During my last day on Prince Edward Island, my hostel mates and I decided to embark on a road trip and visit part of the island we had not been before: Points East Coastal Drive. Four of us were staying in Charlottetown and we rented a mini-van together to do a road trip on the east coast, and visit somewhere quiet and special.
Points East Coastal Drive covers 295 miles of the coastal road on the east. Because of the long distance, we would not be able to cover even half of the loop in one day. However, after one day’s travel, we all agreed that it was our favorite Canada road trip, and this part of the island was so serene that we felt we owned most of the places.
Return to Cavendish – the birthplace of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Cavendish is too beautiful that we all decided to return and see this lovely place one more time. We spent the morning on the pristine Cavendish beach and dipped our feet into the white sand and the warm water. The beach was quiet in the morning so we found a huge space on the shore and took our time appreciating the panoramic views of the shoreline and looking into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. In the summer, Cavendish is filled with festivities, scenic ocean views, cultural events, delicious seafood and beautiful sunsets, which make it a perfect weekend gateway.
Points East Coastal Drive
This part of the road trip is famous for its long stretch of stunning coastlines, fishing villages, potato farms, and top-notch golf courses. We kicked off this road trip in Greenwich, the getaway to Prince Edward Island National Park. Our trip continued to St. Peter’s Bay where we had delicious fish and chips at Rick’s Fish and Chips and Seafood House. Rich’s Fish and Chips is run by the owner, Rick Renaud, and some popular items on the menu, Cajun mussels and curried seafood chowder, are his own creations. If you are a seafood lover and willing to try something new, make sure to check out this place.
After visiting several beaches, we arrived at East Point, to visit the easternmost part of the island. East Point consists of a lighthouse, an infinite stretch of the ocean, and an interesting sign marking “the end of the world is here” on one side and “start of the world is here” on the other. This place is very remote and is the best location to watch the sunrise on the island.
Sunset in an anonymous place
If you want to watch the sunset, you should go to the west. Regardless of the location, we still wanted to take a look at the sunset on our last day. After Georgetown, we ditched the map and started off-road exploring. We took an hour drive through the countryside where we hardly saw any oncoming traffic, and then to a very treacherous road covered with red soil and rocks, which took us to a lake view where we enjoyed the sunset. We did not have high expectations for the sunset (we were on the east) but the sunset view was still beautiful. The sky turned gold and pink, and the view of the lake looks like a dream.
From potato farms, golf courses, fishing villages, museums, pristine beaches, soft and colorful sand, and wineries, there is always something on Prince Edward Island for natural and cultural lovers. I fell head over heels for this enchanting island and would love to return every year to explore more of this beautiful Canadian province.
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