Anne's Land and Beyond

Trip Start Jul 06, 2007
Trip End Aug 03, 2007

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Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Monday, July 16, 2007

While waiting for our laundry to get done we had time to play multiple games of pool and table tennis in the rec house then it was off to breakfast. Before leaving Kindred Spirits I met a lady who had just been dropped off. Her name is Yuko, she was from Japan and traveling alone. We had a great chat and I got to tell her all about my trip there earlier this year.

After breakfast we went to the Anne of Green Gables home and farm. Anne of Green Gables is a book written by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery; it was first published in 1908. It was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book in a newspaper article describing a couple that was mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. The popularity of Anne has extended into many countries and Anne of Green Gables has been translated into seventeen languages. Tourism from Anne fans is an extremely important part of the Island economy.  

On the drive toward Charlottetown, the largest city on PEI, we encountered more scenic wonders.  

The City of Charlottetown is a community of over 32,000 people located on the south shore of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown is the capital city of Prince Edward Island, and is called the "Birthplace of Confederation" after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to Confederation.

On the southeast side of the island we stopped at Cape Bear where there is an amazing lighthouse on the cliffs, then continued on toward our destination of Georgetown which is a little shipping port town of approximately 600 residents. It overlooks one of the finest natural harbors in Atlantic Canada. Its deep waters are sheltered from the open sea. Beaches around the peninsula are of typical riverfront quality, and are suitable for numerous water-related activities.  Luckily for us today there was an outdoor concert on the beach featuring local musicians.  Seems like most of the town showed up to hear the music and watch the sun set.

We stayed at the historic Georgetown Inn. Yet another place built in the 1840's. There is a restaurant here and two of the owners are chefs. We scored a large room on the second floor facing the harbor.
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