Prince Edward Island

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We left the wild rocky shores of Nova Scotia behind and discovered the bucolic beauty of red soil, endless green potato fields and the red sandstone cliffs and beaches of PEI. So incredibly different from anything we had seen in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

We spent 2 wonderful weeks on PEI, the first 6 days at the best campground in PEI – the backyard of our friends Walt and Lorraine.  They took us around their part of the island, we met family, Walt helped Leonard put a new starter in the Jeep (it crapped out as we were hooking up to get on the ferry-how lucky is that) and Lorraine gave me one on one painting lessons.  I learned from a master who has her own gallery and took home one of my creations.  We laughed and joked, ate local seafood and learned a lot about PEI and Newfoundland where Walt is from.  We had to force ourselves to leave and go to another part of the island for the rest of the stay, but only after agreeing that we would meet again somewhere during the week.  

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The apprentice and master

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We worked on two different paintings for a class Lorraine was going to teach later in the week

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Lobster supper!

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Enjoying a day of touring the island

After leaving our friend’s place we relocated to the north coast and settled into a great campground called Twin Shores Camping Area.   Located on a point, it is surrounded by the Malpeque Bay on one side and the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic on the other.

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Sandstone cliffs meet the Atlantic Ocean

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Miles of beach and the warmest waters on the east coast

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Malpeque Bay with the campground in the distance

One evening the weather began to change and dark clouds appeared on the horizon.  It quickly became ominous with howling winds and people scrambling to get their awnings down.  Our neighbor jokingly accused us of bringing a tornado with us from Florida and we were a little fearful that he might be right!

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The storm looked ominous but seemed pretty far away

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Within minutes it approached with winds and rain like a tornado

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Half an hour later it was all over except the damaged awnings

We were continually amazed at all the beautiful old wooden churches throughout Nova Scotia and PEI.  This one is from 1901 and is in the French Gothic style.  It has been decommissioned as a church and is being used as a music venue.   We heard a pianist practicing when we were there, all alone,  surrounded by potato and wheat fields and the dairy cows across the road.

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St Mary’s Church in Indian River, PEI

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The steeple was particularly beautiful adorned with niches for the 12 apostles

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Halloween in August when the weather is much more cooperative

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Most campers were locals who were prepared with candy and decorations.  We just enjoyed watching it all.

We did meet up with our friends again, this time in Charlottetown where we went to lunch overlooking the racetrack.  Sulky racing is very popular in PEI and we had great fun making wild guesses on who would win, place or show. We were lucky indeed and won back half our money bet, much to our friends dismay who never win anything!

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Sulky Racing at Old Home Week in Charlottetown

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Leonard’s dream home-abandoned Victorian homes are commonplace throughout the Maritimes

We had a fabulous lunch at the Malpeque Oyster Barn where Leonard had oysters harvested that morning and we both enjoyed a scallop entree.  We sure will miss the fresh seafood.  As I walked around on the dock after lunch I noticed a fish shed with tails attached to it, one seemed particularily fresh.   We had seen this before and didn’t know what it was.   It turns out they are tuna tails, the trophies of the tuna fishermen in the area.

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Tuna tails on fish shed in Malpeque Bay, PEI

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Malpeque Bay, PEI

We have loved our time here in the Maritimes and have been astonished at the warmth and hospitality of the people we have met.  Everyone has taken a keen interest in our decision to spend the summer up here and we have received numerous invitations to come and camp at peoples places (even up in Labrador).  It’s been so much fun, the weather has been perfect and we have left many places unexplored.  Surely that means we will have to plan another trip up here, eh?

12 responses to “Prince Edward Island

  1. Nice to see you painting again! Looks like a wonderful place to paint!

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Yes, I feel inspired and can’t wait to get home and do some experimenting. I have lots of great photos to work from.

  2. Prince Edward Island looks to be a weird and wonderful place, even if flatter than Florida. Halloween in August? Weird. Red beaches? Weird. (By the way… “red soil”… as you might recall, here in the South we call it clay) Speaking of things common in the south… damaged awnings? You seem to have issues with RVs and wind. Just how much does an abandoned Victorian go for in PEI?
    You have summed up the Maritmes in the past tense. Does that mean you are turning Bella’s nose in a southerly direction?

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Not wierd just different! The soil on PEI is red due to the breakdown of the red sandstone which contains iron oxide and is very fertile. Georgia clay doesn’t feel the same, I don’t know if it is.
      We didn’t suffer any damage in the storm having learned from our first experience, but several others have now learned that lesson!
      We don’t know how much one of those houses would cost, there were never any signs on them.
      And yes, you will be glad to hear that we have begun that turn back toward Florida (just like a hurricane☺).

      • I’m not sure if there are other fertile red soils in North America, but, to my knowledge, clay soils of the South, although colored by iron oxide as well, are not. Do they farm the red soil of PEI, and, if so, what is it that grows there?
        Now I know you won’t be moving like a fast storm, so I’m curious if you have been following weather news for Florida. For over a week, the wgs have been rubbing their hands over “Invest 99”, a tropical low which has not yet, and looks unlikely to, come to much. Still, as it starts its slow passage through the Florida Straits and up the Gulf Coast, it has been joined by two other ‘disturbances’, one well out from the Carolinas and another, sadly, hugging Louisiana.
        By the time you get back, any droughty conditions will have been long forgotten. As to heat and humidity… you’d better start steeling yourselves.

      • sunandsandtravelers

        PEI is extremely fertile, the island is a patchwork of colorful fields on the red soil. Mostly potatoes (they are the potato producers for all of Canada) and also some corn,wheat and canola.
        Not looking forward to the weather!

  3. Michael Chernoby

    Those storm photos are very exciting. I can almost feel the thrill of it approaching. Why so many homes abandoned?

    • sunandsandtravelers

      It was just a little too thrilling!
      The houses were so sad, they had all been so beautiful at one time but were rotting away. They were usually in fairly rural areas and I would imagine unemployment made the families leave. Unemployment is a big problem in that area and many families have had to go west looking for jobs. Leonard wanted to use his metal detector around some of them but apparently local families still own the land.

  4. Dianna and Steve Schecter

    Jean I know you were in your glory with painting. It looks like so much fun. And the storm pictures are beautiful. The storm pictures look so scary but yet they look like something you would only see in a picture.

    • sunandsandtravelers

      It was great to have fabulous one on one time with an accomplished painter. I learned alot and hopefully will be able to retain a fraction of it!
      The storm was scary, don’t really want to see that coming towards us again.

  5. Looks so beautiful, now I want to go! Lovely to see how happy you guys are, miss you xxx

    • sunandsandtravelers

      Hi Allie, we miss you so much! You would love it there, we even met some Aussies who were spending the summer(your winter) there!

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