Welcome to St Peters Bay
St. Peters Bay is noted for having one of the most beautiful views on the island, as well as its cultural and historical richness. The area contains traces left by the major cultures that have existed on Prince Edward Island over the past ten thousand years, including the first Aboriginal peoples, the Mi’kmaq, French and Acadian Settlers, and Scottish, Irish and English immigrants. It is also where you will find Greenwich National Park, a protected dunes area.
Watch the sunset over the Bay, as the sky passes through various shades of pink and red, with the reflections in the water enhancing all the colour. See the lines of buoys, running for miles up the bay, growing the world famous Prince Edward Island mussels. Watch the herons walk along the shore, silently watching for their next meal to swim past. If you are lucky, an eagle or osprey will be circling overhead, waiting to dive down, only to climb back up majestically into the sky.
St Peters Courthouse Theatre
Featuring the best musical performers in Prince Edward Island, the theatre offers an intimate setting with great acoustics, where the great talents of our performers can be truly appreciated. An amateur theatre company will have you laughing in the aisles. And make sure not to miss the annual Frank Ledwell Storytelling and Comedy Festival, honouring Frank Ledwell, a native of St Peters Bay and former Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island.
Housed in a historic building that at various times served the community as a courthouse and a schoolhouse, the history of St Peters is preserved though historical displays lining the walls inside. Feel free to just drop by at any time the doors are open to learn more about the community of St Peters Bay.
Greenwich National Park
Greenwich is also noted for its cultural and historical richness. The area contains traces left by the major cultures that have existed on Prince Edward Island over the past ten thousand years, including the first Aboriginal peoples, the Mi’kmaq, French and Acadian Settlers, and Scottish, Irish and English immigrants.
The sheltered shorelines of St. Peter’s Bay, adjacent to the rich north shore fishing grounds supported one of the island’s earliest and largest Acadian settlements from 1720 – 1758. Greenwich National Park was one of several thriving communities flanking the shorelines of the bay. Parks Canada archaeologists are documenting the extent of French settlement within the new Greenwich National Park . The visitor center details the story of Acadian and French settlement of the Greenwich peninsula.
Greenwich is a protected area. Among the most spectacular natural characteristics to be protected at Greenwich are the high, mobile parabolic dunes, and associated concentric, low dune ridges called Gegenwalle, or counter ridges. The area also contains an extensive and fragile coastal dune system, wetlands and various natural habitats in which numerous rare plant species are found. Habitats of the endangered piping plover and the rare pleated woodpecker as well as remnant skeletal forests are evident in the area.