PEI to Nova Scotia

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Aug 01 ~ Day #83
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Current Location: Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia

Today’s Total Expenses: $89.00

Transportation: $69.00
Accommodation: $20.00

Is It Just Us?

At this point I’ve got to ask myself if we’re different from other people. I can’t imagine that we would be that different.

However, we weren’t that impressed with Prince Edward Island.

Yes, the scenery was beautiful – rolling hills, lots of farms, very green.

In Search of a Quaint Fishing Village.

I really, really want to see what I have in my imagination as a typical, quaint fishing village.

You know – colourful fishing boats, nets drying in the sun on a weathered old wharf mixed with open-air cafes – that kind of thing. Like you see in pictures and travel magazines.

PEI Coastal Drives

I suppose we could have taken some of the PEI Coastal drives. I’m sure the scenery would have been enchanting but we have spent SO MUCH time in the car already that the idea of spending more time driving really didn’t appeal to me.

On top of that, when I explained what I was looking for to people living on PEI they couldn’t really say that I’d find the type of village I was seeking – so we decided to move on.

Wood Island Ferry VS Confederation Bridge

The only ways to get on or off of Prince Edward Island is by the Confederation Bridge or the Wood Island Ferry.

Whatever way you choose to get on the island, there is no charge. You are only charged when you leave.

Presently, the charge on the Confederation Bridge is $42.50 for a passenger vehicle. The charge for the ferry is $69.00 which includes a $5.00 fuel surcharge. Also, if you reserve your space on the ferry ahead of time there is an additional $5.00 charge.

Even though the ferry was more expensive, we decided to leave the island that way for two reasons:

  • because it would be a more interesting and pleasant experience than more driving.
  • we were headed to Nova Scotia anyway and the ferry, which goes to Pictou, headed us in the direction we wanted to go.

We arrived a little more than an hour before sailing time, without a reservation, and were still able to get on.

It was an enjoyable journey on a bright, sunny day with only light winds.

I had hoped we might see some seals, dolphins or even whales during the crossing, but it was not to be.

Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Our destinations for the next two days are Peggy’s Cove and Lunenburg as we are still in search of the fishing village of my imagination and also on a quest to have perfect fish & chips on a wharf overlooking the ocean.

East River Lodge and Campground

We got a warm welcome at the East River Lodge campground in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. We found them through the lodgings booklet provided by Nova Scotia Tourism.

It was a warm evening and we settled in quickly. I fell off to sleep with visions of boats and fishing nets dancing my head.

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