Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – The perfect touristic island

The Bottle Houses are a curiosity at Cap Egmont. In the 80s Edouard Arsenault collected during four years before he passed away ten thousands of bottles and built small houses of them, big enough to walk in, embedding them into cement. There is a six-gabled house made from 12,000 bottles, a chapel from 10,000 and a tavern as well. His daughter laid out a well-groomed garden around the houses that is worth to be visited.

The island differs completely from the landscapes we have visited so far. Big farmsteads are enthroned on shallow hills, surrounded by huge tidy red potato fields. Cattle with shiny coat graze on large meadows. Prince Edward Island names itself “the gentle island”. That’s probably what it is. The island is gentle; the hills are soft, the coasts shallow and the drop-offs restrained. But that’s it. The national park on the north coast comes up with red and yellow sandy beaches, sand dunes, meadows and, as far you can say that from the North Atlantic, somehow warm water. The infrastructure outside the park is completely aimed at bathing tourism in summer. Cottages at campground, fast-food at restaurant, mini golf- at golf court, an in-between plenty of very individual amusement parks with colourful tortuous water chutes, roller coasters, and a wooden space shuttle. For parents with kids welcome attractions, nature lover as we are relieved that main season didn’t start yet.

Via the capital Charlottetown and the Confederation Bridge we are leaving PEI. The bridge toll (c$ 42.50 for two axles) has to be paid once on departure.

New Brunswick isn’t spectacular for the moment. The east coast reminds me of P.E.I., the south coast of Nova Scotia. There are endless forests, swamps, and moor. Conspicuous are the nobleman’s villas with at least three, four cars in front. Is lobster fishing at the coast that profitable?

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