Monday, July 23, 2018

Visiting Prince Edward Island Once Again

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The classic novel of Anne of Green Gables I read at school as a child, and the movies we have watched was an inspiration for our trip to Prince Edward Island in 2010. In our previous trip we flew to P.E.I, so this time we planned to stop in Summerside, Cavendish, and Charlottetown during our road trip from Ontario to Quebec and New Brunswick to revisit the places our children once visited when they were little. Prince Edward Island situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is a place we always think of returning to because of its beautiful sandy beaches, and something about the island that always calls you back.
prince edward island confederation bridge
We drove on the confederation bridge, which is 12.9 kilometres and holds the world record for the longest span over ice covered waters. When leaving the confederation bridge from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick there is a toll fee of $47.
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The red soil of P.E.I is unique because of its high content of iron oxide. The soft sand and cool waters makes the beaches a pleasant place to spend a day quite easily. We spent a few hours at Stanhope Beach, which is part of Prince Edward Island National Park that can be accessed with the Parks Canada pass. P.E.I national park has seven beaches located in the north of the island.
prince edward island covehead lighthouse
On our way to the beach we saw the Covehead lighthouse, the smallest and most charming lighthouse in P.E.I. This 8.2 metre structure has been moved and modified a few times since it was constructed in 1967 because of the ever shifting sandbars.
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Parks Canada's Green Gables Heritage Place is part of L. M. Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site of Canada. This inspiring place is the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of the fiction, Anne of Green Gables.
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In real life, the farm belonged to the cousins of Montgomery’s grandfather, David Jr. and his sister Margaret. The house and the garden has been restored and decorated as Montgomery describes in her novel, so we can step back in time and explore the imaginary world of Anne while visiting.
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Green Gables Heritage Place has changed a little since our trip there seven years ago, there are new renovations happening to accommodate the crowds that visit to this popular site every year. They have guided activities offered during July and August.
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Since some parts are under construction, and we couldn't access fun areas like the barn. There is a gift shop which is now larger, butter churn cafe, the green gables house, haunted wood trail, lovers lane balsam hollow trail, and an interpretation area. We were a little disappointed that due to construction the site felt a little busier and crowded that it has lost its charm. 
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We did like having the characters in role, and took pictures with them. Having the Parks Canada Xplorers guide and tags encourage children to check out every part of the heritage place.

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Inside the Green Gables, the main floor includes the parlour, dining room, Matthew's room, and the hall that leads to the kitchen. 
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In the kitchen, there are three rooms dairy porch, pantry, and back porch that leads outside. 
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Upstairs from the main entrance we can see Anne's room, guest room, Marilla's room, sewing room, storage spaces on both sides of the hall, and the hired hands room that leads us to the outside where we can take photos of the picturesque view of the house and the garden.
prince edward island avonlea village
This time we were able to go to Avonlea Village. Lucy Montgomery's fictitious name Avonlea in her novel Anne of Green Gables comes alive here, as the village showcases a variety of quaint shops and Artisan Market. 
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At the boutiques we can purchase clothes, jewellery, home decor, food, ice cream, chocolates, doughnuts, and more. The village is open daily from June 15th to September 5th. 
prince edward island avonlea village
Unless you want to buy something at the boutiques or take a few pictures of the village setting, it is not worth the stop.

prince edward island rodd charlettetown
We stayed at Rodd Royalty in Charlottetown, which was a little different from our stay at Rodd Miramichi. This hotel room had all the basics such as a microwave, fridge, and was comfortable. 
prince edward island rodd charlettetown
Since the room was overlooking the pool, we had to keep the curtains closed the whole time. Breakfast is included in the stay, and had a variety. It was convenient to travel to different parts of Prince Edward Island from this location. 
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Our next stop from Prince Edward Island was to Wendake, Quebec.
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13 comments:

  1. I've only been to PEI once (I was three), so have no real memory of it. I'd love to go back as an adult.

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  2. Great review, I would love to visit PEI one day, it looks so picturesque.

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  3. Thanks for the lovely review. the pictures are gorgeous and it's as if I am there again.

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  4. maybe next year. thanks for the review.

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  5. Prince Edward Island is beautiful and I would love to visit!

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  6. I would just love to visit PEI. Your photos make me want to go even more.
    jan

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  7. Wow! This post brings back some great memories. I did and East Coast trip with my mom and grandma during my university years. We did the whole Anne tour. I love visiting PEI. Driving over the bridge was quite the experience. Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. Your pictures are beautiful and bring this place to life. It would be lovely to travel there and see for sure. I had no idea the toll fee was $47 dollars to leave confederation bridge from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick.

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  9. Would love to visit...on my bucket list!

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  10. I love PEI! We have visited several times and have always enjoyed purselbes.

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  11. This place looks beautiful!

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  12. I want to take a trip to PEI so bad,,it is so beautiful there!

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  13. Debbie White-BeattieOctober 11, 2018 at 3:19 AM

    This looks like such a beautiful place, like time hasn't touched it.

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