Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far
July 31 ~ Day #82
Budget to date
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Miles by Road
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
Current Location: Cavendish, PEI
Today’s Total Expenses: $96.00
Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island
This morning we packed up our tent and headed over the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island.
We had been told by others that there is no charge to use the bridge to get onto PEI, you are only charged when you leave. Apparently the same is true of the Wood Island Ferry.
As we drove over the bridge, which is an impressive drive by the way, we got a quick glimpse of the charges for the bridge. We only saw one sign with the prices, so, if you miss it, you miss it, I guess.
Anyway, I was pretty sure the sign indicated that for a passenger vehicle the charge for the bridge was $42.50. That seemed pretty high to me, but it’s a pretty impressive engineering feat, too, so I guess it’s right.
And, like I said, you only get charged once, so that’s not a charge for each way – thank goodness!
Red Soil and Potatoes
You may or may not know that Prince Edward Island is pretty famous for its potato production. I think, if you’re Canadian, you’ll probably be aware of that fact, but maybe not.
Some Canadians may even remember the Stompin’ Tom Connors song about PEI, but now I think I may be really dating myself.
One thing that I certainly didn’t know about PEI is that the entire island, at least the parts we saw, seem to be completely covered with red soil. And, when it rains, red mud.
I actually found it fascinating.
We had decided to stay at Oasis in Cavendish, PEI. It’s Atlantic Canada’s only naturist resort.
It seemed kind of pricey – $40.00 to tent there – but every lot had water and electricity even though we only needed an unserviced lot for our tent.
It’s a tiny resort with a small swimming pool and there weren’t many people there during our stay.
Because of the price, we decided to stay only one night. Had their prices been a bit more reasonable we would have likely stayed a few days. Regular campgrounds in the area were more in the $20.00/day range.
However, as with most naturist resorts, everyone was friendly and welcoming.
I particularly wanted to see Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canadian Confederation, so, after setting up the tent we headed into the capital of PEI.
I was hoping for an impressive waterfront, but that wasn’t the case. It was difficult finding a parking spot, but when we did find one we grabbed it.
I had always thought that the place where confederation happened was called Confederation Hall, but, apparently, it’s called Province House.
We stopped into a museum near the waterfront to ask for directions and were pointed in the right direction and told to look for “the gray building that’s shaped like a Kleenex box”! Honest to goodness, that’s a quote. And you know what, he was right!
On the second floor of this particularly unimpressive building is the room where confederation happened.
I had hoped for something more impressive to mark the birthplace of my country, but, well, we Canadians in general are kind of low key, anyway – right?
Scenic Drive on Highway 6
Heading back from Charlottetown, we decided to take the scenic drive along Highway 6 expecting to see a lot of ocean and beach, but no such luck.
We got a little lost at one point and ended up heading into a Provincial Park. They wanted a fee, but we told them we just wanted to drive through and they let us proceed. However, we still didn’t get to see much ocean on the drive.
People we met at the pool in Oasis invited us to join them at their evening campfire and we were happy to accept.
It was a lovely evening with lots of lively, interesting conversation.
Thanks for inviting us.