Panmure Island Beach
Panmure Island Beach is a long white sandy beach paradise backed by undulating sand dunes overlooking vast ocean vistas. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on Prince Edward Island.
Located on its own 800-acre barrier island in Panmure Island Provincial Park, access to the beach is along a one-kilometre-long artificial causeway from PEI. Built in the 1960s, it runs along the top of a spit with sheltered St Mary’s Bay on one side and the choppy ocean waves on the other.
Look out for the historic lighthouse at the end of the causeway, standing 18 metres high. It is the oldest wooden lighthouse on the island and adds an idyllic charm to the view. The 4-storey tower has gabled windows and a beacon light on top. There are tours of the lighthouse in the summer.
Panmure Island Beach has plenty of amenities as it is part of the Provincial Park. The area is a prime place for calm digging and there’s a campground if you want to linger. Make use of bathrooms, showers, lifeguard service in summer and a convenience store selling ice cream, snacks and refreshments.
Panmure Island hosts an annual Pow Wow of First Nations People on the island each August. If you’re lucky enough to stumble across it, you can enjoy drum bands, native crafts and a healing sweat tent.
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