Brackley Beach is just 20 minutes from Charlottetown, located within the PEI National Park. This beach is part of a protected area that stretches from Rustico harbour to Brackley, continuing west to Stanhope and Dalvay. Altogether, six beach areas dot this coastline with Brackley Beach the largest and most popular among them. The Gulfshore Parkway runs 10km along the coast parallel to the bach and it meanders over salt marshes and alongside sand dunes. An ambitious beachgoer could spend the morning at Brackley Beach before cycling, running or rollerblading along the multi-use trail, stopping along the way for a swim at the next 3 beaches before returning to Brackley for sunset. Just like all beaches within PEI National Park, this is a protected area. The dunes are critical to the health of the ecosystem and the dune grass that holds the delicate dunes in place is particularly sensitive to trampling. So keep your feet on designated trails and boardwalks! No pets are permitted – it’s a nesting area for the endangered Piping Plover. Just like Cavendish, Brackley is a wheelchair accessible beach and a special beach wheelchair with fat tires can be booked ahead through the visitor centre.