Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog

Our first adventure.

 

 

Some of the old machinery used to harvest potatoes.

 

 

 

Lighthouse at West Point, PEI.

Typical of the beautiful farmland along the west coast of PEI.

Corn and wind power.

 

Enjoy this drive and skip the seaweed "cake" offered here.

Good sponge cake that has almost nothing to do with seaweed.

 

 

The red water results from beach erosion on the west side of...

This is where the Northumberland meets the St. Lawrence.

Lighthouse at North Cape.


(Ron Writing) We did a loop-tour generally driving clockwise around the west end of Prince Edward Island. The drive took us through several small towns, a few fishing harbors, and a great deal of rural farm country. The countryside looks much like southern Iowa or Illinois with rolling hills of crops and pastures of dairy cattle. We didn’t see beef cattle. Potatoes are the dominant crop but we saw some fields of wheat, corn, and large fields of alfalfa. The countryside is very beautiful. Almost all the properties are very well maintained with nice homes and large mowed lawns.

Our first stop was the Prince Edward Island Potato Museum. Potatoes are a very big part of the economy in this province and this museum does a fine job of explaining everything we’d ever want to know about the history of this tuber and how its cultivation and use has changed over the years. They also have a nice museum of old potato related farm equipment and a small diner where we were treated to samples of several breads and sweets made from potatoes. The samples were so good we decided to have lunch here. We had potato soup with a potato roll, potato pancakes, and potato cinnamon rolls with coffee. All were very delicious and we enjoyed our visit with the nice lady who prepared all this food. We "rolled" out of the diner looking/feeling like a potato!

Our next stop was at West Point, the southwest tip of the island. There is a Provincial Park there and a lighthouse that’s been converted to an inn and restaurant.

We drove generally straight north along the west side of the island to Miminegash which has a small harbor for fishing boats. It’s also an area where seaweed is harvested commercially. The tourist propaganda told us not to miss the seaweed pie served at the Seaweed Pie Cafe. We fell for the propaganda and stopped to share a piece of pie. It was not at all what we were expecting. In fact it was not pie. It was a piece of sponge cake cut in a wedge shape with a creamy topping, a little whipped cream, an a little fruit sauce. They claimed the cream topping was thickened with an Irish Moss extract. It was impossible to detect anything about the taste of this cake that would lead one to believe it had seaweed as an ingredient. If you ever go to PEI skip the overpriced over-hyped seaweed CAKE.

We continued up the coast all the way to North Cape, the northwest tip of the island. Here the Northumberland Strait along the west and south sides of PEI meets the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the north side. We were there at high tide so the water covered the long reef off the point. At low tide it’s possible to walk a half mile out onto the reef that divides these two bodies of water. At both West Point and at North Cape it was very windy and I’ll bet that is the norm since both areas have a large number of wind powered electric generators. The ones at North Cape are part of a research facility and one of the windmills there is touted as the largest in North America.

We drove south on Hwy 12 along the east shore of the North Cape section of the island and then southeast on Hwy 2 to Summerside where we are spending the night at Wal*Mart.

As you see in most of the photos we had beautiful sunny weather again. It was quite cool and also very windy.



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