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Prince Edward Island What is known for

December 5, 2006
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BEACHES

Miles of white-sand beaches are a surprise to many visitors. Those strands, including Panmure Island and Red Point Provincial Parks, are perfect for family outings. At Greenwich, which lies on the north shore in P.E.I. National Park, the dunes are seemingly endless, and the only sounds are those of seagulls and surf.

GOLF

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There are more than 20 courses with bargain greens fees – from $15 to $50 – and settings that range from seaside to forest. There’s not much argument about the best course; it’s The Links at Crowbush Cove, situated among the dunes on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, on the island’s northern shore: Expect wide fairways, fast greens, and nine water holes to test your humility.

BICYCLING

Pack a picnic and pedal out down the Confederation Trail, the island’s gift to cyclists (and hikers ­ and, in winter, snowmobilers). Stretching the full length of the 180-mile-long island, the Rails to Trails conversion is mostly flat, and paved with finely crushed stone. A good place to start (and rent a bike) is Mount Stewart, at the trail’s northern end, but make sure to explore the Morell- to-St. Peters section, which passes by hayfields and maple groves, saltwater bogs and small, sandy bays.

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