Another stunning start to the day with not a cloud in the sky. We pack up the van in preparation to leave when I hear a large groan from Bill. It seems that the butter tart did not agree with Bowie after all and sometime during the night he managed to barf it all down the inside passenger door of the van. Quite a mess!
Once again we meandered the back roads of PEI (the Island is only 200 kms long and in some places only 4 kms wide so we travel very slowly to stretch this trip out for 5 nights). Stopped at some craft type shops; walked the famous Cavendish beach and had a lovely mussel lunch later in the afternoon. You might have noticed that I have not once mentioned Anne of Green Gables! The places on the Island that are devoted to Lucy Maude Montgomery’s story are many and they are filled with bus-loads of tourists and young school children in there last week of school so we avoid them as much as possible; and I have a confession I was a Nancy Drew/ Trixie Belden book person so Anne of Green Gables does not hold the same magic for me.
June 23, 2018
Today is devoted to seeing Charlottetown which is a lovely city with loads of history and walking tours. We head out on one that will take us past the legislative building but unfortunately it is under construction Renovations are expected to take until at least 2021 and hopefully will be ready for the 150 year celebration in 2023! The room where Confederation was born has been recreated in the Art Gallery of Charlottetown using some of the original artifacts. We did get to visit it and as I was the only visitor at the time I got to hear some interesting stories from the curator on duty. The original building design was very plain and when it was completed in 1864 members of the assembly complained that the outside was too ordinary and so a portico was added to the front with two stories including a balcony and additional wings were added to the sides and back for proportion. The original building only had windows in the second story so the balcony was never really used because there was no door to access outside. When Queen Elizabeth came in 1964 to open the new Art Gallery and make a public appearance she had to climb out the window to get onto the balcony to speak. I thought that was a very interesting tidbit. Subsequent leaders have also climbed onto the balcony but she is the only women to have done so….so I am told. Our walking tour also took us to some of the best art galleries we have seen so far on this trip and we could have stayed longer (and spent the rest of our travel money on art!) but we had a dog in tow and it was getting hot. We stopped in a local brewpub called Gahan that was recommended to us and had another suburb seafood lunch and what’s better the World Cup Soccer was on the Pub TV bonus.
It is the final day of our stay on PEI and we have thoroughly enjoyed the parks the beaches and the back roads. Our final two nights were at Stanhope National Park on the Cavendish coast as we head to Nova Scotia in the morning.