Quebec City, QC to Summerside, Prince Edward Island 560 miles
Jul 29, 2011
|We made it to the Maritimes! It took us 2 days to drive from Quebec and having 2 more tires turned around on their rims b/c they are wearing funny. We drove straight through New Brunswick w/an overnight in Fredericton. We will see more of NB on the return.
We travelled over Northumberland Straight on the Confederation Bridge onto beautiful Prince Edward Island. There is no charge to come onto the Island, but cost $57.75 to leave. We had no idea how large this Island would be. So, we only saw a fraction of it during our 4 days here. As we drove in to our campground we saw a wedding couple getting photos in a field of yellow. Don't know what kind of grain it was, but it sure was beautiful.
The most memorable part of the island is potatoes. Yes, potatoes. There are acres and acres of PEI potatoes growing here. This Island is famous for them.
There was a U2 concert in Moncton, just over the bridge the weekend we were on the Island; 80,000 people attended! The Island was hopping, several campgrounds were full.
As we drove the Central Coastal drive, we saw a fox trotting down the road, wet. He/she stopped for a moment to "make water" but we weren't able to open the camera in time. So, no picture. As we drove, we saw lots of farmland surrounded by St. Lawrence Gulf. The soil is red clay. We also saw lots of horses, cows, llamas and sheep.
This is the Island that inspired the Anne of Green Gables books. There is a Nat'l Historic site that dedicated to these stories at Cavendish. The author L.M. Montgomery's name is dropped all over the Island for us tourists.
The bays are filled with lobster boats and mussel lines, used to harvest this tasty shellfish. We had great neighbors from Moncton who invited us over to try mussels and Quahogs (baby clams). We liked them so much, we bought more mussels and a lobster to have w/roasted PEI potatoes the next night.
We strolled along the Charlottetown Harbor on Hillsborough Bay on the boardwalk, enjoying a scoop of Cow's Ice Cream too. There were wild roses all along the boardwalk, with an amazing scent. We found a great farmer's market on the way back where we bought yummy raspberries and PEI potatoes.
Another day we walked Spinnakers Landing in Summerside where we saw Celtic dancing and a bagpiper. There is a College of Piping here in Summerside that teaches this art. We drove a little of the North Cape Coastal drive and saw more beautiful farm land along the Bedeque Bay.
Back at the campsite we enjoyed amazing sunsets by the fire.