The Sands 'Sing' on Prince Edward Island

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Souris, P.E.I. - At the eastern tip of P.E.I., just northeast of Souris, there’s a spectacular golden sand beach that sings when you walk on it. Actually, the sound is a little more like a squeak, but it's distinctive and mysterious. It's a phenomena that scientists still don't completely understand. 'Singing Sands' have been reported on beaches in the North of Wales, on the little island of Eigg in the Scottish Hebrides and at a number of beaches along the Atlantic Coast. Studies have found that squeaking or whistling sand is found where quartz sand is very well rounded and highly spherical. P.E.I.'s Singing Sands are at Basin Head Beach (it’s often referred to as Singing Sands Beach). Many consider this to be the best beach on the island. From the nearby town of Souris it's only five hours by ferry (daily) to the Magdalen Islands. Basin Head Beach Photo by John Sylvester

Where: Joined to New Brunswick by the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge. Canada's smallest province, rolling rural Prince Edward Island, is just 225 km wide. Historic Charlottetown is the birthplace of Canada's Confederation, and a great place to celebrate Canada Day. Island explorers can find great golf opportunties, beautiful beaches, the world's only potato musuem, Anne of Green Gables sites, lobster dinners, and a 70-mile-long September yard sale.

In the News: You can now get P.E.I. tourism news on Twitter at @GentleIsland


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Canada’s Coolest:

Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!

The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives

Here are some of my favorites...

Icefields Parkway - the world's most accessible glacier

The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.

Algonquin Moose Viewing

The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.

Cape Breton Cabot Trail drive

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.

And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...


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