Driving Distance: Baddeck to Caribou & Woods Island – 254 km | 4 hours
Driving Distance: 350 km | 8 hours including stops
Leaving Baddeck this morning, we drive to Caribou, just east of the historical town of Pictou to ferry-cross to Wood Island in PEI. On arrival in PEI, embark on the famous Points East Coastal Drive.
Your fist stop on the Point East Coastal Drive would be Point Prim Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island. Built in 1845, by a Richard Walsh, the Prim Lighthouse is 60 feet above the ground and 80 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views of the Northumberland Strait. You can climb the lighthouse to the top and enjoy the views! Enroute to Prim Point, you may want to stop by at Orwell Corner Historic Village or Roma at Three Rivers National Historic Site.
From here, proceed to Murray Harbour a rustic fishing village with beautiful beaches, lighthouses and amazing restaurants. At Murray Harbour, you can go kayaking, cycling & hiking on Confederation Trail. If you like lighthouses, perhaps, you can check out the Cape Bear Lighthouse a 3-story square tower that has guided fishermen and sailors along PEI’s Northumberland Strait. The view from the lighthouse reveals small, secluded beaches, rugged sandstone cliffs, and marine life such as seals and porpoises. Leaving Murray Harbour behind drive to Montague, often called "Montague the Beautiful" because of the tranquil river running through it, the lovely tree-lined streets, its stately heritage homes and hidden gems. Enjoy the boardwalk which runs along the waterfront and is part of the Confederation Trail.
The next stop on your itinerary would be Georgetown, the very first harbour to be built on the eastern seaboard. Home to one of the deepest harbours in North America, Georgetown was once a major ship-building centre and home to A.A. MacDonald, one of the Fathers of Confederation.
The last stop on your itinerary today would be the Greenwich National Park, home to Prince Edward Island’s largest sand dunes, including a parabolic dune system that is very rare in North America. The park is also habitat to rare plants and animals, as well as archaeological findings dating back 10,000 years.
The route is a haven for foodies with its fresh seafood, local produce and warm service. You can enjoy quaint beachside fish shacks or indulge in specialty trucks while you tour around the area before deciding on your next location to dine at one of many genre restaurants that line this stretch!
Overnight in St. Peters, Morell or Charlottetown, PEI.