Brackley Beach is just 20 minutes from Charlottetown, located within the PEI National Park. This beach is part of a protected area that stretches from Rustico harbour to Brackley, continuing west to Stanhope and Dalvay. Altogether, six beach areas dot this coastline with Brackley Beach the largest and most popular among them.
The Gulfshore Parkway runs 10km along the coast parallel to the bach and it meanders over salt marshes and alongside sand dunes.
In the heart of the island lies Cavendish Beach – the standout in a place renowned for its beaches. It’s here at the centre-point of PEI’s north coast that all its natural attributes converge. Inviting white sand, crystal blue water warmed by the Gulf Stream, and red sandstone cliffs that fall from a carpet of green. Here, charming coastal communities lie in wait to welcome visitors new and old.
It’s the kind of place treasured family memories are made of, from games on the beach to the fun of the boardwalk. There are fairground rides and mini-race tracks, pizza places and ice cream shacks, weird and wonderful museums – everything you could ask for to reconnect with your kids.
Get back to your game with the best of the best golf anywhere in Canada. Reconnect with your soul (or soul mate) on a picturesque hike, a bike ride by the sea, or with a fine dining experience featuring the freshest seafood you’ll find anywhere. For the more active adventurer, the surrounding ocean invites in you out for a spot of parasailing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, or deep-sea fishing.
Thunder Cove Beach
Thunder Cove Beach is one of those hidden gems that locals try to keep for themselves. It’s off-the-beaten-path in Darnley, just outside of Kensington. While most of PEI’s north shore is known for epic rolling dunes and wide beaches of fine sand, Thunder Cove is so much different. The shore and beach is geologically diverse and a real-time example of how water and wind shape and change the Island landscape.
The sandstone cliffs, columns (sea stacks) and cave formations are never the same way twice, completely at the mercy of a restless stone carver – nature! If you’re looking in the right direction, you can imagine you’re standing in the Arizona Desert. Bring your beach blanket and let your worries be washed away by the gentle waves rolling in from the sea.