Basin Head Provincial Park, Souris

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Known colloquially as "Singing Sands," Basin Head Provincial Park is popular for its white sand that makes a squeaking noise and seemingly sings when you walk across it, thanks to its high silica content. Souvenir shops, restaurants, a tourism center, and a fishery museum line the shore, so you will never get bored. The tide typically remains calm and safe enough for children, but lifeguards stand guard onshore as well. If you're feeling adventurous, head to the bridge spanning the channel, which divides the beach into two parts. Although signs warn people against jumping off into the water, many people seem to do it anyway. To visit Basin Head Provincial Park and other attractions in Souris, use our Souris trip planning site .
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  • The entire family loved this beach! Great sand strip, perfect for kids. Go early though. In the summer time, it gets pretty packed starting at 11am. Nothing is open before 10am, but you can get an alm...  more »
  • The sand was amazing and "squeaky". Beautiful place to relax, suntan and enjoy the scenery.You can walk along the rocky shoreline or stroll in the white sand. A lovely gift shop up from the beach.  more »
  • There are little open huts for picnics to protect from the wind, or you can go across the bridge and hide in the dunes. We were there in mid May and it was not yet open (check times). The facilities a...  more »
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  • The perfect summer beach 🏖 location. Fun for entire family. The beach goes on for miles or seems to. The sand is exactly how you want it. It was super busy but that added to the experience. Lots of watching the crowd. Lifeguards on duty in 4 locations including the spot where the brave jump from the bridge and sides into deep water. It was very hot the day we were there so it was fun and worth the visit. Washrooms and restaurant facilities at top of hill so bring a cooler with your stuff to avoid having to make the trip up-the-hill.
  • We just got back from vacation. We are from Ontario and we were in Prince Edward Island for 9 days on the east coast of the island and did a lot of tutoring and visited a lot of beaches. My son and I could not get enough of basin head. It's like nothing I've ever experienced coming from Ontario born and raised with no ocean. They have a man-made Channel that feeds the basin and the riptide flows through this channel with a super fast current and you jump in off the ledge of the pier and they Riptide sucks you out to the ocean when you getting to low tide and apparently at high tide the riptide is going in the opposite direction and it will suck you into the Basin if you jump in from the Oceanside. The water is crystal clear and the water is also very shallow so there's no need to worry about little kids plus there are lifeguards everywhere. I jumped in with my two year old and 6 year old who were both wearing life jackets but you can just kind of enjoy yourself and it is like a natural lazy river. The beaches were completely clean and there are areas that you can just relax on the shore or you can get bombarded with rip curl's for about the first 30 or 40 feet then once you go past that it's nice and calm and you can kind of bounce with the waves like you were in a wave pool. There are sandbars all the way out and you can see people over a hundred feet out and water that's up to their waist or knees depending on the tide level. If you're ever visiting Prince Edward Island you need to go to Basin head and the locals will tell you how amazing it is as well. If you want a history lesson with your awesome beach day there's lots of information and visitor stuff to educate yourself on the history of the Basin as it used to and still always changes and the openings to the ocean from the basin have come and gone and moved around in the past 200 or so years. There's also ice cream and gift shops in a restaurant and tons of parking. Enjoy
  • This is a very popular summer beach in Eastern Kings County, PE. There's plenty of room traveling by foot on the beautiful beach head west and east, to find your own space. A small bridge spans "the run" where brave swimmers jump off and currents carry you out toward the sand bars of the beach area. Great fun all day. Cafe on site. Very busy in the high season, but loads of fun.
  • Fantastic for all ages. We were 4 adults and 4 kids. Kids ranging from 18 months to 9 years old Older kids and adults went jumping off the bridge and floating down the river at high speed - lots of fun!! The beach itself is beautiful and worth the long walk. Not a great place if you have difficulty walking uphill. (Long uphill climb when leaving) Go early if you are going...beach gets pretty packed during low tide as you are able to walk a very long way from sand bar to sand bar into the ocean.
  • Pretty cool beach where the white sand on PEI and red sand meet. you can walk out pretty far on the sand bars on one part of the beach but on the rest you can swim pretty deep. Theres also a bridge connecting the two sides of the beach that a lot of people jump off of although its not allowed for liability purposes. The only negative I can think of is the amount of people, oh and whatever you do don't jump of the bridge at low tide.
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