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Singing Sands Beach, Basin Head Provincial Park

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Cavendish Dunes


Cavendish Dunes gallery

Quick Facts

Difficulty moderate
Trail Type linear
Distance 6.6 km
Estimated Time 4 hrs 30 mins
Surface Type sand
Elevation Change 22 meters
Features beach, dunes
Trail Markers none but easy to follow
Scenery Rating must see
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception variable
Dog Friendly no
Fees yes


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Cavendish Beach is PEI's most popular beach but not as many people take a walk on the long dune that extends from the beach. The 4 kilometer, narrow dune protects New London Bay from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At the end of the dune you can look across the narrow outlet at the New London Lighthouse. The high dunes are intermittent providing easy access to the shore of New London Bay. The dunes are beautiful anytime of day but are especially exceptional at sunset when they are lit with a warm glow.

Wild roses at Cavendish Beach



At the lights near the Boardwalk stores, at the end of Cavendish Road, turn onto Graham's Lane. Drive for 1.4 kilometers and you will come to the gatehouse for Prince Edward Island National Park. If you have not already bought a park pass stop here and get one. Continue just around the turn and turn left towards the Cavendish Campground.

Dune access trail at Cavendish

Continue through the campground gatehouse (stop if someone is there). After 700 meters you will come to a small parking lot on the left. Access to the dunes is at the far end of the parking lot.

Other trails and beach walks in this section of the park

Trail Last Hiked: August 20, 2020.

Page Last Updated: March 28, 2022.