turn, and the area surrounding Naufrage Harbour is no exception.
The roads are scenic and calm, and everywhere you go offers sneaking glances of the mighty Gulf of St. Lawrence. Abundant too are the places to cycle to the water’s edge and dip your toes, and it is worth mentioning that the Northside, as it is known, is famous for its sunsets, given that on Prince Edward Island the sun sets on the north.
With that said, we have prepared for you a list of 5 fantastic places to see around Naufrage while riding a bike, and we are certain that you will enjoy them.
Stopping at Naufrage Harbour is like taking a trip back in time. Pronounced “New-Frayge”, it is a small fishing community that has never lost its old-fashioned sense of charm. The Shipwreck Point Lighthouse proudly overlooks the water, and every day throughout the summer the harbour bustles as fishermen bring in their catches of lobster and tuna. In fact, many boats offer tuna charters here as well. Tourists are free to stroll about the wharf and watch the day’s catch be landed, and if you are lucky you may even see a huge tuna being landed.
Another one of Naufrage’s most well known attractions is its wooden arched bridge. This one lane road bridge carries traffic across Naufrage harbour, lifting them high up above the water. The view from the bridge is both terrifying and exhilarating, and offers a great vantage point for photos. In fact, the entire harbour is ripe for prime photo opportunities, and the backdrop of sand, sun, and sea offers a beautiful range of settings.
Take a walk on the beach in search of sea glass, or visit the gift shop near the bridge and browse Patricia’s beautiful seaglass creations. Washrooms and ice cream are available here as well.
Bear River Dunes
Prince Edward Island is known the world over for its stunning sand dunes, and the Naufrage area is no exception. In fact, the area is unique in its seaside attractions, as it one of the only places in the province that offers both sand dunes and sandstone cliffs contiguously. While the shores of Cow River Beach are known for their beauty, the shores of Bear River are lined with beautiful sand dunes, the same dunes which westward constitute the dunes of Greenwich National Park.
Cycle down the red dirt Bear Shore Road to arrive at Bear River Beach, home of these wondrous dunes. Tip toe your way across the shallow river to fully appreciate the spectacle that these dunes offer. Sand dunes are a product of wind and weather, as the driving winds pile the sand in these extraordinary patterns, not unlike a snow drift. But what really makes the dunes take form is the marram grass which grows upon it, for it is the roots of this grass which serves to anchor sand in place and prevent it from drifting away.
They are a thing of beauty, but be warned: it is an offense to climb upon the dunes, as doing so risks damaging the fragile root systems of the marram grass.
These windmills need to be seen to be believed. Rising a stunning 92m in height, these windmills can be seen from all around the countryside. They are simply colossal in scale and a wonder to behold. They can be best viewed from either the Northside Road, east of Naufrage, or from the Souris Line Road, south east of Naufrage.
It is a round trip distance of nearly 30km to the windmills and back, but as a casual ride it is certainly worth the effort. The sheer power and scales of these machines will compel you to stop and marvel at them, and it is fascinating to watch the shadows of the blades tumble endless across the road in the evening light.
Perhaps best of all, these windmills are used to generate 100% renewable energy, right here on Prince Edward Island, further cementing our status as Canada’s green province.
Prince Edward Distillery
The Prince Edward Distillery is a uniquely Island experience, and one not to be missed. Operated by Arla Johnson and Julie Shore, it is the one and only facility in the entire country to distill pure potato vodka, and it is the only grain vodka in Canada to be flavoured with wild blueberries.
Located approximately 25km round trip from Naufrage, the distillery is a great way to spend the afternoon, with on site purchasing and distillery tours. Learn all about the unique way in which potatoes are turned in vodka here on the Island, and sample some of the product which they have to offer.
Shipwreck Point Cafe
After a long day of cycling, there is no better way to unwind than at the Shipwreck Point Cafe, located centrally at Naufrage Harbour, overlooking the cliffs and offering a waterfront view. It seems that the whole world comes to eat at the Shipwreck, as every night the tables are filled with patrons from all over, united by an intrinsic passion for local food and good company.
The Shipwreck offers down to earth, home cooked meals, and seafood cooked to perfection. They even serve one of the area’s unique specialties, deep fried veggies. You simply must try them! After the meal enjoy a homemade desert, then finish your evening off with a stroll along the cape in the shadow of the Shipwreck Point lighthouse.
To discover more about the area, or to learn all about the exciting guided tours which we offer, visit the Red Rock Adventure Company home page, or check us out on Facebook.