The tourist literature divides Prince Edward Island (PEI) into three distinct coastal drives: North Cape, Central (which includes the Green Gables Shore and the Red Sands Shore) and Points East Coastal Drives. But distances on the island can be deceiving, since those coastal roads can be slow-going. So it’s a good idea to build in time for activities along the way, or for gawking at the beautiful scenery.
We set out for the North Cape Coastal Drive (a bit misleading since this is Western PEI) first, which we’d heard was the most spectacular. This is the (mostly) French Acadian part of the island and also has a Mi’kmaq community – on Lennox Island.
Like the rest of PEI, the area has many picturesque farmhouses on beautiful patches of pastoral land all along the way. We make a brief stop in Tignish, a fishing community.