Day Trip – Shopping, Lunch, Hiking, and Ice Cream

St. Peter’s Bay & Greenwich National Park

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA

Greenwich National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Before I get started into this post, make sure to watch the video of this day trip. It can be found in the header of this post. And… make sure to leave me a comment at the end of this post.  

I’ve lived in the picturesque province of Prince Edward Island since 1996. At the time, in order to get to these beaches, you had to trek across the sand dunes. It took forever to get there, yet it was so worth it. In hindsight, I wasn’t aware that walking on sand dunes could damage them. Eek! 

“In 1998, six kilometres of the Greenwich Peninsula were added to the Park to protect unique dune formations, rare plants and animals, as well as archaeological findings dating back 10,000 years. The largest sand dunes on PEI tower above white-sand beaches to create a stunning backdrop for one of Atlantic Canada’s top trail systems. ” – PEI Tourism

Just this year, the boardwalk system was completely rebuilt. In fact, we were there in late spring and could only hike the other trails since the boardwalk wasn’t completed yet.

I can’t believe that I waited over 15 years before returning to this oasis. I will definately be back soon; hopefully at sunset.

St. Peter’s LandingSt. Peter’s Bay

Our first stop was St. Peter’s Landing in St. Peter’s Bay. A quaint little boardwalk filled with unique shops, some food, and breathtaking vistas. It’s about a 45 minute drive from the capital city of Charlottetown. Perfect for a day trip if you’re visiting the city. Actually, pretty much anywhere on PEI is day trip worthy since it only takes about 3 hours to drive from tip to tip of the Island.

One shop in particular that intrigued us, was Freckles & Porcelain, a vintage themed shop selling art & stationary (designed by the owner), gifts, fashion, and home decor. The smell when you walk in is heavenly and the hospitality just as much. 

This spring, when my friend and I were out on a biking adventure in the area, we actually had a chat with the owner and her Mom as they were unpacking for the tourist season ahead. It was fun to chat with “Mom” again this day and the fun part is that she remembered us!

The owner, Emily, wasn’t around, but she is “from away” and has recently made PEI her permanent home. Welcome Emily! We bought soaps and a cute vintage style neck handkerchief, but could have definately dropped several $$ there. Check out some of the pictures below and the shop is also featured in my video! If you drop in to see them, make sure you let them know that I sent you along. 

Lunch at Lin’s Take OutSt. Peter’s Bay

Prior to heading out this day, I posted a quick “Where should I eat in St. Peter’s Bay area?” message on my Facebook page. The resounding answer from locals was “Lin’s Take Out”, with a few others coming in at close 2nds. 

After shopping for way too long and having only coffee and a bagel in our bellies, at 2pm we were starving! Lin’s is a cute little take out situated right next door to what I can only assume is Lin’s house. The staff was super friendly and the menu was quite extensive for a little roadside spot. Lots of seafood, burgers, and of course, ice cream!

Jen said it was the best hot dog she had in years, most specifically because the bun was grilled with butter on it. How can you go wrong with that! The fish n’ chips were tasty, and while I was indulging in this type of fare, I figured I’d wash it all down with a good ol’ fashioned root beer. 

The best part about this little gem is that the scenery is breathtaking. The most incredible part is that despite this beauty, only more incredible vistas were to come.

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Greenwich National Park

Greenwich National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

The “piece de rĂ©sistance” in all of this was well worth the journey. As mentioned at the beginning of this post, I hadn’t been on this trail in a very long time. I will definately be back more often. 

The hike is quite accessible to most, except for perhaps when you finally get to the beach. It can be a bit tricky at that point to get over the dune and onto the beach. If you watch the video, you’ll see exactly what I mean. 

There’s a large parking lot to park in and then it’s off to the trail! The trail winds it’s way through woods, fields, over little bridge, across sand dunes, and over waterways. 

We saw lots of birds, a dragon fly (see the video), and of course, at this time of year… tourists. We chatted with several people and had the pleasure of an extended chat with two lovely ladies from Los Angeles. 

At every turn, we “oohed” and “ahhhed”. The blues, the greens, the immense sand dunes, the extensive and beautiful boardwalk, the sounds of nature… It was heavenly to say the least.

I hope that you’ll someday have the pleasure of visiting.

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Greenwich National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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Greenwich National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Greenwich National Park, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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