P. E. I - home of "Anne of Green Gables"
Trip Start May 05, 2007
58Trip End Sep 02, 2007
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After stretching for a bit I crossed the bridge and made my way into the nearest information centre for maps of P.E.I. This is where I got my first look at the island and my first impression too. I pulled off the main thoroughfare and was confronted with a wall of RVs parked off to the side of the wall, I overtook them and headed a short distance to the info centre
I headed up to Cavendish, where the popular author Maud Montgomery grew up and wrote the popular works "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Avonlea. To be truthful none of this really interested me but there was a nice campsite in the area and only a short distance away from these famous attractions so I thought I would at least have a look while I was there.
Once I had checked in (after calling and making a reservation to make sure I got the area I wanted), I was greeted by a lovely couple from Quebec, Pat and Denise. Noticing the license plates, I took this chance to try and practice my French and before long we were sitting and chatting over a beer.
I was still a little green with the whole RV camping arrangement, although I have come a considerable way since I first started out. Usually I would just pull into a campsite and connect the electricity, then if all went well things would work. Sometimes my fridge would work and other times it wouldn't, after an hour or two it wasn't working, so I took a look around and everything seemed OK
The next day I awoke a little later than usual, still not sure of my plans for the next few days I pondered them for a while eventually coming up with a combination of a self and guided tour of the island. From what I had read there were numerous tour companies operating for around the same fee, given what I had seen when I first arrived I thought that they might be all booked. I decided that since I was in the "Anne" area that I might do this on my own and book a tour that explored some of the more remote areas that might be hard to do in an RV. I ended up trying to book a tour with Greyline for a "Planned Historical Village, Lighthouse and Winery Tour", however they told me that in order for this tour to go ahead that they required two or more people to go on it. I said that I'd like to book it (seeing that there was more than a day away) and if they could call to let me know if it was going ahead or not. They however did not call back so I ended up not going on it, which I was a little disappointed about.
In the mean time though I biked down to Avonlea village, the area in which Montgomery taught and attended church.
From there I traveled a short distance down the road to Green Gables House, which is also affiliated with the Prince Edward Island National Park. The House has been immortalised in Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne Of Green Gables". Again this is really where a bloke should only go if he is dragged there by his better half, it was again a quaint little house full of rich character and from what I'm told characteristic of the era the book was written in. Although I probably didn't benefit much from the experience, at least I had a look and can say that I've done it.
Shortly after this there was a small rain period, during this time I spent it inside cabin watching a few movies. After a few hours I had a few people nose around the outside of the cabin and then knock on the door. It was Pat and another person concerned with my safety. They had noticed that my bike was still in the same place as it was from the morning, thinking that there might be a gas leak and that I had fallen asleep
Throughout my time on the road I have contemplated getting a little kitten to keep me occupied (I have seen numerous signs regarding them) and at the KOA campground they had some for adoption. So I now have a little traveling companion, I am not sure what I will do when I leave the country but that is a ways off so for the time being she will be a little "camper kitty"! I chose a white/grey kitten because I have overheard many people saying that there are no white dogs on the island, nor will they paint their house white etc. The island has a very reddish soil and everything gets covered/coloured by it.
With my new companion and tour cancelled I head into Charlottetown for a brief walk around of the area, some Cow's ice-cream, some kitty litter and cat food. I didn't spend all that long in the capitol just enough to get a feel for the place, to try some Cow's "Canada's best ice-cream" (as voted by national geographic a little while ago) and sample the local brew there.
I'm no ice-cream rater but it was pretty good stuff (I chose the "messy bessy"). From this I walked to a micro brewery to sample the local drop. I'm not sure ice-cream followed by beer was meant to happen but the Gahan House Brewery sure did hit the spot.
From there I drove out of town towards the wood island's/caribou ferry, wanting to get there before dark fell. To be truthful I didn't look at the ferry schedule or could have planned it any better. I drove straight onto the ferry after driving from Charlottetown and it left about 15-20mins later, nice timing!