7.9.10 Cavendish & Charlottetown, PEI

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Ciao likes Bayside Campground in Oyster Bay

7.9.10 Cavendish & Charlottetown, PEI

 

 

A beautiful day on Prince Edward Island!  I have 620 pictures just from today!

 

We said goodbye to Michael at the delightful Bayside Campground in Oyster Bay.

 

Green Gables, where Lucy Maud Montgomery visited and the site for Anne of Green Gables books has been run by Parks Canada since 1937.  It was $19.80 for our family to enjoy the house, a barn with period hayfork, see a short movie, and enjoy some paraphernalia and the gift shop.

Green Gables
  

 

We really enjoyed the two hikes too through Lover’s Lane, over the log bridge, through the Haunted Wood, and other locations from the book.  Reality and imagination blend freely there.

 

We found the famous Lobster Supper site of St. Anne’s Church, in New Glasgow, but it is no longer open for lunch (as our guide book had said). 

 

So we went to nearby PEI Preserves and had a delightful lunch of lobster quiche, potatoe pie, and delicious desserts.  I must confirm that their famous Raspberry Cream Pie is absolutely perfect!  So is the blueberry fritz with homemade vanilla ice cream.  Ahhhh…  We got some Raspberry and Blueberry in Champagne preserves for home from their gift shop.

My little Anne Lia

 

Due to the timing, we decided to pass on the Lobster Supper, as our three choices were all in the Cavendish area, which was growing busier by the minute with the huge music festival, and is filled with some hokey tourist attractions.  Plus, they cost around $35 per person.   We were ready to head south.

 

Off we went to the PEI capital of Charlottetown!  Most of the small city (large town) is filled with modern shops, fast food, urban sprawl, ugh.  So sad to see on such a beautiful island filled with tiny farms. 

 

During a stop at Cow’s famed ice cream store we found the ice cream and tours expensive, and they were not making ice cream today, but would give info on their burgeoning t-shirt business.  Hmm.  Not what I expected after the wonderful Texas Blue Bell factory has $1 ice cream and inexpensive tours.

PEI Preserves dining room
  So we bought a little ice cream for all to try- I still vote for Farmers Ice Cream to date.  Onward!

 

By the time we made it to the Visitor’s Info Center near the waterfront, construction and traffic had brought us to a frazzle.  But all was not lost! 

 

We used the coutesy phone there to call a campground just across the bay, who agreed to save us a site ($40 full hookup) without even a credit card number.  Nice! 

 

See Canada is like America before we all went nuts- it’s like the 1950’s.  You even pump your gas first and then pay inside afterward, without plunking down money prior to pumping.

Charlottetown
  This is important when your card is American and not a chip-and-pin system as they now use here for pay-at-the-pump (and as they use in Europe), so I therefore always have to go inside to pay for gas.  They seem much more trusting without shopkeepers hawking you, assuming you’re going to shoplift items.  People tend to believe what you say and give you the benefit of the doubt.  It is nice!

 

Anyhoo, we decided to enjoy Charlottetown on foot, which we did.  We had parked across from the Visitor’s Center and it was available until 2am.  After that, our parking lot closes. 

 

Why does the lot close?  Regis and Kelly are apparently coming there at that time for their show!  Workers were setting up trailers and a stage in our parking lot.  Cool!  They are filming the show here all next week.

 

So we walked along the waterfront, admiring the boats and listening to their summer music series, which was great.

Charlottetown harbor
 

 

We ate dinner at Gahan Brewery (although we just missed the 5pm tour), and ate all we could for far less than the Lobster Suppers (I still have lobster scars on my hands from Shediac Lobster Eating contest- heehee!).  We like how our neighbors at different tables will strike up a conversation with us and at least acknowledge the others around them.  It reminds be of friendly Mexico in that regard and is so nice.

 

We strolled Victoria Row with the sweater shops, the Anne of Green Gables (all Anne) shop, the Chocolatier shop, etc.  Enjoyed the 19th century buildings, monuments, and houses.  Wonderful!

 

It was a perfect evening with delightful cool winds on a rather warm day.  Ahhh, to be in the Canadian Maritimes in July!  We love it!

 

We drove just 2 miles across the water (via bridge) to our Southport Motel and RV Park, where they had a spot waiting for us on the water overlooking the sunset and old town Charlottetown. 

 

Ned and I had a glass of wine outside during sunset while the kids went to sleep in the rig.  Our view of the first star coming out above the harbor lighthouse was quintessential!  What a perfect ending to a delightful day!

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Green Gables
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My little Anne Lia
PEI Preserves dining room
PEI Preserves dining room
Charlottetown
Charlottetown
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
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The Haunted Wood
The Haunted Wood
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Ciao's Roadtrek buddy in the park…
Loverss Lane
Lovers's Lane
Annes Lake
Anne's Lake
PEI Preserves Company
PEI Preserves Company
Lovely PEI
Lovely PEI
Pancakes for breakfast!
Pancakes for breakfast!
Cows Ice Creamery
Cow's Ice Creamery
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown Basilica
Charlottetown Basilica
Chocolate store
Chocolate store
Anne Store
Anne Store
Anne Store
Anne Store
Anne Store
Anne Store
Victoria Row
Victoria Row
Basilica
Basilica
Old houses
Old houses
Charlottetown lighthouse
Charlottetown lighthouse
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor - summer musi…
Charlottetown harbor - summer mus…
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
Charlottetown harbor
Regis & Kelly are coming!
Regis & Kelly are coming!
Regis & Kelly are coming! Setting …
Regis & Kelly are coming! Setting…
Nice campground
Nice campground
Sunset across Charlottetown Harbor
Sunset across Charlottetown Harbor
Night across Charlottetown Harbor
Night across Charlottetown Harbor
Charlottetown
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