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Discover Our History

Discover Our History

Discover Our History

Our “Discover Our History” itinerary was designed to ensure you make the most of your day in the North Cape Coastal Region with some of the best museums and attractions around to ensure you experience true PEI history.  Pick a few favourites and take your time to explore each one or pack up for the day and enjoy every stop on the list. It’s all in your hands!

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Morning

Bishop Machine Shop Museum

Take a step back in time and immerse yourself in Island history as you explore this old-fashioned machine shop with its impressive array of lathes and machine tools.

101 Water Street, Summerside

(902) 436-2947

culturesummerside.com/bishops-machine-shop-museum/

Distance to Next Destination: 0.2 km

Eptek Art & Culture Centre

Discover a diverse collection of locally crafted exhibits and programs dedicated to history, science and the fine arts. The on-site boutique is stocked with a selection of Island-made crafts and artwork for visitors to take home.

130 Heather Moyse Dr., Summerside

(902) 888-8373

peimuseum.com/index.php3?number=1043036&lang=E

Distance to Next Destination: 11 km

Afternoon

Acadian Museum of PEI   

Follow the fascinating odyssey of Island Acadians from 1720 to the present and discover treasures related to the Acadians’ 300- year presence on Prince Edward Island.

23 Main Drive East, Miscouche

(902) 432-2880

museeacadien.org/an/

Distance to Next Destination: 32 km

Green Park Shipbuilding Museum & Yeo House   

Explore the 1865 Victorian home of James Yeo, a famous shipbuilder once considered the wealthiest man in the colony. The museum features interpretive exhibits and artifacts that tell the story of PEI’s shipbuilding past.

360 Green Park Road, Port Hill

(902) 368-6600

peimuseum.com/index.php3?number=1044343&lang=E

Distance to Next Destination: 81 km

Evening

North Cape Complex + Wind Interpretive Centre

Get up close to impressive wind turbines and learn about wind energy at the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. On some days, you might even see Irish Moss being harvest the traditional way – with horse-drawn rakes.

21817 Route 12, North Cape

(902) 882-2991

http://www.northcape.ca

On The Way

Island Traditions Store

Stop by this shop featuring over one hundred Island artisans and watch as hand-woven baskets are crafted everyday. 

17 Sunnyside Rd., Richmond

(902) 854-3063

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Bideford Parsonage Museum

Explore the parsonage where Lucy Maud Montgomery boarded while teaching at Bideford School in 1894.

784 Bideford Rd – Route 166, Ellerslie

(902) 831-3133

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Geoff’s Bridge

See oyster fisherman tonguing for oysters in one of our pristine bays as you drive along.

Geoff’s Bridge, Cascumpec

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Wyatt Historic House Museum

Explore this 1867 residence and discover thousands of artifacts collected and used by the Wyatt family over the course of a century.

85 Spring St., Summerside

(902) 432-1296

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Lennox Island Cultural Centre

Learn more about Lennox Island Mi’kmaq culture through murals and artifacts.

8 Eagle Feather Trail, Lennox Island

(902) 831-3109

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Alberton Museum & Genealogy Centre

Learn the history of early Alberton residents through various artifacts and photos.

457 Church St., Alberton

(902) 853-4048

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Explore the Coast

Explore the Coast

Explore the Coast

Our “Explore The Coast” itinerary was designed to ensure you make the most of your day on the Western Coast with some of the best ways to explore and see the vast beauty that is the North Cape Coastal Region.

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Morning

North Cape Complex + Wind Interpretive Centre

Get up close to impressive wind turbines and learn about wind energy at the North Cape Wind Energy Interpretive Centre. Also on site are the North Cape Gift Shop and Black Marsh Nature Trail.

21817 Route 12, North Cape

(902) 882-2991

northcape.ca

Distance to Next Destination: 69 km

Afternoon

West Point Lighthouse + Museum + Beach

Discover this quaint community in Western P.E.I. boasting beautiful beaches, dunes and an iconic lighthouse.

1364 Cedar Dunes Park Rd, West Point

(902) 859-3605

westpointlighthouse.ca

Distance to Next Destination: 63 km

Mi’kmaq Cultural Centre

Be introduced to the culture of Lennox Island. Take a historically rich nature walk and enjoy the beautiful views of the scenic shores while you learn about Mi’kmaq history and customs.

8 Eagle Feather Trail, Lennox Island

(902) 831-3109

lennoxisland.com

Distance to Next Destination: 44 km

Evening

Village Musical Acadien

Experience harmony in The Evangeline Region or “The Musical Region”. It lives up to its name with a variety of traditional and contemporary music and entertainment venues including the “Village Musical Acadien”.

31745 Route 124, Abram-Village

(902) 854-3300

villagemusical.com 

Distance to Next Destination: 41 km

Shops of Spinnaker’s Landing

Find unique shops featuring one-of-a-kind souvenirs, clothing, antiques, jewelry and local art. You can even take a Baywalk tour on a Segway!

150 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside

(902) 831-3109

spinnakerslanding.com

On The Way

PHOTO OP

Be sure to stop by these picturesque locations along the way to take in the scenery and snap a quick photo.

Seacow Pond Harbour

Seacow Pond, off Route 12

View today’s catch as it is brought onshore.

Skinners Pond Beach

Skinners Pond, off Route 14

Stop in the community that is the boyhood home of Stompin’ Tom Connors.

Back Road Folk Art

1176 Centerline Rd. – Rte. 151, Lauretta
(902) 853-3644

Explore the creative works of Kerras Jeffery and get a photo with the world’s largest egg beater.

West Cape Lookout

6304 Route 14, West Cape

Stop at the North Cape Coastal Drive Kiosk to photograph the coastal cliffs, wind turbines, farmed fields, and the Northumberland Strait.

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Canadian Potato Museum

Learn all there is to know about P.E.I.’s biggest export – the potato.

1 Dewer Lane, O’Leary

(902) 859-2039

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Green Gable Alpacas

Stop by the Fibre House Boutique and take home something beautifully handmade and luxurious.

5627 Route 12, Birch Hill

(902) 303-0647

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Island Traditions Store

Stop by this shop featuring over one hundred Island artisans and watch as hadn-woven baskets are crafted everyday.

17 Sunnyside Rd, Richmond

(902) 854-3063

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The Bottle Houses

Visit this quirky Island attraction where you’ll find three fantasy-like buildings decorated with thousands of glass bottles and some of the best gardens in Western PEI.

6891 Route 11, Cap-Egmont

(902) 854-2987

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Summerside Baywalk Boardwalk

Stroll along the 6.5 Km trail or hop on a Segway and tour around.
370 Ottawa St., Summerside

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On the Move

On the Move

On the Move

Our “On The Move” itinerary was designed to ensure you make the most of your day in the North Cape Coastal Region with some of the best ways to get active and experience the Western P.E.I.

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Morning

Black Marsh Nature Trail

Get your heart pumping as you trek along this 5.5 km trail and learn about the area’s distinct and rugged ecology from 25 bilingual interpretive panels. Watch for seabirds, dragonflies, butterflies and even soaring eagles.

21817 Route 12, North Cape

(902) 882-2991

northcape.ca/black-marsh-nature-trail/

Distance to Next Destination: 27 km

Afternoon

Swimming at Jacques Cartier Provincial Park

Feel the sand beneath your feet and take a dip in the ocean at one of the most beautiful beaches the Island has to offer. See for yourself why Jacques Cartier called it “the fairest land ’tis possible to see!”

16448 Route 12, Kildare Capes

(877) 445-4938
(902) 853-8632

https://www.tourismpei.com/provincial-park/jacques-cartier

Distance to Next Destination: 27 km

Evening

Trout River Nature Trail

Try some sport fishing or take a relaxing walk along this 2.5 kilometer nature trail. Watch for white baneberry, a provincial rarity, and listen for a variety of songbirds.

36927 Rte 2, Coleman, PEI

http://www.gov.pe.ca/infopei/index.php3?number=65371

Distance to Next Destination: 32 km

The Path of our Forefathers – Walking Trail

Be introduced to the culture of Lennox Island. Take a historically rich nature walk and enjoy the beautiful views of the scenic shores while you learn about Mi’kmaq history and customs.

8 Eagle Feather Trail, Lennox Island

(902) 831-3109

lennoxisland.com

Distance to Next Destination: 56 km

Summerside Walking Tour by Wyatt Heritage

With guide in hand, take a walking tour through Summerside’s historic waterfront, commercial and residential districts to discover the streetscapes and intriguing stories of a small city with a big town feel.

75 Spring Street, Summerside

(902) 432-1297

culturesummerside.com

On The Way

Mill River Golf Course

Enjoy an afternoon at one of P.E.I’s most popular playgrounds rated as one of the “Top 3 Best Golf Courses in Atlantic Canada” by SCORE Magazine.

180 Mill River Resort, Woodstock

(800) 235-8909

Barlow’s Interpretation Center

Learn about the history of Barlow Mills and the early history of the community of Wellington. Talk a walk on one of the nature trails or access the Confederation Trail.

9 Mill Street, Wellington

(902) 854-2888

Summerside Baywalk Boardwalk

Stroll along the 6.5 km trail or hop on a Segway and tour around.

370 Ottawa St., Summerside

(902) 432-1287

Have Gear?

Confederation Trail

Bike the Confederation Trail from its starting point in Tignish.

Northport Pier

Kayak to Oulton Island from Northport Pier

296 Route 152, Northport

Lennox Island

Kayak to Bird Island from Lennox Island

8 Eagle Feather Trail, Lennox Island

Summerside Harbour

Kayak to Indian Head Lighthouse from the Summerside Harbour.

3 Can’t Miss Oyster Destinations in North Cape

3 Can’t Miss Oyster Destinations in North Cape

3 Can’t Miss Oyster Destinations in North Cape

The oyster experience comes alive here in the North Cape as you travel along the Oyster Coast! From seaside dairy bars to fine dining restaurants, the North Cape Coastal region offers up oysters in traditional Island fashion while also showing the culinary range of this celebrated, salty delicacy.

Valley Pearl Oysters in Tyne Valley

If you’re in the mood for a true Island experience your first stop on the Oyster Coast will undoubtedly be at Valley Pearl Oysters in Tyne Valley. This one-stop-oyster-shop destination will provide you with an experience like no other with fresh oysters available on site plus a pub-style menu that offers mouthwatering oyster features like their Oyster Po Boy or Fried Oyster Dinner. Valley Pearl is owned by two competitive oyster shuckers who represent the true spirit of the oyster coast, so you may even leave with some additional shucking tips and oyster knowledge you never knew you needed! If you’re visiting us locally, find fresh seafood at the Alberton Fisheries LTD, or swing by the waterfront in Summerside and visit the Arsenault Fish Mart. If you’re travelling through Evangeline or Tyne Valley the must-stop spot is Valley Pearl Oysters.  Now that you’ve gotten your hands on some of the good stuff, your next job is to shuck em’ – the Islander way.

JMK Fish Mart on the Queens Wharf

Our second must visit oyster spot is on the docks at the Summerside waterfront! Pull up to JMK Fish Mart on the Queens Wharf and you’re in for a fresh seafood tasting like no other. With many different oysters to choose from you can select a tasting platter of your choice and taste the subtle differences that make our world-famous oysters so impeccable. With a stunning view of the Summerside harbour you can enjoy the sweet summer sun while indulging in our Island’s most celebrated seafood.

Wind & Reef Restaurant

Our third recommendation you’ll find situated on the most northern tip of the Island overlooking the Northumberland Strait, the Wind & Reef Restaurant. Here you’ll find traditional oysters served by the half dozen on ice or the classic Oysters Dalton featuring fresh parmesan and spinach, broiled to perfection. While you’re getting to taste the delicious flavour of our Malpeque oysters you’ll be surrounded by the sounds of the sea and the stunning views of the ocean, a truly Island experience.

When you’re thinking oysters, think of the Oyster Coast.
Visit the North Cape to taste oysters the Island way.

How to Eat Oysters like an Islander

How to Eat Oysters like an Islander

How to Eat Oysters like an Islander

Shuck, sip, slurp.. and down the hatch! There’s nothing like the salty sweetness of a Malpeque oyster. But how do us westerners like to dig into an oyster feed? We’re about to give you a lesson!

Step one: The haul

Naturally, oysters aren’t hard to find when you’re travelling along the Oyster Coast of PEI. You’ll find these salty beauties at the local co-op, the fish mart on Route 152 or straight off the south side harbour docks in Alberton. If you’re visiting us locally, find fresh seafood at the Alberton Fisheries LTD, or swing by the waterfront in Summerside and visit the Arsenault Fish Mart. If you’re travelling through Evangeline or Tyne Valley the must-stop spot is Valley Pearl Oysters.  Now that you’ve gotten your hands on some of the good stuff, your next job is to shuck em’ – the Islander way.

Step two: Shuck er’

We don’t get intimidated by much Up West, and shucking an oyster sure isn’t something to be afraid of! Sure you’ve got your sharp tools and you might need a precise hand but we’re here to let you know our tried and true method for getting oysters ready to eat.

The Oyster Knife
You may be familiar with the ole shucker, or the oyster knife as they call it. This handy tool helps you carefully pry open an oyster shell. You’ll want to look for the “hinge” of the oyster where you can twist and pry the shell open, this is what takes some knowledge and skill but you’ll learn with practice.

Step Three: Sip & Slurp 

Now we’ve gotten to the best part – getting to enjoy the fruits of your labour and savour the salty, briny little gems. Across the Island you’ll find many ways to eat and enjoy oysters, but up here, we like ’em fresh and no fuss! If you’re looking to add a little extra flavour try a squeeze of lemon, a splash of hot sauce or a sprinkle of your favourite mignonette (usually or an acidic topping using fresh ingredients that acts as a sauce. Now that you’ve got the knowledge to eat oysters like an Islander, here’s a great list of some of our favourite local oyster retailers who can set you up with oysters, an oyster knife and maybe even a demo. Happy shuckin’ !