Charlottetown and Cavendish

Trip Start Jul 22, 2007
Trip End Jul 30, 2007

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Flag of Canada  , Prince Edward Island,
Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Jul 24, 2007 - Morning
After loading up on Tim Horton coffee, we loaded up the car and headed towards Charlottetown. We were glad to be leaving Fredericton. There was not much more to do or see. Furthermore, the weather was becoming dull and grey....

We took TransCanada Highway 2. The sun came out as we progressed further east. During this stretch of the trip, we encountered rugged landscape, and not a service station for miles!
We managed to get to the P.E.I border within 3 hours. The view while crossing the Confederation Bridge was spectacular!

Jul 24, 2007 - Afternoon & Evening
By 1:30 p.m., we were settled in our posh accommodation (double bedroom suite with kitchen, TV, air conditioned, Internet access, and private bathroom) at the Summer Residence Building of the University of P.E.I.  I love this place!!

We decided to head out to Cavendish (40 mins away) to check out the Green Gables and Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site. Suffice to say I was disappointed to find out that Avonlea did not exit, and that the sets and scenes shown on the TV show of the same name did not look like anything here! The National Parks and National Historic Sites of Canada has decided to use the popularity of Anne of Green Gables (the books, TV series, movie etc) to create this tourist trap, which consists of the Gift Shop, Barn, Granary, Woodshed, and the Green Gables House. The only building that is somewhat original is the Green Gables House, which was rebuilt (after the original burned down). Lucy Montgomery based the Green Gables on the real home/farm of David Jr. and Margaret MacNeil, who were cousins of her grandfather. While we were there, three bus loads of Chinese tourists (Cantonese and Mandarin speaking) were dropped off.  Apparently, Chinese people love Anne of Green Gables, which is news to me! I don't even see that many Chinese people in one place when I am in Chinatown in Ottawa. As part of this tourist trap, there is also the homestead of Lucy Montgomery's grandparents where she lived half her life and wrote Anne of Green Gables. As you can see in my pictures, there is not much left of the original homestead. 

After our Green Gables experience, we worked up quite the appetite, and decided nothing will do except a lobster dinner. We drove to North Rustico Harbour where there is a restaurant that can accommodate 500 people and boasts a 60 ft long salad bar! Before we chow down at the Fishermen' Wharf  Lobster Restaurant, we checked out the small but quaint Harbour. Not surprisingly, the Chinese tourists followed us (all three bus loads)! For $29.95, you can get a 1 lb lobster dinner with clam chowder, all you can eat salad bar, dessert and coffee/tea. Being the lobster connoisseur (both at dismembering and eating), Mike had no problems mastering his dinner. I, on the other hand, was quite dismayed at the thought of having to dismember the poor lobster. So, I ended up posing funny pictures with my dinner, which Mike didn't find amusing (he takes lobster eating to be a serious art form) and other people around me found it strange! I think I ate enough to last me for the rest of the week (which is probably not much compared to other people around me who seem to take all-you-can-eat literally!!) I will have to hit the gym when I get back. The food is much better in P.E.I. This observation was confirmed by talking to a few other travellers who had similar bad food experience in New Brunswick.

Tomorrow, we are going to check out downtown Charlottetown, which should take about half of a day. I think I will sleep in, and check out the Farmers' Market across the street from UPEI. Until tomorrow then!
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