I have wanted to visit PEI ever since I read ‘Anne of Green Gables’ as a child. It took me a few decades, but I got there. First stop: Charlottetown.
We headed north from Halifax to Truro, then to Amherst, Baie Verte, NB, and Port Elgin, NB, along the Trans-Canada Highway.
I have this unwritten law, where if there’s a song that goes with a place I’m visiting, I have to sing the song. Until that day, Sean had NO idea that Gene Pitney had a huge hit with ‘Trans-Canada Highway’ in the 70s. So really, it was also an educational road trip that we were on.
Anyway, we both felt the importance of driving onto Confederation Bridge – it was a bucket list moment that we were both excited about. 12km of bridge later, we landed on PEI.
We continued on the Trans-Canada to Charlottetown. If you’ve never been to PEI, you need to understand one thing: it’s pretty. Everywhere you look, it’s pretty. There is nothing unattractive about this island, no matter how hard you look. I wasn’t quite prepared for that. It’s no wonder Anne Shirley got so emotional and lyrical about the place.
Old red-brick buildings, clean streets, multiple bookshops (yes, that IS an important detail, and a gorgeous harbour. It wasn’t long before Sean and I were both considering how hard it might be to convince our respective partners to move there. If the truth is to be told, I’m not convinced either one of us has given up on the idea.
Have you, in all honesty, ever seen a more beautiful City Hall building? And just around the corner, adjoining it is the fire station, complete with ‘Big Donald’, the historic bell that was made in 1876.
Oh, Charlottetown, you pretty minx! I’m definitely coming back to see you.