Archive for June, 2013

Prince Edward Island: Farming, Fishing, and Faith

June 2, 2013 - 2:18 pm 1 Comment

We had a heavy rain during the night but no wind, thunder, or lightening, so it didn’t keep us awake. It was cold when we hit the road for the day, and I only mention the temperature again because this evening the temperature is 85 degrees!! Not complaining!!!

We drove the North Cape Coastal Drive today. It was somewhat overcast most of the morning but we still enjoyed some beautiful scenery. We’ve never seen such beautiful farmland. The soil is so pure and it appears the farmers are busy tilling and planting, we assume, their famous Cavendish potatoes. Fishing boats are everywhere. And churches!!!! Every small village has a nice church. We’ve mostly seen Presbyterian and Anglican. We noticed also, since we were driving on Sunday morning, that a lot of the churches were closed. Every so often we would pass a church that was full of people. So we’ve determined they probably have a circuit preacher who stops at a different church every week. The churches all have very tall steeples. You can tell when you are coming upon another village, because you see the steeple first. And in the two church photos in this entry, notice the houses next door to each one. We think this is the parsonage!!! It is decorated just like the church.

We visited Green Gables and you’ll see some shots of the outside of the house as well as the grounds. We were unable to go into the house. The Canadian government is saving money by closing the house to visitors every Sunday and Monday this summer. I don’t want to talk about it!!! But we did enjoy seeing the house and grounds. And there was no notice for the closing!!

We stopped at a little retail fish market and bought fresh scallops and lobster claws (the most tender part of the lobster in our opinion). We had some of the scallops for dinner tonight. I sautéed them in olive oil, a little butter, white wine, and seasonings. Delicious!!!!

We crossed back over the Confederation Bridge and paid a $45.00 toll to LEAVE the island. Then shortly we crossed into Nova Scotia and stopped at the Visitor Center for maps and information. We’ve stopped for the evening in the Scotia Pines RV Park in Truro, Nova Scotia. We will probably stay here for two nights so we can do laundry and strategize about our route around the island.

I took the photo of the cemetery because it is right on the ocean. I was foggy when I took the photo, but if you look closely behind the cemetery, you can see the ocean. What a peaceful spot!!!










Touring PEI, one mile at a time

June 1, 2013 - 12:26 pm 1 Comment

We started our tour of the Points East Coastal Drive this morning. It’s COLD again!!!! We had a nice day of driving and made several stops to look at shops and such.

One interesting stop was at the Point Prim Lighthouse which was built in 1845. It’s the oldest lighthouse on the island. We have a couple of photos of it, one with the View sitting out front. It was not open yet—-unfortunately we are finding most things are not open yet. But we did get a good visit to the area and it was at the farthest point of the island.

We stopped at the Rossignol Winery, which was an interesting stop. Their wine is made from locally grown grapes and they specialize in fruity, dessert wines. It also had a beautiful setting.

We stopped in St. Peter’s, a coastal town, and had fish and chips for lunch. Unfortunately, our expectations are hardly ever met. Or maybe we just don’t eat fried foods anymore—–the fish was local haddock, and the fish was good, but the batter was, well, too much. What we wouldn’t give for a good old fish fry at ZIGGIE’S house!!!!

We stopped at the Great Canadian Soap Shop where they make soap from the goat’s milk. The girl who waited on us is actually a vet student who is milking the goats for the summer. It’s a small operation and they make the soap right beside the goat pen.

We visited another couple of shops before stopping for the day at a KOA campground in Cavendish. We will tour Lucy Maud’s home place tomorrow, and then head for the North Cape Coastal Drive.

We continue to enjoy the scenery. The farms are huge and many farmers were plowing their fields today. It’s hard to imagine a farmer looking at the ocean, but these farms come right up to the edge of the ocean.

You will see a photo of a little schoolhouse we found in a little village called Orwell Cove. Beside the schoolhouse is a tree with a swing still hanging from it. It really made a beautiful photo.









Worth the wait!

June 1, 2013 - 11:56 am No Comments

We had a good night’s sleep and awoke to fairly clear skies. Temperatures are moderate, and actually, a little warm considering last week’s high was 40 degrees. When we pulled out of the campground, several residents who were out for a morning walk waved goodbye to us, and wished us a safe journey.

We stopped for diesel, propane, groceries, and finally a cup of coffee at McDonalds before heading toward the Confederation Bridge which would take us over to Prince Edward Island. This bridge was built some 20 years ago, and before that time, the only way over to the island was by ferry. The bridge is 9 miles long, but it was not a bad crossing because it wasn’t extremely high over the water. On the PEI side of the bridge we stopped at the Visitor Center to acclimate ourselves to the island landscape. It’s a bit overwhelming to figure out where to stop, what to bypass, etc. I’ve spent a couple of hours plotting our strategy for seeing as much as possible that interests us.

The island has four distinct areas—- North Cape Coastal Drive, Green Gables Shores, Red Sands Shores, and Points East Coastal Drive. We only drove the Red Sands Shores today and we have settled into a park near the capital, Charlottetown. Fishing and farming shape the culture of PEI. Today we saw many plush farms and they run right up to the shore of the ocean. PEI is also known for their potatoes, which supposedly have a special flavor, due to the soil here on the island. We definitely will try the potatoes. The North Cape area is famous for oysters, so we hope to enjoy a tasting while here. And the biggest draw of all, of course, is the home place of Lucy Maud, the author of Anne of Green Gables.

Tomorrow we will drive the Points East Coastal Drive, and spend the night near Cavendish, the home of Anne of Green Gables.








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