We are traveling to PEI in a week and want to be able to walk on beaches, view the nice scenery, go camping, kayaking and have campfires. What would you recommend?

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Kristen Bungay
Grand Falls Windsor, Newfoundland
PEI Ambassador Barbara Mayhew
Barbara Mayhew

General Island

Hi Kristen!

Cavendish is a good central location for a Prince Edward Island vacation.  There are many things to do in Cavendish itself and it has the benefit of being in close proximity to other parts of our Island that also offer lots for the visitor.

The beach inside the national park at Cavendish (note that a park entrance fee is required) is quite lovely and, once inside the park, you can continue on a scenic coastal drive through the series of national parks that run in succession along the north shore coastline. Each of the parks has its own beach so you will have a good choice of wonderful sandy beaches in close distance to Cavendish. The drive through Prince Edward Island’s national parks showcases many beautiful coastal vistas made up of picture-perfect beaches and beautiful natural rolling sand dunes dotted with Marram grass set against a backdrop of azure blue water for as far as the eye can see. These beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing, and walking. 

Kayaking is a great way to see our Island from a different perspective than driving.  From a kayak, you will see our red cliffs up close, along with pastoral landscapes and, depending on where you are kayaking, you may even see pink sand dunes and a variety of waterfowl. Since you have indicated an interest in making Cavendish your home base during your visit, I suggest you check out “Outside Expeditions” in nearby North Rustico. They are Prince Edward Island’s oldest kayak outfitter - having been in business since 1993 and North Rustico is an interesting fishing village just to visit.  “By The Sea Kayaking” is popular in the small picturesque fishing village of Victoria-By-The-Sea but it is on the south side of the province, about 35-40 minutes from Cavendish. However, if you are interested in venturing further than Cavendish, it is an option. 

We have so many scenic drives here. One of my favorite drives is not far from Cavendish. I suggest heading to Stanley Bridge from Cavendish and then follow through the picturesque communities of New London, Springbrook, French River, Park Corner, and Malpeque. You’ll see lovely working harbours in several of these communities and you’ll experience the rolling hills landscape.

If you are looking for suggestions about places to eat in the area, there are a variety of eating establishments in the Cavendish-North Rustico-New Glasgow areas.  If you want the full meal deal for seafood, I recommend dining at one of our famous lobster suppers – either New Glasgow Lobster Suppers in New Glasgow or Fisherman’s Wharf in North Rustico. Just make sure you go with hearty appetites and expandable waistbands!  These suppers will give you a good sampling of an Island seafood culinary experience consisting of great lobster, seafood chowder, and mussels along with salads, homemade rolls, and yummy desserts. I think you’ll find one of these suppers the most suitable option to sample the best of our seafood all in one place.

If you find yourselves in New Glasgow (which is not far from Cavendish), you may want to stop at Glasgow Glen Farm on Route 258 to pick up some good Island-made Gouda cheese and perhaps some brick oven baked bread. And, to go along with that bread, I suggest a stop just up the road at the PEI Preserve Company for some gourmet jam made on the premises.  In fact, from the viewing window in the retail shop, you might even see jam being made.  Attached to the PEI Preserve Company is the Butterfly House in the Gardens of Hope.  This popular local attraction provides the opportunity to see beautiful butterflies up close.  

As for camping accommodations in Cavendish, there are several campgrounds and I suggest you consult with the Prince Edward Island Visitor’s Guide, or do an online accommodations  search in the Cavendish area, or call 1-800-463-4734 toll free for personalized assistance. You have indicated an interest in campfires so you will need to consult with the campground you choose to camp at for their rules and regulations around open fires. 

While I like to suggest visitors venture out and about all around our Island to see as much of it as they can during their visit, if you only have a few days you can certainly fill them with adventure, scenic drives, walks on the beach, good food, and interesting activities in Cavendish and close by surrounding areas. 

I hope you will enjoy your visit to Prince Edward Island and leave with a lifetime of great memories of your holiday with us.