Charlottetown - North Shore Craft and Beach Tour
Tough small in size, Prince Edward Island is Canada's largest producer of table stock potatoes and ships seed potatoes to more than twenty countries around the world. During the tour you will see some of the more than 100,000 acres of land under cultivation. The neat rows of bushy green plants are bright green in spring and topped with white, pink and purple blossoms during the summer. In the fall, farmers are busy turning the red soil and harvesting the abundant crops.
Dalvay Cottage Crafts: The artisans at Dalvay Cottage Crafts create distinctive stained glass gifts and make lamps on site where visitors can watch the process. Nearby is the elegant Dalvay-By-The-Sea summer hotel. Built in 1895, it was once the estate of Cincinnati oil tycoon Alexander MacDonald. Fans of the television show "Road to Avonlea" will recognize this building as the "White Sands Hotel."
Prince Edward Island National Park: Red foxes prowl in the 18-metre high sand dunes while mink, muskrat, and raccoons hunt the marshes. With more than 200 species of birds nesting in the area, it's a wildlife lover's paradise. Keep a particular eye on the marsh for hawks and Great Blue Heron.
Dunes Studio Gallery and Cafe: This striking complex overlooks water gardens and dunes. The gallery features fine crafts by seventy Canadian artists and you can watch local artisans Athrow@ award winning pottery. The Island Art Gallery features paintings, prints, photos and sculptures by leading artists. You will also want to visit the roof garden and 4th floor lookout.
Gaudreau Fine Woodworking Studio: After following the Blue Heron Scenic Drive from Rustico Bay to South Rustico we will stop at the Gaudreau Fine Woodworking Studio. Designer accessories such as mirrors, bowls and trays are handcrafted on the premises and observation windows allow you to view the craftspeople as they do fine inlay work with various hardwoods.
Charlottetown: During the return trip we will travel through rolling farmland where the fields of alfalfa, wheat, corn, soya and potatoes turn the landscape into patchwork quilt. A quick overview of Charlottetown will introduce you to Canada's smallest provincial capital. Named for Charlotte, the consort of King George III, this historic city is proud of its British flavour and historic reputation as the "Birthplace of Canada."
There are cool winds and gravel paths on this tour. Please dress with this in mind.