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The road meanders around Cardigan and Boughton Bays while passing through small towns. Consider Spry Cove as your first stop today. Continue on past the brightly coloured houses popular in this part of Canada through Howe Bay and Fortune Bridge. This area is a favourite for canoeing and the backwaters are home to cormorants and herons.
At Rollo Bay West, turn right onto Hwy 2 and proceed northeast. Surrounded by the Souris River, Colville Bay and farmland, Souris is the largest centre in Eastern Kings County. The ferry to the Magdalen Islands leaves from here. About 12km from Souris, you’ll reach Basin Head. Here there’s a spectacular golden sand beach, which sings when you walk on it.
North Lake is the self proclaimed Tuna Fishing Capital of the World. On a clear day you may see the tuna boats off in the distance in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
At the junction of Hwys 16 and 336 you can take a side trip down into Greenwich or decide to continue on to the town of St Peters. And, at Tracadie Cross, turn right on Route 219 and head for Rustico for your overnight stop.
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As you continue along the coast, the views to the west slowly overwhelm you. Steep, brick-red cliffs that look like they have been ripped from the side of Mother Earth give way to gentle sand beaches, and then rise again to form spectacular new rises.
All along the North Cape Coastal Drive you’ll find places worth stopping “just to have a look”. As you travel the coast, you’ll also want to find safe places to pull off the road and spend some time just looking at the water, perhaps even exploring its edge. You’ll find a number of scenic lookouts for just that purpose.
As you approach Miminegash, if the tides and winds are right, you might be lucky enough to see Irish Moss harvesters. Driving through the region you’ll see many Clydesdales and Belgians, working or relaxing in the pastures along the way. While in the area, enjoy an exotic treat … if you dare! The Seaweed Pie Café offers you the change to enjoy a tasty dessert of seaweed pie.
Further up the road, stop and enjoy the spectacular dunes at Skinner’s Pond. From there it’s a short drive to Tignish and North Cape.
North Cape has long been famous for its natural wonders, including the longest natural rock reef in North America and the ‘meeting of the waters’. At low tide, you can walk out almost a kilometre onto the reef and, as the tide moves in, you can witness the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait merge together over the reef. It’s an ideal location for seal watching. For those who live for sunsets, they just don’t get any better than this. People drive here just to witness this amazing panoramic view of the ocean.
Tignish is famous for its harbour, its church and its community spirit. When you leave Tignish heading toward Alberton, be sure to make a stop at Jacques Cartier Provincial Park. The shore road then takes you to the bustling Town of Alberton and nearby Northport.
Next stop is Bideford, where author Lucy Maud Montgomery lived during 1894-95, when she was a schoolteacher at the local one-room school. Before you return to Summerside make time for a visit to Green Park.