September 15, 2018
Last night as we were looking ahead, we realized it didn’t make sense to go to Halifax and then to Digby to take an expensive ($326) ferry to St, John, NS. We have spent quite a bit of time in Halifax (where the camping is not as comfortable as we would like) and had the experience of the ferry. On top of that, we have a free night in this wonderful camp, promise of glorious weather and an opportunity to visit Charlottetown. Done! We booked a third night.
As promised, the weather is wonderful and even a bit warmer than yesterday. The drive to Charlottetown again was through rolling pastureland. All of the houses, barns and silos are so well kept that they are picture perfect.
The drive to Charlottetown took about 45 minutes and despite being a Saturday with a downtown festival we found a central place to park with adequate space for the rig. We were a bit dismayed to see this huge Norwegian Line cruise ship docked. Charlottetown has a population of only 36,000. That said, the streets where we went were not overrun with tourists. We think most went to Cavendish to see Anne of Green Gables!
We wanted to go to the farmer’s market and the tourist office said there was one near the UPEI about a half hour walk away. We walked up George Street a main street which has nothing of particular interest but fast food, laundries etc. UPEI together with the federal Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food's Charlottetown Experimental Farm (also known as Ravenwood Farm), comprise a large green space surrounded by the city. We wandered through the experimental farm and found a woman who told us where to find the market. As it turned out, there was a lovely confederation trail from the heart of town to the market which the tourist office neglected to point out. We bought some PEI potatoes and cherry tomatoes and walked the trail back to town.
We wandered around the historic area (Charlottetown is the birthplace of the confederation) for a bit and then sat on the patio at the Merchantman Seafood restaurant. No place was really crowded and the weather was a perfect fall day. Bob ordered nachos (!) which were unique to PEI, made with potato chips, light cheese, onions, jalapenos and drizzled with a spicy ranch like dressing. Really good. I had curried PEI mussels and Bob curry. Agritourism is about to end!!!
Bob went swimming while I made dinner, organized pictures and wrote the blog (my typical day end activities. Dinner tonight is grilled Asian marinated pork loin with garden fresh salad from PEI. 2016 Don David reserve Malbec.
Now have to determine our destination for tomorrow. We are supposed to get rain overnight and tomorrow morning.