Prince Edward Island: A Day in Canada's Smallest Province
Today, my journey brings me to the northernmost point of my route, nestled within the smallest Canadian province known as Prince Edward Island, or PEI for short.
The capital city, Charlottetown, serves as the heartbeat of the province. Its port, like many in this part of the world, is a bit chaotic yet brimming with an understated charm that is far from ordinary. I chose not to stick to a predetermined route this time, opting instead to meander and take in the sights at my own pace.
PEI is best known for its distinctive red soil, a unique geological feature that gives its many beaches a charming, rose-tinted hue. In the heart of Charlottetown, you'll find an impressive sandcastle replica made of this very soil. Standing tall among quaint local souvenir stalls, this model encapsulates the essence of PEI's main attraction—its red sand beaches.
Its rich red soil is due to a high iron-oxide (rust) content, lending the Island's sand its unique colour.
The city's wooden, historic buildings didn't particularly pique my interest. Still, they offer a slice of the past and lend a sense of authenticity to the cityscape. Scattered throughout the port, you'll find local stalls peddling homemade soaps and jams, a delightful treat for anyone interested in PEI's homegrown produce
As I ventured further into the city, leaving the port behind, I found myself immersed in the calm serenity of this provincial town. Despite its peaceful ambience, Charlottetown is dotted with cosy cafes and restaurants serving up the day's catch in a variety of delectable seafood dishes.
One unexpected encounter was with two gentlemen statues, clad in frock coats and top hats, frozen in the middle of an intense conversation. These bronze figures, lost in time, add a quirky, artistic flair to Charlottetown's streets.
They stand against the backdrop of the local cathedral, an architectural marvel that defies the small-scale norm of this quaint town, green and red trees encircle the structure. They're just beginning to unfurl their leaves at the end of May, their red foliage offering a vibrant contrast against the cathedral's grey walls. The building itself has a reddish tint to its blocks and bricks—perhaps they're composed of the local soil, another nod to the province's characteristic red landscape.