The North Shore "Perfect Strangers"

North Rustico, Prince Edward Island

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This section of Prince Edward Island’s hospitable coastline combines the rolling sand dunes and low sandstone cliffs so typical of the Island’s shores. It is home to the world-famous Malpeque oysters, the immortal Anne of Green Gables, and the Island’s only national park. The roads in this north central area bristle with tourist attractions, gift shops and craft stores. Yet from the water, the coastline is quiet and serene. Sea kayaking reveals a new aspect of the Island, opening a window onto the environment experienced for thousands of years by the Mi’kmaq, who named Malpeque Bay “Magpeq,” meaning “the swelled up bay.” Possibly, this referred to the bay’s large size, or to the fact that winds can whip the wide shallow waters into swells within minutes. However, the broad exposed bay has always drawn people in search of oysters, lobsters, crabs and a wide variety of fish. Past the island’s highest cliff at Cape Tryon, the coastline offers another visual treat for those who don’t mind the smell. Thousands of seabirds nest on shelves in the eroding sandstone, streaking the cliffs white with guano.

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"This section of Prince Edward Island’s hospitable coastline combines the rolling sand dunes and low sandstone cliffs so typical of the Island’s shores. It is home to the world-famous Malpeque oysters, the immortal Anne of Green Gables, and the Island’s only national park. The roads in this north central area bristle with tourist attractions, gift shops and craft stores. Yet from the water, the coastline is quiet and serene. Sea kayaking reveals a new aspect of the Island, opening a window onto the environment experienced for thousands of years by the Mi’kmaq, who named Malpeque Bay “Magpeq,” meaning “the swelled up bay.”

Possibly, this referred to the bay’s large size, or to the fact that winds can whip the wide shallow waters into swells within minutes. However, the broad exposed bay has always drawn people in search of oysters, lobsters, crabs and a wide variety of fish. Past the island’s highest cliff at Cape Tryon, the coastline offers another visual treat for those who don’t mind the smell. Thousands of seabirds nest on shelves in the eroding sandstone, streaking the cliffs white with guano."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: North Rustico
Duration: Overnight trip
Season: Best in summer
Local Contacts: Prince Edward Island National Park
Local Maps: 4491 - Malpeque Bay 1:37,500; 3367 - Rustico Bay & New London Bay 1:15,000
Driving Directions: Directions to The North Shore: "Perfect Strangers"

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May 2018