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Confederation Bridge, sunset sky, ocean

What's Open in Winter? Central Coastal Drive

Central Coastal Drive Winter Itinerary

Explore the north shore to the south shore and our many communities and small towns along the way.


Borden-Carleton is considered the gateway to Prince Edward Island. A must-stop is Marine Rail Park for views of the 12.9 KM Confederation Bridge. Here are several other recommended stops in the area.

  • Find live entertainment, craft beer and good eats at Lone Oak Brewing Co. and the Abby.
  • Visit the Handpie Company to stock up on sweet and savoury handhelds for on-the-go meals.
  • Enjoy downhome cooking and friendly hospitality at the Red Rooster Restaurant in Crapaud.
  • Likewise, the Blue Goose Restaurant down the highway in Desable offers home cooking at reasonable prices and charming staff. 
Rooster decoration in foreground with couple sitting at table in background in front of window with winter scene
Red Rooster, Crapaud

Near Brookvale

Brookvale is home to the Mark Arendz Provincial Winter Activity Park for Alpine and Nordic skiing as well as Biathlon.

Farmer Flory escorts a donkey out of a stall at Island Hill Farm
Island Hill Farm

The North Shore

View of North Rustico Harbour at sunset in winter
North Rustico

Make Kensington another stop along the way

Discover the characters and charm of Kensington, a popular hub town en route between Summerside and Rustico with many options for dining.

Winter at the Kensington Railyard
Island Stone Pub, Kensington Railyard

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