Thinking of PEI this year?

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation so what better place to spend it than in the Birth Place of Confederation itself, Prince Edward Island.

Many of our tours encompass a fleeting visit to Prince Edward Island, the “Gentle Island”, as it is only a couple of hours from Halifax.  It is a superb place for spectacular scenery, sumptuous food and generally a lovely place to relax.  Most visitors will know it as the home of “Anne of Green Gables”, Cavendish Beach and Charlottetown, with its related attractions.  This particular trip, however, avoided all red-haired pigtails and very few “popular” tourism attractions were visited – it was a quick visit for the beauty and taste the Island has to offer.

Our first port of call was Malpeque Bay – Home to what are said to be the “finest oysters in the world”!  I personally, have to agree with this statement.  We dined on fresh oysters and mussels in the Oyster Barn and I have to say, they truly were absolutely divine!  Malpeque Harbour is teeming with fishing boats, lobster traps, crab traps and is absolutely gorgeous to stroll around…especially following such a fantastic feast!

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A short drive from Malpeque took us to Cabot Beach Provincial Park where we enjoyed a gorgeous stroll along an almost deserted beautiful beach! (We still had to work-off the oysters).

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Although all roads in PEI offer spectacular scenery, travelling on back roads can make travelling more interesting, so as we headed to Stanley Bridge we avoided highways, took back roads and occasionally even a ‘red mud’ road. We spotted fishing boats heading out and returning, St. Mary’s Church, wildlife and even hemp fields!

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Our evening meal was in Stanley Bridge at Sutherlands restaurant.  We were the soul occupants of the outside dining deck and thoroughly enjoyed dining “al fresco” as the sun went down.

The following day was somewhat of an early start as we wanted to explore “Up West” PEI before returning for a concert.  We meandered on and off the highway (we had no choice due to time and detours because of construction), passing by some gorgeous scenery and places to explore on another trip, before we arrived in Cape North – the most Northern point of PEI.

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Hold on to your hats!  It’s windy here, no wonder it’s home to North Cape Wind Farm.  Visit the interpretive centre, dine in the restaurant and definitely explore the walking trails!  This coastline is also home to the largest rock reef in Canada – where shore birds congregate and Inuksuks watch over. We also witnessed numerous fishing boats and very large seals in the ocean.  It truly is a fascinating spot to be in.

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The mix of natural beauty combined with the windmills makes this a rather mesmerizing place to visit.

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As we drove down the western side, we briefly stopped in Skinner’s Pond – Home of Stompin’ Tom and our last view of Cape North Wind Farm.  We popped into West Point Lighthouse Inn & Museum, walked along a stunning, deserted beach and made a mental note to come back here and stay, before heading to Victoria-by-the Sea for the evening.

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Victoria-by-the-Sea is perhaps one of the quaintest little villages in PEI with so much to offer and such gracious hospitality!  We had a superb meal at the Landmark Café….actually, we couldn’t stop eating so stayed a lot longer than intended!  A wonderful, family run restaurant with absolutely delicious food and warm hospitality….and only a couple of minutes’ walk to the Victoria Playhouse!

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Victoria Playhouse is a beautiful theatre housed in an old school.  It offers an intimate performance without a bad seat in the house.  It offers such a vast array of performances, there will surely be something to please you.  We certainly enjoyed seeing Gordie MacKeeman and meeting him and his band after their performance.

Following a superb breakfast, we followed the Central Coastal Drive along the shoreline, popping into Argyle Shore Provincial Park before stopping at our destination, Fort Amherst National Historic Site.  Stunning views, history, a Mi’kmaq exhibit, and walking trails with interpretive panels…needless to say we spent quite some time here!  We chatted with some locals using the trails, which really added to our visit.  This will certainly be on my itinerary for future trips!

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Upon heading back to Confederation Bridge, we couldn’t help but take a slight detour to visit “Deep Roots Distillery” – so thankful we did!  Owner, Mike Beamish, was on hand to chat about his business and offer samples.  We couldn’t resist his Maple Liqueur – How Canadian 😉

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A whirlwind two days full of beautiful scenery, history, sites and fantastic food!  Why don’t you join us next time?  This is a 48hr enchanting escape that will help you leave all your cares behind….we promise!

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