We travelled to the Maritimes the first two weeks in October arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our trip included time in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. We also have Travel Blogs on these two provinces and a video, Maritimes Sight & Sounds highlighting some of our special moments on our Murlo Discovery Channel.
In Prince Edward Island, we visited Charlottetown, Summerside, Cavendish, North Rustico, and many pit stops along the way including Point Prim Lighthouse!
You may want to consider traveling this time of year in the Maritimes. The weather is mainly sunny with temperatures in the mid 20’s (Celsius). Even if the weather isn’t great, the Fall colours are in full view for a picturesque scenery! Another bonus this time of year is less tourist traffic!
Charlottetown is the capital and largest city on Prince Edward Island. A city with a lengthy water front board walk. The harbour area has many character homes and great views.
– Restaurants: The Water Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound, Claddagh Oyster House, Steamers Boat House, Linda’s Coffee Shop, Hunter’s Ale House, The Chip Shack, Merchant Man Oyster Bar
– Accommodation: Delta Hotels Prince Edward
– Attractions: Harbour Front, Cows Ice Cream, Provincial Building, Anne of Green Gables Musical (Charlottetown )- Confederation Centre of the Arts, Casavant Organ (St. Dunstan’s Basilica), Northern Watters Knitwear & Tartan Shop, Confederation Table, local potato chips, historic building and homes.
I drove the Eastern leg on the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. Check that off my bucket list!
Note: The fee to travel on the bridge is charged leaving PEI.
From The Confederation Bridge website (edited for content)
“The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and continues to endure as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century.
After four years of construction using crews of more than five thousand local workers, the Confederation Bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997.”
Summerside is a nice city also known as the City by the Sea. It is located about 28 km from the Confederation Bridge and only 50 km from Charlottetown.
The walk along the water front is very scenic!
– Restaurants: Michaels Pizzeria, Brothers 2 Restaurant & Pub
– Accommodation: Loyalist Country Inn & Conference Centre
– Attractions: Waterfront walk
North Rustico – Community by the Sea
North Rustico is an amazing fishing village full of character. We walked around the pier watching the fishing boats come in, then move their catch to one of the processing buildings located near by. It was amazing to see the many boats and lobster traps.
We met Earl on our walk. He is a friendly fisherman who was more than happy to show us prairie people his daily oyster catch. Thank you Earl for taking the time to explain how your catch is processed!
We drove around the community to see a house, a B&B that rotates 360 degrees on a cement pad. There are many character homes with some of the most amazing views you will ever see in the world!
We spent an afternoon in the Cavendish area, part of the National Park. Our tour included a stop at the Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place. The Cavendish area is a very scenic drive.
– Attractions: Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place, Golf
The Prince Edward Island Preserve Company
The Prince Edward Island Preserve Company is located in the Village of New Glasgow just South of Cavendish. The store is located in a 1913 building surrounded by beautiful views of the island and gardens on the property. The shop is full of preserves from jams and jellies to dressings, dips and spice blends. The best part was we got to sample many.
Got to like the maritime sense of humour!
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