Joe & Marcia - Road Trip to the Canadian Maritimes travel blog


We rolled south on 11 through farms, rivers, estates, harvested peat bogs, and First Nations lands.

We crossed Centennial Bridge; someone flipped the switch to English. We had lunch (smoked meat sandwiches, something between corned beef and pastrami) at the Portage Restaurant in Miramichi.

Away from the coast, we cruised through woods, bogs, and marshes, encountering construction twice. We reached Cape Jouramin and crossed Confederation Bridge, which is eight miles long. The island is full of rolling hills and farms, especially potatoes, which are supposed to be extra good due to the soil (which is red like that in Georgia).

This is the first place which is very "touristy" so we'll have to look for "authentic" experiences.

PEI tidbits:

The island is named for Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria.

The smallest province, PEI produces 25% of Canada's potatoes.

Known as "Birthplace of Confederation" or "Cradle of Confederation", referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, although PEI did not join Confederation until 1873, when it became the seventh Canadian province. This year, PEI is celebrating 150 years since the Conference.



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