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Prince Edward Island: Ghosts, Green Gables and Great Oysters

Total Mileage/Average drive time
56 miles, 1 hour, 19 minutes

Warm Temperatures, gentle ocean waves and a soothing, relaxing atmosphere await you at Prince Edward Island. Enjoy fresh seafood caught just off the coast, a refreshing round of golf or hike and bike on hundreds of miles of trails that encircle the island. Get close to marine life while snorkeling or swimming in the warm Atlantic Ocean currents or see the whole island from above on a parasail. Catch a little island time at PEI—Prince Edward Island.

1. Cavendish - Starting Point
Your first stop is Cavendish, home of the PEI National Park. This ocean park has what every beachgoer wants—fun, sun and sand. Cavendish was also home to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables. Visit a museum dedicated to this historic novel. Cavendish has one more claim to fame. It's Canada's No. 1 Golf destination with four 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course within minutes of each other.

2. Kensington - 14 miles, 20 minutes
Step back to a simpler time when you visit Kensington. Located at the crossroads of the Island, Kensington is a farming community where they still hang their sheets on the line to dry. Take a romantic carriage ride along the beach or visit the home of Dr. Jack, a wealthy British eccentric who oversaw the construction of the Tudor house and purportedly haunts it to this day. In a strange twist, Dr. Jack designed the cellar with a layout that simulated the streets of London. He also reportedly invited an eclectic array of famous guests over, including murderer Lizzy Borden. Add your name to the haunted mansion's guest list—and prepare for the scare of a lifetime.

3. Charlottetown - 29 miles, 39 minutes
If you like shellfish, then you'll love your next stop in Charlottetown. Restaurants feature the daily catch of Atlantic lobster, Mapleque oysters and island blue mussels. Every fall, Charlottetown holds the annual shellfish festival, which features an oyster shucking and seafood chowder contests. After you eat all that food you'll need to go for a hike on the many trails that surround the town or play a round of golf.

4. Tracadie Cross - 12 miles, 20 minutes
Experience island life at its best when you visit Tracadie Cross. You'll get sand between your toes when you travel from the natural dunes to the sea, but the journey will be magnificent. Make sure you take your camera because the views are amazing. In the morning the wildlife comes alive as the sun rises from the ocean and at night a calm peacefulness overcomes the area that makes it very difficult not to relax.