One of our favourite places is the park at Cabot Beach. It is on the north coast of Prince Edward Island, about a twenty minute drive from Summerside where we live. The park has numerous picnic tables surrounded by flat grassy areas for day use. (There is a camping area as well which we haven't checked out but it appears to be well used.) We have never had a problem getting a picnic table in the day use part of the park. In fact, we have used the cook house on several occasions when the wind has been too high for the barbecue to work.
Our granddaughter, Sylvie, was with us the last time we had a picnic and she loved the playground. She had to try each of the teeter-totters with her great grandmother and her grandfather in tow.
The beach is never crowded, even at the height of the tourist season; a beautiful beach, with red sand, that runs into the sand dunes that define it. At low tide, it feels like the beach goes on forever. The beach is clean and long enough for a great walk. There wasn't anyone swimming that day but it's early in the season. People swim there as the season progresses.
Alone on the beach
Depending on the time of day, you may see the fishing boats going in and out of Darnley Basin while you're at the beach. They are a reminder of the heritage of the island and the continued importance of the fishing industry to the island today. The boats make the setting feel authentic, not a place manufactured for tourists. A visit to the nearby wharf at Darnley Basin is a nice mix of history and the modern fishery.
Darnley Basin, a minute from the park
We look forward to our next picnic.