A man is in serious condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being assaulted early Sunday morning on Tracadie Beach.
An RCMP spokesman said the victim was camping on the beach with his partner when they were approached by several males who proceeded to assault the male camper.
Police say the victim and his attackers were not known to each other.
The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle and were believed to be travelling with several females.
Police have chosen not to release the age of the victim or his hometown at this point.
The area in which the couple was camping was not a bona fide public campground.
Police advise the public to use designated campgrounds whenever possible.
Anyone having information about this incident or information about a vehicle in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning is asked to contact Queens District RCMP at (902) 368-9300.
Information can also be provided anonymously via P.E.I. Crime Stoppers by phone 1-800-222-TIPS(8477); by computer via www.peicrimestoppers.com ; on the P.E.I. Crime Stoppers Facebook page, by SMS Text (Text TIP162 plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES); or by using the iPod app.