After the Canadian Cross Country Road Trip.
ARTICLE #3: Beautiful Sunset beaches In Prince Edward Island.
We continue the Canadian cross country road trip with yours truly making his way back to North Sydney, Cape Breton after leaving Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland. I’ve been sitting on the ferry for a little over six hours, and I am eager to get off. The boat docks, the door opens, and like bees out of bee hive, everyone is driving back on the mainland. It was after supper, so I knew I couldn’t make it to Prince Edward Island without a right amount caffeine injected into my body, so I decided to camp at the same campsite by the Seal Island Bridge I stayed at before I left for Newfoundland. That night I was watching two guys set up a tarp over their tents and later found out that they were crossing the country on motorcycles. They learned that the tarp added a little more shelter from the high winds that can come across the maritime landscape.Being the newbie at camping I thought to myself that it wasn’t necessary since there was no wind at all that very evening. I was wrong. At 2:40 am I woke up by the sound of my tent attempting to take off from the high winds that were happening outside. It was one of those occasions where I learned a valuable lesson.
The next morning came, and with little sleep in me, I broke my tent down, stored everything away and made it straight to the nearest coffee shop. It was raining fairly heavily which made my grumpy pants a little tighter. Heading South, the rain did eventually stop, and I was relieved to finally drive without my wipers swinging like they were on fire. Over the Canso Causeway that links Cape Breton, to the rest of Nova Scotia, I headed westbound on Highway 104 towards Antigonish, New Glasgow, Truro, Amherst, and then eventually to Highway 16 that would lead me towards Prince Edward Island. What links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick is the Confederation Bridge. With construction starting in 1993 and then opening in 1997, this box girder bridge (for all you bridge buffs out there) is 12.9 kilometers long(8 miles) and spans across the Abegweit Passage of the Northumberland Strait in the southern parts of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. I was excited to cross this beautiful structural creation finally. Onwards to PEI!
The weather was gorgeous. After I had made a stop earlier in Truro to get an eyecup for my camera after losing mine in a river somewhere in Newfoundland, another occasion where I learned another valuable lesson, I was as content as a Frenchman could be. I was introduced to farmland that reminded me a little of the prairies, beautiful acreages overlooking gorgeous landscape, small towns with old buildings that we’re clearly built correctly to have lasted this long. My first stop was Cavendish which is a highly recommended location to check out. I arrived in pure delight in this beautiful area. There’s restaurants and shops and outdoor activities, and days before my arrival there was a country concert that was hosted in the area. With the phenomenal beaches a few minutes away. I got the tent set up, my camera all ready to shoot, and instead of being smart and take what was left of the evening to rest from not sleeping the night before, I got on my bicycle and made my way towards the nearest beach. The adventure begins.
After spending an evening watching one of the many sunsets I’ve been blessed to attend on this trip, I called it a night and fell asleep as quickly as my eyelids could close. The following morning’s objective was to explore more of what Prince Edward Island has to offer. Getting onto the Cavendish Road, passing by the house where the book “Anne Of Green Gables” was inspired, I headed East towards the many seaside views that make this province great. My first stop was the Prince Edward Island National Park. When in doubt while traveling in unknown areas, National Park isn't a bad way to go. Beautiful soft sandy beaches followed alongside the Gulf Shore Parkway. There was one building that caught my eye right before I got out of the park that I later found out was called the Dalvay By The Sea Hotel & Restaurant. I haven't been inside it, but from the way it looked outside, I’d recommend it. I stopped east of Grand Tracadie to get a nice drone shot of the Tracadie Bay. The more I explored, the more I fell in love with the province.
Next stop was Charlottetown. The capital city of Prince Edward Island, located on the south shores with a population of around 32 000, this is a gorgeous little city with an amazingly vibrant atmosphere. There was live music in several different areas within my time of exploration, a theatrical play that was happening outside the Province House, and outdoor festivities hosted by the waterfront. All of this was happening on a Tuesday afternoon. With a great filling lunch in my body, I made my way towards my car. I decided to do some filming with my GoPro camera strapped to my roof rack to get some shots of what the streets in Charlottetown looked like. I eventually got onto the highway, and I heard a noise coming from the ceiling of my car. I looked in my rear view mirror to then watch my GoPro camera bounce off the road and into oncoming traffic. I stopped on the shoulder and waited till the traffic was gone and I’m happy to report that the camera was fine. The protective housing was not, but it was nothing that duct tape wouldn’t fix. Good thing this was the second province, just seven more to go!
Another evening has set upon the land, and I had all of my photos and video footage all backed up just in case my luck of taking care of my gear decided to continue. The following morning was a little more relaxed. I stopped at a coffee shop in the Cavendish area to get my sugar fix and then took advantage of soaking in as much of the vast landscape that surrounded me. I was born and raised on the South West shores of Nova Scotia, so I have an idea what the Maritimes has to offer. I moved to Alberta in 2008, and since then every time I’d come back home to visit family and friends, I would smile because of the sheer beauty that was facing me. Now that I’ve taken the time to explore areas of the Maritimes that I haven’t been before, I can safely say that this part of Canada is amazing and I whole-heartedly recommend anyone who hasn’t made their way out here to do so. After some much-needed downtime I bid my farewell to the wonderful province of Prince Edward Island, and head towards my next destination, New Brunswick.