Spotlight on North Rustico, PEI

Just around the corner from Oyster Bed Bridge, home of the Bayside RV Campground, lays the charming village of North Rustico.

North Rustico is known to locals, as well as many others as “The Crick”. The village is part of the Cavendish beaches and the Duneshores Tourism Association, and accounts for a large part of the Island’s north shore resort area.

North Rustico is well known for its Canada day celebration every year on July 1. The event usually attracts in excess of 10,000 people, which packs the village quite full, it includes festivities in the park, a parade down main street, as well as a boat parade on Rustico Harbour. The celebration is popular among families, and among teenagers and adults. The day is completed around 10:00 p.m. by a fireworks display over the bay.

The fishing industry remains the village’s most important economic activity, with approximately 40 vessels home-ported in a small craft harbour. Lobster fishing is the main focus for much of the fleet and during May and June fresh north shore P.E.I lobster can be bought in a fish market on the harbour wharves or directly off of the boats.”Fisherman’s Wharf Lobster Suppers” and the “Blue Mussel Cafe” are popular places to enjoy the fresh seafood of Prince Edward Island. There is also an ice cream shop, as well as a wharf side Skippers Cafe, new in 2009.

There is a public beach, a boardwalk, a bakery, gas station, liquor store, and hardware store so is a great place to get supplies.

There are many boats lined up at the wharf in the summer to take willing visitors off deep sea fishing. There is also a kayak/bicycle store where you can join in on guided tours, or simply rent the equipment for an outing.

You can purchase groceries at the local Co-op supermarket, as well as fresh fish at Dorions on the wharf. Seafood so fresh it practically jumps into the plate. Mussels, scallops, haddock, mackerel, crab, lobster, atlantic salmon, shrimp available every day of the week.