Kids love Prince Edward Island because no matter where you are you’re not too far from the beach. And what’s so great is that in summer the temperature of the ocean isn’t too cold and you can actually swim.
PEI National Park probably has the best beaches, our favourite being Cavendish, which can be a little crowded but kids meet kids and spend hours burying each other in the sand. Speaking of sand, the sand is perfect here.
When my kids were young they use to jump from the sand dunes but now that’s a no-no because the dunes are fragile and can blow away if the grass that holds them together is disturbed. Dunes are interesting, though, and Greenwich has some of the best. Greenwich also has a floating boardwalk and sand that whistles!
It’s fun to go clam digging. Any of the beaches will do. You wait until the tide goes out and then walk around looking for little holes on the surface of the sand. Those are the clam’s breathing holes and you dig the clam up (and then we’d throw it back into the water).
I had an email the other day from a woman who lives in Australia telling me she’s coming to Canada this summer because of Anne of Green Gables. As a kid I read every one of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books about Anne: that’s Anne with an “e”, the red-haired orphan. Her homestead is in the park and you can go see her bedroom and Matthew’s and Marilla’s too and the Haunted Wood and Lovers Land. There’s also a musical about her in Charlottetown.
It’s exciting just getting to PEI National Park because it’s on an island. So you get to drive on the longest bridge in the world (12.9 km) or take a ferry.
It’s hard to top all that.
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By Sylvia Fanjoy
Photo credits Sylvia Fanjoy; Maps are from Parks Canada
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