Garden of the Gulf
Prince Edward Island, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is quite a gem with red-sand beaches, lighthouses and farmland.
When I first arrived in the town of Cavendish, I was a bit aghast as it definitely caters to the hordes of families with young children who are there to see Green Gables. Once off the short strip, however, the National Park is wonderful with unique sandstone cliffs, long stretches of sand, cycling and walking trails, and friendly people. This was my first stop where nearly 1/3rd of the tourists were from the US of A, and I could feel the change of pace.
My initial reaction to Charlottetown was also a bit negative. As I drove into town, there was too much retail, but as you get into the waterfront and historic districts, it's charming. Canada was "conceived" here when the Fathers of Confederation met at Province House National Historic Site in 1864 to plot out the creation of Canada.
I must also mention The Confederation Trail --- a 435 km rolled stone cycling and walking trail that is PEI's portion of the Trans Canada Trail. I would love to ride across the entire island on this route someday!
8/19/2016 10:46:10 pm
Hi Judy.. just did a quick read of your posts since Brockport and must say in all ways Canada is the way. Such picturesque and breathtaking images of land and water. And the warm weather must be lovely a little north. Are there any dark sides? It's too perfect. Still in love w/ the gritty push and pull of my time in Russia, but of course my struggle there is a cushioned one. Where to next? What are your plans?
8/20/2016 06:13:38 pm
Barb ... I'm now 3 stops behind on this blog & the next one was a spot I did NOT care for all that much. The first! Canada is quite something though --- SO much mellower than the US of A all the way around. The dark side? Cost of living is shockingly high; I'd not have stayed if not for the dollar advantage. More to come...j.
8/22/2016 11:39:30 am
Quite a change of scenery from Ottawa but lovely in a quiet, picturesque way. Photos are great as usual. Thanks.
8/22/2016 04:09:53 pm
Yes, every province looks quite different indeed. Ottawa seems like ages ago! Weather has been good; maybe one rainy day per week but temp wise just perfect for me.
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