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PEI 2 nights - Should we or shouldn't we?

Old Mar 17th, 2010, 02:27 PM
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PEI 2 nights - Should we or shouldn't we?

Hi - I am almost ashamed to admit that in 6 visits to Atlantic Canada, we have not yet visited PEI. The reasons for this are:
1 - limited vacation time forces us to be more selective than we ideally would like
2 - whenever I have discussed PEI with others who have visited, or read up on it - it seems to come up short on my list of "preferred things to do and see" compared with other Atlantic Canada destinations.
But - once again we're considering fitting it into our itinerary for this summer. We would have 2 nights maximum. Below are my "most favourite" and "less favourite" things. I'm looking forward to comments and opinions.....? Thanks!

- wild rugged scenery
- picturesque but "quieter" beaches for strolling and appreciating ocean vistas
- birdwatching and nature-appreciation
- day hikes in natural landscapes
- charming and interesting towns - preferrably with some unique shops and/or museums and a pub or two overlooking the water
- Seafood. My spouse has visions of visiting Malpeque Bay and sampling the famous oysters in their home turf

Don't like so much:
- Touristy attractions (would not visit the Anne of Green Gables sites)
- Crowded beaches
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Old Mar 17th, 2010, 03:33 PM
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When during the summer are you planning this vacation? if it is June or September, then I would include PEI.

But personally, even though we live 5 hours away, we don't go in July or August...it is just too crowded on the beach and those hiking trails and you have to line up at the interesting sea food stands for those oysters.

Stick to NS: so much larger that it can absorb the overflow high-season crowds.
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I have been going to the island for 3 years now on the August long weekend (a busy time of the year). All you need to do to avoid the crowds is to stay clear of the Cavendish area. Even Summerside is not that busy. The island is full of delightful country roads, it is so easy to get off the beaten path. For example instead of going to the main part of the national park (near Cavendish), explore the park's newer section in Greenwich (near St. Peters; a few nice trails and beautiful dunes). Or check out the small beaches or parks along the shores, or the western tip of the island (the latter might be too far off the way if you only have two days).

As for charming towns, Victoria-by-sea comes to mind, but it seems to be getting more and more popular. If you go, don't miss the chocolaterie and café
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 06:48 AM
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We would be visiting in late August. LJ - I'd love to hear about your favourite sea food stands and hiking trails in case we do decide to go. Ventdest, thanks for your suggestions of alternative places to explore.
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