Prince Edward Island (PEI) has quickly become one of my favourite places to vacation, and summer is definitely the best time to visit! Depending on what you like to do, PEI has something for everyone — below are a few of my PEI hot spots.
Beaching is an absolute must for any island vacation
I’ve seen many beautiful beaches around the world but there are few that compare to those in PEI! There are literally beaches everywhere you turn in PEI. We spent lots of time visiting different beaches, soaking in the sun (Picture: Blooming Point Beach, Located on the North Shore).
PEI’s west coast is packed with natural beauty, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches and lots of impressive red sandstone cliffs! We spent a day exploring the incredibly scenic area of the island, where we visited the West Point Lighthouse (at 69 feet tall, it’s also one of PEI’s tallest and most unique lighthouses).
Flavours of PEI
There are so many amazing restaurants to choose from, with (of course) endless seafood and fish dinners. One of my favourite spots during this trip was our dinner at Open Eats in Summerside. I ate an entire pound of mussels to myself, which was absolutely delicious! Open Eats is a fairly new spot in Summerside. They use lots of fresh local foods, the staff was friendly, and the décor was delightful – a definite must if you’re looking for an enjoyable evening out!
Lobster, anyone? For a real taste of the island, there’s nothing more fun or authentic than a traditional lobster supper! Throughout the summer months, the best place for a lobster dinner is in New Glasgow — PEI Lobster Supper. Once you’re seated, you’re not only served lobster, but all-you-can-eat mussels, chowder, salad, dinner rolls, and dessert!
Ice cream until the cows come home
A visit to PEI wouldn’t be the same without a stop at Cows Ice Cream — they really do serve Canada’s best ice cream! And, their hilariously-named flavours will leave you chuckling with every bite: wowie cowie, moo henry, don cherry, gooey mooey.
PEI may be new to the craft brewery scene but it is already excelling. The PEI Brewing Company, located in Charlottetown, is a brewer and distributor of all-natural craft beer. They offer a great brewery tour, where you can see firsthand how they make my favourite beer – “The Gahan Blueberry Ale” (there wasn’t enough Blueberry beer to quench my thirst!).
And MORE island breweries!
Another great spot for craft beers is Upstreet Brewery, which opened in June 2015. We spent an evening there enjoying their large selection of draft beers, and even got to meet Dylan Menzie (a local celebrity / musician who made it to the final round of CBC Music’s Searchlight contest).
Full of rural charm, surrounded by pristine white sand beaches, and with so many exciting attractions and experiences to enjoy, this is one island where you’d be happy to be stranded!