Tuesday, September 11, 2012—Prince Edward Island

We crossed to Prince Edward Island on a ferry just like thisAfter our last breakfast at the Bell View B&B, we loaded our luggage and drove south and west to Caribou, Nova Scotia, to catch the ferry to Prince Edward Island (PEI). The ferry route was 14 miles, and with the effects of the just passed hurricane lagging behind, the seas were a bit rough.

None of us knew quite what to expect of PEI, but we were not prepared for its mostly rural nature and the extent of farming on the island. 120911-7We drove from the ferry landing northwest towards Charlottestown, then through this capitol city’s historic district (reminding us of Charleston, SC) of Charlottetown. We then drove to the northern coast, and along the Prince Edward Island National Park beaches.  Folks throughout the Maritime Provinces are really proud of these beaches; they are quite different from ours, particularly those idyllic white sand beaches along our Gulf of Mexico coast in Florida and Alabama.  I’m sure we take them for granted.

Large fox, Prince Edward IslandAs we were leaving the Prince Edward Island National Park, Sandy spotted a pair of foxes along the road.  We stopped just long enough to snap a few pictures.  The foxes are larger than those at home, and a different color.  They were, however, quite beautiful.

House on farm that was the basis of Anne of Green GablesAt Cavendish, we toured the Anne of Green Gables farm. Green Gables is a popular tourist destination. Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world visit the site which inspired the setting for L.M. Montgomery to create her beloved tale of a red-haired orphan, Anne of Green Gables. In addition to the Green Gables House, several museums and sites invite visitors to learn more about Anne and Montgomery.

One of many old churches we saw in the Maritime Provinces. This was on Prince Edward Island.It was then time to drive south for our overnight accommodations in Summerside, PEI.  As with the rest of the Maritime Provinces, we saw lots of old churches.  Most of them were white, and had tall bell towers.

After checking into our hotel, we rested briefly, had dinner at a restaurant near the hotel, and retired for the evening.

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