This is the last stop on our 47 day Canadian maritime province tour. As soon as we crossed the bridge it became apparent that this province was different than the others. It was not as rugged looking and it was lush green everywhere. Perhaps that is part of the reason it is referred to as the "Garden of the Gulf". It is driven by a farming economy with lots of rural rolling hills and neat homes and villages. Our guide would tell us that the residents of the island were obsessed with the condition of their lawns. Farming is the major industry which produces 25% of all the potato production is Canada. There is also a growing mussels farming effort going and we can attest that these mussels are amazing. Because they grow them suspended in clear water, they have no sediment in the shells.
The landscape reminded me of the rolling farm land of upstate New York, where I grew up-just perhaps a bit neater. Even the coastal areas seem less rugged and wild than Newfoundland. In any case, it was enjoyable to drive around the country side and enjoy the scenery.
We stopped at a very scenic fishing village and noticed right away the osprey nest by the parking lot. One or two folks tried to get right under the nest for some reason and while I just missed the unload, the biggest bird let loose with a stream of -let's call it poop- right at them. It was funny to me, if not those folks and I got one picture of the bird ready to fire again, if necessary. The rest of the pictures were without excitement.
We soon realized that "Ann of Green Gables" was a big deal here, and we learned the story of the author's lifelong love of the island at the National Historic site. I had heard of the book but had not read it. Here it is an obsession.
Charlottetown is the only large city and is where the first Confederation conference was held to unite the provinces into a new nation in 1864. I have mentioned this conference before, but suffice it to say that it remains an important part of the city's culture including a Confederation learning center and markers and statutes around the city denoting important persons and dates. "Ann of Green Gables" is also important here with all kinds of souvenirs available based on the book. We attended the musical of the same name and I can now saw I know the story. We did manage to see the inside of St. Dustan's Basilica and do a walking tour of the downtown area.
We ended our caravan here and each of the 17 rigs were going separate ways, we certainly enjoyed their company on this very enjoyable journey.