Brackley Beach’s claim to fame is that it is the only beach on Prince Edward Island with a drive-in movie theatre!
Situated on the north shore it is about 10 km from the community of Brackley. The area was named after the clerk of the PEI Council who drowned in the bay in 1776.
The beach became particularly popular in the late 19th century and it was incorporated into the PEI National Park in 1937. There is a small admission fee, but it is a beautiful area of sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, barrier islands, sand spits, forest and wetlands.
As well as being home to a variety of marine coastal plants such as the threatened Gulf of Saint Lawrence Aster, Brackley Beach is also an important nesting site for endangered Piping Plovers.
Brackley Beach is a playground for all types of activities including building sandcastles, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, horseback riding, boating and deep sea fishing charters. Visitors can go hiking and biking along the multi-use trail which connects several neighbouring beaches.
There are ice cream shops and cafes at Brackley Beach as well as a campground nearby. The Visitor Centre offers interpretive and informative programs and has showers and changing rooms. The area is part of the Green Gables Shore Touring Region, named after the famous 1908 classic “Anne of Green Gables” which was set in this area.
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