Neil and Lois 50th Anniversary Trip travel blog

St Simon and St Jude Catholic Church

The pipe organ at St Simon and st Jude

Glass in the church

North Cape museum..notice the flags

Lighthouse at the North Cape of PEI

View from Lighthouse at West Point

Lighthouse at West Point has inn and restaurant attached

It's Father's Day, so I slept in until 6:45. Lois was up by 7:30 and we drove the western portion of PEI. There is a lot of farm land on PEI and a lot of potato farms. We learned that PEI is the largest producer of potatoes in Canada. We took the scenic Northern Cape coastal drive through Summerside and along the coast to the Northern Cape. On the way, we stopped in Tignish to visit a beautiful Catholic church (St Simon and St Jude Church). This church was built in the 1800's and has a Louis Mitchell Tracker Pipe Organ, that is one of four remaining in the world. It was installed around 1865. After leaving the church, Lois treated me to another fish dinner for Father's Day at Shirley's cafe in Tignish. From here we drove along the scenic route seeing fishing villages, harbors and lighthouses at all of the capes and points. When we arrived at North Cape, the wind was blowing so hard, you could hardly walk straight. There is an excellent museum at the North Cape, with an interpretive section on the history of lighthouses and ship wrecks that have occurred in this area and a very good interpretive on the harnessing of wind through windmills. There is a large windmill farm at the North Cape. The North Cape is the western most point on PEI and gets strong winds from 3 directions. It has the longest rock reef in the world and the lighthouse is very critical for ships in this area. We left North Cape and went down the coast to West Point that has the only lighthouse on PEI that has an inn and restaurant attached. It is also one of the few lighthouses that you can enter and take the 70 steep steps to the observation platform. From here we drove through Summerside and stopped at a dairy bar and had ice cream sundaes (more father's day stuff).

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