We headed for Campbell’s Cove RV Park at the far east end of PEI. The park sits adjacent to Campbell’s Cove Provincial Park. The park was a disappointment. Soft, lumpy ground, 20 amp and no wifi. It did not help that it is a grey, windy, cold day. This end of the island is remote, and I had envisioned being on the beach, going for walks and reading books. Alas, the weather gods were not in our favor. It was scheduled to be windy, cold and rainy for the next 3 days. We decided to moved on to our next planned stop closer to the Charlottetown region.
Our next scheduled park was the Northumberland Provincial Park. This park is located in the Wood Islands area. Very close to the ferry that we will be taking to get to Nova Scotia. It does not open until June 5th. So we stopped in at the Visitor Center, asked a few questions, checked out handy apps and found River RV Campground in Murray River about 15 miles back in the direction we came from.
River RV Campground is a Passport America Park, no restrictions. That means 50% off. The rates are still off season, so instead of $28 (includes tax) a night, it is $14. Our site is right on the river. Full hook up w/30 amp, and reliable free wifi with a surprising speedy performance. I hated leaving this spot. It just has that it factor for me. A juvenile bald eagle came to visit on our little beach. Even at a young age, this bird is huge.
This region is referred to as Charlottetown as I described in my first blog post about PEI. We took a day and backtracked to be sure and get the full exposure to the Points East Coastal Drive. Really beautiful.
Charlottetown is the capital of PEI and the location of start of the "Confederation". The beginning of Canada and it's provinces. The legislative building is currently under renovation. In fact, it will be closed 3 to 5 years. We stopped in the visitor center for maps. There is a great self guided walking tour of the town that takes you along the wharf and through some neighborhoods, Victoria Row ( shopping area). A must see is the St. Paul's Church.
I know I am starting to sound like a broken record, but I came down with an upper respiratory infection that has really knocked me down. There are a few shopping/touring opportunities we skipped. Nevertheless, we managed to capture the essence of PEI.
July and August are the busy season for PEI with festivals and music events. All the campgrounds are open then as well.