Prince Edward Island National Park
Northwestern P.E.I. is the site of a protected area of wetland and surrounding parabolic dune system. Home to all sorts of critters, the extensive Greenwich Dunes Trail system includes three routes, all doable in a day. The best-known, the 4.4-kilometre Dunes Trail, starts off in the woods, moves to a wooden boardwalk and then a floating boardwalk over a pond, and climaxes at giant sand dunes and an amazing beach. The interpretive centre covers the region’s geology and history, including 10,000-year-old evidence of human inhabitation.
Must-do: Go all out for the day and drive an hour south of the Dunes to Point Prim, a peninsula on the south coast, to check out P.E.I.’s oldest lighthouse.
Best route: The Greenwich trailhead is a one-hour drive northeast of Charlottetown.