OF EASTERN KINGS COUNTY|
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- Welcome to the tour of Eastern Kings County. We will follow the Bays and Dunes section of your official highway map of Prince Edward Island. If you don't have a map and other tourist information, you can order visitor information online or send us an e-mail and we’ll have them mailed to you. Please include your full name and address.
- At the eastern end of P.E.I., Bays and Dunes is a land of superlative sunrises and seemingly forgotten beaches, some of the best on the Island. We're going to begin our tour at Cardigan. The harbour is home to a small fishing fleet and numerous pleasure craft. Although some large summer homes were built in this area, most of the countryside is dotted with small farms, mixed hardwood lots, and wildflowers which grow along the roadsides.
- Proceeding east on the Kings Byway Drive (Rte 311), a right turn will take you past the small village of Newport. A 1 km (0.6 mile) sidetrip will take you to the wharf and general store. Mussel leases dot Cardigan Bay. Back on the main road, a late summer drive reveals the bounty of forage crops rolled into large round bales.
- One of P.E.I.'s old one-room school houses rests forlornly by the side of the road at DeGros Marsh. Turning north and west past Launching, we are treated to a view of Boughton Bay, and 1.3 km further along one of eastern P.E.I.'s most decorative farmhouses can be seen. In this area you'll see small woodlots and fields of oats and potatoes.
- The Kings Byway Drive takes a right turn onto Rte 4 and proceeds northeast for 3.2 km. Just before turning right onto Rte 310 you can stop near the Boughton River bridge and take in the sights of the small village of Bridgetown.
- The important roles of fishing and farming are in evidence, with lobster boats and traps being prepared for the season and tidy farmhouses and bright red barns inland.
- A side trip here (right turn) will take you to the secluded beach at Spry Cove. At 1.9 km from the turnoff, a great view of the cove, with its sandbar and saltmarsh will tempt you to stay for a walk. Nearby, crafty Spry Pointers have built some cozy birdhouses to attract tree swallows, mosquito- eaters supreme! The end of the road (literally) is just 4.3 km from the turnoff, and gives access to the beach. (Return to the main road by the reverse route.)
- Back on the Drive we pass through the village of Howe Bay. Most bays on the eastern end of P.E.I. are protected by large sandbars at their entrance and Howe Bay is no exception. Deeper channels in the middle allow the passage of fishing boats. Occasional dairy farms featuring black and white Holsteins or brown and white Ayrshires may be seen in this region.
- Like many other places in Atlantic Canada, Islanders often like to paint their houses in bright, cheerful hues although many still opt for more earthy tones.
- Eglington Bay and Bay Fortune are next on the list of many bays on this route. This is a favourite area for summer cottages and canoeing. The backwaters are home to cormorants and herons. Here you can get a good view from the Fortune River Bridge and a nearby Edwardian house built in the grand style.
- At Rollo Bay West turn right onto Hwy 2 and proceed northeast. The views of the fields and bays fall away to the ocean, and there's a fortuitously placed picnic and photo stop just 2 km from your last turn. Stop here to enjoy lunch, fresh air, and great scenery! If you're visiting us in late summer, bring your binoculars because the sandbars and saltmarshes are stopping places for lots of shorebirds, such as sanderlings, yellowlegs, plovers and sandpipers. Shortly past Rollo Bay, you'll get your first glimpse of Souris and Colville Bay.