One weekend we were in Prince Edward County in Ontario and the next weekend we were in Prince Edward Island (PEI), one of ten and the smallest of provinces in Canada. Its area (just under 220 sq. miles) and population (just over 140,000 in total) means you can see a lot in a short time and while it is very busy in summer, early June is just before the really busy season.
We have been to PEI several times over the years and always during spring and summer months. From those visits we have an image of an island that is predominately a green, idyllic rural landscape. We know there’s some tough weather in other seasons. It is the home of the author Lucy Maud Montgomery and there are places to visit remembering Anne of Green Gables throughout the province.
Recipe for a idyllic stay in an idyllic setting:
- Join cherished friends some who travel to, some who live in the province
- Take time to enjoy a leisurely drive around at least some of the island
- Stay at one of the independently run hotel/cottage/B&B establishements. We stayed at Kindred Spirits Cottages. There were seven of us sharing a 3 bedroom cottage. It was great. There was enough room for everyone to spread out a bit, a nice deck and our own private hot tub.
- Stop for lunch at a small cafe. We stopped at the Landmark Cafe in Victoria, PEI. The menu is very interesting and everyone enjoyed their meals. While we just happened upon the cafe we discovered it has been recommended in “Where to Eat in Canada:. Across the street is the local playhouse.
- Buy your seafood from an outlet on the wharf and cook your own very fresh lobster and mussels. Our hosts at Kindred Spirits Cottages put a lobster pot on our back deck.
- Invite your friends, born and bred talented islanders over for dinner/. Hope he brings his guitar. Sit back and reflect on the entire experience and how it fills up your soul.
Have you been to PEI? If so, what were the highlights of your visit. If not, what would you like to see?