Spotlight on Brackley Beach, PEI

Brackley Beach is a small rural farming community located in central Prince Edward Island on the province’s north shore, approximately 10 km north of the community of Brackley, from which it derives its name.

Brackley Beach is protected by the Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada and is home to sand dunes, barrier islands and sandspits, beaches, sandstone cliffs, wetlands and forests. These diverse habitats provide a home for a variety of plants and animals, including the threatened Gulf of Saint Lawrence Aster and the endangered Piping Plover.

The Brackley Beach area became a popular vacation spot in the late 19th century, and its shoreline was designated as part of the national park in 1937. Activities include deep sea fishing, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, horseback riding, campgrounds, several restaurants and dairy bars as well as Prince Edwards Island’s only drive-in theater.

IN describing Prince Edward Island’s many pristine beaches one must keep in mind the fact that mere words are an injustice when referring to the majestic beauty found throughout our many shoreline paradises. People must walk the sands themselves in order to grasp the sheer magnificence of such heavenly natural vistas. There’s really nothing quite like spending a hot summer’s day at the beach, for the experience literally transcends all other aspects of normal life. One is able to lose oneself in the overwhelming serenity and beauty of our shores which Islanders and visitors alike are fortunate enough to enjoy. Such experiences epitomize summer on P.E.I., where people are able to forget about their cares for a while and simply allow themselves to be swept away by the grandeur of their surroundings. P.E.I’s North Shore is home to some of the world’s most unspoiled and spectacular beaches.

Bordered by the crystalline waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the pastoral Island coastline, these sandy refuges offer beach-goers the opportunity to relax in the sun or explore the gently rolling sand-dunes characteristic of the region. Favorite hot-spots include Cavendish and Brackley Beach, both of which are a part of the P.E.I. National Park. Each year thousands of people flock to these destinations for endless days of fun in the sun. Perfect for family outings, both beaches are patrolled by teams of surf-guards which ensure the safety of the throngs of beach bums.