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Travel Tips for North Rustico PEI

North Rustico is a breath taking beautiful fishing village on the North Shore of the island nestled between the red sands cliffs of the Cavendish side and the white sand dunes of the Stanhope side of Prince Edward Island National Park. 10 minute from Cavendish and 40 minutes from Charlottetown.
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Atlantic Sailing sunset cruise

If you are an early riser, you can watch a gorgeous sunrise from the North Harbour pier while fishing for bass and mackerel or simply enjoying the spectacular view. You can also head out to Orby Head and bring your lawn chair for phenomenal sunrise or sunsets while over looking the ocean from the highest lookout point in the National Park. The sunset is second only to our sunset cruise where you can enjoy the last of today’s light dancing off the red cliffs.

You can buy a National Park pass for unlimited return trips to the park and it’s beaches. If you purchase it online before the early bird deadline it’s extremely affordable.
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Mackenzie Brook - PEI National Park


The next lookout west of Orby Head is Mackenzie brook. You can park and walk along the ocean and stand inside this peek-a-boo hole in the cliff. The path to the hole is a little challenging but worth the effort. The red sand next to the green of the trees and the blue of the ocean is a memory you will cherish a lifetime.

RV’rs will love the treed sites of the National Park and there is a boondock spot overlooking the ocean at the tip of the road out to north harbour where you can watch the sunrise and feel the ocean if you have a van or small motorhome. Just be careful of the tides. You can park on the inner beach and let your dog run off leash but when the tide comes in the beach is swallowed by the ocean.

North Rustico is known for it’s Deep Sea fishing charters. There are 9 operators out of the harbour so you are pretty much guaranteed to get a spot. Go out and catch some mackerel or cod and later in the season go for the big Tuna catch and release. We really like Off The Hook Deep Sea Fishing as their captain is great with the kids and works hard to get you to the best spots.
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Tides and Treasures - Seawalk Park


The Town of North Rustico and Seawalk Park & Boutiques in the center of town do a wonderful job all summer of providing free entertainment for the whole family. There are gift boutiques on the Harbour Drive side of the park and you will want to shop at the Seawalk Park Boutiques and one of the best ice-cream establishments in the area. Canada Day is a spectacular event in North Rustico with one of the largest celebrations east of Ottawa. Two parades (boat and car) with free live entertainment all day in the park. At dusk there is a huge fireworks display over the harbour. Keep an eye on North Rustico’s page for all the entertainment listings.
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Pedro's Island Eatery - North Rustico PEI


Prince Edward island is, after all, the food island and North Rustico has no shortage of great food! Pedro's Island Eatery is the worst kept local secret. Pedro is a world renowned chef that offers an affordable yet delightful menu that has a constantly changing specials menu. You will not be disappointed. Up the road at Rustico Harbour there is the Blue Mussel Cafe, Fishead Company Store and On the Dock Eatery. When you walk into the Blue Mussel you are transported to a spectacular beach front restaurant. A little more upscale with the menu and the food is delicious. Rated as one of the island’s top restaurants, you will not want to miss. Enjoy a coffee and dessert at Fisheads and On the Dock has potato nachos that you will want to try. Both have patios over looking the harbour. You can end your day chilling with a drink at the Eagle’s Nest. Open late and local talent performing.

There are lots of RV parks in the area with pools and cottages like our favourite Red Rock Retreat Campground & Cottages or the family fun and water park of Marco Polo Land Campground. If being pampered at a bed and breakfast is more your style then The Lookout Inn in New Glascow or Coastal Escape PEI.

There is a shuttle service from Charlottetown to North Rustico by City Beach Express - daily shuttle to/from... and many attractions in the area. Glasgow Glen Farm you can get fire roasted pizza and amazing gouda cheese. Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. is a must stop along with The Toy Factory in New Glascow.

Local links:
Tourism PEI - www.tourismpei.com
Town of North Rustico - northrustico.com/en/
Welcome PEI Travel Guide - welcomepei.com/
Atlantic Sailing PEI - www.sailpei.com