A special thank you to Carol Ogburn who emailed me many of the photos you've seen in this blog the last couple weeks. When my camera wasn't ready, or I wasn't around, she got the shots. Thank you, Carol!
We're heading for home tomorrow. So, this is the last travel blog until we re-appear in Australia in early September. We'll be in touch when we gather in Melbourne for our next adventure!
Our first stop today was the small fishing village of Mahone Bay for a visit to Amos Pewter to learn about the intricate artistry that goes into each piece.
Next, we traveled along the Lighthouse Route to Lunenburg where we explored this UNESCO world heritage fishing village on a walking tour. We enjoyed one more delicious seafood lunch before visiting the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic where we discovered how early settlers turned to the sea for survival.
We completed your day with a toast for our Travel Our World group around the campfire and a spectacular farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
We made a brief stop at the Grand-Pre' National Park to learn which is a park set aside to commemorate this area of Nova Scotia as a center of Acadian settlement from 1682 to 1755, and the British deportation of the Acadians that happened during the French and Indian War.
Late afternoon we arrived at our waterfront accommodations on charming Western Shore. Upon arrival we could stroll along the beach with views of Oak Island, home of a pirate’s treasure still waiting to be found.
We left Prince Edward Island by crossing the 8-mile long Confederation Bridge. But, just before crossing the bridge we made one last stop to commemorate Anne of Green Gables with some dress-up photos.
The bridge brought us to New Brunswick where we traveled along the sea-sprayed shoreline to the amazing Hopewell Rocks. We arrived for low tide so we scampered down stairs to the ocean floor to walk among the flowerpot shaped rocks carved by the Fundy tides. The tides here are the greatest in the world, often changing more than 40 feet from low to high tide. When the tide is out the flowerpots rise four stories high at low tide only to disappear into tiny islands when the tide is high.
When we rose from the ocean shore we were treated to a traditional Maritimes lobster feast. An expert taught us how to crack and eat lobster like a local. It's messy, but worth it!
After our feast we continued our journey through New Brunswick to the city of Saint John.
Today we struck out from Saint John to explore the Fundy Trail. We passed through beautiful forests and when the fog broke we had sea views and another chance to see the low tides of the Bay of Fundy. Had several stops along the way to enjoy breathtaking views and the chance to savor authentic Maritimes delicacies such as Fundy’s famous dulse (seaweed), fiddle-heads (young fern fronds), baked beans and brown bread. Local musicians entertained us with regional music and reenactments of local history.
Scampering down the cable ladder to enjoy the view.
And back up again!
When we returned to town we visited the St. John City Market with its aromas of fresh food, shopping for Maritimes crafts and local artists at work. We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore on our own.
Another delicious and hearty breakfast this morning before heading out to explore the island.
Prince Edward Island (aka PEI) is the smallest province in both land area, about 2200 sq. mi. (slightly larger than than the state of Delaware), and population, approximately 145,000. The backbone of the economy is farming and it produces 25% of Canada's potatoes. PEI is one of Canada's older settlements and demographically still reflects older immigration to the country with Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and French surnames dominant to this day. Charlottetown is the capital.
Our first stop was Prince Edward Island National Park's picturesque beaches. From there we drove to Cavendish where we visited the Anne of Green Gables House, the only Canadian National Park based on a fictional character!
Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. This much read novel recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who was adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm on Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.
The home and grounds did not exist at the time the book was written, but were created to represent the home as described in the book.
Next stop - the Montgomery farm, where Lucy Maud Montgomery grew up. The farm is still in the family. One of the relatives taught us the art of potato farming, the island’s leading industry
The original Montgomery farm
We returned to Charlottetown with time for lunch and to explore this fascinating city. Rumor has it some people found more lobster!
This morning we explored the amazing variety of inventions on display at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. We're all aware of he invented the telephone, but who knew he designed hovercraft, airplanes, and multiple other inventions.
Afterward, we took take a short ferry ride to Prince Edward Island, the “Land Cradled on the Waves.”
We arrived in Charlottetown, the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown was originally an unincorporated town that incorporated as a city in 1855. It was famously the site of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, the first gathering of Canadian and Maritime statesmen to debate the proposed Maritime Union and the more persuasive British North American Union, now known as Canadian Confederation. From this, the city adopted as its motto "Cunabula Foederis" – "Birthplace of Confederation".
A lovely dinner at the pier and a short walk back to the hotel finished a perfect day!
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