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Gowanbrae Oyster

Souris River, PEI
Named after the area where they are grown, near the head of Souris River, these oysters have a crisp, briny flavor profile with a soft, sweet finish. They are raised in floating cages on the surface and mature in 3 - 4 years. Although grown in close proximity to the Sand Dunes, they take on a completely different flavor profile and have blonde shells due to their growing method and the different nutrients at the surface of the water column.


Product Specifications
  • Specie:
    Crassostrea virginica
  • Origin:
    Souris River, PEI
  • Farmed: 3 to 4 years
  • Average Size:
    3.25 inches
  • Available:
Flavor Profile
Balanced and crisp with a sweet, soft mushroom finish.
Suggested Pairing:
Brine Intensity
Growout method
Oysters are raised in surface floating cages.
Site Details
  • Tides:
    Souris River; swift currents from Colville Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • Bottom:
    Hard sandy bottom.
the Grower

From the waters of Souris, Prince Edward Island into the hearts and bellies of oyster fans around the world, East Cape Oyster Company carries on the legacy of the original founder of the Sand Dune Selects brand, Tommy Joe MacDonald. Tommy’s journey began in 1975 when he was granted a number of leases in waterways around the eastern end of PEI. He would sell some of them off over the years, but he held a particular spot near and dear to his heart: the leases near his family home in Souris.

The nutrient-rich water in this area has always produced a very high quality oyster, which Tommy branded as “Sand Dune Selects.” It wasn't long before these oysters began making quiet waves in the oyster industry. In 2016, we had the honour of taking over his leases and thus, East Cape Oyster Company was born.

There’s no denying that it’s a ton of work, but we have a tight knit crew that makes for good vibes on the water each day. When we get to see those oysters being shipped out after years of cultivating and watching them grow, it makes it all worthwhile. And we wouldn't have it any other way.

East Cape Oyster Company