Trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada
I have wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since reading Anne of Green Gables and all of the following books in the Anne Series by L. M. Montgomery - so since around age 12 or 13. The books I am referring to are pictured above. With that background in mind, it is fitting to say that this trip had been a long time coming. One of the main reasons I was so intrigued to see the island for myself is how Montgomery describes it throughout the series - it's basically a character all its own and you can tell, by how she writes of the setting and the locale, that she just adored the small island.
Andy and I drove from Bangor, Maine up to Canada - more on our time in Maine in another upcoming post. It was actually my first trip to Canada, despite living in Wisconsin for most of my life. My passport wasn't stamped, but it was a very easy trip overall, so there are no complaints. I actually love that we decided to take a rental car and drive. It allowed us to see more of Canada. It is such a beautiful place! We were also then able to see the Confederation Bridge in all of its mind-bending glory. This is a bridge that connects the island with the rest of Canada. It extends for about 8 miles.
It took us about 6-7 hours to drive from Bangor, Maine to the place we were staying in Prince Edward Island, an Airbnb aptly called Lilac Cottage. It was a small, simple, and clean cottage, with a view of the ocean and certainly did not lack for charm. We were only there for 2 nights, but the space was just perfect for us. A little breakfast nook from Lilac Cottage is pictured below - the whole place had lace curtains, like the ones pictured here - a detail that I personally loved.
The first item on our agenda was to see the Prince Edward Island National Park. It's actually split into three separate areas and is rather large when you consider all three portions and the rest of the island. From what we could tell, the Cavendish area of the park prominently features the red cliffs that the island is famous for. Most of the soil, though, shares its color with the red cliffs. This is due to the high iron-oxide content of the soil all across the island.
The sand dunes make up another portion of the national park - you can see one below, next to a lighthouse on the national park. Something that we loved about the park and just Canada in general - entry to all of the national parks were free this year due to the Canadian Park Service celebrating 150 years. So if you're thinking about visiting some national parks in Canada, 2017 would be the year to do it! I wish we could say that we planned this perfectly, but it was more of lucky timing than anything else.
Of course, no trip to PEI would be complete without visiting the Anne of Green Gables locations. We spent a good portion of our time there visiting the Green Gables Heritage Site, the site of L.M. Montgomery's childhood home, and the L.M Montgomery National Historic Site.
Built to resemble Green Gables from the Anne series, the Green Gables Heritage Site was amazing as someone who has read all of the books. The attention to detail was outstanding and much appreciated. We toured the home - due to there being so many details that I loved/was inspired by, I plan on doing a separate post about the design found there. I found so many parallels to how people are living and decorating their space today - something I really was not expecting.
We walked from the Green Gables Heritage Place to the site of L.M. Montgomery's childhood home. The building itself was not preserved - but the site still remains.
Avonlea, the fictional town in the series, was also recreated and brought to life. We stopped by for a quick visit.
Overall, I found the island itself is incredibly unique. The red cliffs were even more beautiful than I imagined or could fully capture. Prince Edward Island also had a different vibe from anywhere else I have visited before. It was incredibly rural, but also had the laid back nature that's found on most islands, with friendly people and stunning vistas. We both loved it, and I am so glad that I was finally able to make the trip a reality.