After a day of driving, we were ready to tour Canada's most densely populated province: Prince Edward Island. Manhattan this is not, as its capital Charlottetown, is home to about half of the 150,000 people that call this island home. Most people arriving in Prince Edward Island will begin their sightseeing about 12.9km away as they cross the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick.
We stopped at the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre just before you begin the drive across the bridge to get the best views and can highly recommend it.
From here you can walk around on the sandy beach and dip your toes in the (frigid) waters of the Northumberland Strait. Fun fact: The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters, and it even cuts cool patterns in the ice! (see these pictures here).
Driving around PEI we were immediately at ease and got a sense of the relaxed pace of island life.
The province is mostly rural, containing lots of sprawling fields and farms. Summertime is a great time to visit PEI as lupins are in full bloom around the island in vibrant colours of purple, pink, and white!
Of course, Bettina couldn’t resist a picture or two amongst the flowers (while trying not get to stung by a bee)!
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Her necklaces are from GLDN and she wears them almost every day.
Arriving at to the entrance gate of Prince Edward Island National Park, we were getting our wallets out to pay the entrance fee, where the friendly park ranger informed us that *unfortunately* due to it being Canada Day, the entrance was free!
We quickly spent all the money we saved though as we came across Richard’s, an island-favourite fish shack serving up delicious lobster rolls and fish and chips.
It was possibly the freshest fish and chips we had ever eaten and we would go back any time!
We strolled around the beach a little bit but left for Charlottetown soon as the dark clouds rolled in.
Charlottetown is a very quaint, historic town, and easily walkable. We really enjoyed wandering the streets, checking out the many boutiques, historical houses, and waterfront path.
As we were walking along, minding our own business, we came across a formed crowd around a blue waterfront building. It was Cow's Ice Cream!
Cow’s has been scooping up old-fashioned ice cream with some very clever names for decades and is considered one of the world’s best places to get ice cream. On a summer day by the ocean who can resist ice cream? This was the second day of our road trip and so far we were two for two on having seafood and ice cream each day.
How about some Wowie Cowie, Caramel Moocchiato, Cowconut Cream Pie, or a classic Cownadian Maple? There’s just too many good ones.
Bettina couldn't resist spending some time talking and posing with the locals also.
After exploring the old town, we made our way to the Beaconsfield Historic House but were a bit late to check out the museum.
Instead, we followed the crowd and walked over to Victoria Park to take in some live music, views and festivities before heading out of the city to our next hotel. It was Canada Day after all!
Have you been to Prince Edward Island and sampled some Cow’s ice cream?
What about these ones?