Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Oh, the red beaches and wildflowers of Prince Edward Island! The beaches are one of the few features of PEI that surpass the descriptions in Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery tends to romanticize trees, brooks, and other bodies of water, but the red beaches are difficult to fully visualize from words alone. And lupines aren't exactly common anywhere south of Halifax.
We stayed at a B&B in Charlottetown, the main city on the island, with fantastic location: walking distance to the Charlottetown Harbor, and centrally located. We ended up doing both the Green Gables scenic drive and the Red Sands scenic drive in central PEI in our quest to see the Green Gables Heritage Place, multiple Cows Ice Cream locations, and soooooo many red sandy beaches. I was able to get into the water up to my knees. The North Atlantic isn't exactly toasty in early June!
All the beaches are so exceptionally lovely, as are the picturesque lighthouses, boats, lobster traps, and...I could prattle on forever. There is not a whole lot to do on PEI except relax at the beaches and entertain scenic drives. The food in Charlottetown is wonderfully varied, but outside of town you mostly end up with seafood or lobster houses dealing largely in breaded and fried food.
Prince Edward Island, 3 nights
Halifax, 1 night