Cavendish, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada

It was certainly a wet night before departure!  After leaving Hopewell Cape Rocks, we followed the chocolate mud banks of the Petitcodiac River to Moncton NB, where we stopped at a COSTCO.   We then headed to the nine mile long Confederation Bridge built in 1997 over the Northumberland Straits to Prince Edward Island (PEI).  There is no toll going to PEI, but the return trip will be about $60 for the 3 axle motor coach and car, paid by Adventure Caravan. We missed a big downpour at the PEI Welcome Center right after getting off the bridge!! Old Lobster Fisherman and LighthouseOn PEI, we passed Cavendish Farms and plants which produces all of the French Fries for Wendy’s and Burger King.  90% of its output is exported to the USA. Arrived at the Cavendish KOA at mile 135.

The next day (Saturday) a charter bus drove us on a 45 mile, 6.5 hour, six mile radius tour of the Cavendish (North Coast) area.  At Rustico Point, we approached a photogenic gentleman, a retired lobster fisherman who loved to have his photograph taken.  Anne of Green gableIf you have seen him before, it might have been in the "Land’s End" catalog.  

Stopping at the home of "Maude Montgomery", the author of Anne of Green Gables, we viewed a short film and then toured her home and the surrounding gardens.

PEI Preserve Company LunchA Lunch stop took us to the Prince Edward Island Pre­serve Company . It was outstanding! Music, pre­serve (jams, jellies, honeys, etc) tasting & greeting by the wonderful Scottish owner who spoke about his background and the history of his company.

Sunday was a free day.  Five couples went to a small church in New Glasgow (built in the early 1800’s).  In the evening the whole caravan carpooled to a lobster dinner at the Fisherman’s Wharf.  It has a 60 foot long salad bar, and all the steamed mussels you may want to eat, in addition to the lobster.

Red Cliffs at DuneslandAfter dinner, we drove back out to the Duneland park where we saw a couple of foxes.  The setting sun was shining beautifully on the red sandstone cliff, so we re-took some pictures that were taken on the bus tour when it was cloudy.

Twelve folks booked a chartered fishing trip early Monday morning and caught a lot of fish which will be shared at a potluck in a couple of days.  Another sightseeing trip on our own took us to North Rustico where we toured the Farmers Bank (1864-94), a precursor to the modern Credit Union, and the St Augustine’s Catholic Church.

The last evening, a bus drove the group to "Charlottetown" South Central on PEI, where we had dinner (18 of us went to the Dublin Irish Pub, up on the third floor).  Following, we all gathered at the Performance of Art Theater to see the wonderful musical "Anne of Green Gables".  Returning to our campground at 11 p.m.

Confederation Bridge - 9 miles longOn departure from Cavendish KOA site, we discovered we were stuck in the wet site.  A tractor finally pulled the RV backwards, the wheel holes were filled with sand, and plywood with stapled potato bags allowed us to advance up the slope, out of the site, and onto the road.  We left at 9:40 a.m., 10 minutes after the last group but ahead of our tail-gunner who always follows the last RV. Somehow Melitta and I were the first to arrive at the next destination.  Coach-Net was quick to respond to a tow truck request, but we called them off once we were unstuck.  We left the island via the nine mile long Confederation Bridge with a $61 toll paid by Adventure Caravan.

Don’t miss our photos of Prince Edward Island by clicking on this link.

Comments are closed.