No White Dogs ~ PEI

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Leaving New Brunswick on September 21st, we crossed the Confederation bridge to PEI, the longest bridge over ice filled water in the world. An engineering marvel with a Calgary connection – Straight Crossing Inc., the company who built the bridge was a Calgary company. Odd that such an incredible Maritime icon was built by a landlocked company from the prairies.

The bridge took us not only to a new province (Canada’s smallest), but also into new and welcomed weather. After nearly a week of rain in Quebec and New Brunswick, we finally had a picnic lunch in the sun of fresh caught Atlantic Hallibut and french fries cut from potatoes harvested that very morning only a kilometer away. This was in Victoria By The Sea, a picturesque little village only 20 minutes from the bridge.

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Map of our route on PEI.

We ended up spending 9 days on the bright red dirt (and mud). Of course we heard the comments that you can drive around the entire island in a day, which is technically true I suppose, but that’s certainly not doing the place justice. What must be Canada’s most picturesque province demands more time. Altogether we criss-crossed nearly 1500 kilometers of her front roads and back roads, met many of the islanders and visited both tourist attractions and local events. We sampled seaweed pie and the best fish chowder ever. We were pleasently surprised to learn the real story behind Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and the fact that the Canadian government had the foresight back in 1936 to purchase the entire area she grew up in and turn it into a National Park and Historic Site. Not quite the tourist trap of Anne’s Land that we had expected.

Of course, we pretty well had the island to ourselves. For some inexplicable reason most attractions, campgrounds and the like shut down on labour day. We found the odd provincial park open, but ended up spending most nights free camping where we wished. Fortunately the van is fully self-contained so this did not pose a problem. However it seems to me that there’s business to be had here if they just extend their season another month. Certainly September weather is typically sunny and clear and there’s plenty of travellers still on the road who feel that’s the best time of the year to go.

With the island being so picturesque, it is also very photogenic. I’ve picked out a few images here I was able to capture but in no means did I do it justice. A photographer could spend many hours trying to capture the rich hues of red earth, green grass and blue skies and sea. It’s an ideal combination that just must be seen to be believed. Until you’re able to do that first hand, I’ll leave you with a little taste of our experience here.

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Subtle….

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Victoria By The Sea

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Deserted campground, all to ourselves.

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Cavendish Beach, PEI National Park

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The green gabled house that started it all.

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Roadside Folkart.

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PEI is the largest lobster producer in Canada.

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Cut crystal lighthouse reflector from the turn of the last century.

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One of my favorite Island images.

Great Blue Heron near Victoria By The Sea.

Comments

  1. Lynda
    October 11th, 2006 | 6:37 am

    WOW, what wonderful views of a beautiful island….you are right, one day of touring PEI does not do the island justice. It is right up there on our next trip out East to spend more time at….and looks like fall will be the time of year to check it out.
    Glad to hear that you’re having a wonderful trip!

    Lynda

  2. MOM
    October 15th, 2006 | 9:30 pm

    Just looked at these beautiful photos. Nothing like the scenery we saw way back in the seventies. While we were there the weather was terrible, rainy and very windy. I’m glad I got a different view of the Island from your photos. Great!

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