7 Iconic PEI Photo Ops
Shutterbugs get your cameras ready! You won’t want to miss these fantastic photo ops during your next visit to PEI.
Everybody knows that PEI is the Gentle Island, but maybe we should also start calling it the Photogenic Island! Everywhere you look on Prince Edward Island, there are sights and moments worth capturing forever, and with a trusty camera or cell phone, it’s easier than ever to capture an unforgettable shot. If you’re looking for a few spots to set up for your next photoshoot, you’re in luck; we have seven fantastic locations that are worth checking out.
The Point Prim Lighthouse
We’ve written about Point Prim before, and can you blame us? Indeed, it is one of the most beautiful places in Canada (just ask Conde Nast Traveler) and a perfect spot to snap a photo. Home to PEI’s oldest lighthouse (and one of only two circular brick lighthouses in all of Canada) Point Prim is almost entirely surrounded by water, meaning it will be easy for you to find a fantastic angle. For best results, consider visiting around sunset—you won’t regret it.
The Sir John A. MacDonald Statue
Where else but Charlottetown will you have an opportunity to sit down and have a chat with one of the Fathers of Confederation? On Queen Street, not far from Province House, you’ll find a statue of Sir John A. MacDonald sitting on a park bench, waiting for you to join him to discuss the future of Canada—or maybe just to say “Cheese!” Whatever you decide to say, the result will be a photo that’s sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
The Red Sand Beaches
PEI is perhaps best known for its beautiful red sand beaches, which line the shores of this beautiful island. Among our favourites is West Point Beach, where you’ll find kilometers of red sand to curl your toes in or stroll along while watching the waves roll in. While you’re here, be sure to capture a photo of the distinct sands. Then make your way to the West Point Lighthouse, recognizable for its iconic stripes, to snap another shot for the photo album. As a bonus, make your way to the top of the lighthouse to grab a panoramic photo for the ages.
Along PEI’s North Shore, you’ll find one of the Island’s best-known rock formations—Teacup Rock. Named after its unique shape, the rock could easily be mistaken for a teacup sitting on a delicate saucer, if it wasn’t a towering piece of sandstone! We find the best time to capture a photo of this natural beauty is in the early morning when the sun is rising, and the waters are still calm. After you get your shot, maybe have a nice glass or morning tea to celebrate!
The COWS Creamery
I scream, you scream, we all scream for (photos of) ice cream! PEI’s world-famous COWS ice cream is infinitely Instagrammable, especially when you have two fresh scoops in a crisp waffle cone. Take a free tour of the creamery to learn the history of COWS, as well as how their delicious ice cream is made. Then, order a cone of your own, find the perfect backdrop, and quickly become the envy of all your Insta-friends.
St. Dunstan’s Basilica
Charlottetown’s most well known and beautiful church, St. Dunstan’s Basilica is highlighted by its three stone spires that tower over you as you take your photo. This is the only Roman Catholic cathedral and basilica on the Island and has a well-earned reputation as one of the most ornate churches in all of the Maritimes. Inside, you’ll find neo-Gothic touches, marble floors, impeccably detailed carvings, and stained glass windows that sparkle in the sunlight.
Green Gables Heritage Place
It would be impossible to talk about PEI photo ops and not mention the Green Gables Heritage Place near Cavendish. The home of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Green Gables inspired the setting for her stories of Anne Shirley, the precocious orphan who is known the world over for her wild imagination and fiery red hair. While visiting Green Gables Heritage Place, make sure to get a photo in front of the House of Green Gables and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a selfie with Anne Shirley herself!
Bonus: On Board the Ferry
Stunning views, beautiful lighthouses, tasty treats, unforgettable selfies, and more—sounds like your photo album is about to be full! Book your trip to PEI today and start capturing memories that will last a lifetime.