People who are planning on visiting Prince Edward Island this summer already know this:
There’s no other place in the world quite like it.
But the most frequently asked question when tourists get here is "what is there to do on PEI?" In fact, we continue to hear that people are looking for adventures on PEI, but just don't know where to find them.
Well, you’re in luck, because we’ve collected a list of the top 5 recommended things to do in Prince Edward Island that will get you away from the crowds and off the beaten path.
From seal watching to beach combing, these things showcase the spectacular beauty that PEI is famous for, and are certain to be the highlight of your trip. From biking to hiking, we've got you covered.
#1: Sunbathing Seals at Rollo Bay.
Prince Edward Island is famous for its wildlife, and there is nothing more spectacular in the summer time than to witness a playful harbor seal.
And while there are many places around the Island to spot one of these creatures, the best kept secret on where to do so is without a doubt in Rollo Bay.
The warm waters of Rollo Bay are a paradise for people and seals, and when the water recedes at low tide it leaves a sprawling sand flat in its wake. It's here, out on these sand bars, that the seals are known to sleep, basking in the warmth of the summer sun.
They aren’t always the easiest to find, and changing tides and weather can hamper their discovery, but to stumble upon them is worth the challenge. If you do find these seals, be careful not to get to near, and you should never wake them up!
To access Rollo Bay beach, head down Route 330 and follow the first dirt road to the water.
#2: The Hermitage Waterfall.
When you think of Prince Edward Island, you probably don’t think of waterfalls. Right?
That’s because most people believe that there aren’t any waterfalls on PEI.
They would be wrong.
There is a waterfall on PEI, and its one of the Island’s best kept secrets. Formed by a chance combination of elevation and water pressure, the Hermitage waterfall is like no other.
Springing forth from a pool high above the river its waters careen downwards over centuries worth of mossed over rocks, tumbling ceaselessly into the Naufrage river below. A sight that must be seen to be appreciated, it is no wonder that the locals hold this place in such high regard.
In order to find this waterfall, you must head north on Route 308, until you come to the Hermitage Road. From there, you must find the river and follow it south. The trail is sparse and unmarked, but perseverance is certain to pay off when you spot this beauty!
#3: The Canopy in "The Glen".
While Prince Edward Island is famous for its beaches, it has a longstanding connection to its forests as well.
Many of the Island’s celebrated red dirt roads still wind their way deep into the wooded heartland of the Island interior, and in fact a number of these roads are designated on PEI as Scenic Heritage Roads.
And while each of these roads boasts something unique to offer, there is none quite like the New Harmony Heritage road.
Located in the north-east corner of the Island, the New Harmony Heritage road surges northward, connecting the Northumberland Strait with the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
And although just the beauty to be seen on the road itself is something noteworthy, it is truly remarkable for its nearly two-kilometre long enclosed canopy, consisting entirely of maple and birch boughs. To drive down this road is to step in the past, and it is one the last remaining remnants of “days gone by”.
To find the New Harmony Heritage road, head north of Souris on Route 305, veer immediately onto Route 335, and take your first left onto Route 303. From there simply follow 303 into the woods.
#4: Naufrage Harbour.
There is perhaps nothing more uniquely Island than the tiny fishing villages which have sprung up across the province.
Despite advances in technology that have elsewhere disrupted the fishing industry, it seems that little has changed in these quaint little villages. Dozens of them are still active to this day, but most remarkable is the harbor at Naufrage.
Named “naufrage” after the French word for shipwreck, it was here that shipwrecked sailors washed ashore and came to settle. From its very beginning Naufrage has shared a special connection to the sea, and this connection continues to be seen to this day.
Despite its size, more than a hundred fisherman sail from this harbor every day, and it still boasts a proud and active light house, one that continues to guide sailors home from their labours at sea.
To find Naufrage, head North from St. Peter's Bay along Route 16.
#5: Greenwich National Park.
When it comes to Prince Edward Island, the first thing that springs to mind is the beach. Warm water, waves crashing, and gulls overhead.
The Island has come to be known for its colorful sunsets and sprawling sandy shores, and if this is what you seek, you need look no further than Greenwich National Park.
Unlike the other parts of the Prince Edward Island National Park, Greenwich is in a world of its own, isolated from the rest of the Island on its own peninsula.
Here the crowds are thinner, the beaches calmer, and the scenery just that much more beautiful.
Greenwich boasts all of the favoured amenities of any other National park, but here you are free to enjoy all that it is offer in relative solitude, making the experience truly your own.
To find Greenwich, follow Route 313 from St. Peter's Bay.
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