Prince Edward Island - Adventure Day #1
Linkletter, Prince Edward Island
5:45 am and the alarm went off this morning. We were up bright and early to get the camper packed up and on the road so we could take it in to get fixed. We took it to an RV dealer in Moncton, and they were able to fix it on the spot, which was quite lucky for us. Otherwise, we would have had to pack a bag and stay in hotels for the next few days as we were off to P.E.I. today.
Once the camper was fixed, we hit the road and headed off toward Prince Edward Island. We had two options to get to the island - Confederation Bridge or a ferry. We chose to drive across the bridge. For those of you who don't know, Confederation Bridge is 8 miles long, or 13 km, and connects New Brunswick to the island. That was quite a sight - that bridge is soooo long!! I can't imagine the engineering that went into designing and building that thing.
The first town that you come across when you cross Confederation Bridge into P.E.I. is Borden-Carleton. Rumours had it that there was a Cows Ice Cream in the town, so naturally we had to make a pit stop to check it out. It is said to be the best ice cream in Canada! We wandered around the touristy-part of the town, grabbed some lunch, and then found the ice cream store… Mmm mmm mm.... They weren't joking when they said that was some good ice cream.
With ice cream in our bellies, we headed on to Summerside and Linkletter Provincial Park, where we decided to stay for the next couple nights. We got a campsite right along the beach, facing the Northumberland Strait. We set up the camper and then decided to hit the road to do some exploring.
P.E.I. is quite small but is sectioned off into 3 areas for touring - the North Coastal Drive, the Central Coastal Drive, and the Eastern Coastal Drive. We decided to tour part of the North Coastal Drive today, and so we headed west out of Linkletter Provincial Park along highway 11. We followed along the coast for a while, making a pitstop in Mont Carmel to look at the Notre Dame Church that was there. The view was beautiful, with the Northumberland Strait behind the Church. After enjoying the view for a few minutes, we carried on to O'Leary to visit the Canadian Potato Museum!
As you may have guessed, the Canadian Potato Museum was about potatoes! It was interesting to see the old farm machinery that they used to plant and harvest the potatoes and to learn about the industry in the area. There was also a small section that displayed antiques and another area that showcased old farm machinery in general. Being from a farm, I really enjoyed seeing the old farm machinery, but I must say I'm pretty thankful for modern day technology! I cannot imagine having had to use the machinery they did back in the day to get a crop off at harvest.
Next stop after O'Leary was West Point, which is the site of the tallest lighthouse in Prince Edward Island - standing at 67 feet, 8 inches tall. It was built in 1875 and from the time the lighthouse was built to when it was electrified in 1963 (88 years later), there were only two keepers! We were also able to see some of the sand dunes here, which are neat to see.
From West Point we headed back to the campsite as we were starting to get hungry and wanted to get some food in our bellies. And so we ended the day off with a delicious dinner of barbequed steak, corn on the cob, salad and beans. Perfect way to end a great start to my Atlantic adventures!