Day 66 – 13th September (Shediac to Fox Harbour via PEI)

In my haste to get yesterday’s blog post published, I omitted a few photos that might have been of interest.

Chalk drawing on a Shediac street
As above – the inevitable lobster
As above – a macaw
Street art in Shediac
Looks fishy to me. No idea what was happening here

Right. Breakfast was the same strange experience as yesterday as there didn’t really appear to be any alternative.

We were so taken by Prince Edward Island yesterday that we decided to favour it with another visit, as we had plenty of time before arriving at our next destination and it was (sort of) on the way.

Back across this incredible bridge, but this time we made it a mission to get a side-on picture. I think we succeeded. You decide.

An amazing sight
Jean took this one

Great start.

There are three “official” drives around the island – one west, one middle and one east. The middle one was the shortest – a mere 157 miles! The eastern drive was 295 miles – it’s a pretty big island.

Whilst acknowledging we didn’t have a lot of time, we thought we’d try and do as much of the central drive as we could.

Jean discovered a very useful entry online, which guided us for what little we could actually do of this drive. Apologies for the adverts.

Central Coastal Drive PEI: The Top Things To See

This was written for the drive being anticlockwise. As we were doing it clockwise, it took some brow-furrowing to work out what was best to see and what to skip.

After the bridge, our first stop was Kensington, not particularly noteworthy in its own right, but had an interesting ex-railway station which was now a (closed) pub. An excellent café juxtaposed for a quick coffee and scone.

We were heading towards the north of the island on this leg, amid constant references to the book “Anne of Green Gables” by Laura Maud Montgomery. I have heard of this book, and there is even a film of the same name, but I know absolutely nothing about it. It seems to be about this neck of the woods. Museums and everyfink. If we’d had more time, we would have stopped to learn more, but we had to move on.

Next was French River, with some lovely views.


We pressed on eastwards across the north coast through the PEI National Park to the site of the New London lighthouse.

Lots of dunes, a disused lighthouse and a nice beach, but not a lot else.

We passed through a rather touristy town called Cavendish, heading to North Rustico, where there was supposed to be a nice harbour and fishing village.

All quite attractive, but we couldn’t find the fishing village bit. Rather frustrating, but at this point we had to head to our next port of call, the Fox Harb’r (yes, the apostrophe is intended) resort in Nova Scotia.

So, a quick blast across this lovely island (Jean wants to live here 😉) and back across the Confederation Bridge. It would have been really nice to have spent a week looking around PEI in more detail, but of course you don’t know that until you visit a place.

A most interesting drive ensued in rural New Brunswick, but at some point, without any ceremony or notification, we crossed into Nova Scotia. This got even more rural, with twisty roads and some dodgy cambers and surfaces, but very little traffic, serene and peaceful. Super. Really enjoyed it. So much space!

Arrived at the resort, and turned into this extraordinarily lavish place. More photos tomorrow, but we had to announce our presence before the gates ponderously opened to admit us.

It was at least a half-mile drive to Reception through a gobsmacking golf course. We checked in with a sense of unreality, but yes, we were expected. Wow!

Got the formalities done and drove to our room. The resort is arranged with “houses” , each containing suites of various types.

Somewhat dazed, we got to the right place. We haven’t taken pictures of our rooms very often on this trip, but this deserved some attention. Amazing.

Jacuzzi bath. Jean tried this and pronounced herself satisfied. Underfloor heating as well!
Our very own lounge, with gas fire
Ocean view (just)
The “house”

There are two onsite restaurants, one casual, the other fine dining. We walked to the building housing both of these, which was quite a way, and on entering, a gent offered to assist, casting a disapproving look at my shorts. We explained that we were here for the casual dining option downstairs, at which point he relaxed. We booked the fine dining option for tomorrow night, but I must wear “long pants”. Oh, OK. Will do….

Excellent meal in what is basically an upmarket pub bar. Jean had a lobster roll, a speciality in these parts, and enjoyed it. I had a burger and fries. Spot-on, and not ruinously expensive. Great, if over-chatty, service, too.

Back to our suite to enjoy the space. For the first time in quite a while, I unpacked my whole suitcase!

There actually appears to be a lot to do in the resort, but at this point our intention tomorrow is to have a look around and get more of a feel for this huge place. A very nice change to have such unexpected luxury and a real chance to relax.

I imagine tomorrow’s post will be a lot shorter as a result. Sighs of relief all round, I’m sure!

See you tomorrow.

12 responses to “Day 66 – 13th September (Shediac to Fox Harbour via PEI)”

  1. Enjoying these posts, this recent hotel looks amazing!

    1. It’s brilliant, Lesley. The best so far by quite a distance. We were expecting something reasonably upmarket, but this has exceeded our expectations. Another rest day in prospect…..

      1. Definitely! If you can squeeze it in, so much to see I imagine, maybe another trial of the spa bath will suffice 😁

      2. The spa bath got used to do the washing today. These things are important, you know! 🤣

      3. I am strangely very impressed by that..

      4. Ah, well – it takes all sorts! 🤣 Hope you and yours are keeping well. We have only just over a month left now 😮‍💨

  2. what an amazing place you are staying in thats bigger than Henrys hous e at bow brickhill
    We watched a danish drame some time ago on the tv called the bridge and it connects Dennmark to Norway reported to be the longest bridge in europe
    How long was this bridge?
    Jean you really rather live on that island than wonderful Cranfield i cant imagine why!

    Chris you are a pleb eating burger and chips you should be eating something exotic like Jean was having her lobster roll !

    1. The bridge is 8 miles long and is the longest in the world over ice-covered water.

      I accept the point about my burger-eating status, but it was what I fancied and it was a proper burger! Ace!

      1. i will let you off Chris !

      2. Thanks, Adele!

  3. I wish I had known you were visiting PEI as I have an ex colleague who lives there and runs a B&B, she and her husband would have shown you the highlights of the island, if you ever go back let me know and I will make sure you meet up.

    1. Hi, Dawn – it wasn’t on our official itinerary, but we decided to visit on the spur of the moment. Very glad we did – it’s a lovely place.

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