Despite the fact that we had two days of low tide that resulted in walking the boats back to the launching point and a third day where we were almost swept to the north pole while accompanied by a billion arctic red jellyfish, we can't wait to go back. P.E.I. is a beautiful island with scenic coastlines that have open beaches in many areas instead of rows of condos, which make you feel like you are alone on the planet. We were only granted three days between rain storms during our visit, and the following sections describe the places we paddled.
Gulf of St. Lawrence
The Gulf of St. Lawrence is (in our opinion) for experienced kayakers. This was not the same opinion of the couple we met who rented a canoe for the first time and decided to paddle along the coastline.
This was our most difficult, yet shortest paddle. There was a strong wind which we battled to stay close to the shore. It was a day that we prayed that if we got swept out we would be fortunate enough to hit a lighthouse before we hit the north pole.
This was a beautiful and sheltered paddle. During low tide, the area is very very shallow. This accomodates those who like to hike in the water and pull their kayaks behind them (not mentioning any names), which seemed to be the only way to get back into the harbor as it is too hard to paddle when the water is 4" deep.
This paddle started from the Mic Mac visitor's center for us and allowed us access to Bird Island and the beautiful sand bar across from the north side of the island.
Paddling on the bay side of the National Park sand bar is best done with high tide. We chose low tide. Nevertheless, the bird sightings were phenomenal, the east shore protected, and the sand bar beautiful. A perfect paddle to bring a picnic lunch and binoculars.