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More Evidence of the Most Beautiful Day

I think I would have still been quite charmed by PEI if the weather had been less friendly to us than it was, but perhaps my love notes to PEI wouldn’t be quite as ardent. We really did luck out and spend one of the most beautiful days of the whole trip ambling around the island. I like to think that every summer day on PEI is this wonderful, though. Please don’t correct me if I’m wrong—it’s like how I feel about Vancouver. I’ve been there four times in the past four years (with trip number 5 just days away!) and I’ve never seen much rain.

Anyway, one of PEI’s many charming attributes is how they make every aspect of Anne of Green Gables, and its author, Lucy Maud Montgomery (henceforth referred to as LMM), a tourist attraction. So as we drove away from Cavendish, headed for North Point, the northwest tip of the island, we found many more Anne/LMM-related sites, including:

LMM's Birthplace
LMM’s birthplace! Painted in the green gables style, naturally. We didn’t go in, just pulled into the parking lot for some photos.

PEI Scenic Spot!
The next spot on our trip was a designated scenic photography spot, described in the official PEI guidebook. They weren’t kidding. Quite a lot of cars were stopped around here, and we didn’t want to take too much time, but I’m glad we did stop for a few minutes.

Lupines are practically the designated regional flower of Maritime Canada. They’re just wildflowers that grow along roads, but they’re so bright and cheery!

Anne Quote
This was one of our favourite Anne spots, truth be told. This pond was supposedly LMM’s inspiration for Anne’s “Lake of Shining Waters” and in the house nearby, LMM visited her aunt once or something! Let’s make it a museum and charge tour buses full of Anne pilgrims to see it! And once they’re here, let’s charge them more for someone to take them around the pond in a carriage – we’ll call it “Matthew’s carriage ride.”

Red Dirt Path
“Matthew” will gladly drive you around this red dirt path if you pay him well.

Lake of Shining Waters
Okay, okay…I give in. The Lake of Shining Waters is actually kind of awesome, and it really does shine.

St. John the Baptist
And because you know I love a good church to photograph, here’s St. John the Baptist in Miscouche. It’s an old Acadian wooden church, one of the oldest on PEI.

Next post, I’ll finally get to some lighthouses.


January 10, 2011 at 2:16 am 1 comment

To the Moon and Back


This, folks, is why you need to go to Prince Edward Island. This is why everyone must go to Prince Edward Island. But really, don’t everyone go at once, because I loved that Christina, Jules, and I were the only people at this beach on the world’s most beautiful day.


I did so much research for this trip. Jules I planned the route for years. I combed guidebooks, search tourism websites, spent hours tweaking the itinerary. Yet in all my planning, I managed to miss photos of this amazing spot. Yes, I knew PEI had gorgeous red sand beaches. But this was beyond anything I could have imagined.


We ended up here by mistake. After our trip to Green Gables, the second stop on our agenda was the Cavendish Boardwalk, in search of Beaver Tails. If you have a keen memory, you might remember that just a few days earlier, Jules and I had been on a disappointing quest for Beaver Tails in Québec City that ended in a monsoon. So when we saw the ad for Beaver Tails in the PEI guidebook, we knew we had to track them down.

Lee (my GPS) didn’t know where the Cavendish Boardwalk was, though, and we couldn’t find an address, so we followed signs to the Cavendish beaches. In our mind, the boardwalk should have been on the waterfront. We ended up at a ticketing booth at the entrance to PEI National Park, and we asked the person inside if we were on the right path. We weren’t. She told us which way to go, and we drove into the park to turn around. But the road was narrow and curvy, and we didn’t want to try a U-ey, so we drove until we found a small turnaround area. But when we turned into the cleared area atop one of the beachfront cliffs and we saw this, Beaver Tails were forgotten and we leapt out of the car, cameras in hand, and raced down to the beach.


It was unbelievable. The red sand had been baked into all kinds of terraces and cliff formations. Waves crashed against the rocks and the water was crystal clear at our feet, and blue, blue, blue all the way to the horizon. We dubbed it “The Moon Beach,” joked about driving all the way to the moon, grinned until our cheeks hurt.

My Feet

We wandered around for quite a while, flip-flops kicked off and forgotten, toes in the water. All three of us enjoy photography, so we were all happy to spend time trying to get the best shots. We took photos together, photos of each other. And while we spent less than an hour here, this may have been my favourite experience of the whole trip.

The Girls

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect hour. Especially since we eventually made it to Beaver Tails.

Beaver Tail

January 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm 1 comment

Mel of Green Gables

Day 2 on Prince Edward Island was a busy one. Jules, Christina, and I carved out a game plan while we got ready in the hotel: Cavendish first for Green Gables and Beavertails at the Boardwalk, then we’d drive to the northwest point, the southwest point, and then all the way across the island to the northeast point and we’d end the day on the squeaky sand beach in Souris. We were going to see the whole island in a day. Here’s a spoiler: we didn’t quite make it. But we still had a great day that began at Green Gables.

For those who didn’t grow up with Anne like I did, Anne of Green Gables was what little girls read before Harry Potter. I think I was 9 when I saw the movies for the first time and started devouring the series shortly after. The end of the series didn’t hold my attention as well as the first book—I’m actually not positive I ever made it all the way through to the end of the 8th book—but I must have read the first book fifty times before I turned 15 or so. Anne and I had so much in common that it was easy to relate to her. She was a Canadian orphan who lived on a farm and wrote on slates at school and had long red hair that she wore in braids and the attention of a dashing boy named Gilbert Blythe. Okay…maybe we didn’t have any of that in common, but still, she was so relatable. And Jules and Christina grew up with Anne just like I did, so we were anxious to see Green Gables, the farm that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write the book, now turned into a Parks Canada site.

It’s kind of hokey. I mean, the house is restored to resemble the “real” Green Gables as closely as possible. It’s like the entire island of Prince Edward has forgotten that Anne was a fictional character. But once you suspend that disbelief and buy into Anne’s world, Green Gables is a magical place.

O Canada
We visited on Canada Day, so admission was free! They also had cake (which we missed when we were in the house) and little flags and temporary maple leaf tattoos. Fun times! I’d take a visit to Green Gables over a summer festival on the water in Charlottetown any day, including Canada Day.

Me at Green Gables
The Green Gables house really is chock-full of green gables and here I am, super happy to be there!

Green Gables
Green Gables, detail

Christina milking a cow
One of the educational aspects of the site is the barn, which has demonstrations of what farming is like when Anne lived there. You know, if Anne had been real. So Christina stopped on the way out to milk a cow, rather patriotically.

Car Timer Photo
And post-Green Gables visit, we took our first timer photo in the car of the trip, a longstanding tradition with us. I like this timer photo particularly well because of the voluminous thing that my hair is doing.

Next up (spoiler alert): the Cavendish Boardwalk isn’t a real boardwalk, nor is it located on the water.

January 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment


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