Fans of the Anne of Green Gables series of books will understand that reference… Prince Edward Island was pretty amazing – the colours, the people, the history – truly a fun experience.
Chez Shea, the B&B we stayed in, was lovely. The food was delicious, the owners a lot of fun and very knowledgeable, and there were animals! I fell in love with Rosy and Posy (Rosie and Posie?), the two black dogs, and Bebe (sp?), a gorgeous orange cat.
We started to plot out what to do with the one day that we had, and decided that rather than stressing about what we were missing, we would instead pick a few places to see, leaving a bit of time for anything else that came up. We settled on Cavendish, home of L.M. Montgomery and the site of the Anne of Green Gables house, Cavendish beach, Victoria by the Sea and Charlottetown.
We started out towards Cavendish, but quickly stopped at a shop for a look around – outside and in.
After a little shopping we were back on the road to Cavendish. We accidentally made a wrong turn, and instead of ending up at Green Gables, we ended up on the property where L.M. Montgomery was raised. There was a small cabin that held a variety of books for sale, as well as various antiques from her life. We found out that we could walk to Green Gables, passing the remnants of Montgomery’s farmhouse and going through the Haunted Woods. Before we could head out, an older woman told us that she wanted to tell us the history of the place. Turns out that she is the wife of Montgomery’s great great grandson (I might have the relationship wrong… I was getting confused after a lot of genealogy talk), and she told us about the author and the property. She was quite dear and so obviously devoted to the subject matter. She and her husband did a lot of restoration on the place as a tribute to Montgomery.
After the talk, off we went, battling hordes of mosquitoes. Hordes. I am not exaggerating. I was walking behind Bonnie on the path, and the air was grey with mosquito wings around her. I really don’t like those little beasties! Other than the mosquitoes, the walk was lovely.
After the walk back to the car, we headed off to the beach at Cavendish. Wow. The red cliffs were outstanding. Bo kept stressing me out by wandering/sitting WAY to close to the eroding edge for my comfort. I tried to take pictures of her on the edge, but couldn’t get the depth perception right – they all just looked like she was sitting level with the water. She was not! Sorry for the volume of cliff and rock pictures… I honestly didn’t include all the ones I took!
We both dabbled our feet in what we had heard was warm water. We were led astray… NOT warm!
Then it was off to Victoria by the Sea… seemed appropriate! It is a dear little town with a lovely boardwalk.
Yes – we did try the potato fudge… It was a little potato-y, but more than anything it was sweet… really really sweet.
Continuing on with our busy day, we then went to Charlottetown – I really liked what we saw of it. We wandered around looking for the historically significant Confederation buildings. Finally had to get out the phone and check online to see what we were looking for…. Sigh. It’s shameful… I know!
Then it was back to Kinkora for dinner at the neighbouring O’Shea’s Pub, and home to the B&B to pack up… again.
The next day we had an amazingly delicious breakfast of waffles with a ginger syrup and fresh fruit… yum! We said our goodbyes – I had an awful lot of animals to hug – then we set off for Confederation Bridge. It’s really long (shocking observation, I know 😉). We were heading for the Annapolis Valley to visit/stay with a friend of Bo’s. That is a story for another day… although I’m behind on recounting my trip, I’m weary and heading for sleep. We’re back on the train tomorrow (the one with WiFi), so I’ll be updating more then. It’s been an excellent trip so far, and it feels like we’ve been gone for a month!