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North Lake Harbour and Neufrage Harbour. These are
picturesque harbors (yes, Canadians spell it differently).
The largest tuna caught here was a world’s record back in
the mid 1900s. Then in the 1980s for several years not
one was caught – there is no explanation for this. A few
years ago in the mid 1990s the tuna returned and of
course you’re invited to try your luck. Learn who their
customers are. Take time to walk on the beach. Continue
St. Peters, which is noted for mussel farms. Those white
floats you see in the bay hold the “socks” that support
the mussels above the bottom so they are not attacked
Continue on Route 2 to Charlottetown. We went to the
island several times before touring this city and feel we
made a mistake by not touring it on our earlier visits.
Charlottetown is the capital of Prince Edward Island,
Canada’s smallest province. Go to the visitors’ center to
get the schedule of city events – there’s always something
happening. This is also a chance to get a schedule of fairs
and festivals taking place on the island during your stay, if
you didn’t get it earlier.
The meetings that led to establishing the Canadian
Confederation were here. Walk to the center of this
quaint town and see where it all happened. During the
summer, re-enactments of the meetings are held at the
Province House National Historic Site (photo) where the
meetings of Confederation took place. At the adjacent
Confederation Centre of the Arts there are free noontime
outdoor performances and also main-stage shows are
scheduled. The performance of Anne of Green Gables –
the Musical appeals to all, not just the girls – enjoy. I’ve
heard men in their 60s raving about the performance.
If you happen to be in the area during Old Home Week
take in the parade and go to the provincial exhibition and
harness races. Fun.
Now head back to the north shore to continue your drive
on Blue Heron Coastal Drive.
Prince Edward Island National Park has excellent
beaches and is popular with tourists. The nearby coastal
route takes you to …
Cavendish. This area is important to the lovers of Lucy
Maude Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Tour her
home, take it all in to please the ladies. Then continue
along the north shore on North Cape Coastal Drive to
North Cape. When you continue, pull to the viewpoint
French River. This is a grand scene that appears in
some of the PEI promotional material – then if you wish,
drive down to the fishing docks for a close-up view
(photo). Continue to the picturesque Seacow Pond,
pass the windmills and go to…
North Cape. Constant strong wind makes this the
perfect location for Canada’s Atlantic National Wind Site.
An exhibit describes the expected benefits. Take time to
explore the coastal location. Now, head back along the
Northumberland Strait shoreline.
Don’ t rush – take time to go to museums celebrating
potatoes in O’Leary or you’ll learn of Irish moss in
Miminegash or go to a country fair that features 4-H
displays and judging of horsemanship. As you approach…
Mont-Carmel you will be in the Acadian region. You may
wish to walk about and absorb the spirit at le village de l’
acadie, a recreated Acadian village to learn of the travails
of the Acadians.
Heading back to Confederation Bridge you will then go to…
Moncton. Go to the Tidal Bore to see the tide come in.
The forty foot tides of the Bay of Fundy are so strong
that you actually see the wall of water come into the
channel as the tide changes and starts to come in. We’ve
seen the initial wave of a couple of inches and as much as
a couple of feet! In the fall, if you time your visit right,
they say you may see a wave as high as six feet. Now
head south along the coast to…
Hopewell Cape (photo). Flower pots, that’s what they
call the islands formed by the rising tide. With tides of
about forty feet the sandstone that towers above the
shore at low tide become islands at high tide. Figure on
staying six hours to see both high and low tides. You can
walk the beach at low tide and look at the shapes
fashioned by the water – the erosion is eating away at the
shoreline and leaving these islands and then tearing them
apart. Then head to …
Fundy National Park. This park on the edge of the Bay
of Fundy provides trails for hiking and bird watching.
These are along the coast, for a good view of the Bay of
Fundy, as well as mountainous areas. Then return to the
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|NOTE: You will get additional
insight of the Maritimes by
clicking the "travel letters",
above, and referring to the letters
of Prince Edward Island.