MUCH MORE THAN JUST POTATOES

Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The three of us - BBB, Kevin and I - caught the 75-minute ferry to Prince Edward Island.  It's free to get onto the Island but there is a charge when you return either on the ferry on the East of the Island or by bridge on the West as we intended to do.  The Island is very rural and grows a lot of crops predominantly, potatoes – they’re everywhere.  The soil is really red and lush looking and certainly seems to grow some good stuff!

An excellent visit here was to Greenwich that is a 20-minute walk through woodlands of wild flowers to a 'floating’ boardwalk that meanders its way over water.  There were bull rushes and tall grasses leading out to the sand dunes and then onto the beach.  There were red stones here washed up by the gentle tide on the Gulf of St. Lawrence – absolute bliss.

Our trip to PEI was a really enjoyable experience.  It is delightfully quaint and unusual.  We visited lighthouses, beaches, Eduard Arsenaut’s bottle houses (yes, actually made from bottles), the Potato Museum (surprisingly interesting actually), a ‘Christmas in July ‘ campground and drove the Green Gables Shore Route (this was where Anne of Green Gables Author, Lucy Maud Montgomery lived and the stories were set).

Next destination was Charlottown, a large historic, pretty and affluent looking main town of the Island. It has a lot of  coloured wooden  houses, gardens filled with flowers, hanging baskets and two easily to follow walking routes.  Kevin was more up for a day of relaxation than exploring so drove me to the Town and then got settled in the nearest campground.  I wandered and wandered and loved that little town; I even treated myself to a smoked salmon lunch in the Dundee Arms Hotel – such frivolity!

Too soon it was time to drive the Confederation Bridge from PEI to New Brunswick.  We knew we didn’t have much time to stop and see New Brunswick as we had a long journey ahead and a flight to the UK on 5th August, so we made the most of the time we had.  Each of the three Islands, Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick have different appearances and emphasis but trees are what they have in common – so very Canada.  We made our way to St. John and stayed again in Rockwood Park; it certainly looked different this time because now we had sunshine.  It was a good stop for us as it was a pleasant walk into the town and a great place to venture around when we got there.  It has quite a big harbour and the cruise ships go in.  It has some ‘quirky’ shops and bars and restaurants on the harbour front.  We frequented one and once again were subjected to the joys of live music – this time a talent show!

The time had come to leave Canada so we did it in style by stopping at the famous Tim Horton’s for Maple Dipped Doughnuts – well someone has to!  The American border guard confiscated my yellow pepper as we crossed back into the USA, but hey, he can have it. Don’t ask me – there are some funny rules.  Bye Canada – miss you already.
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