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.

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Top hotels in North Rustico

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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North Rustico Harbour Inn
4 out of 5
7366 Cavendish Road, North Rustico, PE
3 Sep-4 Sep
4.7/5Exceptional! (193 reviews)

"It was so nice that the rooms actually look like the pictures online. It was easy to check in and the staff was friendly. The rooms felt homey and comfortable. We were very impressed with everything, from the chairs on the deck outside to the amazing shower, we would definitely recommend these accomodations. ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug,2019

North Rustico Harbour Inn
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North Rustico Motel and Cottages
3 out of 5
7103 Rustico Rd., North Rustico, PE
2 Sep-3 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (151 reviews)

"This was honestly the best check in experience we have ever had. Dwight was answering all our questions before we even asked! This is a family run property and everyone is so friendly. Our cabin was the perfect size and spotless. We loved having our own deck to sit on after supper. We will be back ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2019

North Rustico Motel and Cottages
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Rustico Acres Cottages
3 out of 5
7567 Cavendish Rd, North Rustico, PE
18 Sep-19 Sep
4.1/5Very Good! (16 reviews)

"Owners/staff were very friendly. When you plan on exploring PEI and Cavendish, these cottages have everything you need."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul,2019

Rustico Acres Cottages

Popular things to do in North Rustico

Green Gables Heritage Place
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Green Gables Heritage Place

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

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