Discovering the capes and coastal gems of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Discovering the capes and coastal gems of Prince Edward Island

by Jared Nusinoff

Tourists venture out to Eastern Canada to experience the geographical beauty and tranquillity which makes this part of the country unique. Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada, and a destination to experience the charm and beauty of a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

When most non-Eastern Canadians think of PEI they automatically associate Anne of Green Gables. Though the island’s greenery and fertile farmland are representative of the fictional story’s traditional setting at the Green Gables Heritage Site, there is so much diversity to the island’s scenery found inland and by the sea.

You may be planning to visit the popular Cavendish Beach, but be sure to check out the magic to be found at the hidden coves, capes and red sandy shorelines around the island.


1. “Singing Sands” at Basin Head Beach

Things to do in Prince Edward Island

Basin Head Beach got its nickname the “Singing Sands” after the mysterious squeaky sound it makes when you walk across the shore, which is due to its high content of silica and quartz in the sand. The area is a provincial park and is a popular spot for locals during the summer. A must-do when you visit Basin Head is the bridge jump off “the run”, which is the boat passage splitting the small white sandy beach from the big beach which runs for miles heading east.


2. Sand Dunes at Greenwich

 Discovering the capes and coastal gems of Prince Edward Island

Just east of Basin Head is one of PEI’s most beautiful National Parks, Greenwich. It is a coastal location with a unique landscape featuring pristine white sand beaches and a parabolic sand dune, surrounded by luscious greenery. It’s a wonderful place to explore, with hiking trails and bike paths mapped out, including a wheelchair accessible loop, picnic areas, and supervised swimming.

You get there after walking a short while down a floating boardwalk! Depending on the season, you may want to only go for a very quick swim, as the waters in the surrounding beaches can be quite chilly.


3. Malpeque Bay Oysters

Malpeque Bay Oysters

Malpeque Oysters, CC BY-SA 2.0

Home of world famous Malpeque Oysters, if you’re a foodie or a fan of shellfish you’ll want to check out the local seafood restaurants of Malpeque Bay. These oysters are now rivalled with Bluepoints as the most popular oyster, because of their affordability and taste, making them perfect for a palate which is new to the delicacy. The Malpeque Region is a picturesque scope of secluded beaches with backdrops of the bay. Visit Cabot Beach Provincial Park, a beautiful spot for picnics and the host of classical concerts and the Indian River Festival in the summer time, held at the historic site St. Mary’s, a restored French Gothic style Church.


4. North Cape

Visiting North Cape, PEI

Located at the Northwestern-most extremity of Prince Edward Island, North Cape is famous for the 2km natural sedimentary rock reef which extends offshore from the cape where the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Straight meet. Nature lovers will enjoy the marine life, seabirds, and local flora and fauna along the 5.5km Black Marsh Nature Trail, known for its dramatically changing scenery and magnificent sunsets.

Along the beach you’ll find display of Inukshuks built by visitors day after day- be sure to make your own to commemorate your visit!


5. Brackley Beach

Brackley Beach lighthouse

Brackley Beach, CC BY-SA 2.0

Part of the Green Gables Shore Touring Region, Brackley Beach is a small Canadian rural farming community situated in the PEI countryside with tranquil beaches and majestic sand dunes. The beach extends into Rustico Harbour and forms Rustico Island, offering sites for camping and quaint accommodations such as guest houses and Bed & Breakfasts.

The community of Brackley is a welcoming vacation touristy spot full of souvenir shops, dairy bars, and is home to the only drive-in theatre in PEI. Outdoor activities include deep sea fishing, horseback-riding, biking and canoe and kayak rentals.

Spend an hour or two exploring The Dunes Gallery. The studio features an eclectic mix of treasures such as Island Arts and artisan-made craft collections. Al fresco dining from a menu of avant-garde cuisine at the cafe is enjoyed in the presence of the magnificent botanical gardens, with beautiful flora, water fountains, and stone sculptures.


 

Author Bio

Jared Nusinoff just launched a new budget focused roadtrip experience travel company focused on Canada – www.OutHereTravel.ca – to help folks venturing to amazing spots in Ontario, Quebec, PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. They provide buses that get you to big cities and the good stuff around them, cool small towns, amazing national parks, with adventures and activities throughout. They also provide you with the flexibility to do what you like — with multiple options each day.

You can also keep in touch with Out Here on facebook, instagram, twitter and medium.

Other posts by Jared Rover that you’ll enjoy:
Stuff your face with potatoes & seafood in Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada
Canada Tunes for a Canadian Road Trip – Part 18 of 670701
Feelings from the backcountry of Quebec and Ontario, Canada


This article was published in December 2017.


 

Culture in Sydney on a Budget

Culture in Sydney on a Budget

Culture in Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge, CC BY-SA 2.0

by Alex Johnson

No doubt that even finding cheap flight deals; you just spent around $1500 flying to the great land down under. G’day. Chances are you’ve also flown into Australia’s largest city, the beautiful Sydney but that doesn’t make up for the fact that you just spent almost two grand travelling here, so you’re in no hurry to be spending more than you need to be. Don’t worry, there is plenty to see and do to really experience what Sydney has to offer.


Art Gallery of New South Wales

3 days in Sydney

Art GalleryCC BY-SA 2.0

For those of you that consider yourselves art lovers, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the perfect place for you, and even better general entry to the gallery is FREE. The Art Gallery of NSW is one of Australia’s largest galleries, and is home to thousands of art works. Even if you’re not a fan of art, the architecture of the building should be enough to entice you to enter!

The gallery is home to an extensive permanent collection which is often overlooked by major exhibitions shown at the gallery. When exploring the permanent collection you’ll get an understanding of Australian history through art, with artefacts from Aboriginal Australians, colonial arts, contemporary art, as well as international art. The gallery also plays host to an array of exhibitions, which can incur a cost to enter.


Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach, CC BY 2.0

If you’re looking to experience the Australian beach lifestyle, then look no further than Bondi Beach in Sydney! Yes, Bondi is Australia’s most famous beach and is flocked by residents and tourists alike however it really encapsulates the beach lifestyle Australia is known for. Head on down there on a hot day and you’ll see people of all walks of life, all ages, friends, family, or by themselves make the pilgrimage down to the sands! Whether they’re there for a game of beach soccer, to surf, or a bake in the sun, everyone is there.

I would recommend taking public transport, as the beach is easily accessible via bus, and street parking is scarce and often expensive. If you’re looking to get to the beach but don’t love the crowds be sure to check out Bronte, Manly, Balmoral, Milk, and Tamarama beaches!


Museum of Contemporary Art

Culture in Sydney on a Budget

Museum of Contemporary ArtCC BY 2.0

As you can probably tell from the name, the Museum of Contemporary Art is one of Australia’s most notable contemporary art institutions. Showcasing the best of local and international artists and everything from new artists to veterans, the Museum of Contemporary art is located on the beautiful Circular Quay.

The MCA is dedicated to collecting, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting contemporary art. Like the Art Gallery of New South Wales the MCA has a permanent collection that is free to view, but special events and exhibitions will incur a cost to visit.  Additionally due to its location, there is always something to see and do in Circular Quay once you’ve finished up at the MCA.


Chinatown Night Markets

Markets in Sydney

Chinatown SydneyCC BY-SA 2.0

Sydney’s culture is foundationally based on multicultural diversity, respect, and tolerance. Experience buzzing street stalls similar to what you’d find in South East Asia with Dixon Street in Chinatown’s weekly night markets held every Friday! During Chinatown’s night markets you’ll find stalls selling fad trinkets like fidget spinners, small retail jewellery stores, toys, and balloon animals. On the other side you’ll find the food stalls with everything from Japanese takoyaki and Hong Kong dragon beard candy to Korean BBQ beef.

Be sure to come early as the markets are much loved by locals and tourists alike so it can get very busy. If you find yourself not full enough from the street food, you won’t have to walk far at all until you find a great eat, as both sides of the street are lined with different Asian cuisine restaurants.


Watch an NRL Game

Watching a rugby game in Sydney

National Rugby League action in Sydney, CC BY-ND 2.0

Australians love their sport whether its soccer, AFL, NRL, netball, tennis, or golf, we love it all. However, in Sydney there is a general favouritism towards NRL and when we watch games; we really get into them seeing as 10 out of the 16 clubs are based in New South Wales! As you can see, sport is heavily embedded in our culture, so to really get the experience head down to Allianz Stadium, grab yourself a beer and meat pie, and cheer your heart out! Tickets to each game will set you back around $20 for the cheapest seats, but prices vary depending on seat choice, arena, and match.


Yes Sydney is often voted one of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, but it doesn’t mean you need to break the bank to visit! These are just a few places where you can truly see and experience the culture of Sydney, but there are plenty of other current events that pass through the city!

 


Author Bio

Alex is a 23 year old lover of life, interior design & adventure. After moving to Sydney when finishing a journalism degree, he began his blog Inspire A Better Life to positively influence others to get out there and see all life has to offer. Join Alex as he discovers this life one day at a time, documenting his thoughts and other along the way!


This article was published in November 2017.