Edition 3: June 14, 2001
In our third issue, the Bed and Breakfast Traveller takes you to the unique red shores of Prince Edward Island, the picturesque province that was home to LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables author, and which continues to delight visitors with its musical productions, lobster suppers, and legendary hospitality.
Prince Edward Island is the province where one goes to escape from the everyday demands of life and to experience a relaxing yet uplifting holiday. The moment you arrive, via ferry, plane, or the bridge, you will find yourself in jovial, hospitable surroundings and have a host of attractions and events to explore and experience: ceilidhs, live concerts, Confederation Center Theater, Green Gables, harness racing, sandy beaches, and more.
Visit the sunny beaches and historical lighthouses
Summer 2001 will see the Island resound with song of all genres. From July to August Beaconfield’s Carriage House in Charlottetown is hosting the Great Prince Edward Island Children's Festival, featuring ECMA Award winner Teresa Doyle. The Island Jam Festival in Rollo Bay will treat you to an evening of fiddle, bluegrass, and Celtic music from some of the province’s best known musicians. From July right on through to October, the Irish Hall in Charlottetown is playing host to lively ceilidhs filled with Irish, Scottish, and traditional PEI music.
Canada Day (July 1) is an Island-wide celebration. The town of Souris is featuring not only a fireworks display but games, a BBQ, prizes, and other family-oriented activities in the Town Park. Cardigan festivities will include floats, flag-raising, and other entertainment. Wherever you go, there’s sure to be a party and a good time had by all.
PEI has been a popular visitor's destination for years.
Nature lovers and those with an interest in botany should take in the Government House Garden Tours held every Thursday at the Government House in Charlottetown. Stroll through the rose gardens, admire the perennials, and enjoy the breathtaking view of nearby Charlottetown Harbour.
Those visiting Summerside between July 17 and July 23 should not miss the Lobster Carnival at the city Recreation Center. More Island seafood cuisine can be enjoyed at the Tracadie Mussel and Oyster Festival.
PEI lobster suppers are a summer fixture
Two Island features are not to be missed: Green Gables and the Confederation Center Theatre. Green Gables, built in the 1800s by relatives of Lucy Maud Montgomery, inspired the setting for her famous work of fiction, Anne Of Green Gables. The play version enjoys regular runs at the Confederation Center, along with a collection of other performances sure to please theater lovers.
Those traveling with children (or who are just young at heart) will enjoy a day trip to Rainbow Valley, Atlantic Canada’s largest privately owned fun park, a mere quarter mile away from Green Gables. The 40-acre amusement park offers three boating lakes, six boats, many rides, six waterslides, live and animated shows, gift shops, games room, food outlets, etc.
An Island summer evening is unforgettable
Whether you’re planning to spend your summer holiday in the big cities, rural settings, or on the world famous sandy beaches, a visit to Prince Edward Island will yield a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories.
Photographs for this issue courtesy of Tom Rath, Country Inns PEI