Still More Canada

It just keeps getting better here in the Maritime Provinces of Canada. I’ll admit to initially being lukewarm to visiting this area, but am happy to admit to being totally wrong. I can’t wait to revisit to see everything we missed on this brief visit.

October is such a great time to camp, with one big problem. So many campgrounds close on Columbus Day (National Indigenous People’s Day, or Thanksgiving in Canada), which came early this year on October 8. Our campground on Prince Edward Island was the only campground open on the entire island. And, we were so lucky to find this spot at New Glasgow Highlands Campground. It was a gem. Private campgrounds are never this nice, but this one excelled in every aspect.

PEI was a big surprise. Very rural and agricultural – a big potato growing area. Trucks filled with potatoes ere everywhere, and there are even a few distilleries featuring their own potato vodka. Long, rolling country roads are punctuated by ocean views. And, the Confederation Bridge connecting Nova Scotia to PEI is spectacular. At 42,323 feet in length (about 8 miles), it’s the longest bridge over ice covered waters in the world. Of course, most of it was shrouded in rain and fog when we crossed. But, amazing still.

The view through the windshield looked like this, something we’ve experienced time after time on his trip.

Our PEI time was limited. Fortunately, we were close to Prince Edward Island National Park. This was the main area we wanted to explore, so we donned our familiar yellow rainjackets and headed to the shoreline. It’s a crazy feeling to have miles of beautiful beach to yourself, but we are getting used to that sensation. It would be easy to get spoiled.

There are variations to the view. These two guys in their neon rainsuits were methodically working their metal detectors on this dark afternoon.

At the other end of the Park is Dalvay by the Sea National Historic Site, which is an enormous summer home, built by oilman Alexander McDonald (crony of JD Rockefeller of Standard Oil) in 1895. You can stay in one of its 25 guest rooms, so tempting in our damp state.

What a treat to stroll in and find a welcoming bar, complete with roaring fireplace and huge leather chairs. We were more than ready for a bit of pampering. A beer and a shared scallop crudo eased our chilly misery. Did we feel out of place in our grubby camping duds? Not a bit.

Day 2 on PEI sent us over to the Anne of Green Gables House, which inspired the book of the same name (insert gagging sound here). No photos – the area was swarming with busloads of tourists. John was interested enough to download and read AoGG, but I just wanted to run. We finished our day on PEI with one of the most fantastic meals I’ve had. Mussels, chowder, halibut (by far the best-ever), and a baked seafood thing in a cozy restaurant. Again, no photos, but do yourself a favor and visit the Blue Mussel Cafe if you are in the area. Five stars, with five star staff.

We headed back to New Brunswick to check out Fundy National Park. This is such an amazing place that it deserves its own post. So, read on to the next one…

6 thoughts on “Still More Canada

  1. You picked a good time of the year to go there, other than the lack of campgrounds. I’ve heard about the black flies of early summer, and I don’t want to run into them. But, with all the rain you’ve run into, they’d have all drowned by now even if it wasn’t chilly.

    Nice mansion, I wouldn’t mind spending a night or two there, as if I’d ever be able to afford it.

    I thought that every one like AoGG, but I’m sure that having to fight crowds after the deserted beaches would be more than what I’d want to put up with.

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    • I’d trade poor weather for lack of crowds, anytime. Black flies are a plague to be avoided at all costs. They sure can suck the fun out of a day. We’ve been very lucky to avoid all but a few mosquitos this trip.

      I’m all for a legit historic site. But a house which inspired a piece of fiction? Not for me, unless it’s the Bates Motel or something really oddball. 😊 And, if you could have seen the video at the AoGG house, you would have gagged. It was so saccharine.

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  2. Scotty rented a metal detector today. He could use some tips from those fellows in neon jackets. He lost an irreplaceable family ring he has been wearing every day (never taking off) for 19 years which was worn by his uncle for many, many years before that. He thinks he lost it mowing the lawn. We mow over an acre.

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    • I sure hope he finds that ring. Renting a metal detector seems like a brilliant plan to locate it. I’m amazed at how many times we see folks (always men) with metal detectors. Seems like they are mostly looking for old nails, or other metal bits with a hstory. Not sure why??

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