Eastern Kings County
Despite all the beautiful farms you see, in fact many farms
(or their houses) have been abandoned
since World War II, when many Islanders left for jobs "away."
near Priest Pond
must have once been home to a large family. Also in this area
are many blueberry operations. Stop by the road and look down--you
may find a sweet treat!
In this area of small wood-cutting operations, you can take
a right turn to Shipwreck Point Park and Naufrage Harbour. In
the days of wooden sailing ships there were many mishaps on
the north shore; find out more at the park.
At Monticello, they are restoring the Big Cape School. The
school was built in 1840 and restored in 1982. Take in a special
Ceilidh on Sunday evenings all summer. A Ceilidh is a Celtic celebration
of song and dance and reflects the Scottish and Irish heritage
of many Island folk.
There are quite a few roads to the beach along here. At the
end of the road you might find a small
pond and a pleasant place to walk along a quiet and secluded
This is the turn to Greenwich, possibly the most famous and
fabulous display of dunes on P.E.I. Soon to be part of P.E.I.
National Park, the current road access is a little rough but passable
if you go slow! If you have time, park some distance away and
walk in past ripening fields of grain, abandoned houses, and clusters
of spruce that anchor older dune formations. The walk through
the dunes itself is beyond description, a veritable sea of sand.
(But please, stay on the path, and don't disturb any nesting piping
plovers, an endangered species.)
At the main intersection in St.
Peters slow down and get a peek at the large church on your
right, the bay straight ahead, and the wee village to your left.
Follow your nose (turning right) onto Rte 2 and proceed west
along St. Peters Bay, home to an amazing number of mussel
leases. Just up the road about 3 km is a place to pull over
and take some great
photos of the fields, the bay, and the Greenwich peninsula
For the next few kilometres you'll pass over 3 rivers, the
Midgell, Marie, and Morell
The Morell is reputedly the best trout and salmon fishing on the
Island. Also in this area, from the village of St. Peters to Morell,
the Confederation Trail wends its way along the Bay. This is a
great 10 km biking excursion for the whole family! You might see
has been boarded up and is awaiting future restoration.
Just past Morell is the Savage Harbour
area and The Links at Crowbush Cove, the Island's newest and
most challenging golf course. If you want to golf or just
relax, you can stay at Savage
At Tracadie Cross, turn right on Route 219. If you keep going
straight ahead you'll arrive at Blooming Point. There is a wonderful
beach there, (off-limits during piping plover nesting season).
We don't have any pictures of the beach because this is a family
trip and despite the best efforts of the police and wardens, many
sunbathers.......well you get the idea.
So stay on Route 219 toward Mill Cove and enjoy the scenery
and flowers you'll
see on the way. At Mill Cove the Kings Byway branches left and
right. The left branch takes you almost directly back to Charlottetown.
The right branch, Route 6, is more interesting so we'll go that
At the bridge at Corran Ban you can stop and admire the view
. Just up the road you can take a side trip to Tracadie
Harbour. There is a nice beach here and if you have a canoe you
can paddle across to
and enjoy a day of peaceful seclusion.
Past Tracadie you'll pass Stanhope where
you can relax at By
the Bay Cottages, enjoy a round of golf or relax in comfort
By The Sea, the Island's oldest summer resort.
When you reach the junction of Routes 6 and 25, you can take
a short detour to York and stop in at Vesey's
Seeds Ltd. If you can't stay long, make sure you order their
The junction of Routes 6 and 15 (Brackley
Point Road) marks the end of the tour. If you turn left here
you can go straight back to Charlottetown. If you're tired
and want a rest, turn right here and go a short distance to
and Resort, Canada's oldest continually family owned resort.
It is on the shores of Covehead Bay and adjacent to the National
Thanks for taking the tour. If you would like more information
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Your comments are also welcome.