The North Cape Coastal Drive explores the western area of Prince Edward Island, and is easily accessed after crossing the Confederation Bridge (from Port Jourimain, New Brunswick to Borden-Carleton) and following Rte #1A towards Summerside (less than 30 minutes away).
This area is most famous for ocean-fresh seafood – including the Malpeque Oyster; the natural phenomena of North Cape at the northern most tip; and the strong Acadian, Scottish and Mi’kmaq cultures along its shores.
Summerside is a charming seaside city with a hometown feeling, and you will find a wide array of services, and accommodations offered. Several attractions include an attractive waterfront with shopping, Air Force Heritage Park, the Acadian Museum, the International Fox Museum, and the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts.
Travelling clockwise you will find beautiful provincial parks along this Drive including the Cedar Dunes Provincial Park at scenic West Point. At Cap-Egmont you can visit the Bottle Houses and at O’Leary the Potato Museum & Antique Farm Machinery Museum offer various exhibits.
At North Cape, the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Northumberland Strait converge over the largest natural rock reef in North America. Explore the Wind Energy Interpretive Centre and enjoy the panoramic views of the ocean and gigantic windmills.
As you travel back down the opposite shore see the cliffs at Kildare Capes and the Northport Rear Range Lighthouse at Alberton.
Visit Lennox Island on Malpeque Bay to learn of the Mi-kmaq culture at the Lennox First Nation.
Ellerslie is the home of the PEI Shellfish Museum, where you will learn about the Malpeque oyster and the Oyster Industry.