Stretching along the rugged north coast of the eponymous island, the Prince Edward Island National Park encompasses many of the island’s natural highlights, from dramatic red sand sea cliffs and towering dunes, to sprawling birch forests inhabited by red fox, muskrat and mink.
Hiking, cycling, kayaking and camping are all popular ways to explore the park, but many visitors opt for a scenic coastal drive, stopping to cool off at one of the many sandy beaches, climb the dunes for a view of the ocean, or discover the saltwater marshes, where it’s possible to spot Great Blue Heron and rare Piping Plover. Don’t forget to stop at Dalvay by the Sea too, which was famously visited by British Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, on their Canadian tour.
The Prince Edward Island National Park is also home to a number of sites immortalized in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books and fans will want to visit the iconic Green Gables Heritage Place, as well as the Haunted Woods and Lovers Lane.
The Prince Edward Island National Park runs along the north coast of Prince Edward Island from Cavendish to Dalvay, including the western tip of the Greenwich Peninsula. The park is open year-round, but many facilities and tourist attractions are only open between mid-May and mid-October. Adult admission at the time of writing starts from C$7.80 in high season, but a range of passes allow multi-day savings and entrance to attractions within the park.