After arriving back in Nova Scotia from Newfoundland, it is a three hour drive to get back in line for another Ferry to Prince Edward Island. We travel without reservations / schedules as it makes it much more enjoyable not having the stress of arriving on time for a reservation. We had to wait for two sailings to get a spot on the Ferry, so we toured the local harbour while waiting.
PEI is famous for its Red sand, rocks and dirt. The red dirt is essential to the quality of their world famous potatoes. This tiny island supplies 25% of all potatoes in Canada.
If you plan to visit PEI in July, we highly recommend you bring a case of Mosquito repellant. They are relentless and can easily ruin a nice evening outside.
We set up camp at Brudenell River Provincial Park, partly because they advertise having a heated pool. After a few swims, we are unsure about the heated part, but it still felt nice.
From Brudenell we drove up to check out Basin Head Provincial park and more specifically the nicest beach in Canada -Singing Sands. Many online reviews peg Singing Sands as the nicest patch of sand in the country because of “its warm waters and unique sound”. If you slide your bare foot across the sand, it makes a sound, I guess as if the beach was singing to you. We tried it, it does make a rather loud squeaking noise.
The Water was warm and crystal clear.
Another unique attraction at Singing Sands is a wharf and bridge, and you are allowed to jump from anywhere. Sounds like fun- just look before you leap- Every so often a jellyfish floats by.
Further north, we discovered East Point, which is fittingly located on the most eastern point of PEI.
PEI’s coastline is a real beauty. The rugged red rocks, pounding waves and manicured green lawns come together to make a truly PEI view.
Next up we wanted to tackle Prince Edward Island National Park. The Park is broken into three main areas, and somewhat difficult to navigate. We started off in the Greenwich location- which is known for its large Sand Dunes.
We are always drawn into the big cities- This time it was Charlottetown. Charlottetown is small compared to other cities, but its still “the big bad city”. The entire population of the Province of PEI is a whopping 175,000 people. We walked around downtown… blah blah blah, a gift shop here, an ice cream joint here, another t-shirt store there. We hightailed it out of there quickly, but stopped to quench our thirst on the way out.
After Charlottetown it was down to Canoe Cove beach. The south shore beaches are known for their vivid red sand.
Now back into the National Park, this time the central Brackley Beach location. We received a tip from a local that Richards Fish shack is a must taste stop.
After lunch we planned on walked the nearby beach, but then we discovered Richard also operates a deep sea fishing boat.
3 hours of sun, fun and hopefully lots of fish. The afternoon unfolded like this, fish for Mackerel, which is then cut up and used as bait for Cod. If all goes well we come back with a boatload of fish for dinner.
After catching about 70 Mackerel in just over an hour, we turned our attention to landing some cod.
Be careful going in search of adventure—it’s ridiculously easy to find.
– William Least Heat-Moon
After a swim, cod dinner and some mosquitoes, we retired for the day.
Next up, back in the National Park, this time the Cavendish location.
The Cavendish location also contains the Anne of Green Gables homestead. We were really not interested in Anne of Green Gables, but checked it out as we were so close. We purchased a Parks Canada Annual pass at the start of our travels, so this attraction was free. We would have skipped this if we had to pay the $15 admission separately.
It is amazing that Anne of Green Gables is so popular that it is included in a Canadian National Park- it was not a real story, Anne was not a real person. This was all a made up story, based on the very real Prince Edward Island.
This is hard to say, but here goes- Goodbye Prince Edward Island.