Captivating Prince Edward Island

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PEI

As Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island (aka PEI) captivated us with its rolling fields of picture perfect farms surrounded by cobalt blue waters, wildflowers, sandstone cliffs, lobster supper restaurants and more.

Prince Edward Island

Map of PEI

To get there we left the province of New Brunswick and crossed the eight-mile long Confederation Bridge that connects the island to the Canadian mainland.  This is a toll bridge that charges motorists only upon leaving the island – thankfully.  More on that later.

Confederation Bridge

Eight mile long Confederation Bridge.

Some of the interesting sights along the way:

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Colorful PEI welcome.

PEI Welcome Sign

So happy to be on the island!

We followed the central Coastal Drive to our next destination – Marco Polo Land RV Park – which is several miles from Charlottetown, the capital of PEI.

Road Signs, PEI

The road signs here are very colorful.

The three major industries of fishing, farming and tourism dominate life on the island.  All were very evident as we cruised along the highways, which are mostly in very bad condition.  But the scenery made up for the potholes!  PEI is known for high-quality potatoes and we had some of the the best potato chips we’ve every eaten.

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Bad roads overshadowed by beautiful rolling hills

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Farming implements

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Farms as far as the eye can see.

Dusk at Gulf of Lawrence

Bales glowed at dusk.

Fishing Farms and Villages

North Rustico

Sunset at North Rustico fishing village.

A Lobster supper is not to be missed if you are a seafood lover.  Otherwise, stay away from the all-you-can-eat sweet and fresh PEI steamed mussels by the bucket, seafood chowder, salads, dessert and bread – all included with your main entree.  You have to bring your appetite when eating at one of these places!

Houses and buildings are as colorful as the island itself…

…and the people are vibrant as well!

At the campground we had a good vantage point for a nice moonrise.

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Moonrise over wildflowers and wheat fields

PEI Moonrise

Moonrise over Marco Polo Land

PEI is a photographer’s dream – wherever you turn there’s a good shot to be had, for the island is truly photogenic and we enjoyed it here for several days.  We would likely look for another campground, though.  Marco Polo Land was just too huge (over 500 sites!) and noisy for us – see Steve’s review here if interested.

Next up:  Hitting trails on PEI!

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20 thoughts on “Captivating Prince Edward Island

  1. Thanks for the memories! Isn’t the seafood just amazing! I ate SO many mussels. They were so cheap. Yum!!

    We did look at Marco Polo but thought it was too family oriented for us. Can’t remember where we did stay, though.

    So glad you are having good time:) Hope we meet up in FL so we can hear more about this trip.

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    • Yes, indeed the seafood is truly amazing. We ate not only mussels but also other shellfish like Quahogs and Bar clams. All tasty and fresh!

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  2. Unless you shrink-wrap Betsy and put her on a barge, I would guess you’re about as far east as you will go!
    We have moved east as well….just off Balfour Rd!

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  3. I’m so glad you are at PEI!! So lovely. We stayed out of the hub-bub on the coast near the eastern tip of the island on the Atlantic side. Even got to a local Ceidlagh (kay-lee) and not sure of the sp. Your photos are making us want to go back!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! And yes, lots of seafood!
    It doesn’t matter which way you go…everything looks so fresh and green. We didn’t do any hiking there so I am way excited to see your adventures!

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      • Terry and I have both said that yours is our go-to travel blog when we begin our travels again. We hope to see you both in FL this winter. Thanks for the email regarding your camera. 🙂

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