Terry, Doug & Roxie's Canadian Maritime Trip 2013 travel blog

Fishing Village on Oyster Coast

Oyster Aqua-Farm

Wagonmasters-Rod Coe & Sharon Eastman, Tail-Enders-Clarence and Sandy Pittman

Terry and Doug at Oyster Coast

House at Green Gables

Green Gables House with Wagon in Front

Anne's Room at Green Gables

Sewing Room at Green Gables

Parlor at Green Gables

Terry and Sandy in Gardens at Green Gables

Terry Getting Feet Wet at Cavendish Beach

Red Sandstone Stone and Sand at Cavendish with White Sand Beach in...

Rustico Lighthouse

Doug Loading Lobster Trap in Bus

Buffet at Fisherman's Wharf

Room of the Birthplace of Confederation

At 8 AM a tour bus came to our campground to take us around Prince Edward Island. The guide explained that it wasn't always an island. Now with the water erosion, Prince Edward Island is losing about 3.5 feet of land each year. The island is 140 miles long, 35 miles wide at widest point, and 2 miles wide at the narrowest point. Tourism is the main industry. Agriculture is the second with potatoes, soybean, and dairy being the main agriculture. Lobster trapping and aqua-farming of mussel and oysters comes in third.

We first traveled to the North Cape Coastal Drive which is called the Oyster Coast. We stopped at an overlook of a bay where we could see where the oyster aqua-farming was going on. On the land across the bay, there was a fishing village. We next stopped at the French River Cove overlook. Again there was a beautiful view of the river. There was landscaping of pretty flowers at the overlook. The large field across the street was a big disappointment. It was a sea of lupins but with all the rain and then hot weather we have had, they have passed their peak.

Our next stop was Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place, part of L. M. Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site in Canada. L. M. Montgomery is a person of national historic significance even though Anne of Green Gables is a fictional character. Lucy Maud Montgomery probably based some of her childhood experiences in her book, although she never lived at Green Gables, her cousin did. The lands and woodlands surrounding the farm is what she wrote about such as the Haunted Wood and Lover's Lane. We walked around the gardens and part way up the Haunted Wood Trail and Lover's Lane. We walked through the barn and some people were getting their pictures taken wearing a straw hat with braided pig-tail red hair. We then toured the house that was a step back in time. It was decorated as Montgomery described in her novel, a typical Prince Edward Island farm back in the late 1800s.

Then we went to Cavendish Beach with the red sandstone shoreline. Got another rock for my collection. Got to dip our toes in the water as the waves broke up over the rocks.

Just before we went to the Fisherman's Wharf for lunch, we stopped at the fishing village where we saw the Rustico Lighthouse. We bought a lobster trap for $8. Not sure what we will do with it, but will figure it out later. Then on to a fabulous lunch. It had a 60 foot,all you can eat buffet with all kinds of different hot and cold dishes on both sides of the table including steamed mussels. We were served a bowl of seafood chowder and had a choice of whole lobster, shrimp, scallops, haddock, steak or chicken for the main meal. The dessert buffet was 20 ft. long with all kinds of pies, cookies, cakes, soft ice cream, etc. It wasn't just lunch, it was a feast all on Yankee RV.

Finally the bus tour took us into Charlottetown and made a final stop at the Province House, known as the Birthplace of Confederation in September 1864. Twenty-three political leaders from the British colonies of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec began discussions that led to the creation of the Dominion of Canada. We saw the room that the decision was made in. That room is no longer being used. There is a similar room at the other end of the hall that is the room that all political meetings take place in now.

We then returned to the campground to get ready to go to the musical "Anne of Green Gables" at the Homburg Theatre in Charlottetown. It is Canada's longest-running musical in it's 49th year. It was a cute musical that follows Montgomery's first novel of Anne with an "e", and her best friend Diana Barry. There were about 30 cast members and they did a great job. The gal that played Anne was excellent. Her singing voice was wonderful and her facial expressions helped tell her story. It was heartwarming to see the faces of the little girls that came to see the musical with their parents or grandparents. They were so excited when they left. I heard one dad say to his daughter, "How did you like it?". The girl said, "I really liked it. How about you?". The dad said "I didn't like it". She said disappointedly, "You didn't?" Her dad answered "I didn't like it, I LOVED IT!!" Just too cute.

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