• Photo Worthy

    Places and Things:

    Part 1 – Structures If this is your first time to Prince Edward Island, you want to make sure you hit all the high points. To make it easy for you I created a checklist –  25 Instagrammable Spots to hit in PEI and placed it in this blog post. For those who have already scratched the surface and are ready to dig a little deeper, read on. This will be the first of a series of 5 posts where we’ll explore places and things you may not have seen or photographed yet. This first post discusses structures such as lighthouses, churches, and bridges. Future posts will focus on food,…

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    Where to Stay

    Where to stay in PEI Part 2 — Campgrounds

    Click here to see Part 1 — Cottages Even given PEI’s high level of tourism you might still be surprised at the range of camping options you can find here. Camping options run the full length of the luxury-roughing it spectrum. On the luxury end there is glamping (that’s “glamourous camping”) and RV campgrounds. And the options continue through well-serviced sites with plenty of amenities all the way to the other the end of the spectrum. At the other end are “barebones all-the-way-back-to-nature” locations where tents are set up where ever the ground is flat enough. Here, the hot water only happens if you boil it. So, let’s start on…

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    Where to Stay

    Where to stay in PEI? Part 1 – Cottages

    “Where should we stay in PEI?” is a question with many answers. The first answer should be, “it depends”. Of course, it all depends on a number of factors such as: Factors to Consider: What are you planning to do while you’re there? How many people are in your group? Are you looking for an outdoors experience? What’s your budget? Do you have children or pets coming with you? Are there mobility or disability issues you need to accommodate? What part of the island do you plan to see? Do you plan to stay in one place or will you be move around to multiple areas of the province? Once…

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    Ice Cream,  What to Eat

    PEI and Ice Cream – a great combination!

    If there is a single food that people think of as a summertime food, on vacation or not, it’s got to be ice cream. Maybe you like a classic flavour like vanilla, chocolate or strawberry> Others may prefer a gourmet flavour like Caramel Moochiato. Either way, it’s hard to beat eating an ice-cream cone on a hot summer day. Or, if you’re like my husband, it’s just hard to beat ice cream. A number of years ago, when our girls were young (and my husband was a lot younger too), we were in PEI for a week’s vacation. A little competitive, he set himself a goal of eating 14 double…

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    Photo Worthy

    A picture really is worth a thousand words

    “Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world” — Bruno Barbey For decades, after I returned home from a vacation, anxiety set in when I went to get my films developed. I often took multiple shots as there was no way to know if I had gotten a good shot or not. This added cost both in film and processing to any vacation. And forget any interesting filters or lenses, those were something only professionals used. Digital photography revolutionized not only the way people take pictures but what they take pictures of. However, the introduction of decent quality cameras built into smart phones really changed…

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    Cycling

    Seeing the island on two wheels

    “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” –  John F Kennedy Most visitors to Prince Edward Island arrive by car via the Confederation Bridge or the ferry that runs between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS. Some others arrive by air and still others arrive on a cruise ship. However, for those looking for a more active way to arrive on PEI, cycling is an obvious choice. There is a shuttle bus which operates 24/7 taking cyclists and their rides across the bridge for a round trip fee under $10. The shuttle is used as cyclists are not permitted to bike cross the Confederation Bridge Take the…

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    Tours/Day Trips

    Day Trips and Tours

    It seems many vacations are mostly about one thing…. beaches or golfing or camping or hiking or cycling, etc. But many vacations involve groups of people who don’t always have the same interests. Therefore, taking time for a few hours or even a day to switch things up by doing a tour or a day trip can really add some special memories to your trip. Sometimes a great day trip will happen with a spur of the moment idea. But, when traveling with children or older people, that seems to be the exception, not the rule. Some advanced planning will lead to a better experience for everyone when groups are…

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    Winter Activity

    Bundle up and get out there!

    While many of you will be on this site looking for information for visiting Prince Edward Island in the beautiful summer or colourful autumn seasons, there is fun to be had year round on PEI. Coming up very soon is the Jack Frost WinterFest in Charlottetown. This event is apparently the largest winter festival east of Quebec City. I know we have nothing like this in Halifax, that’s for sure. For 4 days (February 15th to 18th) you can enjoy both room temperature events and those a little chillier. Outdoor events are held at the Outdoor Snow Kingdom and include such things as a Coastal Tube Run, an interactive outdoor…

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    Running

    Running the roads in PEI

    Full disclosure: That picture above is not me! But, I have been running since I was a teenager as training for other sports. And as I got older, it was a form of both exercise and relaxation. While I now prefer other forms of exercise I’ve run in Canada, the US, and a number of Caribbean countries. But PEI was always one of my favourite places to run. I liked to combine a run with a family beach day so I’d often wear a swimsuit under my running gear. That was I could end my run by meeting up with my husband and girls at our favourite spot on the…