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Wood Islands Route 4 to Murray Harbour Route 18 to Murray River Via Route 18A

This scenic Prince Edward Island drive encompasses miles of beautiful country side. As you take the on-line tour keep in mind that the links to the left will provide more information on the Festivals & Events, Activities, Restaurants and Accommodations in the orange area of the map.

You’ll start this segment of the tour at the Wood Islands Ferry Terminal. Taking you east (left) down route 4 along the coast then onto route 18 through Murray Harbour and Murray River then onto route 17 into Murray Harbour North.

If you are arriving from Nova Scotia by the Northumberland Ferry, which we would encourage you to do, you will be astounded by the sheer beauty of your first glimpse of Prince Edward Island as the red island shores beckon you.

The wood Islands area is the start of your tour and what you see from the decks of the ferry as you approach P.E.I. After you dock head straight for the Wood Islands Lighthouse and tour the museum, you will be taken back in time as you experience what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper. You will also find Wood Islands Provincial Park, a cliffside day park the perfect spot for a picnic and where your family can enjoy the small fishing village and playground along the waterway. Try an island treat at the one of the food booths, walk the beach, dig clams or just watch the ferry as it comes into port or leaves for the Nova Scotia shores.

After your Wood Island visit and you leave the terminal area continue east onto route 4 and stop at the Plough the Waves Visitor Information Center, where you will find tourist information as well as retail shops for your convenience.

Wood Islands
Continuing east on route 4, about 5 minutes you’ll find the Northumberland Provincial Park. This park offers a lifeguarded ocean beach; clam digging in our red soil, laundromat, hot showers, playground, kitchen shelter, forest trails, and children’s programs. You will have an insight into the natural area and be introduced to the varied flora and fauna native to the Island.

When you leave the park take a left and continue down Route 4. About 10 minutes away you’ll find Rossignal Winery in Little Sands, which is the only winery on Prince Edward Island. Drop in and sample some island wines as well as browse through their folk art that is on display.

Cape Bear Lighthouse

Keep along the coast; this takes you into Guernsey Cove, route 18. As you drive you’ll see picturesque scenes of the Northumberland Straight and in the distance across the water, Nova Scotia. Your next stop will be the Cape Bear Lighthouse, which is off route 18 down the dirt road. This lighthouse is where the first signal was heard from the sinking Titanic and is now a museum. Climb to the top and experience a breathtaking view. If you go a bit further down to the end of the dirt road, another panoramic view awaits you.

Back on Route 18 you’ll come to the Beach Point Beach, which is only 5 minutes from the Cape Bear Lighthouse. At low tide it is an excellent place to dig clams or find sand dollars. If you arrive at high tide, take a swim or relax on the white sandy beach.

Right past the beach you will find the Beach Point lobster pound where you’ll be able to purchase fresh seafood for your supper. Continuing on route 18 you’ll arrive at the small fishing village of Murray Harbour. This is the home of Brad Richards, the village hero who’s team won the 2004 NHL Stanley Cup, he also won the Lady Byng and the Conn Smythe Trophies. This charming fishing village offers island crafts, retail stores and island cuisine for your enjoyment. Explore the homemade quilts at Miss Elly’s or the homemade chowders at Brehaut’s Restaurant. Be sure to drop into the Log Cabin Museum on route 18A for a unique look into the island’s past.

Your next stop will be the village of Murray River, keeping on route 18 and then turning right onto route 4 at the junction. This village was once a shipping center with lots of history for you to learn. This eye-catching village has much to offer; unique gift and craft shops, restaurant, seal cruises, seaplane tours, picnic park, bank, convenience store/gas station, post office, golf courses and a Island Welcome Centre.

Tartan Air Tours

As you approach the junction of route 18 and 4 be sure and stop at Amelia’s Home-Style Bakery for some island goodies or get them to pack you their superb island picnic, it will go great with the bottle of wine you picked up at Rossignol Winery. If you want an experience you’ll not soon forget be sure to take the Tartan Air seaplane tour and see the island from the air. It looks like a rich patch work island quilt with all its brilliant colors of green fields, the red soil and the blue water……. Memorable. If you are not much for flying then see the island from the water with Marine Adventure deep-sea fishing charter and seal cruise.

Cross the bridge and visit the Magik Dragon and The Old General Store craft and gift shops. Browse through the collections of originals and imported teak furniture, jewellery, clothing, beads and more at the Magik Dragon. The Old General Store is a heritage building with a unique blend of linens, quilts, artwork to name a few items for you to discover.

If you take route 202 you will find Eagles View Golf Course, a championship 9-hole golf course. This golf course is connected with a 1000 ft. bridge across the McClure pond, what an incredible view! Also located in the clubhouse is an Interpretative Centre, which displays the history of the village. Take time to walk the nature trail and learn about the area.

Eagles View Golf Course

Island Blue Mussel Harvest

Taking route 348, 3 km east of Murray River you will find King’s Castle Provincial Park, which is a delightful family day park. The park hosts a wonderland of favorite storybook characters, a fort to explore, playground, beach kitchen shelters, barbeques and washroom facilities. The Gladstone Park is also close by for you to enjoy.

From route 4-take route 17 to Poverty Beach in Murray Harbour North. This white sandy beach is a great place to spend the day relaxing with the main ingredients, sun, water and quiet. Watch for the seals that will entertain you as you relax. Drop into the mussel plant and learn about our island blue delights.

This is the end of the Hills & Harbours orange tour and now we will continue North with the light blue tour.