As I’m sure you’ve probably noticed, the back-to-school season has made yet another appearance. The lazy summer days are over and study sessions and cold weather have returned. (Well, maybe not the cold weather just yet, but it’s coming!) It’s on those days when you really miss heat and sunshine, and start to think about all the fun things you did over summer break. I know I did some really exciting things over my summer, especially my trip to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island! My family and I traveled there in August, and it was an amazing experience! We visited landmarks such as Peggy’s Cove, and the Cabot Trail, went hiking, swimming, and tried new foods! So, if you would like to read more about our experience, keep scrolling!
To kick things off on our vacation, we first flew to Halifax, the historic capital of Nova Scotia. From there we drove to Peggy’s Cove.
Located on the shore of St. Margaret’s Bay in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Peggy’s Cove is a small fishing town, most famous for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse, which was established in 1868. It’s a beautiful area, the main focus being the rustic lighthouse. Surrounding it are many rocks and boulders, perfect for climbing. Beyond these is the ocean, which stretches as far as you can see. My favorite part was sitting on a boulder and gazing at the ocean, while on the other end of the spectrum, my little brother enjoyed jumping and climbing on every rock in sight. While leaping about he announced, “I have the body of a human and the soul of a mountain goat!”
After spending a day or two in Nova Scotia, we took a 3.5 hour drive to Prince Edward Island. To get there, we crossed the iconic Confederation Bridge. It is an 8 mile (12.9 km) long bridge that connects Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Built in 1993, the Confederation Bridge is an incredible feat of engineering, and the longest bridge in the world to cross icy waters. We drove across and finally arrived in PEI!
I was 6 when I first heard the story of Anne Shirley, the spunky red-headed girl with a wild imagination. Ever since then, visiting Prince Edward Island and Green Gables has been on my bucket list, and I am proud to say that after nine years of anticipation, I can officially cross it off!
The first thing we saw at the Green Gables Heritage Site was the house. This one is pretty obvious, but it looked almost exactly as I had imagined it! We were able to walk around the interior of the house and see all the rooms, including Anne’s. Then we visited Lover’s Lane and the Haunted Wood, which are two short trails at the location. It was easy to see how Lucy Maud Montgomery was inspired to write her novels there, because they were the perfect setting for some inspiration!
The next stop on our vacation was for my Mom and I – we attended a cooking class! The owners had converted an old church into a dining room and kitchen, and named it “The Table.” The name of the class we took was called “Hive to Table,” so we included honey in each of the dishes we prepared. We cooked some delicious honey mustard chicken, with honey glazed carrots and lavender honey potatoes. For dessert, we made a carrot cake with vanilla honey icing! It was hands down one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had!
We also visited many restaurants over the course of our trip, and ate lots of seafood! The main thing we had was lobster, and we tried it cooked all different ways! Lobster sandwiches, lobster burgers, lobster wantons, lobster ravioli, steamed lobster, you name it! We obviously loved the lobster, but we also tried mussels for the first time as well! They were delicious!
After spending some time in PEI, we crossed back to Nova Scotia on a ferry. Then we drove the Cabot Trail, which is located on Cape Breton Island and has been voted one of the most scenic drives in the world! The entire route is 185 miles (298 km), and creates a loop around the northern tip of the island. There’s lots of lookout stops along the way with some gorgeous views, and many beaches and trails to choose from! Towards the end we found a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy the sunset.
The last day of our trip we spent relaxing at the beach, where we built sandcastles, “surfed,” and played in the water!
We had a fantastic time on our vacation, and experienced many new things! We enjoyed the landmarks we got to see, as well as the delicious food we got to try! But the most important thing on this trip, was not the things we saw or did, but the memories we made. Our family will talk of this trip for years, and the memories we created will last forever.
Thank you for following us along on our journey to Nova Scotia and PEI, and have a great day!