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Prince Edward Island’s sandy secrets

Canada’s smallest province is bordered by miles and miles of beaches, all with their own character and quirks. Discover some of our favorites.

06 July 2011
by Valerie Howes
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The Beach: Basin Head Beach
The Lowdown: When you walk across the fine white sand of this beach on the Northumberland Strait, it makes a high-pitched sound like singing. Scientists are still scratching their heads as to exactly why.
What to Do: Learn about shipwrecks, lighthouses and the lives of the area’s first fishermen at Basin Head Fisheries Museum or go look in the tidal lagoon for Chondrus crispus, a giant Irish moss found nowhere else in the world but here.
Where to Stay: Every room at Johnson Shore Inn looks out to the ocean. It takes just 15 minutes to cycle from here to Basin Head Beach.
 
The Beach: Tea Hill Beach
The Lowdown: This family beach on the south shore is a little damp for stretching out a towel to catch rays, but it’s the place for beachcombing and clam digging at low tide.
What to Do: Put on your rubber boots, grab a bucket and spade and get digging. Later, a gentle hike will lead you along the red sandy shore to a pretty white lighthouse.
Where to Stay: The Boathouse B&B in nearby Stratford provides easy access to Tea Hill Beach and sits on its own watery stretch looking out to Charlottetown Harbour.
 
The Beach: Malpeque Bay
The Lowdown: With 25 km (15 mi) of red sandy dunes, a coastal lagoon system and a “Wetlands of International Importance” designation, this protected beach is a real draw for nature lovers.
What to Do: Sample the Malpeque Bay oysters prepared by Canadian shucking champion John Bil at nearby Ship to Shore restaurant or stay on the beach and look out (from a respectful distance) for the rare Piping Plovers that nest in these parts.
Where to Stay: The rustic Malpeque Cove Cottages offer simple, peaceful accommodations with fully equipped kitchens and private barbecues for cookouts.
 
The Beach: Crowbush Cove
The Lowdown: A five-star resort beach that serves as the gorgeous backdrop to action-packed family vacations and relaxing golf matches.
What to Do: At the resort’s Spa Boutique spa, indulge in a Caribbean Therapy Pedicure as prep for barefoot strolls along the shores. Golfers will delight in teeing off on the four-and-a-half-star links.
Where to Stay: Choose between cottages, deluxe guest rooms and king suites painted in a beach and ocean palette at Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort.
 
Getting here
 
Johnson Shore Inn, 9984 Rte. 16, Hermanville, 1-877-510-9669, johnsonshoreinn.com
The Boathouse B&B, 33 1/2 Glencove Dr., Stratford, Charlottetown, 902-566-2496, bbexpo.com/boathouse
Malpeque Cove Cottages, 304 King St., Malpeque, 1-888-283-1927, malpeque.ca
Rodd Crowbush Golf and Beach Resort, 632 Rte. 350, Morell, 902-961-5600, roddhotelsandresorts.com
Tourism PEI, 1-800-463-4PEI (4734), www.tourismpei.com
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