And so our journey to PEI has come and gone. This beautiful, little island lived up to and exceeded all our expectations. It was a joy to explore as we excitedly poured over the maps realizing the scale of 2cm= 5km instead of the 2cm = 20km that we had last been using in the ‘big’ provinces. And so, we were determined to see it all…and in talking with locals on our last night they agree we had covered most of the island and more than some islanders themselves had seen.
PEI will be fondly remembered as the island of friendly folk and lots of music. We were blessed to hook up with Pat & Marilyn’s kin in Darnley. Willie and Beverly provided more than a home away from home; they encompassed us as family. A great ‘campground’, stunning beach and card games…lots and lots of card games – so much fun!
We experienced lots of island flavor with numerous music events. An oldtime Bluegrass Festival in the Acadian community of Evangeline; a country music festival in the ever popular and trendy beach community at Cavendish; a local Ceilidh (kitchen party) in Stanhope; and a talented, local folk singer, Lennie Gallant, at a craft brewery in Charlottetown.
In addition to music we visited many of the touristy stops – the Potato Museum, Avonlea, of course, and lighthouses too numerous to mention. Other days we just meandered, stopping wherever we felt the urge, interacting with locals and fellow travelers alike.
Charlottetown was another highlight wandering the streets and taking in the history around us was aided by the awesome “Confederation hosts”. The noon show put on by the Young Confederation Players was spectacular. A humorous, thought-provoking, poignant, and reflective look at what it means and is to be a Canadian. Our travels have given us such a new awareness and appreciation for this vast country!
PEI… we will return.
A relatively brief taste of Nova Scotia has us excited to explore more soon. AND a bonus reunion with Dave & Alex at Five Islands Provincial Park was sooo much fun!!!!!!
But now, the “Rock” – Newfoundland !!!