Eastern Kings County
Surrounded by the Souris
, Colville Bay and farmland
Souris is the largest centre in Eastern Kings. This is a good
place to stock up on groceries and supplies before the rest of
the trip. If you plan to visit the Magdalen Islands, the ferry
leaves from here for the 134 km (84 mile) trip.
From here you get a great view looking down on Little
Harbour. It's in this area that the "ponds" begin. These
are brackish bodies of water drained by small brooks to the
ocean and fronted by magnificent sand dunes. There's a little
pond at Little Harbour, but we'll see some later that are big
enough to be called "lakes".
Turnoff to Red Point government campground and beach. If you
want to see one of our superlative
, stop here and camp for the evening. The kids will
love the beach and the 3 jungle gyms. You'll like the grassy campsites
and clean facilities. Get up early and walk the beach for the
best wake-up in eastern P.E.I.
Just 2 km from your campground is Basin Head, home of the famous
Singing Sands beach, a fisheries
, and other attractions. The reconstruction of a maritime
is fun for
the whole family
, but the real attraction is the the beach
First, go up on the arched bridge and jump off. Legions of kids
and adults love to jump. The channel is just wide enough for a
fishing boat and cool and deep. Then, head for the beach. Wear
your rubber-soled shoes and shuffle your feet. Squeak, squeak!
The sand is singing! Stay all day, it's a lovely unspoiled bit
Around South Lake you get great
of the lake,
dunes and ocean
. At the junction you can turn north to Elmira
and stop in at the Elmira
or continue on to East Point. Watch out for
this nicely decorated house
If you're wondering how we got South
Lake in the northeast, be patient...we'll be passing through
both East and North Lakes in just a little while.
Well, you've made it about half-way on the Bays and Dunes
route, and you're at the most northeasterly tip of P.E.I. Take
a right turn here to check out the East
(2 km) and the meeting of the tides. The
winds here can be really ferocious, so the trees grow close to
the ground! Look down over the edge of the (fenced) cliff edge,
and maybe you'll spot some sea ducks, like surf scoters. Back
on the main road you'll now be heading west along the north shore
As promised, the next point of interest is East
Lake. Stop at the bridge and look for eagles and ospreys.
The north shore has lots of dunes that are being slowly colonized
by stunted spruce trees and other vegetation. Inside the dunes,
local farmers have planted fields
of oats and other grains. If you're lucky, you'll see the
tuna boats from nearby North Lake off in the distance in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Speaking of North Lake, turn right here to see the self-proclaimed
Capital of the World
. Nobody really understands how many tuna
there are or where they go in the Atlantic, but a few years ago
the skippers in North Lake were catching record-sized tuna. Then
the tuna disappeared for several years, but recently some have
come back to the waters off the north shore. From the bridge at
North Lake you can see one of the larger fishing fleets on P.E.I.
tied up at the wharf
Lake are more of the Island's scenic
farms. If you'd like to rest awhile, stop in at Lakeville
Bed and Breakfast.
Stunted forests are common and the occasional farm
or field can offer dramatic
of the ocean.
If you didn't camp at Red Point, maybe you'll want to stop
at Campbell Cove. There's a small campsite and beach here. The
beach is bounded to the west by a high red cliff, typical
of the terrain on this part of the north shore.