Destination guide

Darnley—a hidden gem on Canada’s popular Prince Edward Island

Darnley is a small, unincorporated community located in the west of Prince Edward Island, just north of Kensington. It’s an out-of-the-way community that functions as a hidden gem among vacationers, discovering the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway. With easy access to the Twin Shores camping area, the Thunder Cove Beach, and outstanding golfing, fine dining, arts and culture, and the best in sightseeing opportunities, Darnley is an ideal destination to explore. Book your Darnley vacation rentals to discover all there is to see here and around Prince Edward Island.

Things to do

Resorts, culture, and surprising local attractions all over Darnley

There are incredible local attractions around the Darnley region. These include the Twin Shores Camping Area, a beachfront area with beautiful scenery and modern amenities to ensure that you’re comfortable during your stay. Enjoy fabulous beaches, like the Thunder Cove Beach, Gulf of St. Lawrence Beach, the Darnley Basin Beach, and Profitts Point Beach. Don’t forget to enjoy a day at Darnley Greens Golf Course, or check out the Malpeque Outer Range Lighthouses. Finally, take a road trip to Prince Edward Island to experience the many Anne of Green Gables history museums and attractions all over the island.


Upscale entertainment, dining, and arts at Darnley

People visit lakeshore areas for the chance to relax along the sands of a freshwater paradise, and that’s available for you in the Darnley area. There are several beautiful beaches nearby, including Thunder Cove and Twin Shores. For those who love outdoor but upscale entertainment, check out the world-class golf course nearby. You can also seize the opportunity to visit real lighthouses before wandering the quaint streets of the community, checking out the lovely local shops and boutiques. Unwind then at peaceful local bistros, cafes, and restaurants. Securing your vacation rental at Darnley is only the beginning.


Enjoy a moderate climate with mild temperatures all year at Darnley

Prince Edward Island and Darnley are marked by a temperate continental climate all year round. Darnley specifically has four seasons, but the warm waters from the nearby Gulf of St. Lawrence ensure mild summers. Overall, the weather can be variable all year. Average temperatures in summer are around 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius), while the average high in the winter is around 26 degrees Fahrenheit (-3.3 Celsius), warmer than many inland locations. Still, with 112 inches of annual snowfall, many choose to visit at the height of summer or in the off-season periods immediately before or after.

Natural features

A natural basin island with stunning natural geography to see at Darnley

Prince Edward Island was formed millions of years ago from a sedimentary basin, which was flooded and built up during and after the glacier movements of the last Ice Age, leaving behind an island largely comprised of red sandstone. Combined with its continental climate, the Darnley area is a great place for swimming, exploring the ocean climate of the gulf, spending time on the beautiful beaches and coastlines, and enjoying the many varieties of natural areas that exist on the island. The picturesque beachfront areas alone are enough to encourage anyone to secure Darnley vacation rentals.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Darnley

Fly into Charlottetown, PEI (YYG), the closest airport, located 30.6 mi (49.2 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Darnley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 218 vacation rentals near Darnley. From 107 Cottages to 96 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Darnley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Darnley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Darnley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Malpeque Outer Range Lighthouse: 420 vacation rentals
  • Darnley Greens Golf Course: 422 vacation rentals
  • Cavendish Beach: 482 vacation rentals
  • Haunted Mansion: 483 vacation rentals
  • Summerside Harbor: 352 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Darnley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Darnley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 107 Cottages in Darnley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Darnley include:

  • Houses: 96 rentals available
  • Cabins: 107 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 107 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Darnley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 24 vacation rentals with pool available in Darnley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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