Charlottetown and Cavendish
Trip Start Jul 22, 2007
9Trip End Jul 30, 2007
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After loading up on Tim Horton coffee, we loaded up the car and headed towards Charlottetown. We were glad to be leaving Fredericton. There was not much more to do or see. Furthermore, the weather was becoming dull and grey....
We took TransCanada Highway 2. The sun came out as we progressed further east. During this stretch of the trip, we encountered rugged landscape, and not a service station for miles!
We managed to get to the P.E.I border within 3 hours. The view while crossing the Confederation Bridge was spectacular!
Jul 24, 2007 - Afternoon & Evening
By 1:30 p.m., we were settled in our posh accommodation (double bedroom suite with kitchen, TV, air conditioned, Internet access, and private bathroom) at the Summer Residence Building of the University of P.E.I
We decided to head out to Cavendish (40 mins away) to check out the Green Gables and Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site. Suffice to say I was disappointed to find out that Avonlea did not exit, and that the sets and scenes shown on the TV show of the same name did not look like anything here! The National Parks and National Historic Sites of Canada has decided to use the popularity of Anne of Green Gables (the books, TV series, movie etc) to create this tourist trap, which consists of the Gift Shop, Barn, Granary, Woodshed, and the Green Gables House. The only building that is somewhat original is the Green Gables House, which was rebuilt (after the original burned down). Lucy Montgomery based the Green Gables on the real home/farm of David Jr. and Margaret MacNeil, who were cousins of her grandfather. While we were there, three bus loads of Chinese tourists (Cantonese and Mandarin speaking) were dropped off. Apparently, Chinese people love Anne of Green Gables, which is news to me! I don't even see that many Chinese people in one place when I am in Chinatown in Ottawa. As part of this tourist trap, there is also the homestead of Lucy Montgomery's grandparents where she lived half her life and wrote Anne of Green Gables. As you can see in my pictures, there is not much left of the original homestead.
After our Green Gables experience, we worked up quite the appetite, and decided nothing will do except a lobster dinner
Tomorrow, we are going to check out downtown Charlottetown, which should take about half of a day. I think I will sleep in, and check out the Farmers' Market across the street from UPEI. Until tomorrow then!