Prince Edward Island (PEI) isn’t just all pastoral landscapes and gleaming harbors. The island is also famous for being the home of Anne of Green Gables, and I vaguely remember the tv series from decades ago. However, since I wasn’t a fan we skipped a trip to the Green Gables National Historic Site. Fortunately, our base camp at Cavendish was only five minutes away from PEI National Park. As always, we did what we do whenever we get a chance – hike and bike.
On our first full day we hiked one of the trails which took us through several micro-environments.
After a while the trail took us out into a wetlands area.
We finally ended up at a red beach where I touched the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Next we headed back inland and followed the Homestead Trail. This one passed through lush forests and rolling farmland along the beautiful shores of New London Bay.
The sun was already high over our heads so there were no shady spots to rest on this section, but at every turn we were faced with meadows of pretty colorful wildflowers.
A hint that summer is almost over.
On another day we took our bikes and followed the coastline of PEI fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The soil on PEI is a deep red, so the dramatic rocks and cliffs around the coast reflect this, while the sand on the beaches is white. It makes for a stunning coastline.
Several foxes strutted along the road causing a traffic jam.
The day finally ended with another gorgeous sunset over the island.