Winter Fun on PEI

When most people think of PEI, they think of sunny skies, warm summer days, and sandy beaches. PEI is mostly associated with being a seasonal location, a place that is only beautiful and worth exploring in the summer. However, this could not be more false! Sure, it is lovely in July and August and there are so many things to do. But, what if we told you that there is still lots of adventure awaiting during the rest of the year as well?

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PEI Holiday Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us once again, and that Christmas is only a few weeks away. With this time of year comes joy, excitement and fun, but can also mean stress and worry. Trying to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be quite a feat. But it doesn’t have to cause undue anxiety! 

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A Camper’s Christmas List – 2021 Edition

It’s Christmas time again, and that can only mean one thing! The countdown to camping is on, right? Oh, and also it’s time for holiday shopping. Why not combine the two? Luckily, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of perfect gifts for the camper in your life! Check out our 2021 Campers’ Christmas List.

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Creative DIY Halloween Costumes – 2021 Edition

Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re stuck for costume ideas, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got costumes for all categories – single, couples, group, and even pets! Get ready to DIY and be the hit of Halloween!

Every year, our campers come out to our annual Halloween in August Costume Contest and they never disappoint! We were so excited to be able to hold the contest again this year, after missing it in 2020. Lucky for you, our campers pulled out all the stops and gave us some awesome and unique costume ideas to share with you!

1. Jellyfish

Anyone who’s gone swimming on the North Shore is very familiar with jellyfish. This simple but fun jellyfish costume is perfect for an August Halloween by the beach!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An Umbrella
  • Purple Streamers/Ribbon
  • Scotch Tape

2. Identity Thief

This super clever and easy costume will surely be the hit of the Halloween party!

You’ll need:

  • Black T-Shirt
  • Black Masquerade Mask
  • Stick-on Name Tags
  • Pen/Marker to write the names of your ‘stolen identities’

3. Clark Griswold & Cousin Eddie

Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie are two beloved characters from the iconic ‘Christmas Vacation’ movie, and these particular outifts fit the camping theme perfectly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Chicago Blackhawks Jersey
  • Faux Fur Aviator Hat
  • White Bath Robe
  • Sewage Pipe

4. Veterinarian (& Pets)

This super cute group costume is perfect for your littles and their friends to don for Trick or Treating!

You’ll need:

  • Scrubs
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Medical Mask (I think we all have access to one of these by now!)
  • Plastic Stethoscope
  • Animal Costumes

5. Super Mario Bros

Need a perfect family costume? How about Mario, Luigi and the Super Mario Bros crew!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Different coloured shirts (red, green, black etc.)
  • Suspenders
  • Green and Red Caps
  • White, Red, Black and Yellow Felt for buttons, letter emblems, chain chomp teeth etc.
  • Giant Googly Eyes
  • Chain
  • Princess Dresses & Crowns
  • Yellow Gift Bags for Question Blocks

6. Kissing Booth

As an added bonus, the always-adorable puppy kissing booth costume. In past years, we featured a kissing booth for larger dogs but check out this cute portable booth for smaller pups! They can even come trick or treating!

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard Box
  • Straps
  • Plain Paper
  • Pen
  • A puppy

Keep it simple this Halloween and have some fun DIYing with the family! These homemade costumes are easy, cost-effective and fun! Whatever your plans this Halloween, wow your friends and family with your creativity and stay safe out there! If you decide to recreate any of the costumes featured here, please be sure to tag us. We would love to see them!

11 Things to do on PEI this September

The crazy rush of summer on PEI has passed, but some would say that September is the BEST time to head to our little island. If you’re looking to slow down and relax in a quiet environment, PEI is the perfect place to visit this September! Don’t worry, there are still lots of things to do even though the summer season is in the rearview. We’ve put together this list of perfect September activities for our off-season campers!

1. Go Apple Picking

Stroll through a peaceful orchard and pick your own apples to bring home with you! Apple picking is a quintessential fall activity and there are some amazing orchards to visit on the island. Arlington Orchards is just one of many great u-picks, and it opened for the season on September 4th! Be sure to check their facebook page for updated dates and hours and to see which varieties are currently picking.

On weekends, you can also take a hayride tour around the orchard!

Photo via Arlington Orchards

Distance: 32.2 km | Pricing: .95/lb | Location: 150 Orchard Rd, Arlington

2. Take a Hike!

September is the absolute best time of the year for hiking. Not too hot, not too cold. Just right! Take a walk along a river or through the woods and you might even see the first trees beginning to turn! PEI has so many great trails, but here are a few of our favourites!

Confederation Trail | Bonshaw Hills Trail | Cavendish Grove | Dunk River Trail

Image via Hiking PEI

3. Navigate a Corn Maze

Nothing says fall family fun like a good old fashioned corn maze! Wind your way through the twists and turns of the tall stalks. We happen to have an awesome corn maze right in the Summerside area! Compton’s Corn Maze is officially open for the season and you can check out this year’s maze in the photo below! Be sure to check their Facebook page for updated hours.

2021 Corn Maze @ Compton’s | Photo via Compton’s Facebook

Distance: 26.6 km | Pricing: $5/person or $20/family | Location: 268 All Weather Hwy, Summerside

4. Try a Burger Love

Burger Love is a beloved festival held on PEI each year when restaurants across the island battle to see who can create the best burger using 100% island beef! Make sure to add stretchy pants to your packing list and hit up some of these awesome island restaurants to tackle this year’s gambit of delicious Burger Love options! And don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

2020 Burger Love Winner | Photo via CBC

5. Fall Flavours Festival

Come savour Canada’s Food Island! Hit up any number of amazing Fall Flavours events (including PEI International Shellfish Festival!) taking place this September in Charlottetown and beyond!

PEI Internation Shellfish Festival | Photo via CBC

6. Visit the Summerside Farmers’ Market

Stock up on fresh PEI produce and groceries for your camping trip at the Summerside Farmer’s Market! Here, you’ll find some of the best local producers and artisans. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, meat, fish, prepared food, cheese, artisans and more! Open every Saturday from 9am-1pm.

Photo via Saltwire

Distance: 28 km | Pricing: Free Admission | Location: 250 Water St, Summerside

7. Visit a Farm!

There is no activity on PEI that could be more PEI than visiting a farm! Island Hill Farm is nicknamed “the cutest place on earth” and it just may be! There are lots of animals to learn about and interact with including goats, pigs, bunnies, alpacas, horses, sheep and more! It also features a gift shop and farm market where you can purchase a variety of items! They even offer goat yoga! Be sure to check their website for updated hours.

Photo via Island Hill Farms

Distance: 54.4 km | Pricing: 2yrs & under/free | 2-4yrs/$8.75 | 5-9yrs/$10.75 10+/$14.75 | Location: 351 Route 225, Hampshire

8. Go Horseback Riding

Autumn is the perfect time to meander through the woods and along the shore on horseback! Brudenell Riding Stables accepts riders of every skill level from beginner to professional! Even if you’ve never sat on a horse, you are sure to enjoy this experience! The horses are very gentle and well trained and the scenery is gorgeous!

Photo via Brudenell Riding Stables

Distance: 107.8 km | Pricing: $40/person | Location: 235 Brudenell Island Blvd, Cardigan

9. Visit a Cozy Cafe

Picture this: it’s a crsip September morning. You put on your favourite cozy fall sweater and head to Kensington to Willow Bakery – the cutest, coziest cafe you ever did see for some coffee and baked goods. Or if you’re like me, you’re sleeping in a little and heading to C&B Corner Cafe for brunch! Both delicous options with great atmospheres and only 15 minutes away from Twin Shores!

Photo via The Willow Bakery & Cafe

C&B Corner Cafe | Distance: 15.3 km | Location: 55 Broadway St N, Kensington

Willow Bakery | Distance: 15.4 km | Location: 13 Commercial St, Kensington

10. Go Kayaking

Kayaking is not exlusively a summer activity! The island is just as, if not more, beautiful in the fall! Take in the fall scenery from the water on a kayak tour! Luckily, we happen to have some right here in Malpeque! Malpeque Bay Kayaking Tours launch from Cabot Beach Provincial Park. You can even take a tour that specifically explores our very own Darnley Basin!

Photo via Malpeque Bay Kayaking Tours

Distance: 8.3 km | Pricing: $45-55/person | Location: 449 Malpeque Rd, Lot 18

11. Walk on the Beach & Watch the Sunset

This last one can be done every day of your camping trip, as long as it’s sunny! September sunsets and empty beaches are some of the best things about camping with us in the off-season!

Photo via Twin Shores Photo Contest

September on PEI is the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure! Come enjoy all that our little island has to offer in the fall! You won’t regret it!

Christmas Camping Recipes

It’s the most wonderful time of the summer – Christmas in July! Our elves are decking the halls and getting ready for a festive weekend! To help you get in the spirit of the holiday season, we’ve created a list to Christmas Camping Recipes!

1. Reindeer Marshmallow Pops

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The kids will have the best time making these adorable reindeer treats! It is the perfect afternoon activity for little elves!

Ingredients

  • Pretzel twists
  • Red candies, such as Mike & Ike’s
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Large marshmallows
  • Chocolate melts
  • Pearl candies
  • Ribbon

Instructions

  1. Break pretzels in half to form antlers. Cut off the tip of red candies to form nose. Stick a lollipop stick into each marshmallow.
  2. Melt chocolate and dip marshmallows into it, coating entirely. Press pretzels into marshmallows to form antlers.
  3. Place two pearl candies onto each marshmallow while still wet with chocolate to form eyes. Press the red candy tips on for a nose.
  4. Allow chocolate to dry completely before tying a ribbon on the lollipop stick below the reindeer head.

2. Frozen Pecan Pie Hot Chocolate

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Nothing says Christmas like hot chocolate but it’s not the best drink for beating the heat! This part hot chocolate, part milkshake, part pecan pie drink is almost too good to be true! It’s perfect cold treat on a hot Christmas in July day.

Ingredients

  • Half of a 14.1 oz. package refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 pint butter pecan ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup instant cocoa mix
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans, extra for topping
  • 3 tablespoons cane syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate sauce

Instructions

  1. Unroll half of a 14.1-oz. package refrigerated piecrust onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; prick piecrust all over with a fork. Spray with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven until crisp, about 15 minutes. Let cool, and then break into large pieces; set aside.
  2. Beat 1 cup cold heavy cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a cold bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute; set aside.
  3. Process 1 pint butter pecan ice cream, 1 1/2 cups whole milk, 1/3 cup instant cocoa mix, 1/3 cup toasted pecans, 3 tablespoons cane syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender until smooth.
  4. Drizzle the insides of 4 glasses with 1/3 cup chocolate sauce. Pour frozen hot chocolate mixture into prepared glasses. Top with whipped cream, piecrust pieces, and toasted pecans.

3. Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Bread Sticks

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Pizza night just got a Christmas makeover! This spinach dip christmas pizza is the perfect appitizer to share around the campfire!

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-oz. pkg.) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, grated (3 tsp.), divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (from 4 scallions)
  • 1 cup pre-shredded low-moisture mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. miniature pepperoni slices, divided
  • 1 (11-oz.) can refrigerated thin pizza crust dough (such as Pillsbury)
  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter

Instructions

  • Beat spinach, cream cheese, paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder, and 2 of the grated garlic cloves with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Add scallions, mozzarella, Parmesan, and 3/4 cup of the pepperoni; beat until combined, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  • Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a 13- x 11-inch rectangle, with the 11-inch side facing you. Cut a large triangle out of the dough, making 1 cut from each bottom corner of the rectangle to the top middle point of the rectangle. (You will end up with 1 large triangle, plus 2 smaller triangles from the remaining dough.)
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place large dough triangle on baking sheet; spread evenly with spinach-cheese mixture. Place 2 smaller dough triangles side-by-side on spinach-cheese mixture, covering large triangle completely and matching shape. Make 10 to 12 horizontal cuts on each half of the tree, but do not cut all the way across; leave a 1/2-inch strip down the middle of the tree. Using your fingers, gently twist dough strips created on each half of the tree to make tree branches.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes. During final few minutes of bake time, microwave butter and remaining grated garlic clove in a small microwavable bowl on HIGH until butter melts, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Brush butter mixture over warm baked tree. Decorate with remaining 2 tablespoons pepperoni in a garland pattern.

4. Snow Man Cheese Ball

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Camping food is all about the snacks. This adorable cheese ball snow man will be the most popular guest at your next campfire!

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, grated (2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups), divided
  • Crackers for serving

Decorations

  • Whole cloves (for eyes and smile)
  • Juniper berries (for buttons)
  • Purple carrot peel strips (for scarf)
  • Carrot (use the tiniest tip of 1 carrot) (for nose)
  • Bell pepper stem (for top hat)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Cheese Ball: Beat cream cheese, goat cheese, garlic, salt, pepper, and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Freeze mixture until firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. Shape cream cheese mixture into 2 balls, with 1 slightly larger than the other (making a snowman body and a snowman head). Place remaining 3/4 cup Parmesan in a small bowl; roll each ball in Parmesan to coat. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap; freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Assemble and decorate the Cheese Ball: Unwrap balls. Stack small ball on top of large ball; secure with toothpicks. Decorate with desired ingredients. Serve with crackers and crudités.

5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Linzer Cookies

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These Linzer cookies are as beautiful as Christmas ornaments, and the kids will love the classic PB&J flavor. Combine your favourite childhood flavours with a classic Linzer confection!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F with oven racks in the top third and bottom third of oven. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and beat on low speed just until incorporated. Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder, and gradually add to butter mixture, beating on low speed just until incorporated.
  2. Place dough on a well-floured surface, and roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter. Gently reroll scraps once, and repeat process with round cutter. Place half of the dough rounds on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Using a 1-inch star-shaped cutter, cut out and remove dough star shapes from the center of the remaining half of dough rounds. (Reserve and bake dough star cutouts for later, if desired.) Transfer dough rounds with star cutouts removed to lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake cookies in preheated oven until cookies are set and beginning to brown, 12 to 13 minutes, switching pans top rack to bottom rack halfway through baking. Transfer pans to wire racks, and cool cookies completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Sift powdered sugar over cookies with star cutouts. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons jam on 1 side of remaining cookies. Place a star cutout cookie, powdered sugar side up, over each jam covered cookie, and gently press.

Turning classic camping flavours like pizza, S’mores, and PB&J into delicious christmas treats is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in July! Get the decorations out and your chef hats on! We are wishing all of our campers a merry little Christmas (in July)!

Twin Shores Art Prints

We are thrilled to announce our new collaboration with artist Leann Handrahan of LHCreative! We set out to work with Leann to create one of a kind prints specfic to the park and we are so happy with how they turned out. Leann grew up camping at Twin Shores (and still does to this day!) and has a special place in her heart for the campground, which made the collaboration all the more meaningful.

These prints are the perfect understated way to have a little piece of Twin Shores in your home. Currently, there are three different prints available; the Twin Shores directional sign, simplistic Twin Shores illustrated map, and the iconic teacup rock. We can always dream up new designs if our campers love them!

Art by LHCreative

When you spot this whimsical directional sign, you can be sure you’re at Twin Shores! Fun at every turn!

Art by LHCreative

On this hand-drawn map, you’ll find all the Twin Shores staples and your favourite activities and attractions! From Gulf to Basin, it’s all there!

Art by LHCreative

Our very own iconic Darnley landmark, Teacup Rock is a favourite of many campers. This beautiful simplistic illustration couldn’t be more perfect. Just look at that gorgeous PEI red!


We hope that our campers will love these prints as much as we do. If one (or all three!) of our new prints find their way home with you, be sure to post and tag us so that we can share! They will be available in our brand new “Made in PEI” display on the first level of the General Store starting July 1st!

Darnley ‘To Do’ List

Camping season is right around the corner (only 11 days!) and since our campers will soon be back in Darnley, we wanted to compile a list of things to do, see, and eat all within 20km of Twin Shores! That is if you can find some time to pry yourself away from the beaches, sunsets, and yummy dairy bar treats! Our little area of PEI has SO much to offer from Malpeque to New London and everything in between! We are only scratching the surface!

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10 Awesome RV Renovations

Us campers know that our RVs are our home away from home; so why not make it homey? These renos prove that RVs hold endless potential and can be customized to your own specific style and asthetic! Take a look at these gorgeous RV transformations and get inspired!

1. Farmhouse Chic

This RV was dark and gloomy and in need of some TLC. Wood floors, a little paint on the cupboards, some shiplap boards and new furniture have transformed this RV from dingy to delightful! It’s amazing how some white paint can make a space seem so much more open!

Photos via @rvshare on Instagram

2. Beach Vibes

This beachy vibes 1993 Sparton Four Winds RV is gorgeous with its natural wood tones and pops of royal blue! Complete with an awesome pantry, copper accents, peg-board storage wall, and the CUTEST bunks you ever did see!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

3. Earth Tones

Earth tones are in for a reason! They are so camling and beautiul. This little 1992 American Sierra might be my favourite transformation. Check out that amazing sage green colour on the cupboards and the awesome honeycomb backsplash.

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

4. Too Cool for School

These conservions are super cool! These people have turned school buses into cozy living spaces. They feature tons of space and lots of windows for natural light. They even have mini wood stoves!

Photos via @skoolieconversion on Instagram

5. Light and Bright Boho

This sweet boho reno is super bright and cozy at the same time. All the natural wood and wicker accents are gorgeous. The subway tile in the kitchen as well as the black accents are perfect. It even features a sweet little nursery!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

6. Pop of Colour

Are you a fan of colour? This bold, bright and beautiful reno is for you! This 2004 Forest River Cardinal fifth wheel has endless personality, and all the summer vibes. Check out that cool extendable table!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

7. Cozy Mid-Century Modern

Elegant in the first word that comes to mind when looking at this RV. This gorgeous 2006 Coachmen looks like the best place to spend a cozy, rainy evening! Despite the dark colours and accents, it still manages to be bright.

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

8. Cabin Camper

Log cabin RV anyone? This 1983 Terry Resort RV was renovated using mostly reclaimed barn wood! The different tones in the wood give a super cool effect. And check out that barn door! It’s cozy cabin on wheels!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

9. A Little Bit of Everything!

This incredible RV draws inspiration from multiple different styles! It features natural earth tone colours, farmhouse shiplap, boho wicker accents, mid-century modern elements and darker, cozier colours. It is the best combination of asthetics!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

Check out these awesome side-by-sides of the same RV!

Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

10. Out of the Darkness & Into the Light

Okay so we decided to include three different before and after comparisons here because we just couldn’t narrow it down to just one! Some bright colours and white paint can do wonders for a dark and dingy RV! Adding some plants also helps bring life into the RV (literally!). And can we talk about the blue cupboards in the last comparison? Gorgeous!

Photos via @rvshare on Instagram
Photos via @rvshare on Instagram
Photos via @rvinspiration on Instagram

Can your RV be your dream home? I think absolutely! The weather is warming up and it’s the perfect time for a spring project! Not everyone can afford to do extensive renovations but even just a coat of paint on the cupboards and some new hardware can change the vibe drastically! Try replacing the trailer bedding with your own, get new window treatments or even replace some of the furniture. All these little things can make a big difference! Our trailers are our second home, and we are counting down the days till you can park them at Twin Shores again! June can’t come fast enough!

Twin Shores History

Twin Shores Camping Area has been visited and adored by campers for years (52 to be exact!) The campground’s history is so rich and so full of happiness and fond memories of golden summers and carefree days. To many of our campers, it is home. Right from the first campers who stumbled on our little slice of paradise by accident or chance many years ago, to the campers who have only joined us in the last few years, we all have big love for our favourite place. So whether you’re ready to relive some fond memories of the good old days, or eager to learn about the history, we’re here to share the evolution of Twin Shores with you!

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