Points East Coastal Drive
Leaving Charlottetown, cross the Hillsborough Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway. Stratford awaits, followed by a series of other charming towns and villages, including Vernon Bridge, Orwell, and Eldon. Be on the lookout for beautiful pottery: hand-painted porcelain, cream glaze, tableware, and decorative items.
At Plough the Waves Centre in Wood Islands, you'll find Internet access, gift shops, landscaped grounds with gazebo, and of course, plenty of travel information. It's the perfect place to stop, shop, picnic, and visit the lighthouse.
Time to head to the Rossignol Estate Winery in Little Sands. Here you can sample (and purchase) award-winning wines, see some Island folk art, and enjoy the panoramic view of the Northumberland Strait. Continue east and follow the signs for Murray River. Enjoy the harbourfront and do some shopping along the way. You'll find, among other treasures, organic knitwear made from luxurious and soft alpaca yarn.
In Montague, Maritime and Island jewellery and handmade soaps, as well as an array of collectibles and crafts, wait to be discovered. Take a stroll along the harbourfront for a trove of Island arts and crafts. When leaving Montague, keep your camera handy to capture some of the breathtaking scenery. Be sure and visit Fire & Water Creations in Bay Fortune where sea glass is transformed into one-of-a-kind jewelry through the art of silver smithing. Also, stop by the Kings County Farmer's Market in Cardigan where you can purchase home baking, fresh local produce, crafts and more!
Basin Head Provincial Park is home to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Island, as well as a quaint boardwalk boutique featuring fine locally-made handcrafts and gifts. Next stop is East Point, approximately ten minutes east of Basin Head. It's the easternmost spot on PEI and home to the East Point Lighthouse, a gift shop, and waves that crash together from two different directions. St. Peters Bay is where you'll find high quality pewter fashion jewellery with Celtic, Victorian, and contemporary designs. Greenwich Interpretation Centre in Prince Edward Island National Park features an art gallery. Continue on this route for collections of work by Island artisans, including paintings, pottery, stained glass, original watercolours, prints, and other special treasures. Heading southwest on Route 2 will take you back to Charlottetown.