Tom & Charlene's Excellent Adventures travel blog

Altar in Glass Church

Glass Bottle House

The Tavern

North Point Lighthouse

Northumberland Strait meet St. Lawrence Gulf

Irish Moss washed onshore. Used asfertilizer by area farmers

wind turbines on North Cape


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Our first stop on the beautiful Saturday morning was at the Glass Bottle Houses. Edouard Arsenault created three buildings from 1980-1984 using cement and over 25,000 glass bottles. There is a chapel, a house and a tavern. These building are surrounded by a pond and extensive gardens.

We then headed out on the North Cape Route of PEI. We drove through Abram Village to check where would could park tomorrow when we come for the Acadian Festival. Shades of Poultry Days – Yards were decorated with the French flag and red, white and blue, the colors of the flag. Some yards had characters/scenes in them. Unfortunately the traffic was too fast to get those pictures.

We scooted north to the North Cape Lighthouse, The northern most point on PEI. The waters of the Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St. Lawrence meet at North Point. You can see the waters pushing against each other as whitecaps from different directions collide. Inland acreage around the lighthouse is populated with 26 wind turbines. The Wind Institute of Canada and its interpretive center are located at the lighthouse. This program provides electric power for 10% of PEI. There is a very informative museum in the lighthouse about the history of wind power in Canada.

Heading back down the North Cape we stopped at O’Leary, home to the PEI Potato Museum. Unfortunately it was Saturday and they were closing when we arrived. We heard from other travelers that the museum was worth the stop. Potatoes are a very important crop on PEI. Potatoes were advertised and sold in numerous roadside stand beside the grocery. Every restaurant had PEI new potatoes on the menu. We were able to find the best place in town to eat and where we could get propane in Summerside. One of the workers at the museum called her father-in-law to see where we could get propane. The gas stations only filled portable tanks because thy sold propane by the pound. The FIL said we could get it at the ESSO station in Summerside. Every time we’ve had a question the Canadians have made the extra effort to find an answer. We stopped down the road at the recommended G & E Restaurant and Take Out. I had pork chops, Tom had the pork roast, both very good meals “home cooked” meals.

We then drove to Mille River Provincial Park after having been assured by several people that the park was not full and we wouldn’t have any problem getting a spot. Well, it wasn’t full but only primitive spots were available. We needed electric to charge up all the electronics. The attendant found us a spot as Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, about 45 minutes away. On the way to West Cape we saw another area that contained 55 wind turbines. These supply electricity for 25,000 homes. As we arrived at Cedar Dunes a couple from Kentucky in a 2004 PW pulled in behind us. They began their journey July 10. We would love to have gotten there much earlier to enjoy the park. Our site had a beautiful view of Egmont Bay and we viewed the sunset as we set up camp. The showers were clean and HOT! Settled in for a nice cool evening.



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