Thinking of a fall road trip already? What about PEI?

Posted By: John Moore · 6/12/2014 6:22:00 AM

Always great to visit with Chef Lynn Crawford.  She was here to talk about the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference which of course was the historical meeting that led to the birth of Canada.  If you've never been to PEI, why not consider that for your next big road trip?

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  1. JohnH_6636 posted on 06/12/2014 05:18 PM
    Went in 2005 with family when kids were 6 and 8, no laptops, smartphones, just a hotel phone book and a destination. Over 4,000km of driving during 2 1/2 weeks, and I missed many things in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and even Cape Breton, and don't believe PEI is tiny and quick to drive, it is far hillier and roads are very twisty in parts.
    Always take ferry ride from Pictou, and Bridge to NB coming back as bridge is cheaper, and you only pay to leave the island. I stayed close to Cavendish and in Summerside, loves Sam's in Cavendish, and the ocean is cold in August. I missed Meat Cove off of the Cabot Trail, use 3 days for the trail and spend a night in Baddeck. Not PEI, but go anyway.
  2. Christine Smith posted on 06/13/2014 11:01 AM
    I'm not a fan of PEI for two main reason: it's boring and it's expensive. I wouldn't do it again and I don't recommend it to others. If you're going east, I'd suggest doing anything Fundy-related in NB, enjoy the live music and culture of Halifax, enjoy the warm beaches and fossils of the North Shore (north and south of Amherst, respectively) of NS, Cape Breton's Cabot Trail and the wonderful culinary and cultural adventure that is St John's, NL.

    I'm probably in the minority - seems most Canadians drink the PEI Kool-Aid, but it didn't live up to the hype for me.
  3. Daniel J. Christie posted on 06/13/2014 12:04 PM
    I was in PEI exactly a year ago and wish I could be there for the 150th. Had a great time. Carr's Oyster House in Stanley Bridge was a real PEI treat -friendly people with great stories and fresh Malpeques. So too that tiny corner lobster house in Charlottetown. And the Legislature, about the size of a suburban rec room but so steeped in history it's almost eerie. Hard to believe that's where it all began. Checking out of the Best Western we ran into Ray Sawyer, more commonly known as Dr. Hook who, grabbing the PEI vibe, allowed pictures in the parking lot that will never show up on the cover of the Rolling Stone. Never did find Mike Duffy's place and couldn't care less about Dion Phaneuf's big fat wedding. Both are the opposite of what PEI is all about -unpretentious relaxing. I miss it so much I just might do it all again.
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