Friday, June 28, 2013

Rain, Green Gables, and Jelly

Travel Day 15 -- KOA Cornwall/Charlottetown,PE (46.213056, -63.186944)

Rain was on the menu all day today. Although it was a good day to stay inside, you can't afford to do that when your caravan will be stopped here for only a day or two. If you want to see anything, you have to get out every day no matter the weather. So today we went sightseeing to the north shore of PEI.

Our first stop was at Prince Edward Island Preserve Company in New Glasgow.

We spent a couple hours here tasting our way through the wide assortment of Hot Sauce, Preserves, Fruit Sauces and Syrups, BBQ Sauces, Salsas, Cranberry Sauce, and Spices.

Their products are available in several different sizes and gift box combinations. As a bonus they ship anywhere in North America for $10. We put together three assortments of 125ml jars for Tricia, Amy, and Naomi, and then bought some for us.

I took this quote from their website
We love good tasting food, good caring people and Prince Edward Island. We have made it our mission to produce or purvey good tasting food; making sure that the highest quality farm gate produce and ingredients are used. Food was the beginning but we have grown to include a wide range of services including restaurant, gift shop, and gardens.

On to Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish.

Michelle has been anticipating this stop since before the caravan started. This is the home of L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Michelle enjoyed our visit here and I learned a lot.

Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written as fiction for readers of all ages, the literary classic has been considered a children's novel since the mid-twentieth century. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, a young orphan girl mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who have a farm on Prince Edward Island and who had intended to adopt a boy to help them. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school and within the town.Wikipedia

The story has of course been made into several films

We left Heritage Place and moved on to Avonlea Village a short distance down the road. This is a commercial theme park with a significant entrance fee. The parking lot was empty and it was raining hard, so we decided to press on.

The tourism industry on PEI has divided the island into four regions and laid out several coastal drives as a good way to see the island and everything it has to offer.

After Green Gables, we tried to do the "Points East Costal Drive" to East Point Lighthouse. This drive takes you around the perimeter of region 4. We made it to Prince Edward Island National Park -- in the US it probably would be designated a national seashore.

We soon decided East Point Lighthouse was too far and the rain was making the day miserable. After a short distance along the northern shore of the island, we gave up, turned around, and headed back to the campground where we settled for late lunch/early dinner at the China King Buffet in Cornwall. Nothing here to write about, so I won't.

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