Enjoying Links and Lobsters on Prince Edward Island
We had two days at sea while traveling from Saguenay, Canada to Prince Edward Island. These days on board are often busier than those in port. We currently have a great lecturer on board who spoke one day about the history of the French people who were expelled from Canada after the French & Indian War.
There is also plenty of exercise to be had on the walking track, this week bundled up against the wind. And, after that, we visited Damon in the golf simulator for a few tips before Monday’s outing scheduled in PEI.
Early Monday morning our anchor dropped in the harbor of Charlottetown which is the capital. PEI is one of the three Maritime Provinces; the smallest province in both land area and population and the only one to have no land boundary. With a total land area of about 2,000 square miles, it is mainly an agricultural economy and produces 25% of Canada’s potatoes.
Our golf excursion was set to depart at 9:15 and 12 of us met in the Plaza before heading to the tender. We got to see a lot of the island during our 35-minute drive to the Golf Links at Crowbush Cove. It’s a beautiful but difficult course that has some holes winding along the beach punctuated with crashing waves.
There were also many water holes, countless bunkers and undulating greens.
It was a beautiful day with mild temperatures and a bit of wind. At the end of the round we were all happy we had completed it relatively unscathed and made plans for dinner during our trip back to the Ship.
PEI’s location makes it a good place to enjoy seafood. Friends from the Ship were anxious to try mussels and I was looking for lobster, so we headed for town and a reservation at the Brickhouse.
Dinner was fun with the mussels a success and fresh haddock for others. No whole lobster so it was a lobster roll for me.
On Tuesday morning we decided to set out for a long walk and then look for a restaurant that friends recommended the night before.
There is an extensive biking/walking route called the Confederation Trail which extends for 290 miles across the island. After a few missteps we were trekking along the gravel path and seeing yet another part of the city. At three miles we turned around and re-traced our steps back to town where we easily located Simm’s Corner.
The weather was still mild but the outdoor seating was full so we were happy to settle into a table by the window and people-watch. They did offer fresh lobster which we split along with salads and an order of frites. It was a leisurely lunch, lasting about 2 hours but there was a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that kept us company.
On the way back to the ship we wandered down the main street and admired the way the buildings have been preserved and updated.
The final stop before the tender pier was at Cow’s for ice cream. The charming building is nestled in a section of the waterfront with other appealing shops and restaurants. We had to stand in line quite a while but it was definitely worth it – some of the best, if not THE best, ice cream we have ever enjoyed.
So, that was it for PEI. Due to depart at 4:00 PM we were extended until 6:00 but were steaming out of the harbor about 5:45. A quiet night at home as we savored the excellent lunch and delightful day we spent.