Week with mom

Trip Start Jun 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It has always been a dream of Jules' mom, Leona, to travel to the Maritimes one day.  Once we had decided to take this trip through Canada and knew that we would like to make it all the way the the Atlantic provinces, we gave mom a call.  We asked her if she would consider joining us in Halifax, once we had finally arrived, and she could tour around with us for a week or so.  Never once did she say "no" or "I will have to think about it".  She basically said "yes!"  And so she did. 

She flew into Halifax directly from Edmonton and arrived Tuesday evening.  Having only a week to tour, we decided to head south from Halifax towards Yarmouth, all the while stopping along the way to sitesee!  Our plan was to stop and visit Yarmouth because our niece Danielle worked there for a summer while she was in university and had told us all about it.  Yarmouth is a nice costal town and well reknowned for it's Lighthouse.  She had worked with tourists who would come by the docks/wharf/fishing shanty.  Unfortunately, the shanty has since closed down, so we decided to head up to the lighthouse at the tip of Cape Forchu.  Known as an "apple core" shaped lighthouse, there was also the lightkeepers home museum and tea room.  We stayed for a chowder lunch and really had a wonderful time on quite a blustery day! 

Next we went north through the Annapolis Valley - which in a couple of weeks, would be the place to be for fruit and veggie markets.  We did travel a little early for all of this, but some of the first pickings of corn were available, along with beans, raspberries and strawberries.  Our plan was to get north to Caribou to be able to take the ferry across to PEI, but had to be there bright and early.  It is quite something to see, when you have all these vehicles lined up ready to board the ferry - they let on probably 50-60 cars/trucks, then let on the semis, campers and motorhomes behind that!  The crossing takes 1 hour and is free when going towards PEI - it is only when you leave the province that they charge for use of the ferry.  I suspect most take the Confederation Bridge to return to the Mainland - well that's what we did anyhow. -Michelle
On Prince Edward Island, we spent the frist day travelling toward Charlottetown. Grandmere got a little sidetracked by a garden of Day Lillies. It was closed, but the owners let us in anyways. They had some beautiful flowers. We then travelled onwards and had lunch at a beach. In Charlottetown, we toured around, we went to a Cows Creamery, we sat and listened to a outside concert, and Papa had to fix the brakes... Again.

The next day we travelled up to Cavendish, which is the home of Anne of Green Gables. We decided that the best way to enjoy Anne would be to do the Avonlea Village. We spent the day there and had a great time. Being nicely slow paced, we (along with Grandmere) were able to get around pretty easily. Mama had thought that it would be a very commercial place but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Little skits and good actors made it the highlight of our PEI trip.

We found that PEI was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the Maritimes. We would look at the map, and think that we had 3 hours of driving ahead of us, only to see that the distance was  34 km.  We enjoyed the slower pace of PEI, making it easier to travel aroung with Grandmere. I had read of a little quirk that the PEI potatoe growers would leave a stand of potatoes "unmanned" and allow you to pick and pay for your own potatoes. Papa pulled up to a potatoe stand on the highway, and got Grandmere to hang out of the window, and pay for her own bag.

To leave the province, we had to take the Conferderation Bridge - which is a marvel - and terrifying at the same time - Jules likes to drive in the lane closest to the edge, and for those on the passenger side, we spend a little more time looking over the edge!  We then made our way back to Halifax and headed off to finish the trip in Peggy's Cove.  We had planned to visit there on Mom's first day here - but the rainy/foggy weather put that idea on hold.  Again it was a sight to see - the lighthouse upon the rocky landscape and looking out over the water is something to experience.

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