Explore the 350 kilometers of coastal roads, and you will see some of the most breath-taking vistas on Prince Edward Island. Here on the North Cape Coastal Drive rolling hills give way to rugged red cliffs and winding red dirt roads lead to pristine beaches.
Plan your trip around our coast and join the locals as we celebrate our traditions, music, and cuisine. This is an entire way of life. Participate in one of the many that span the shores of the North Cape Coastal Region. Be sure to stop in at the shops that dot our meandering country roads for a perfect gift by an Island artisan or to fulfill your quest for the most memorable souvenir.
Our villages and communities tell the of Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Celtic peoples that live and breathe our Island culture to this day. Come join in! Tap your toes, catch your supper and experience the life of a true Islander.
As you travel, you may notice something about the people living in the North Cape Coastal Region. Maybe a quick stop to buy something ends up in a half-hour conversation with the person behind the counter. Two cars will pause in the road so greetings and conversation can happen. Possibly you’ll see a line of cars on the highway waiting – patiently – for a huge piece of farming equipment to drive down the road.
We take time.
In communities where everyone knows everyone, folks will look you in the eyes and greet you as you pass on the street. Your waiter will regale you with stories of the area and give you some insiders tips on where to buy the freshest lobster. Locals will eagerly give you directions to their favorite secluded secret beach. If you pause to look at a map, someone will offer to show you the way, and folks who break down on the side of the road will get help!
What We Look Like
Prince Edward Island is well known for its coastal and pastoral beauty. We are “The Gentle Island” and we are the home of Anne of Green Gables. Truth is we are all that – and more.
We are First Nations Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Celtic. We are changing. The mosaic of cultures on Prince Edward Island is expanding to include African, Asian and South American flavours and traditions. Our farmers’ markets are wonderful sources of local and traditional Island produce; now they are enriched with the scents of new spices. Island chefs are creating exciting fusions of local products with exotic ingredients and cooking techniques to come up with delicious new cuisines.Prince Edward Island’s permanent population is just about 150,000 people. We have two cities, a few towns and a rural landscape sprinkled with coastal villages. We hope you take the time to come visit us where we live – discover our coastal communities, each defined by the sea and soil. Listen to the stories of our Mi’kmaq, Acadian and Celtic heritages and participate in our celebrations: ceilidhs, festivals and pow wows alike.
Produce from Land and Sea
Our farming and fishing cultures are strong. Fresh seafood – lobster, snow crab, Island mussels – is fished all along our shores. You can easily buy these bounties at seafood markets. Experience the fun of buying your seafood right at the where our fishermen land their catches. You’ll find fresh-from-the-farm produce at our farmers’ markets and roadside stands.
The Musical Coast
Live music and entertainment abound. From intimate settings like neighbourhood pubs up to the large open-air venues of our music and cultural festivals. North Cape Coastal Drive boasts an eclectic choice of music styles from rock, bluegrass and Celtic to drumming and Acadian fiddle music.
Red Sands and Dunes
With 350 kilometers of red sand and dunes, the North Cape Coastal Drive is the place to kick off your shoes and enjoy some serious relaxation. Let the North Cape Coastal Drive enchant you and take you for the journey of a lifetime. Whether you are looking for peace and relaxation on one of our amazing red sand beaches, or musical inspiration, and to immerse yourself more deeply in our culture, North Cape Coastal Drive has so much to offer you.
This is our hope for you. Come. Discover. Enjoy. Take time.