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We are planning a driving trip from Boston to PEI in August, 1998. Would like info on places to stay, sites to see, etc. Can take 2-3 days driving to and from. Any help would be appreciated.
Thank you
Margaret Knitter
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    There are so many fabulous places for seeing, staying and dining, that you really should pick up a good tour guide or two and select what most appeals to you. You might want to consider taking a ferry to PEI from either Portland, Maine or Bar Harbor, Maine and back. Boston to PEI in a car is a very long haul, and there are long stretches where there's not much to see.

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    Hi Margaret! I live on PEI and I may not be as up to speed on the tourist attractions on the island as I should be, but, most people who arrive on PEI flock to the "north shore" Cavendish, which is our biggest "tourist trap". Cavendish has many of the attractions people are looking for if they travel with young children, or are addicted to water-slides or the "Anne of Green Gables" series of books by Lucy Maude-Montgomery. Cavendish has very good beaches of fine sand for sun-tanning, one of less than a handfull of such beaches on PEI. Everyone generally heads for the "north-shore" on hot days, or just to see what's going on. Our better nightlife also occurs on the north-shore in the summer time.

    The south shore (I'm a little biased, that's where I'm from!) has red sand beaches (less pretty than Cavendish, most would say), but has warmer water if you really like to swim. I'm from Victoria on the south shore so I have a better idea of what to tell you about it, it is one of the only villages on PEI that was laid out in blocks, it has a small community center which puts on plays in the summers, usually, a small "chocolate factory" that makes handmade chocolates, there's a candle making company run by a familly, a hotel (the Orient), an inn, and a place with cottages and B&B (Dunrovin). It also has a wharf, a company selling lobster straight from the fishermen, and if you like scenic little towns, most people would agree that Victoria is one. To me it was just home, I never can see much facinating about it!

    Off my Victoria babblings, the tourists I have spoken to like to head for Charlottetown for a day if they stay a week, you can walk around and see the small shops, eateries, etc. Charlottetown also houses our highest-star rated accomodations the CP hotel, downtown (which is about a mile in length on PEI!). The grocery stores, etc are mostly in Charlottetown or Summerside, the second largest city on PEI, and consequently the second of two cities on PEI. C'town also has the Confederation Center which has the large caliber plays, musicals, etc on PEI. Nightlife is at its best in the summer but still considered pretty lame by the rest of the world! We're not known for our nightlife 'round here! By the way if you drive in C'town, which is easy compared to any city, nobody uses their signal-lights, and if they do it usually means that direction is just one of many currenlty being considered.

    Summerside often has special events on and is also worth a visit, but if time is limited C'town usually tips the scales in it's favor.

    Usually people get the most out of the island by seeing C'town, Cavendish, and I'm trying to steer you toward a peek at the south shore. Just driving around on the "backroads" taking in the scenery is apparenly considered quite relaxing from what I've heard. I have made friends with a familly from San Diego who are returning to PEI (and Victoria) for their third trip in five years, and my grandmother Kay Wood (I admit she runs the aforementioned "Dunrovin") is having guests return for their 41st straight year, so PEI's tranquility has some attraction for certain types of people.

    I think what I'm trying to say here is what to see and do on PEI, is PEI! If you have any specfic questions, which would keep me from babbling on, please feel free to e-mail me.

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    I wanted to respond to Donna who said Boston to PEI by car is a long haul with long stretches without much to see. Some places worth seeing on the way are Portland, Freeport, Camden, ACADIA NATIONAL PARK and Bar Harbor, St. Stephens and St. Andrews. Continuing your journey, there are also wonderful sights in Saint John, Moncton and of course Hopewell Rocks in the Bay of Funday as well as beautiful whale watching excusions from the Bay of Fundy or St. Andrews. I agree - pick up a tour book - you'll find lots of special things along the way.

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