Salutation Cove is a large bay off the Northumberland Strait. It got its name from Samuel Holland who was the British Surveyor General of North America in the mid-1700's. In 1764, Holland and his surveying crews were mapping St. John's Island (formerly Isle St. Jean and later Prince Edward Island).
He sent a crew out from Charlottetown to survey the western end of the Island and miscalculated the distance and amount of time it would take so he had to send a second crew out with additional provisions....they met at "Salutation" Cove.
Samuel Holland's 1765 Survey and Map of St. John's Island (Prince Edward Island) showing Proposed Lots and Parishes
Today, Salutation Cove is a quiet, unspoiled sandy beach stretching for almost a kilometre with magnificent red rock cliffs on the western end to a long spit on the east end. There are a few cottages along the shore but our guests are welcome to go for a swim or a romantic walk.
If you have your dog with you, it's a wonderful place for a carefree run...particularly at low tide...and we have lots of dog towels!
The cove is also popular for digging bar clams....and if you check the menu at some of the swankier dining rooms in New York and Boston, you might just find Salutation Cove Oysters on the menu....and if you want, we can arrange for you to get some right from the fishermen themselves!