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Where are the biggest waves on the Island?

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Hello Wanda,

The area of Prince Edward Island that would see the largest waves would be any area along the north shore which faces the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This is because this area would get the currents directly from the Atlantic Ocean. However, because it is protected by the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the waves are not usually as high as some other areas in Atlantic Canda. The south shore of the Island tends to have calmer waters.

If the waves are a concern for you, I would recommend swimming at supervised beaches which, in season, are monitored by life guards. This is not only safer for days when swimming is allowed, but it would also create an opportunity for updates about wave conditions as the life guards would close the beach to swimming if the waves are a concern. You can learn more about beach safety on Prince Edward Island by visiting


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