Prince Edward Island Beaches

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Claim to Fame

Billing itself as “The Gentle Island” Prince Edward Island enjoys pristine, warm waters (thanks to the Gulf Stream) with the warmest beaches north of the Carolinas.

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  • Where are they? on all sides of Canada’s smallest province, located on the Northumberland Strait in the Atlantic Ocean, on Canada’s eastern seaboard
  • Coordinates: latitude» 46.3333°
    longitude» -63.5°
  • Water Type: saltwater
  • Climate: maritime
  • Development: varies from wild undeveloped to small cities with beachfront area
  • Length of Beach: 500m/800km
  • Type: red sand and white sand
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Have you ever heard a beach sing? It happens in Prince Edward Island! This is a magical place, rich with history, culture and the arts, and a choral (as opposed to coral) beach. Basin Head Beach is famous for its singing sand; when you walk on the grains, a sound emits, something like signing. Scientists are baffled by this phenomenon, but visitors to the beach just sing along as they walk the beautiful beach and enjoy all it has to offer.

Prince Edward Island Beaches offer many of the same enjoyments as other world beaches, such as swimming, building sand castles, beach volleyball and bodysurfing, but here is one of the few places you can also dig for clams, and then bake and eat them for dinner!

There are 90 beaches on this island, and most boast a water temperature of about 70°F (21°C). Each of the island’s beaches has a distinct personality, from red sand cliffs to migrating sand dunes. Islanders are among the friendliest people in the world, and are increasingly known for their culinary passions. There is ample camping here; Prince Edward Island campgrounds are safe, clean, pretty spots to pitch a tent or park an RV for a leisurely holiday.

Prince Edward Island Beaches are easily accessible thanks to the long Confederation Bridge, opened in 1997, that connects the island to the mainland of the province of New Brunswick at Cape Jourimain. Spanning 8 miles (13 kilometers), the bridge is the longest in the world, and takes 10 minutes to drive across. Pedestrians and cyclists are not permitted on the bridge, but a shuttle service is available to take non-motorists across.

Here are the Prince Edward Island Beaches we’ll write about for your entertainment and information on

  • Cavendish Beach (see our Cavendish Beach page now online!)
  • Cabot Beach
  • Basin Head Beach
  • Argyle Beach
  • Belmont Beach
  • Brackley Beach
  • Northumberland Beach
  • Stanhope Beach
  • Greenwich Beach
  • Kings Castle Beach
  • Tea Hill Beach
  • Green Park Beach
  • Cedar Dunes Beach
  • Ross Lane Beach
  • Rustico Beach
  • Panmure Island Beach
  • Brudenell Beach
  • Sally’s Beach
  • Chelton Beach
  • Linkletter Beach
  • Pinette Beach
  • Red Point Beach
  • Wood Islands Beach
  • Souris Beach
  • Jacques Cartier Beach
  • Union Corner Beach

However you get there, by boat or by bridge, be sure to make Prince Edward Island Beaches part of your summer travel plans.

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