You're in a photographer's paradise. From the secluded bay, our cottages offer a panoramic view of the Northumberland Strait, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. The Strait is home to lobster and deep-sea fishermen, oyster cultivators, seabirds, seals, hummingbirds, resident bald eagle, hawks, herons, and occasional dolphins and whales. From your cottage decks or interiors, you can watch the Souris--Iles-de-la-Madeleine ferry glide by twice a day; catch sight of Nova Scotia's beautiful Cape Breton across the water; watch dramatic sunrises and sunsets; gaze at the moon and star-packed skies at night, especially when sitting by your beach fire. You can stroll the beach, enjoy a swim or a float in the refreshing seawater; kayak the bay (BYOK); or simply relax and soak up the sun. Hungry? Bring home local lobster, Colville Bay oysters and other seafood and fish fresh from the ocean.
Keen to explore? Follow the only highway east, to miles of 'singing sand' beaches to walk, lighthouses to explore, and North Lake, a postcard-perfect fishing hamlet where you can charter deep-sea fishing and seal-watching expeditions, and, from mid-August through September, world-famous bluefin tuna charter fishing trips. Bike or hike the Confederation Trail, which begins near Souris and covers the entire Island, 'Tip-to-Tip'. Venture 25K. west to picturesque mussel-cultivating St. Peter's Bay, and magnificent Greenwich National Park with its sand dunes, river, woods and marsh walks, and access to the endless beaches of the the Gulf of St. Lawrence coast. A little farther west lies Crowbush, a superb golf course on the world circuit (Brudenell course lies south). The nearby village of Morell, on the beautiful Morell River, offers self-conducted kayaking excursions. Charlottetown, the Cradle of Confederation and capital city, offers Province House (where Canada was born), theater, markets, shops, fine dining and a superbly walk-able location on Charlottetown Harbour. World-renowned Green Gables, home of Anne and her creator, are a scenic drive from Souris to the west and north respectively. And if you are looking for a day-long jaunt, explore the unique Acadian part of PEI on the Island's west side.
But no need to wander far. Souris (pop.1,200) boasts two grocery stores, a bank, a credit union, a post office, a small hospital, two pharmacies, and six restaurants ranging from fast food, to gourmet dining overlooking bustling, picturesque Souris Harbour, marina, and ferry terminal. Twelve K. west of Souris is the Inn at Bay Fortune, where you'll find 5-star dining (Where to Eat in Canada) in another idyllic water-side location. Friday is local produce market day in Souris, and fresh-caught fish and seafood is readily available daily. Tourism's Visitor Information Centre in 'downtown' Souris offers ample tourism literature and personal help for planning any other activities you might want to do. Weekly ceilidhs ('cay-lees') in the area will acquaint you with the rich local fiddling tradition and even allow you to kick up your heels. And more and more popular are September's chartered tuna fishing (catch-and-release) expeditions from North Lake (12 miles east of Souris), truly a 'tuna capitol of the world'. Experience the thrill of playing a 1,000-pound bluefin by day and relaxing at our tranquil cottages by night, where you can embroider your fish tales and upload your photos via our free wi-fi.
So you can be as lazy or as active as you wish.