Tom & Charlene's Excellent Adventures travel blog

MOOS ice cream production plant

Some of their clever T-shirts

East Point Lighthouse

The red cliffs of East Point


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Started from Halifax at 8 AM heading to Prince Edward Island. PEI is the smallest Canadian Province. The island is 140 miles long and 40 miles wide with a population of 140,300. Crossing the 8 mile long Confederation Bridge or taking the Ferry from Nova Scotia is the only way for a car or RV to reach PEI. You pay the toll ($46.00) when you leave the island.

After a stop at Tim Horton’s (when in Canada . . .) we crossed the bridge at 11:30 AM. Our first stop was at MOOS Ice Cream. Saw a Moos shop at Halifax Wharf and the line for ice cream went around the building. Thought it important to see why people stood in line for an hour for a treat. OH YUM!

We soon loaded up on information and maps at the visitor center at the foot of the bridge. There are three suggested drives around PEI to take in the most sights. We started on the East Loop heading to East Point, the most eastern of the lighthouses. We were in farming country. Many fields of corn, wheat, cabbage, canola and potatoes. Drove many miles without seeing another vehicle of people outside. Most small towns listed on the map were just communities of homes with an occasional convenience store or gas station. Finally reached the East Point Lighthouse. The cliffs surrounding the area are red sandstone. It was a bit cloudy so my pictures didn’t turn out too well but we sure enjoyed the view. Drove further down the coast to the beach of the singing sand. The sand is said to make a singing sound as you walk across it. They forgot to tell us the sand only sings when the sun is shining and temps very warm. No singing sand but the beach was very nice.

Imagine our surprise when we met an open buggy that looked like a cross between a buckboard and an open buggy driven by two Amish girls. We were past them when asked each other if that was what we really saw. The next turn off was for the village of Mount Hope – shades of Holmes County! Later we saw caution signs with a buggy that looked nothing like the familiar Holmes signs. The picture didn’t turn out well because it was dark & rainy when we saw it.

Headed to Georgetown as the gal at the info center promised we would get very nice dinner at Clam Diggers. Unfortunately a hard rain began about 15 minutes out from the restaurant. Black night, wind, wet roads and a heavy RV don’t make for fun driving. It began storming and lightening as we reached Georgetown. We made it to Clam Diggers at 8:40 – the kitchen closed at 9 PM. We had a nice meal but not the evening we anticipated. The storm had passed by the time we finished so the ride back to Charlottetown was much calmer. We have found some great roads and some are washboards. Tonight’s trip through the storm after dark was on one of those washboards. Not a fun ride.

Joined 10 other RVs at Walmart – nice quiet evening.



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