Halifax and PEI

Mar 21st, 2019, 09:08 AM
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PEI in September??

September is a beautiful time of year on the island, we spent the month of September 2015 as well as 2 weeks in 2017 and 2018 on the island.

Here is a good overview of what's stays opens and closes after the 1st of September
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/princ...mmer-1.4802915

Merchants start to discount the merchandise the longer into September the deeper the discounts as they close. Many restaurants outside of Charlottetown are starting to close as the weeks in the month go by, always call or check their website to confirm they are open.

The weather is very changeable with wind direction dictating cool or cold day, the wind blows all the time and it sometimes rains, bring layers and rain gear you will be fine.

Cavendish is completely shut down by the 1st week of month except for Anne of Green Gables. But the PEI beauty is always present with beautiful beaches, friendly locals, green rolling potato fields, outstanding sunsets, the National Parks are free to enter. The crowds are gone, not that crowds are a big problem even in high season of July/August.
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Mar 21st, 2019, 09:17 AM
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Sea Glass

We are always looking for sea glass when walking on a beach this article is a great overview to where to find them on PEI.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/p...lass-1.4201812
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Mar 21st, 2019, 10:09 AM
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Cabot Beach Providence Park is beautiful in Malpeque.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...rd_Island.html

The sand is soft, the view is lovely. There are lifeguards on duty. The sandbar stretches forever. And the water is unusually warm for the ocean. The beach is free.
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Mar 21st, 2019, 10:22 AM
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If you only have 1-2 days or just a few hours since you arrived on a cruise ship to PEI this gives you a good overview of things to do.

https://www.tomsportguides.com/uploa...09-24-2014.pdf
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Mar 21st, 2019, 02:49 PM
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Charlottetown Crime Locations?

Concerned about the neighborhood you are renting a house or room for a few days? A new online map shows whether your neighbourhood is the victim of property crime. The map posted on the Charlottetown Police Services web site — shows where a crime occurred and when.

The map is located here

https://charlottetownpolice.com/property-crime-map


New article on this topic.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/princ...-map-1.5066536
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Mar 22nd, 2019, 05:41 AM
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Where To Get Lobster Off The Dock?

If you want to buy your lobster off the dock from a lobsterman check this map for where lobster season is depending on the month on PEI. Do not forget to bring something to put them in and cash. The lobster boats usually return in the afternoon.

fishing_regions.pdf

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Mar 22nd, 2019, 08:11 AM
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Kayaking/Canoeing/Paddleboarding

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince...ding-1.4752908
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Mar 29th, 2019, 05:46 AM
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If visiting PEI check the cruise line schedule particularly during September and October when many cruise ships visit. For example on September 19 they will have 4 ships in port with 5400 passengers.

http://portcharlottetown.com/cruise/cruise-schedule/

Interesting news story about not only Charlottetown getting busy but many of the tourists attractions.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/princ...ason-1.5076505

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Apr 7th, 2019, 05:29 AM
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Greenwich National Park is a must, if you go to PEI, One of our most favorite places to visit on the island. Greenwich has a wonderful boardwalk across a marsh with beautiful views; it ends at the sea, just a great place to walk.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUser...rd_Island.html.

More details and photos here
https://hikebiketravel.com/boardwalk...pei-natl-park/


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince...walk-1.4170689

The park also has a beach, to get to it make a right onto Wild Rose Road, the road will change from blacktop to PEI red stone , you are getting close, continue into the park. To get to the Boardwalk do not turn onto Wild Rose but go straight into the park, again the road will change from blacktop to red stone.

Make sure you stop at the visitor center at the corner of Wild Rose Rd and Greenwich Rd and pay for a pass for your car, they do check and give out tickets.
As noted above Greenwich has 2 areas to explore a beach and a Boardwalk across the bog. They are about 2 miles apart; below is how to get to the Boardwalk area.

When you get out of your car the Boardwalk trail is on the left if looking at the woods, it is a stone path ....just follow everyone...lol. When you enter the path keep walking (a bathroom is on the left about 100 yards as you walk down the path, it is the only bathroom on the trail). As you continue down the path the water will be on your left and beautiful meadows on either side of the path. Paths on your left will go to the water/bay BUT do not lead to the Boardwalk. Stay on the main path for about 1 mile until you see a picnic table with a roof on your left and benchs on the right. You will have 3 paths to choose left, straight and right. Take the path on the right to get to the Boardwalk. The path goes through a forest for a bit, you are NOT going the wrong way. All of a sudden you turn a corner and the Boardwalk appears.

Walk out the Boardwalk to the top of the dunes and walk down the stairs and put your toe in the water and turnaround and walk back the same way you came in, takes about 2 hours about 6 miles out and back. We usually just go to the top of the dunes and turn around since we have been to Greenwich about 20 times over the years, it is a place we visit every time we visit PEI.



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Apr 8th, 2019, 09:08 AM
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Thank you all for your advice! I think we've narrowed down our Halifax activities, thanks to some great advice!

I'd love input into our three days we can tour PEI/New Brunswick. We have zero flexibility on our number of days. This will be in mid-July and we will be renting the car.

So far, we have come up with a tentative plan based on Fodor advice:

Day one: drive from Halifax to New Brunswick to the Bay of Fundy / Cape Hopewell and stay the night. Any suggestions of other things to do in this area?
Day two: drive to PEI – drive around by Darnley (Thunder Cover Beach) - see Cavendish/Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea. Stay in Cavendish area. I'd love to plan our driving route so we can see some of the beautiful cliffs and beaches.
Day three: drive back to Halifax by route of Charlottetown. Any advice for stops on this route? Or special things to see in Charlottetown?

We would love to incorporate a short (30 minute) hike or two on our drives. Suggestions are welcome!

We will make this less about shopping and eating, and more about seeing the beautiful scenery unique to Atlantic Canada.

We will take the Confederation Bridge on both routes instead of the ferry.

Thanks!





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Apr 9th, 2019, 02:19 AM
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Thank you all for your advice! I think we've narrowed down our Halifax activities, thanks to some great advice!

I'd love input into our three days we can tour PEI/New Brunswick. We have zero flexibility on our number of days. This will be in mid-July and we will be renting the car.

So far, we have come up with a tentative plan based on Fodor advice:

Day one: drive from Halifax to New Brunswick to the Bay of Fundy / Cape Hopewell and stay the night. Any suggestions of other things to do in this area?
Day two: drive to PEI – drive around by Darnley (Thunder Cover Beach) - see Cavendish/Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea. Stay in Cavendish area. I'd love to plan our driving route so we can see some of the beautiful cliffs and beaches.
Day three: drive back to Halifax by route of Charlottetown. Any advice for stops on this route? Or special things to see in Charlottetown?

We would love to incorporate a short (30 minute) hike or two on our drives. Suggestions are welcome!

We will make this less about shopping and eating, and more about seeing the beautiful scenery unique to Atlantic Canada.

We will take the Confederation Bridge on both routes instead of the ferry.

Thanks!
The best part of PEI is the wonderful food so stop and try the food if you like seafood PEI is the best place for it. Below is about a 90 minute drive depending on how many times you stop and walk around.

At the traffic light in Cavendish at the intersection of 13 and 6 coming from Stanley Bridge make a right is the cemetery Lucy Maude Montgomery is buried in. If you make a left turn this will take you to the National Park, after the tollbooth make the 1st left look for the sign "Oceanview Lookout" for a perfect place to see the sun set and just a view of the red rocks and cliff. Foxes like to hang out on the road to the lookout, go slow they will be looking for a handout, but do not feed them, they are fun to watch. I think they stop taking fees at 6 PM so you can just drive in.

Go back out to the National Park road and make left this will take you into the park. Take this for about 8 miles to the end. They have many places to pull over on the left to see the ocean and red cliffs you can stop and walk down to the beach in several places.

When you get to the end bear to the right and exit the park. Take this to the stop sigh and make a left turn you are now in North Rustico. The wood Boardwalk will be about 1/2 mile on the right and a place to park. At the Boardwalk go to the right you will see many lobster boats. Go to the left on the Boardwalk is a small village and nice views of the ocean and inlet. see the map below for details.

Map
Halifax and PEI-untitled.jpg


From here go back out to the main road route 6 and make a left. Take 6 to 15 (gas station on corner) at the circle. Take 15 to the T intersection make a left at stop sign. About 1/2 mile on your right is a place called the Dunes Gallery one of the bigger paces like it on the island. They sell art, clothing, furniture, jewelry, etc. The restaurant in the gallery is also good.

They have great gardens out back, do not miss them if you do not go into the store.

PEI Galleries | The Dunes Studio Gallery and Café

Continue into the park, after paying your entrance fee; take your first left to great beach. Parking lot is on your left, park, cross the road to the beach.

When done go back to the main road you came in on and make a left turn. Great beaches on your left and wonderful views to the right along the way. When you get to the Covehead Bridge, go over it and make a right into the parking lot. Nice view of the bridge and inlet and lobster boats.

Try Richards's Seafood, does not look like much, but good food. Wonderful lobster rolls and fried food. The orders come with fries, which are large, we save $4 and order one with fries and one without fries and share. Order your food and wait for your number to be called and find a place to sit and eat, nothing fancy but good stuff.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...rd_Island.html

Continue on Gulf Shore Parkway (make a right out of the parking lot) and continue to the Dalvey By the Sea. http://www.dalvaybythesea.com
The house was built in 1895 it has antiques-filled rooms in a classic Queen Anne-style Victorian with restaurant & afternoon tea. As a part of their royal honeymoon tour, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of York attended an outdoor reception at Dalvay by the Sea. Map and more info here. http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/pe/pei...ey-dalvay.aspx



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Apr 9th, 2019, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by jtw999 View Post
Thank you all for your advice! I think we've narrowed down our Halifax activities, thanks to some great advice!

I'd love input into our three days we can tour PEI/New Brunswick. We have zero flexibility on our number of days. This will be in mid-July and we will be renting the car.

So far, we have come up with a tentative plan based on Fodor advice:

Day one: drive from Halifax to New Brunswick to the Bay of Fundy / Cape Hopewell and stay the night. Any suggestions of other things to do in this area?
Day two: drive to PEI – drive around by Darnley (Thunder Cover Beach) - see Cavendish/Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea. Stay in Cavendish area. I'd love to plan our driving route so we can see some of the beautiful cliffs and beaches.
Day three: drive back to Halifax by route of Charlottetown. Any advice for stops on this route? Or special things to see in Charlottetown?

We would love to incorporate a short (30 minute) hike or two on our drives. Suggestions are welcome!

We will make this less about shopping and eating, and more about seeing the beautiful scenery unique to Atlantic Canada.

We will take the Confederation Bridge on both routes instead of the ferry.

Thanks!

As I wrote before, IF you want something really unique in the way of a spot to stay for a night between Halifax and Hopewell Cape, en route to PEI, consider the lighthouse at Cape D'or.

It seems you'll have to stay SOMEwhere, along that path, and know that it is just under 3 hours of driving time from Cape D'or to Hopewell Cape... perhaps you can time the tidal bore at Moncton for some point along your path through there, either coming or going...

At any rate, I always prefer to drive on Route #2 along the Fundy shoreline to the faster highway more inland when going toward New Brunswick.

With two expected passages through the area, surely it makes sense to try Route #2 in one direction or the other.
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Jun 13th, 2019, 03:58 PM
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We've discovered so many interesting things to do and are having such a hard time realistically fitting it into the limited time we have.

Is this too lofty? Are we missing any nearby nuggets?

Day one: Drive from Lunenburg to Fort Beauséjour National Historic Site (my husband really wants to see this!) and then onto Fundy National Park. I'd like to pick a 1/2 hour trail walk to stretch and enjoy the park. Then we'll head to Hopewell Rocks. The tide will be low at this time, fortunately, so we'll be able to walk out on the ocean floor.
Then we're staying the night in the region about 30 minutes away.
St. Martin's looks so neat. Is it realistic to go there before Fundy National Park for an hour?
Regrettably, we won't be able to fit in Victoria Park in Truro or Cape Enrage. I had hoped to see the bore tide in Truro, as well, but I don't think it will work. We both grew up on the west coast so we've seen many tides, but I'm sure the bore tide is very unique!

Day two: If we feel we need more time at Hopewell Rocks, we'll stop on the way to PEI. We'll stop in Summerside before heading to Thunder Cover Beach/Tea Cup Rock. Then we'll continue along the water to Cavendish to see all the wonderful things already suggested. We stay the night in this region.

Day three: We will check out the historical sites in Charlottetown, as well as Victoria Row. Then we'll head to Prim Point to see the lighthouse for our late afternoon dinner reservations at The Chowder House. Then we have no choice but to head back to Halifax.

Although we would love to extend this, we are on a very fixed timeline. Our hotels are booked and we've set up a rental car.

I would love any thoughts on things we have missed or should see along the route. We know we are rushing through a beautiful area, but our timeline is set.

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Jun 14th, 2019, 04:39 AM
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You may want to skip Summerside and take in Victoria By The Sea and then head to Cavendish or go straight to Cavendish and take in North Rustico Boardwalk as noted above. I am not sure if the Tea Cup Rock is accessible by the shore anymore. I read somewhere the road is closed and only accessible by boat not 100% sure but you may want to have a plan b in case. You could also add in Brackley Beach National Park details noted above before heading to Charlottetown.

Enjoy your our time on PEI.

Tom
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Jun 15th, 2019, 08:50 AM
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We both grew up on the west coast so we've seen many tides, but I'm sure the bore tide is very unique!


... the west coast of WHAT?

There are no other tides like this, to the same extremes.
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Jun 15th, 2019, 03:06 PM
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Thank you, Tom! I have saved both your other suggestions and am basing our Cavendish tour around your suggestions of the 90 minutes drive and the North Rustico Boardwalk. Much appreciated!
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Thank you, Tom! I have saved both your other suggestions and am basing our Cavendish tour around your suggestions of the 90 minutes drive and the North Rustico Boardwalk. Much appreciated!
JTW


From Facebook where I asked a local how to get to the Tea Pot....

Not a lot of parking. Be prepared for a walk. Used google maps for Thunder Bay Cove. It’s not visible when you get on the beach. You have to walk to the left. Make sure the tide is out as you have to go through the water to reach it.
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Things to do with kids .....

Burlington Adrenaline Park

PEI’s largest go kart facility, the longest track east of Montreal.
PEI’s only Kiddy Karts, Batting Cages, Laser Tag, Bumper Boats, Airsoft, and miniature golf round out the fun!

1077 Rte 234, Burlington, PE, Canada
https://www.burlingtonadrenalinepark.com

You could spend an entire day at the beach alone.

Greenwich
Basin head
Cavendish
Panmure island
North cape
West Point

Kensington, The Haunted House
81 Victoria Street West
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0
https://hauntedmansionpei.ca




Brackley Drive-In Movie
3164 Brackley Point Rd RTE15 Brackley Beach, PEI
https://drivein.ca

Cavendish Area

Sandspit Amusement Park
8986 Cavendish Rd.
Cavendish, PE
C0A1N0
https://www.sandspit.com




Shining Waters Family Fun Park
8885 Cavendish Rd. (Route 6)
Cavendish, PEI, Canada
C0A1N0

https://www.shiningwaterspei.com

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Beaches That Permit Dogs

Dogs are not permitted on beaches in PEI National Park between April 1 and October 15 for conservation and public health and safety reasons. They are permitted on walking trails and in other areas of the park, but must remain on a leash no more than three metres (10 feet) in length.

Dogs are allowed on Provincial Park beaches if kept on leashes. Owners must pick up after their pets in any park.

Cats and dogs visiting PEI should be accompanied by a current rabies vaccination certificate. They must be free of diseases communicable to humans.


https://www.tourismpei.com/pei-travel-essentials
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Anne of Green Gables /LM Montgomery Sites

1- Green GablesHouse in Cavendish- The house which "inspired" the book. The heritage centre was built and is operated by Parks Canada,there are staff on hand to answer any questions that you might have and you can tour the house green gables that was the focal point of the Anne of green gables stories and take a walk through the haunted wood.

https://www.tourismpei.com/green-gables-house

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/princ...ntre-1.5181796

2- Anne of Green Gables Museumin Park Corner - Where L.M. Montgomery was married, spent a lot of time with her cousins there, was the basis for "Silver Bush" from her novels "Pat of Silver Bush" and "Mistress Pat".

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractio...rd_Island.html

3- Montgomery Homestead in Cavendish - This is where L.M. Montgomery grew up. The house is no longer there, the grounds are beautiful. This is where she wrote her first four novels (including of course Anne of Green Gables)

https://www.lmmontgomerycavendishhome.com

4-L.M. Montgomery birthplace in New London- Where she was born. She did not stay there very long, after her mother died, her father moved West and she was sent to live with her grandparents at the Homestead (#3)

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...rd_Island.html

5- Lower Bedeque School - Very interesting old schoolhouse where L.M. Montgomery taught. It has been restored as a museum.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...rd_Island.html

6- Bideford Parsonage - L. M. Montgomery lived here for a year while she was teaching nearby. the Parsonage has been saved and restored by the community as a museum of life in the area in the late 19th century. Extremely interesting, even apart from the Montgomery connection.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g155022-d1237715-Reviews-Bideford_Parsonage_Museum-Prince_Edward_Island

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