Fascinating People, Places, Things
June 19, 2019
6 Must-See Island Points of View
Photo: Cape Tryon, PEI
By Ellen Egan
IT’S REALLY NO SURPRISE that Prince Edward Island is a place most photographers dream about—sometimes before they’ve even heard of this glorious place. With rich red soil, patchwork farmland, and misty ocean views around every turn, PEI is often described as a place you can only make up in your imagination.
Maybe that’s why Lucy Maud Montgomery, the celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables, was so inspired to document the place she called home well over a century ago. And with any luck, we can only hope you will, too.
Here are just a handful of our favourite places to capture during your Island visit.
- Perhaps one of the lesser-known views on the Central Coastal Drive, Darnley, located just outside of Kensington on the north shore, has an understated beauty that for years was known only to locals. But in recent times, the "Teacup Rock”—a sandstone formation in the shape of, you guessed it, a teacup—has attracted visitors to the shores of Thunder Cove Beach to witness nature’s impressive artwork.
- Speaking of Lucy Maud, French River is definitely worth a stop on your journey through "Anne’s Land.” It’s a quaint fishing village, with colourful shacks lining the wharf and stretches of fields bordering the opening to New London Bay. There’s even a designated look-off point before entering the village, so there’s no reason not to pull over and take in its beautiful panoramic views.
- Just minutes from French River is Cape Tryon, another stunning spot you’ll want to add to your list. Perched at the end of a dirt road, its spectacular 110-foot sandstone cliffs will make you feel like you’ve reached the edge of the earth. Be sure to soak in the energizing seascape and rolling farmland that spread across the surrounding landscape.
- For a truly authentic Island scene, make your way over to the quiet region of the south shore. Close to the headwaters of both the West and Hillsborough Rivers, Canoe Cove was a major landing location for the early Native settlers. Today, it epitomizes rural PEI allure, and makes the perfect place to fine-tune your focus and enjoy a walk along the tidal flats at low tide.
- Set against the backdrop of the Confederation Bridge, the world’s largest bridge over ice, North Carleton is an incredible spot to capture the sunset on the ocean. You might even want to set your camera’s timer and watch as the tangerine sun slips away for the night.
- Driving up to Victoria-by-the-Sea, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto a movie set. In fact, many film crews have taken over this charming village and it’s not hard to see why. From classic Victorian houses and quirky antique shops to active fishing boats and delicious seaside restaurants, you might even feel inspired to write the next great novel or screenplay.