Mom and I hit the road on a Mid-October Tuesday morning to go to Prince Edward Island. It's a very small province on the east coast, one over from where we live in Nova Scotia. You can get to PEI via a car ferry near Pictou or by a 13 km long bridge from New Brunswick. We decided to go over via the bridge and back via the ferry. There's no fee to get onto the Island either way, you pay when you leave.
We stopped for lunch at a friend's house in Amherst and got across the bridge about mid afternoon. Just as you come off the bridge, there's a visitor centre, a group of businesses there, lots of local crafts and souvenirs and a coffee shop. We decided to browse in there for a little bit before heading onwards.
We thought it might be best to try to find the B&B before looking for a place to eat that evening. It was about an hour drive and then some from the bridge, to the north shore of the province. Judging from the map, the Inn was a little off the beaten track. The North Shore of PEI is where most of the big beaches and attractions are. New London Bay and French River, our destination, is on the western edge of that area, not far from the town of Summerside. We did overshoot the turn off road off route 6 but we found it ok after that. It's at the end of a gravel road once you turn off then off again *see review for the Inn for directions*. It's quiet. It's peaceful. The bay is there with a lighthouse.
We booked one of the Bed and Breakfast cottages. It was chilly but there's a heater in it. There's no television either. Well, there is, but it's only got a vcr hooked up to it. The main house has a video library for the guests to use.
We sorted outselves out and then asked the lovely lady that owned the inn where we could go for our evening meal. There is a small villlage called Stanley Bridge not far and she directed us to a restaurant there. This time of year, Mid October, most businesses, shops and restaurants are winding down as tourist season is ending.
Carr's Oyster Bar was the place. We are not oyster fans though but if you are, they have an extensive menu for that. We stuck with the familiar fish and chips but they were fabulous! They specialize in seafood but have burgers, pastas and salads too. We watched the fishing boats come in and saw a bald eagle flying low over the water as well!
Decided to make our way back to the Inn before it got dark so we could find it ok. We borrowed a video from the house and watched that and had a very good night's sleep.