"Wandering Prince Edward Island's Shores" Rustico by 850prc

Rustico Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 15 photos

Skirting and meandering through PEI National Park

Prince Edward Island National Park encompasses a slice of the northern Prince Edward Island coast. If you enjoy a gentile oceanside territory, home both to local fisherman and island wildlife - not to mention picturesque and (in some cases historic) buildings and harbors, then you need to spend a bit of time in PEI National Park.

A good place to enjoy the coastline and a tiny village is the Rustico area. Basically, you'll be on Provincial Highway 6, and should follow the signs to "North Rustico". Then, you'll find yourself on a tiny and somewhat forgotten spur road that heads on over to "North Rustico Harbor".

North Rustico Harbor seemed almost deserted, as if the winter quiet had completely arrived... and we were there in mid-September. We could see the occasional lobsterman working on his traps, or making other edificial repairs to homes and small businesses. There was a small and apparently still functional lighthouse - I was frustrated, I could never really get THE photo that I wanted of said lighthouse.

As for the beach, you can walk along the dunes and walk among the coastal grasses, and even survey the beach. As is the case in much of PEI, you'd best know about the tides - they can be severe.

One of the locals

This little fox is OBVIOUSLY not afraid of humans...probably the result of the not-so-wise feeding of park wildlife by visitors. Nonetheless, his coming right to the side of our car gave us a nice little photo to include on our North Rustico Beach area page.

See? I told you the locals are friendly. And look at that winter coat! This little guy is ready for what's coming. :)

My Rustico page is very small, basically it's one tip. I am also building a short photo travelogue so that you can enjoy the calming scenery and feel of this area.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A quiet and sedate beach area and community. Very unspoiled.
  • Cons:Other than the view, there aren't too many other tourist services. May be tough to find a bite to eat at times.
  • In a nutshell:It is what it is, and that's more than enough for me. An unspoiled slice of maritimes living and scenery.
  • Last visit to Rustico: Sep 2009
  • Intro Written Nov 1, 2009
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