North Cape Coastal Drive
Opportunities to see and purchase stunning works by Island artists and craftspeople abound in Summerside, PEI's second-largest city. Be sure to visit the Eptek Art & Culture Centre, which feature changing exhibits of local artists. Spinnakers' Landing overlooks the gorgeous harbour and includes shops selling jewellery, crafts, and antiques, as well as a general store. Spend a few hours exploring the city for smaller galleries and shops. Then follow Route 2 to Miscouche where you'll find the Acadian Museum/Musee Acadien, complete with gift shop.
From Wellington, head south on Route 177 to Mont Carmel. In Abrams-Village you'll find le Centre D'Artisanat/Abram-Village Handcraft Co-Op Ltd. for a selection of Acadian shirts, woodwork, pottery and locally made crafts, weaving, quilts and rugs. Going north on Route 11, enjoy the views overlooking Egmont Bay. Merge onto Route 2 heading north and follow the signs for the West Point Lighthouse in Cedar Dunes Provincial Park. The charming shop at the lighthouse offers a unique selection of locally made handcrafts and quilts, casual wearables, and jewellery. There are a number of other arts and crafts stores in the area. In O'Leary you'll find the Canadian Potato Museum & Antique Farm Machinery Museum. Items for sale in their gift shop include ceramics, potato bag pants, potato oven mitts, canvas book bags, and similar PEI souvenirs. Other craft shops in this area offer quilts, ceramics, knitting, dried flower arrangements, woolen items, and hand-carved decoys. Farther north, in Lauretta, you'll find antiques, birdhouses, sculptured wood, driftwood, sea glass art, and much more at Back Road Folk Art. At North Cape, the tides of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait meet over Canada's longest natural rock reef. The North Cape Nature and Technology Centre offers a selection of Island handcrafts.
On your return journey to Summerside, follow Route 12 to enjoy breathtaking views of the gulf. You'll connect with Route 2 just before Portage and if you head east on Route 134, you'll approach Lennox Island. Here you'll find many examples of traditional and non-traditional native crafts, such as Mi'kmaq ash-splint baskets, beadwork, carvings, drums, pipes, head-dresses, moccasins, and birch-bark novelty items.
Make your way back to Route 12 south and explore the area for still more craft shops. Or follow the signs for Summerside.