North Rustico

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Visit North Rustico

Enjoy deep-sea fishing tours, kayaking adventures and walks on sweeping beaches at this pretty port town on the north-central coast of Prince Edward Island.

North Rustico is a popular summer destination on the shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Established in the late 1700s by a community of Acadians, North Rustico grew to become an important fishing port, notably for lobster and mackerel. Visit the town to discover its easygoing charm, pristine beaches and family-friendly outdoor pursuits.

Find North Rustico Harbour just a short walk from the town center along the waterfront North Rustico Harbour Trail. Pass a collection of working fishermen’s huts and watch as boats pull into the harbor with the day’s catch. Learn about the history of fishing on Prince Edward Island at the Rustico Harbour Fishery Museum. The North Rustico Lighthouse has been guiding seafarers since 1876.

Join a fishing excursion, cast a line off the side of a trawler and wait patiently to reel in fish such as cod and mackerel. Trips depart from the harbor between June and September. Alternatively, sign up for a kayaking tour and discover sandy beaches framed by dramatic red sandstone cliffs.

Return by foot to the North Rustico Harbour Trail and continue to North Rustico Beach. Appreciate the beach’s untamed beauty, paddle in the cool water and spot seabirds grappling with fish. During the summer the water is warm enough for swimming. In winter the beach is often covered in a magical blanket of snow.

Enjoy concerts and interpretations of well-known plays, including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, at the Watermark Theatre. Dine on fresh fish, lobster, mussels and seafood chowder at the town’s restaurants.

Reach North Rustico by flying to Charlottetown Airport, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of town, and rent a car from there. Visit nearby Prince Edward Island National Park to enjoy its wild beaches, campgrounds and hiking trails. The town is also part of the Green Gables Shore, a tourist region that incorporates sites made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables novel.

Top hotels in North Rustico

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
North Rustico Motel and Cottages
North Rustico Motel and Cottages
3 out of 5
7103 Rustico Rd., North Rustico, PE
per night
13 Dec-14 Dec

Situated in North Rustico, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Watermark Theatre and North Rustico Beach. Rustico Harbour Fishery Museum and North Rustico ...

4.3/5Excellent! (166 reviews)

"Nice people, very helpful. Clean cottage with lots of extras, fridge, dishes, coffee supplies..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov,2019

North Rustico Motel and Cottages
North Rustico Harbour Inn
North Rustico Harbour Inn
4 out of 5
7366 Cavendish Road, North Rustico, PE

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from North Rustico Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Rustico Harbour Fishery Museum. Cavendish Visitor Information ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (269 reviews)

"Nautical decor very tasteful, very clean and quiet"…"

Reviewed on 27 Sep,2019

North Rustico Harbour Inn
Dreamweavers Cottages and Vacation Homes
Dreamweavers Cottages and Vacation Homes
3.5 out of 5
6948 Rustico Road, North Rustico, PE

This family-friendly North Rustico cottage is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Watermark Theatre and North Rustico Beach. Rustico Harbour Fishery ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)

"The property was wonderful. Felix and Daisy were wonderful people, and so friendly and easy to talk to. We had a great weekend with our puppy and no problems."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2019

Dreamweavers Cottages and Vacation Homes

Popular things to do in North Rustico

Green Gables Heritage Place
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Green Gables Heritage Place

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of characters from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Anne of Green Gables at this historic house and garden.

Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Confederation Centre of the Arts

4/5(1 review)

Find exhibitions about Canadian confederation, admire artwork by national artists and attend entertaining theater productions at this cultural center.