Prince Edward Island (PEI) and Green Gables – Canada Day 87 – Tuesday, July 14 2015
Anne of Green Gables – a tourism saviour and National Historic Site.
If you did not know about Anne Shirley, her fictional home, and famous red-hair you soon did. From the overloaded gift shop, to the red wig you put on to be photographed, to the young Anne lookalikes roaming the park. Anne was everywhere.
Green Gables National Park was a well presented and very pleasant site. The walks through Lovers Lane and through the woods were peaceful and wooded after the crowds at the house.
We had a little difference of opinion over walking styles – amble or brisk! Which momentarily interrupted the sugar and spice of the visit.
Both the life of writer Lucy Maud Montgomery and her 1908 novel, “Anne of Green Gables” were shared by the guide and exploration of the park. Further enhanced by tour coordinator extraordinaire – Anne – animatedly reading to us from the book on our drive from the hotel to the site.
Dalvay-by-the-Sea was our lunch spot and here we got to here Carroll, our backseat companion play the piano. This followed a look around one of the hotels rooms and a hankering to leave the tour and camp out for a few days. Lovely old building.
After lunch a visit to the Dunelands Trail area of Prince Edward Island National Park. Not my favourite. An enthusiastic young guide leading a walk and talk on the local and crowded beach.
We heard much about, but could not see the lone endangered Piping Plover nesting across the water. Simulations and photos explained their nesting and fragility though a poor second best.
More local music. This time The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada. Preserving and promoting the Celtic heritage of PEI through teaching and sharing music and dance. Incredible pipers, drummers and other performers provided a lively evening.