Prince Edward Island

After a great couple of days in New Brunswick, we laid down some tracks for Prince Edward Island. Ben was very excited to see Confederation Bridge. It was on his radar and a ‘must do’ after missing out on Bobcaygeon.

When the bridge appeared in the distance, we pulled over at the Interpretive Center to get a better look. We moseyed on the beach for a while then continued on our trek to PEI. The bridge was long and everything we hoped it might be. Although I’d heard from others that it wasn’t very rewarding because once you’re on it, all you can see is concrete walls on either side, driving across it in the Sprinter gave us a view of the Northumberland straight for the entire length of the bridge.

 Sophie beach combing on the New Brunswick side of the Confederation Bridge.

Sophie beach combing on the New Brunswick side of the Confederation Bridge.

We would’ve liked to check out the Prince Edward Island National Park but alas, without a booking, it was a no go. Instead, we were headed to Souris on the far end of the Island, thankful for the generosity of our good friend Michelle, who was still in Calgary. Because we were driving across PEI to the far end of the Island, we missed out on the more touristy locales such as Anne of Green Gables, the Cavendish area and Charlottetown. And though I am sure there is a lot more to see in PEI, I feel that we got a fantastic coastal experience. At the end of the day, our Canadian road trip has been more about seeing the geography that makes up our country, and less about the larger centers and popular tourist attractions. Our trip to PEI satisfied those goals.

 The quaint cottage in Souris, PEI.

The quaint cottage in Souris, PEI.

The lovely cottage faced seaward with a beautiful beach at the base of the barely there lane. The cottage had everything we needed to stretch out and be very comfortable. The only thing missing was Michelle and family to raise a glass to their hospitality. Without their summer home, we wouldn’t have made it to PEI.

The next day, it was cold and wet, not an ideal beach day. We would have to save the beach day for a future visit. Instead we explored the Souris Provincial Park Beach and beach combed for the better part of the day. Even though the weather wasn’t at its finest for a day in the water, Ben still managed to have to carry his pants all the way back to the van.

 Exploring the beach in Souris, PEI.

Exploring the beach in Souris, PEI.

 Boys will be boys...trying to float sticks, LOL!

Boys will be boys...trying to float sticks, LOL!

 I just can't keep this kid dry...carrying his pants...can you guess why?

I just can't keep this kid dry...carrying his pants...can you guess why?

Once Ben changed into some dryer clothes and warmed up, we wandered on the boardwalk to the little shops that bordered the coastline and bought lobsters to bring back and enjoy. We had a great day, and that night there was a certain kind of excitement in the air because the kids were looking forward to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia was our final destination and home to Mémé and Pépé (Grandma and Grandpa).

 PEI lobster...yum!

PEI lobster...yum!

But before that, we still had to cross the ferry and head to Dollar Lake Provincial Park, just outside Halifax. We were meeting up with my sister and niece. The kids were eager to camp with their little cousin. So I phoned the ferry terminal to make a booking but couldn’t because I didn’t know the length of our van. With the bike rack, I might be too long and since I didn’t have a tape measure, I had to chance it and drive to the terminal without a reservation. That’s okay though, we’d been doing that all along anyway.

After a second cozy night in the cottage, we got up and rolled down to the ferry. It was just after lunch when we arrived so I figured we’d be stuck in massive lineups but instead, it was a win, because we only had to wait forty five minutes to load up and wave goodbye to Prince Edward Island.

 Black Betty geared up for the crossing to Nova Scotia. One last look at the beach near Michelle's cottage.

Black Betty geared up for the crossing to Nova Scotia. One last look at the beach near Michelle's cottage.

 Saying bye to PEI.

Saying bye to PEI.

 Made it on the ferry! Win! Win!

Made it on the ferry! Win! Win!

 Looking for Nova Scotia's mainland on the ferry from PEI.

Looking for Nova Scotia's mainland on the ferry from PEI.

A very special thank you to Michelle and her family for making PEI a reality on our trip. The kids and I were thrilled. Next time, we come when you're there!!