Prince Edward Island is a silent province. You will look in vain for high mountains, deep fjords and wide prairies. The charm of Prince Edward Island lies in its small villages, the fields where potatoes grow to the horizon, and the fishing ports where the little lobster boats wait for their next departure. Anyone visiting the island province shouldn't expect spectacular landscapes or breathtaking highlights. Instead, the island is considered Canada's culinary treasure trove, in which the search for good cuisine and great chefs is definitely worthwhile. But there are a few attractions that no visitor to Prince Edward Islands should miss. Here we introduce you to three top sights on the north coast of Prince Edward Island in Canada:
Green Gables - one of the attractions of Prince Edward Island in Canada
It is probably the best known of the three attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island. The white house with the green gables fits perfectly into the picture of Prince Edward Island as a quiet province. If you do not know anything about it, it's easy to miss it - it looks like many other houses in the region. Who, however, in his childhood, the stories of Anne of Green Gables read under the covers how I did it, for him the house takes on a whole new dimension. After all, the author of these children's and youth novels spent a happy part of her childhood in this house that belonged to relatives of her grandparents.
The famous Anne never existed. But Lucy Maud Montgomery, its creator, was inspired by numerous events from her own childhood on Anne's adventures and set her story in the pretty little house near Prince Edward Island National Park. During our visit to this building, which is now being looked after by the National Park Administration of Canada, I can well imagine the wonderful hours Lucy spent in his cozy living room or his inviting kitchen.
This house is clearly one of the main attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island. Anyone who wants to recall the stories from the novels can do so in the capital, in Charlottetown. For decades, Anne's story has been performed in the city's theater for guests from all over the world.
The red rocks on the north coast of Prince Edward Island
The second of the attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island is a must on any itinerary for the island. Prince Edward Island National Park is practically adjacent to the Green Gables site. It is best to drive a few kilometers into the park and stop at one of the viewpoints and beaches. As soon as we get closer to the coast, we can already see it: the red rocks for which the island is known. The sandstone from which the cliffs on the north coast of PEI are made is bright red. Because the material is so fragile, many of them are banned.
Only now and then does a narrow path meander in the hinterland through the tall grass that grows on them. Everywhere warnings to stay on the trails to prevent the fragile rocks from crumbling off. We only see a couple of beach hikers in the distance who have found a way down to the water, and we watch strollers who do the same for us and look for viewpoints on the red rocks above the edge. “What might it look like here in winter when the storms are rolling in across the Atlantic?” I ask myself.
What is essential in your suitcase?
- rain jacket - Which is the best, you can read here
- If you want to hike on the coast, you are rainproof hiking shoes essential.
- A backpack does a good job on a trip to Prince Edward Island. Hiking trails and beaches invite you to go for walks and hikes.
- Check with our Hiking checklistwhether you have packed the hiking equipment that you need for your tour.
The lobster harbor of North Rustico
The third attraction on Prince Edward Island in Canada is also nothing that takes your breath away. No, on the contrary. It is also sure to be the least known of the attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island. In this fishing village not far from Cavendish, however, what makes this island so charming comes into its own: the lobster boats bob around in the small harbor, while several young ospreys wait on a telephone pole on the edge for their parents to leave Return to the nest to bring them food to catch their prey.
One of them is already venturing out of the nest and is still flying a little wobbly on the masts behind Petar. And I'm just opening my mouth to warn him of imminent danger from above when the wind is blowing a pile just past Petar. The flight was obviously exciting. The dorsal fin of a tuna hangs on a wooden shed, the clapboard walls of which are painted gray. Apparently his fisherman is particularly proud to have caught this large specimen. And at the end of the street we come to the little lighthouse of North RusticoWith its squat white base and red dome so typical of the island's coastal lighthouses.
North Rustico is also known for a culinary establishment of which there are quite a few on Prince Edward Island: the Lobster Dinner. There is the largest restaurant on the island here, serving fresh lobster to its guests. That offers 500 seats Fisherman's Wharf Lobster Supper in North Rustico and boasts its 20 meter long salad bar, where lobster friends can serve themselves while waiting for their freshly prepared lobster.
Three attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island
These three attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island embody the island like no other: unspectacular, but with a lot of charm and a little bit of culinary delights - that's what defines Prince Edward Island. Even if you're short on time to take a closer look at the island province in eastern Canada, these three places shouldn't be missed, as they give a good impression of what PEI has to offer. And if you have more time, you can get a foretaste of what the island has to offer here.
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Source: On-site research. We thank Prince Edward Island Tourism for inviting us on this trip. Have fun exploring the top three attractions on the north coast of Prince Edward Island
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