Exploring the Maritime Provinces travel blog

Our residence at Hunter's Mountain Chalets - Bottom left apartment

A great name for a quilting store

Music at Celtic Music Interpretive Center

One of our finds as we walked on the beach at Port...

Betsy walking on the beach

Apples on the tree at Hunter's Mountain

Water fowl at Caribou ferry dock

Woods Island ferry arriving at Caribou

Entering Woods Island, PEI harbor

You won't see a sign like this in GA!

Sept 30

Today was our last day in Cape Breton Island. We drove to Judique by way of Mabou (and a lovely quilt shop. I didn’t buy anything). We went to Judique to have lunch at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre and to listen to some Celtic music. It was wonderful both the lunch and the music. The instrumentalists were a fiddle player named Mike Hall and the director of music for the center, Alan, on the piano. They were fantastic. Our feet and hands were tapping throughout the whole Ceilidh. It made eating lunch a challenge. The ride to and from Judique was really pretty. The maple trees especially have turned striking shades of red, yellow and orange. The other trees are also turning colors. In another week the hillsides here will be a spectacular array of colors. On our way back we stopped at a local grocery to pick up food for our supper and then headed back to our chalet. We needed to get our stuff ready and pack. Our time in Cape Breton had come to an end. Our hostess had baked a German cheese cake and had four slices waiting for us when we arrived back at the chalet. We had them for dessert. It was scrumptious! All in all our week in Cape Breton was everything we wanted it to be.

Oct 1

Today we left Cape Breton Island and headed back to the mainland of Nova Scotia to catch the ferry at Caribou, NS to go to Prince Edward Island. It was a 75 minute, very smooth ride on the ferry to Woods Island, PEI. By taking the ferry we saved many miles and hours of driving to the Confederation Bridge which also connects NS to PEI. The ferry was free as they don’t collect a fee until you leave PEI whether by ferry or the bridge. We will be using the bridge when we leave PEI as it is closer to our route home. We had a beautiful ride from Woods Island to Summerside where we are staying at a very lovely Bed and Breakfast, which Rick and I stayed in when we were here in 1997. It hasn’t changed a great deal other than they have added a few more rooms. On the way we stopped at a quaint town called Victoria-by-the-sea to stop at a book store that Jan was interested in. We then proceeded to North Bedeque (which was right on our way to Summerside) to stop at a fabric store that specializes in quilting fabrics. I bought a ½ meter piece of the PEI tartan plaid. We got to our destination around 5 p.m. The day was partly sunny and fairly warm. It has turned definitely cooler now that the sun has gone down.

Tomorrow we start our exploration of PEI. Hopefully, the weather will be good as we plan on going to the PEI National Park and walk on the beach.

All for now.

Betsy and Rick

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