Breathe the salt air, feel the sand between your toes and eat the best french fries this side of the country has to offer. It’s time to dive into the nostalgic Prince Edward Island vacation you’ve been longing for

Picture it now: You’re waiting in line on an early morning just as the sun peaks across the trees in Caribou, NS. The car is packed with beach towels, sandwiches and camping gear. You’re thrilled waiting for the next sailing on Northumberland Ferries to Prince Edward Island, bound for the annual family vacation with your loved ones at the beginning of every summer. A classic PEI vacation is filled with visits to the red sandy dunes, Anne of Green Gable’s themed trinkets, the colorful little houses of Avonlea Village, day trips to Cavendish with its fantastic fair rides and beautiful beaches, lots and lots of COWS ice cream and more. Live the nostalgia this summer and recreate the perfect vacation with friends or family.

Points East Coastal Drive

people walking along the beach
Location: Basin Head Provincial Park / Tourism Prince Edward Island

When you depart the ferry in Wood Islands, Points East Coastal Drive should be your first stop. With over 50 beaches along the coast, this scenic drive offers a little of everything that makes up a classic PEI vacation. Book a campground on the beach at All Points East Campground and boil lobster over an open fire for supper. Take a trip to Basin Head Provincial Park with the beach known for making singing sounds, a favourite swimming spot for tourists and locals. You could plan an entire vacation around Points East Coastal Drive and stick close to the ferry, or you can hit the road and visit Miss Anne of Avonlea.


Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables
Location: Anne of Green Gables / Credit: Tourism Prince Edward Island

The worldwide phenomenon known as Anne of Green Gables is a must when visiting the island. Anne is an 11-year-old orphan and the beloved heroine of many of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novels. This character has touched the hearts of many, and there are numerous ways to experience her world across PEI. Book a ticket to watch Anne & Gilbert, The Musical, visit L.M. Montgomery’s birthplace and stop into the Anne of Green Gables Store for souvenirs. There is an entire itinerary online that you can pick and choose from, conveniently located minutes from the popular tourist destination of Cavendish.


Family-Friendly Fun in Cavendish

family visiting Avonlea Village
Location: Avonlea Village / Credit: Tourism Prince Edward Island

Cavendish is one of the most bustling locations on Prince Edward Island during the summer, and for a great reason! This family-friendly location has something for everyone, from golf courses to the Shining Waters Family Fun Park, which has both water slides and roller coasters. Stop into Avonlea Village with its quaint little shops, and of course, check out the beautiful beaches. Let the kids play while you sit in the sun with a great book, a fresh lobster roll and piping hot french fries. Just remember to save a little room while snacking. After all, your next stop is full of culinary delights!


Eat your Heart out in Charlottetown

girl enjoying ice cream
Location: Charlottetown / Credit: Tourism Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown is the capital city of PEI and has much to boast about in the food and beverage department. This is where you’ll find top-notch restaurants such as Claddagh Oyster House, Founders Food Hall & Market and Leonhard’s Café. Looking for a delicious spin on a crispy-fried classic? Head to Rudy’s Chicken for their famously mouth-watering fried chicken — made with signature secret spices. Or, for some fantastic flavours of the world, try Saigon Cuisine to sample the traditions of Vietnam, or Kozy Korner for lovely Lebanese dishes with a Canadian twist. No matter where you choose to dine in Charlottetown, we suggest you leave a little extra room for dessert at COWS — the Charlottetown location is famous for its ice cream, hilarious merch and history of celebrity visitors!

With all the delicious food in Charlottetown, you might want to walk it off with a scenic stroll, and we know just the spot.


Greenwich and the Amazing Sand Dunes

Greenwich PEI National Park
Location: Greenwich PEI National Park / Credit: Tourism Prince Edward Island

Greenwich, PEI, boasts the largest sand dunes in the province, and the location is so special that it’s been claimed as a national park. The park is rich in wildlife, plants and even a rare horseshoe-shaped parabolic dune system. This dune system is an environmentally important landmark with plenty of historical significance for French, Acadian and Mi’kmaq cultures. A special place to breathe and reflect on your incredible vacation experience, this is a perfect spot to cap off your trip.

family enjoying the view
Location: Northumberland Ferries / Credit: Tourism Prince Edward Island

When your journey ends, brush off the sand, pack up your souvenirs, hop into the car and drive back onto the ferry bound for Caribou, NS. It’s the best way to eliminate some driving time as you make your way home and take in the final moments of vacation bliss. Reserve your tickets today with Northumberland Ferries and take a summer adventure that’s good for your heart, soul and memories.