PEI Provincial/National Campgrounds

Discussion in 'Prince Edward Island' started by hirsch, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. hirsch

    hirsch New Member

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    My wife and I are planning a trip to the east coast and want to camp at Provincial/National Parks. We are looking at Cape Breton Highlands but are looking for suggestions in PEI that are hydro serviced.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Need2Travel

    Need2Travel Rhode Island

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    I'm going this July and after months (maybe a year+!) of researching all my options I just booked here: http://twinshores.com

    I ended up with one of the wooded sites, and the reviews I found here and all of the internet only have good things to say about the place - and it is a double beach location, both a white and red sand beach.

    the cost was only about $3 more a night than the provincial parks I had planned on using, facility and location wise it was ideal for me (& my DH). [:)C]
     
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    There is only one National park in PEI, but it has three campgrounds: Stanhope, Brackley Beach and Cavendish.

    I've not stayed at the park itself, but I rented a cottage just outisde the park at Stanhope, and we used the National Parks's beach there.

    I believe they do have some serviced sites at Stanhope and Cavendish. They website lists Unserviced, unserviced with firepit, 2 way with firepit and 3-way.

    Stanhope will be the quieter area. The beach is nice, but not crowded. There is a small village with a general store, there is a port where you can buy fresh caught fish or go on a fishing charter. There is also a hotel with a nice restaurant and bar and a golf club. Brackley Beach is a short drive away, they have a drive in movie theatre and other amenities. The Park has a group camping site there.

    Cavendish is in Anne of Green Gables tourist area, so expect it to be busier. It has more amenities, and more people. We drove there to do some of the touristy things, its not far from Stanhope really. I'm glad we weren't there the whole week.

    Of course it depends what you are into.

    I've not been to the other places, but there are smaller provincial parks and private campgrounds as well.
     
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    I second Twin Shores. Book early. We stayed there in August 2003 and loved the place. Long red sand beach (2km) and the water was actually swimmable (unlike Nova Scotia). Malpeque Bay is know for its Oysters. Had considered going back again this year but I think we will stay closer to home and try the Finger Lakes area in NY.
     
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    Hello
    DW and I are doing a trip out East this summer as well. I tent camped in Cavendish many, many years ago and love the island. Will be nice to take the bride across as they were still working on the Fixed link when I was last there. I booked Stanhope site as we want to be close to the water, this on a recommendation. My memories of NB/PEI and Halifax are some of my most cherished. The kindness East coasters have is second to none and I highly recommend everybody visit


    I remeber in PEI one side of island has white sand and the other side had red sand. Does anybody know what i'm talking about? [RTM]
     
  6. Need2Travel

    Need2Travel Rhode Island

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    YES! PEI is known for having the red sand beaches, one of the things that had me book at Twin Shores is that its peninsula location offers two beaches, one white and one red. I can't wait to see them for myself [:D]
     
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    If you click on my photo link, you will gp to my photobucket site, and the PEI pics are there. Most of the beach pics are from Stanhope, and the sands are red.
     
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    Thanks guys

    I‘ll be checking out the photo’s tonight cant wait to see the beach photo’s. I remember in PEI I went to an area that had two tides that met and there was a rock path that went out into the ocean. Also two different water temperatures and seeing a family of Walruses or seals at the end of it. Also a cliff formation called elephant rock, looked like it had a tusk. Theses may be at different ends of the island as we traveled north and south but I ordered the tourist guides from the website so I’ll be researching the locations. The lobster in Tignish was fantastic!!!
     
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    We're going to be staying at Twin Shores for a week in July, it will be our first time there, but we've heard from friends and family that it's a great campground.
     
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    I'll put my vote for Twin Shores also. We stayed there a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Nice and clean.....but had pay showers if I recall.

    Cheers
     
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    THanks for starting this thread! Im planning a trip to PEI this summer and have been trying to choose a camp ground! Off to look at Twin SHores!
     
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    Just wanted to say that the waters in Nova scotia are swimmable. There are a couple of bad spots but the whole province shouldn't be generalized.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a park on PEI that doesn't have 1500 people wandering around on any given day? Looking for a smaller camp ground that is kid and greyhound friendly.
    Thanks
     
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    camping on the island. Cabot. Park. Across the bay from twin shores provincial park hydro sites & undercover nice beach's. Cul-de sack areas to get away from it all ... nice activity center for the kids, Emily of new moon was filmed in the woods a few years ago... Next door to malpeque bay fishing village not far from Ken sington. P. E.I. Spent many summers here. Feel free to contact any questions. Wade. P.ei
     
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    Just got back from a trip to PEI and stayed at Cavendish, part of PEI National Park.

    My family boondocks, because the best sites are often unserviced. Cavendish has sites that are on the dunes, with beautiful ocean and beach views (Section D). The sites come at a cost..........size. These are small without any form of privacy or buffer. Our site was listed as being 23' long by 43' wide (Parks Canada). We were on top of each other. Within minutes of one site waking up, the whole section was awake.

    Firewood is cheap and abundant but we couldn't get the wood to burn. The wood was humid and the new Parks Canada fire pits don't appear able to breath. $6 wasted on wood, but I kept the beautiful Parks Canada burlap potato sack as a souvenir.

    The village of Cavendish is just outside the park and you can find everything that you may need................but it is a bit of a tourist trap. With a permanent population of 300, the daily population in the summer can swell to 7,500. If you are looking to experience local charm, this is not the place for you.

    Despite the small site, lack of privacy and lack of camp fire, the view erased everything and everyone. As sunset approached, the whole campground came to a silent standstill to watch nature take its course.........which lasted an hour. The same happened at sunrise, with many setting up their chairs on the beach, with their coffee and blankets, to watch nature's HDTV. I will return.
     
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    Several years ago I camped in a tent at Green Park Provincial Park northwest of Summerside on the west shore of Malpeque Bay. Nice, small park. Tenting sites on the shore.
    http://www.greenparkcampground.com
     

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