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August 18/06 We got moving at 10:00am to do the North Cape Coastal Drive stopping at beaches, harbours, parks and other interesting attractions. At Malpeque Harbour we arrived at the right time to watch them unload a boat with mackerel. We saw several harbours, they are well protected from the weather with rock break waters and long narrow 'chutes' into the harbours, quite often there is there is an outer and inner harbour for loading and unloading catch and supplies and inner harbours for moorage. At North Cape the boats were fishing for lobster. There were also some boats that have sails out on the stern. They are the buyers that buy the product at sea. Also at North Cape is the Atlantic Wind Test Site. It is a windmill farm set up for develping sustainable renewable energy resource. The goal is to have at least 10% of the electrical energy used in Canada supplied by wind or solar power. We toured the Irish Moss Interpretive Center and Seaweed Pie Café. It was interesting, they explained how the moss is harvested. Of course we had to try some seaweed pie and Irish moss pudding, actually there was very little taste to them. We then went on to the West Point lighthouse and Harbourside Center. Next we went to the Bottle Houses, at Cap Egmont, the bottle houses were built by a retired fisherman in the 1980s. They were interesting and unique. At the Summerside Shipyard Market there was free concert with a Celtic group playing and dancing. Then at another waterfront center there was a village of shops and an open stage and benches with another band playing a free concert there. We got some mussels for $1.00 /lb., for supper tomorrow, and went back to campground at 10:00pm, a long day.



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