Today you’ll head out on the Trans Canada Highway towards Cornwall to explore Red Sands Shore – situated on the southern shores of Queens County. At the Cornwall Shopping Centre, turn left and head south along Route 19. Here you’ll find farming country with houses and cottages scattered along the road and shore.
The West River Causeway is a good place to stop and stretch your legs. Many local boat owners moor their boats here in the summer and the kids in the area love to jump off the two bridges which make up the crossing here.
At New Dominion, the road takes a left turn and heads east. Travel through Fairview to Rocky Point, directly across from Charlottetown. The Point forms one of the shores of the entrance to the harbor.
Fort Amherst and Port La Joie are now protected as a National Historic Sites. As you continue along, the road rounds the point and heads west along the south shore of the Island. This area is called Cumberland, the shore offers a great view of St. Peter's Island and you can see across the strait to Nova Scotia.
At Nine Mile Creek you get a closer look at St. Peter's Island across ripening fields of grain and you can look southward toward Rice Point. At low tide you can walk from Rice Point out to St. Peter's Island on the mudflats. At high tide you would have to swim so don't stay too long.
At the Canoe Cove Junction turn left. If you drive along another 0.6 km (0.4 miles) you can turn left at the corner and go down to Canoe Cove Park. Stay and play on the beach before continuing westward towards Hampton and Victoria.
Just before Victoria is Victoria Park, where you can stop and have a picnic overlooking the strait.
At Tryon, turn left off the highway onto route 10. Be careful, the turn is on a curve to the right and, as you go left, you go over the crest of the road onto the side road. Go down the hill, turn left, then go a short distance and turn right onto the small bridge spanning the Tryon River. You are now entering the heart of potato country.
Near Cape Traverse is the first good place to view the Confederation Bridge. Continuing on route 10 you pass by Borden which is where the bridge begins.
The 12.9 km (8 mile) long Confederation Bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water. It is a toll bridge – the toll being payable when leaving Prince Edward Island at the toll plaza in Borden – Carleton. Take the bridge and drive to Sackville, New Brunswick, where you’ll set up camp for the night.