Charlottetown and Charlotte's Shore
Fort Amherst: Port-La-Joye National Historic Site: This site commemorates the first French settlement on Prince Edward Island and the British fort that later occupied the area. An interpretative centre illustrates local history and there are great views of Charlottetown Harbour and Hillsborough Bay from atop the grassy remains of the British earthworks.
Island Chocolates Company: As we tour the coast to Victoria-by-the-Sea, there are wonderful views of the red cliffs and shallow bays of the Northumberland Strait shoreline. Protected by the landmasses of both the PEI and the mainland, this shore boasts the warmest saltwater bathing north of the Carolinas. At the Island Chocolates Company you can watch as fruit and fine liqueur cream centres are hand-dipped in pure, smooth Belgian chocolates. Nutty clusters special moulds and solid lobsters emerge from a sea of chocolate. If you indulge your sweet tooth please remember to save some appetite for lunch at one of the local restaurants.
Cape Traverse: This monument is a replica of the wooden iceboats that were the only means of crossing the Northumberland Strait until 1917. It honours the courageous men who rowed, sailed and often towed the boats over the partially frozen waters of the strait before the days of car ferries and world-famous bridges.
Confederation Bridge: Gateway Village: A short drive beyond the monument is the rising arch of the Confederation Bridge. Opened in June of 1997, this is one of the world's longest continuous marine span bridges. The fourteen kilometre crossing to the mainland used to take forty-five minutes by ferry but takes only fifteen minutes by car. There will be time to take pictures and explore a multimedia, interactive exhibit on the Island's transportation history during a stop in Gateway Village.
Charlottetown: On the return trip we will travel through rolling farmland where the fields of alfalfa, wheat, corn, soya and potatoes form a patch work quilt landscape. 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.