Updated: Sep 26, 2018
I've wanted to travel to East Canada for as long as I can remember.
I have memories of vacationing there with my family when I was little. It's that nostalgic feeling and those memories of being there together on the sandy beach, enjoying fresh cooked lobsters. That deep-set memory had me longing to return, this time with my children.
Prince Edward Island did not disappoint!
I fell deeply in love with Prince Edward Island and here are my top reasons why!
1) The Weathered Buildings
The incredible texture, chipped paint and undeniable character left me wondering about their stories. Each fishing hut had its own untold past. It left me curious about all the generations of fishermen that headed back to these little huts after their long journyes on the open ocean. How many more fisherman will call this hut their own? I want to know more!
2. Simpler Times
We visited Anne of Green Gables homestead while on the island (as I'm sure everyone does). Anne of Green Gables is a part of Prince Edward Island history and you can tell locals are proud of that. We happily stepped back into a simpler time and it was wonderful.
Green Gables Heritage Place https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/pe/greengables
There's so much beauty in the slower living of the East Coast. No one seems to be in a rush; time just moves a little bit slower and it's wonderful to embrace while you're there. The change is refreshing.
3. The Wildflowers
It was as if wildflowers grew everywhere. They weren't everywhere of course but it really did feel that way. I adored driving down winding dirt roads and seeing all the deep shade of violet catching my eye. We even picked up some Lupine seeds at a charming local market in Summerside to bring some of that beauty and floral scent home.
Summerside Market: https://www.facebook.com/SummersideFarmersMarket/
“I wish we could see perfumes as well as smell them. I'm sure they would be very beautiful.” -L.M Montgomery, Anne of the Island.
4. The Colours
I fell in love with all the beautiful colours of Price Edward Island. The red earth is one of the island's most famous characteristics but there are so many other amazing colours to take in.
Buildings are delightfully painted with bright and bold shades. As you can see from my photos, dark rust and bright turquoise blue were a couple of my favourites!
Rolling hills are everywhere with the most stunning shades of green, and the majestic ocean with its deep shades of blue and greys. I could have spent hours just standing, admiring the power and beauty of the Atlantic.
“She seemed to walk in an atmosphere of things about to happen.” Anne of Avonlea
5. The Winding Red Roads of Prince Edward Island
The red soil of Prince Edward Island is simply incredible.
The rich earth, with its deep tones is nothing like I've seen before and something that I'll never forget. You can see one of my favourite images from our trip below-my daughter is walking towards the ocean, following the red dirt road, ready to embark on her adventure!
"You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves." -Lucy Maud Montgomery
The salt in the air, the ocean breeze, the rolling hills, the burst of colour the red soil brings. Stopping to smell the wild flowers and taking in the surrounding beauty becomes almost as natural as breathing and of course, lobster suppers!
There is something so spellbinding about Prince Edward Island. I feel as if I took a small part of it home with me. Either that or a part of me was left behind. I'm still trying to figure out which one but either way I'm ok with it. I plan on returning one day and reuniting with the island. Thank you Prince Edward Island!