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Queens County

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  • Day110

    Island Hopping

    November 13, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 3 °C

    Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day! Rugged up we headed down to the Freight Shed, where we had the great meal last night, to have a great breakfast this morning. Not open. Back up to the Main Street. None of the small handful of cafes that were supposedly open were! We had a lovely walk along the lake in the crisp morning air so not all was lost.
    Plan B - breakfast at Tim Horton’s, the only option, then hit the road. Today’s journey took us along the Sunrise Trail to Pictou where we had a very late lunch/early dinner before getting the ferry across to PEI (Prince Edward Island).
    The Sunrise Trail travels more coastline. This coastline is lined with farmlands - beautiful farmhouses right on the coast with stunning views in all directions.
    The 75 minute ferry crossing had us arrive in Wood Islands after 6pm with a further 45 minute drive to Charlottetown.
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  • Day111

    A Sleety Day in Charlottetown

    November 14, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 3 °C

    3º was the maximum today with a feels like of -2. Needless to say we were rugged right up in jumpers, big jackets scarf for me, buff for Neil and gloves for our walk around Charlottetown. We followed the historical walk, the unbroken red line that took us around the town down to the harbour and through the old neighbourhoods. Before the end of the walk it was snowing, or sleeting or sprinkling ice or all of the above.
    We dined at Terre Rouge - lentil and beetroot burgers for both of us. We had our choice of tables as we were the only punters. We were there late in the afternoon but I doubt that they are ever rushed off their feet during the down season. Or perhaps today everyone was hiding inside out of the wind and sleet. Only the tourists were out walking in it.
    We have extended our stay another two nights after tonight as Charlottetown is basically in the middle of the island and we can strike out from here for the next two days.
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  • Day4

    Charlottetown I

    October 11, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We had a pleasant day at our first port. We did a leisurely self-guided historic walk of the downtown area, stopping at key sites. When we stopped at the Post Office to mail a postcard to AS2, the clerk recommended her favourite restaurant....Churchill Pub. It was quaint, the staff and other customers were friendly, and the food was good. AS2 would have enjoyed it :)Read more

  • Day5

    Sydney, Cape Breton Island

    October 12, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    It was a cool 9 degrees, windy and steady rain when we stepped ashore. But that wasn’t going to stop us as we did a very short historic self-guided walk. There wasn’t much to see. So we headed to a nearby pub that I had read about to dry off and to get warm.....the Governor’s Pub. We were able to get a table at the bar on the second floor despite it being packed with mostly tourists. We ordered regular poutine and lobster poutine since poutine is a traditional food here as well as in Quebec. The locally brewed beer and wine was also good. We really enjoyed the local musicians, a fiddler and guitarist, who played Celtic music. The guitarist and several locals got up and took turns jigging. Eventually we had to head back out into the pouring rain and back to the ship. Despite getting soaked through all our layers of clothing we had a very fun afternoon.Read more

  • Day7

    Cornwall (near Charlottetown)

    September 16, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Our journey today took us to Moncton, population 69,000. Not a very impressive city so we didn't spend much time there. We were surprised how small these Maritime cities are. Next stop was the coastal town of Shediac, the "Lobster Capital of the World". JS wasn't up to the messy challenge of eating a whole lobster but he did enjoy a seafood casserole with lobster. The friendliness of the locals stood out here. We then drove over the 12.9 km Confederation Bridge connecting NB to PEI, the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water.Read more

  • Day8

    Charlottetown, PEI

    September 17, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We started our day with a walking tour of Charlottetown. Lots of history here, particularly hosting the talks that led to Confederation. It's a small city full of character and friendly people....all 35,000 of them!Read more

  • Day15

    Charlottetown and Green Gables

    August 7, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We were a little behind schedule arriving on Charlottetown, which gave us a few more minutes for breakfast. We got off just after 9 and met Harry our guide in the cruise termional. He was a great chap, an oyter fisherman by main trade. With a wife who ran the Moo ice cream chain which we had enjoyed in Whistler last year!
    His car was spacious and air conditioned as it was another scorching day. He suggested we head out of town first as roadworks made it slow around Charlottetown at momnt. We headed north through the island and Harry gaeve us lots of info on what we saw. He was really passionate and interested in the area and seemd to know or be related to almost everyone we saw or drove by, which gave loads of great colour to the trip. He showed us freshwater mussel farms (lots of fresh water on PEI as comes up from auifers) and slat water oyster farms. Mussles farms were being converted to oyter in many places as more lucrative. Lobster fishing happens on the North Shore through JUen July then stops to llos them to breed. Starts again on South Shore in September then stops again. So North Shore fishermen only have a 2 month season for lobster.
    Whole area was very environemental conscious, repecting the resources. They ahd formed the first coop in Canada and first bank also. First stop was at a hotel which had been in the Green Gables film. Had been a grand 32 bd house built by an oil baron, but when he died it was taken over by Canadian Parks in lieiu of taxes.Stooped at a bbeach next to a lighthouse (wooden but red and white, no longer used). We wlaked onto the beach, very fine sand, the whole island is a giant sandbar, no real bedrock other than a mall amount that had been quarried years ago and used to build the oldest red bricked buildings on the island. . The sea was very warm due to gulf stream, in the 70’s. Like all the beaches we saw was lovely. Stopped at an art gallery cooperative and got picture of lighthouse.
    Then went to see oldest building on PEI which had belonged to ancestors of Harry’s wife. They had come across from France in 1700’s. Next door was the old bank, the first one and next to that the oldest catholic church in Canada where Harry was married! Went around the villages of Rustico where Harry lived. Went down onto a newly built area for the view. Passed chapo on laewnmower tractor who didn’t acknowledge Harrys wave. Turned out he had moved up from Texas and was quite miserable and not beldning in with island life. We could tell from his manner!
    Went from here to Green Gables to try and beat the buses from our ship which we did just. Was busy, had to queue to get into the house, Sam was v excited, rest of us less so. Was hosue where author of Anne of Green Gables had lived and based the stories here. Lovers Lane and the Haunted Woods from the books were nearby. Had drink and crisps, Sam got model of the hosue then back to the car, stopped here about an hour altogether.
    Went from here to see the red sandstone cliffs with cormorant nests. Red was die to high iron content making rust. Parked at a aheadland where we could look either way and see the cliffs further in than we were, very impressive. Harry said in winter ice floes from Arctic floated down here with selas living on them whwre the seals stayed to breed. As weather warmed they would float out then back again for f ew weeks until it got warm enoygh for them to hit the gulf stream then they were carried away and melted.
    Saw Harrys hosue, a grand colonial style place. Stopped off at the oyster place he runs, showed us the cages they farm them inm had chat with one of the fishermen, who was seeding the cages. Takes three eyars for oyster to grow to saleable weight. Three grades cocktail, small and alrge. Saw lobster pots, new ones were rectangles as easier to stack. Old ones were the rounded tops, better instorms and less likely to smash. New ones were for younger fishermen, older ones had the rounded. Harry suggested the younger guys would learn and convert eventually.
    We headed back to Charlottetwon , saw PEI Uni, specialising in medcien and vets. Saw the old district where the shipbuilders ahd lived then the palce where Canada was formed where the heads of each region in mid 1700s had come to sign the constirution.Also saw guns built by French to repel English, never fired once French saw size of English fleet arriving.
    Dropped near Victoria Street with lots of restaurants. Said goodbye to Harry, a really great guide. Had lunch, fish/lobster all round then went to Cool as a Moose, then Cows Ice Cream. Ed got great T Shirt parody of Fortnite – Farmnite, Cattle Royale!
    Walked back to ship and back on board about 3pm. Had rest in room then Tash had treatment 515 so we played some draughts and table tennis then met her for the quiz with nice couple from Canada who were very jolly! Then went for quick buffet dinner before heading to the theatre for a BBC PLnet Earth film set to live music from the band. Good entertainment then to be exhausted!
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