2008 Keys 2 Canada travel blog

there is a little industry here

waters around Charlottetown

Sunday morning traffic on the bridge out of town

pilings of the old bridge - a roosting place for cormorants now

the East Shore Drive

cornfields

farm on the east end

potato crates

fireweed

Point Prim

Point Prim

Northumberland Strait at low tide

Point Prim Lighthouse

older and more primitive than Hatteras or Currituck

a very steep set of stairs

the keeper slept here for a year until they got a house...

the last hatch

the lens - not a first order Fresnel

that old buggy looks familiar

view from the top - through a few reflections in the glass

the way back down

I like this picture

shingles over brick

the road back

wild roses and fireweed

nearing the ferry terminal

and here we are

we paid up and got in line

subsidized by the government

and now the wait

we have an hour to wait but there is a cool breeze...

the ferry comes in through that channel

and there it is - right on time

it's a good sized ship

with two vehicle decks

time to board

follow the leader

until we're safely stowed on board

the loading is done quickly

ready to cast off

out that channel is the Northumberland Strait and across it, Nova Scotia

finally we're off

a loving look backward at Prince Edward Island

the waters of the strait

got his binky for the ride

a passing ferry

coming from Nova Scotia

the breeze on the deck felt really good

passing boat as we're coming in to Nova Scotia

debarkation

still following that guy

entering Nova Scotia

line waiting to board

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Ferry-"Happy Islands"

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View leaving P.E.I. on Ferry

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Exiting Ferry on Nova Scotia


A 14 mile ferry ride across the Northumberland Straight - Sunday, July 27

Today we reluctantly take leave of beautiful Prince Edward Island and head back to Nova Scotia. Athena is flying home out of Halifax Airport on Tuesday and we have reservations at a KOA near the airport for Monday night.

P.E.I. is like the line from the old song - “Admission is free - you pay to get out!” This is doubly painful when you don’t really want to leave anyway. There is no toll to cross the bridge coming in, but there is a toll of $41.50 to leave by the same bridge. The ferry to Nova Scotia charges $89.00 to get out, but it’s cheap at twice the price. It’s a very nice ride.

To get to the ferry we got on the East Shore Drive, an end of the island we’ve not seen yet. The scenery is as stunningly beautiful as the west end of the island, and somewhat different. There is the same red soil and views of the water, but there is a difference to the landscape that is hard to describe. Here it seems to be even more rural, and in every direction are the rich fields of potato plants.

We had a little time to spare so we took a side road off to see Point Prim. Point Prim is a small cape that juts out into the Northumberland Straight, complete with woods, wildflowers, and a picturesque white lighthouse overlooking the water. The lighthouse is an old one - built in the 1840’s before Hatteras or Currituck. It is the island’s oldest lighthouse and the only round brick lighthouse. The bricks are covered with wood shingles however, because the island brick is vulnerable to the deteriorating effects of salt and sea.

I braved the climb and was rewarded with fine views of the point and Northumberland Straight. Nova Scotia is normally visible in the distance, but not in this morning’s haze. The interior of the lighthouse tower is smaller than other ones I’ve climbed, and the wooden stairway far steeper and more difficult. They make it clear that you climb it at your own risk.

From Point Prim it was half an hour to the ferry terminal and we paid our fare and got in line. 45 minutes later we were waved aboard and our baby was stowed on the lower deck for the ride. The water of the straight was like glass most of the way, and by the time we were half way across we could see both sides. We saw seals and porpoises along the way, and sitting on the top deck we had a nice breeze to keep us cool.



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