The red sandstone cliffs eroded away leaving an odd and magical geological formation on the north shore of Prince Edward Island at Thunder Cove Beach. Well off the beaten path, but a must for tea lovers – the hike to Tea Cup Rock [226 Thunder Cove Rd, Kensington, PE C0B 1M0, Canada] is short and sweet. Park at the 90 degree bend in the road, quite obvious, but highlighted because other cars will likely be there as well. Find a heard path down to the sand and set out with the ocean is on your right and the cliffs are on your left.
When you get to the end of the beach where the water meets the cliffs, climb up the rocks.
You need to be relatively sure footed to complete this hike, it includes some scrambling and navigating some seriously sheer cliffs – but only for a few minutes!
Amble around the narrow rock ledge to reach a cove with some interesting eroded cliffs.
Just around the corner is that red hot tea cup!
Walk from the rock out onto the sand to get a closer look. The contrast between red rock and green ocean is stunning.
The tea cup is absolutely perfect, complete with saucer.
If the water is shallow enough, you just might be able to walk on out to the island.
Head back the way you came.
It is imperative to time your expedition with the tide low and use caution around eroded cliffs and formations.