The green and gentle landscape of Prince Edward Island is so inviting that visitors find themselves spending plenty of vacation time in the great outdoors. Picnics on the beach, cycling excursions or just an afternoon lounging with a book under a tree are just some of the possible ingredients for your Island vacation!
Let's begin on the ocean, where the warm salty water laps up on sandy shores or rolls in against red sandstone cliffs. "Surrounded by water" defines our Island and the opportunities to take advantage of that fact are many.
For those who like to paddle their own boat, there are several outfitters offering sea and river kayak tours. This is an activity that can meet the needs of the most adventurous or those who just want to try paddling for the first time.
It's true, you can swim in the warm salty water at PEI's beaches. The shallow shelf surrounding the Island's shore allows the water to heat up, and in July and August you will find supervised beaches in our provincial and national parks. Other beaches are perfect for those long solitary walks, or watching for the array of migratory and shore birds.
The Island is known for its excellent windsurfing conditions. Any afternoon when the breeze picks up, cars loaded with boards and sails can be seen heading out to the many access points around the Island.
A wonderful outing for the whole family. You will gain a whole new appreciation for fresh seafood after you take part in a deep-sea fishing excursion, cast your line into the deep blue waters off the coast of Prince Edward Island and catch your own fish.
Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Salmon, or go for the big one, Giant Bluefin Tuna! One of PEI's best fishing areas may be found at the Morell River located in Points East Coastal Drive. The Trout River in western PEI is a perfect destination for fishing as well as hiking. Drop into a Visitor Information Centre for a map of PEI's fishing holes.
Prince Edward Island is the first province to complete its section of the TransCanada Trail. The Confederation Trail was developed on railway lines abandoned more than a decade ago. The trail is surfaced with finely crushed rock dust and is quite smooth and almost flat, making it easily negotiated on foot or by bicycle. The full, tip-to-tip, Tignish to Elmira distance is 274 kilometres. The trail passes along the sea shore, by farm pastures and woodlots, and through many small communities as it links the opposite ends of the Island.
The Confederation Trail is a true all-season attraction as it is turned over to snowmobilers in winter. Bright coloured gates mark the various entry points, and there are several interesting branch trails that lead to places like Souris, Montague or Borden-Carleton. Request a Confederation Trail map from our toll-free information centre. An excursion on our Confederation Trail is a must-do for your vacation, whether you walk a small section in one of our cities, or cycle the whole tip-to-tip distance.
Camping is a fun and inexpensive vacation option and PEI is blessed with a wide selection of campgrounds. Near the beach, among the trees, tenting plots or full service sites; we have it all. The province has 10 provincial campgrounds as well as National Park camping and a large choice of private sites.