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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  • Having read rave reviews, we were a tad disappointed in the beach, though the weather didn’t help. It was too cold to swim and the water had been churned into an unattractive grey soup, but we didn’t ...  more »
  • The beach of Basin Head is located outside Highway 16, East of the town of Souris, on the road to the easternmost tip of Prince Edward Island. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists. The Park includes a 15 km white sandy beach, playground, on-site food booths, toilets and a shower. The beach of Basin Head extends itself over many kilometres to the Northeast and lends itself to long walks, to combing the beaches and solitude. The water is warm during the summer months and the sand is good. Called the "singing sand" since the sand squeaks when you walk on it. This is due to the high quantity of silica and quartz in the sand. On the site, we find the Basin Head fisheries Museum. The Museum tells the story of inshore fishing, lighthouses, fog and stations of the wrecks of ships through artifacts and exhibitions. There are videos available telling the history of fishing, that of small fishermen telling their fishing experiences. Unfortunately, I have not taken the time to visit the place. Most of the facilities were closed due at the end of the season. The lagoon behind the dunes is home to a variety of giant foam called Chondrus crispus. This is the only place in the world where he is and that's why Basin Head is designated as a marine protected area.
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  • The one week that we were at PEI we went to Basin Head Provincial Park twice and we loved it. It was worth the drive from where were located it took us about 2 1/2 hours but so worth it. The water was...  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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