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Brackley Beach-Stanhope

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Brackley Beach and Stanhope are small farming communities and popular vacation spots on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. Stanhope, along with the neighbouring villages of Covehead, Grand Tracadie, and Pleasant Grove, are part of the Rural Municipality of North Shore.


Covehead Harbour Lighthouse

Brackley Beach, formerly Brackley Point, is approximately 10 km (6 mi) north of the community of Brackley, from which it derives its name, and is bordered on the north by Prince Edward Island National Park which is home to sand dunes, barrier islands and sandspits, beaches, sandstone cliffs, wetlands and forests. The Brackley Beach area became a popular vacation spot in the late 19th century, and its shoreline was designated as part of the national park in 1937. Activities include deep sea fishing, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, horseback riding, campgrounds, several restaurants and dairy bars as well as Prince Edward Island's only drive-in theater.

Stanhope is the original home of the first major groups of British emigrants who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1770, and was once a local hotsport during PEI's rum-running era. It is now a popular summer vacation location and home to Stanhope Beach (located inside Prince Edward Island National Park), which is less busy than Brackley or Cavendish Beaches.

Get in[edit]

Brackley Beach is located 21 km (13 mi) north of downtown Charlottetown on Route 15, passing the Charlottetown Airport (YYG IATA). Stanhope is 21 km (13 mi) northeast of downtown Charlottetown via Route 2 and Route 25.

Get around[edit]

Brackley Beach and Stanhope are about 10 minutes apart and are connected by Route 6. The two communities and beaches are also connected by the Gulf Shore Parkway located inside Prince Edward Island National Park.


  • 1 Brackley Drive-In Theatre, 3164 Brackley Point Road, Brackley Beach, +1 902-672-3333, . At dusk, enjoy two first-run movies in one of the most unique drive-in theatres in Canada. Full-service canteen. Don't forget your favorite blanket and pillow, or lawn chair to sit outside. Open May-September. Adults (15+)-$12; Children (5-14)-$7.50; Children (under 4)-free; Car Load (up to 5 people)-$35.
  • 2 Covehead Harbour Lighthouse, Gulf Shore Parkway (inside Prince Edward Island National Park). The Covehead Harbour Lighthouse is square, tapered, 8.2 metre (26.9 ft) tall wooden tower surmounted by a square, wooden lantern. It is located among the sand dunes of Prince Edward Island National Park of Canada, on the beach just to the east of the entrance into Covehead Bay.


See also: Prince Edward Island National Park for beach information
  • Brackley Beach Ceilidh, 3330 Brackley Point Road, Brackley Beach. Music and Inspiration come together, hosted at the Brackley Beach Community Center every Monday and Wednesday from late-June to mid-September
  • 1 Stanhope Golf & Country Club, 2961 Bay Shore Road, Stanhope, +1 902-672-2842, toll-free: +1-888-672-2842, . Open May 1-Oct 31. Stanhope Golf & Country Club overlooks the cliffs of Covehead Bay and is just minutes from north shore National Park beaches.







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Routes through Brackley Beach-Stanhope
CavendishNorth Rustico  W PEI Highway 6.svg E  ENDS at W PEI Highway 2.svg E
ENDPrince Edward Island National Park  N PEI Highway 15.svg S  CharlottetownEND

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