Charlottetown and Anne's Land Tour

Approximately 3 hours

Along the Northumberland Strait side of the Island we will start our tour at Victoria Park. First you will see the Lt. Governor's Mansion, and our first stop will be beside the cannons which guard the entrance to Charlottetown Harbor at Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site which was remodeled in 2006.

Named after the long-legged slate-blue Heron common along the water's edge, the northern section of the Blue Heron Drive is probably the most travelled road on the Island as it passes through the Cavendish and PEI National Park region.

At Winsloe North we often stop in to see the Cheese Lady for some traditional Dutch-style Gouda (we like the herbed flavour) and to say hello to her llamas.

Rustico has a monument to Georges-Antoine Belcourt who was a parish priest who went on to found the Farmer's Bank as Canada's first credit union for the benefit of local farmers. The Farmers' Bank (highway 243 next to St Augustine's Church) is an 1864 brownstone structure, and is the smallest bank ever chartered in Canada . The Farmers' Bank of Rustico, a National Historic Site, operated from 1864 to 1894 as the first people's bank and is credited with being "the precursor of the credit union movement in North America ." The bank currently is home to a museum, the museum describes the settlement of the community by the Acadians and the establishment of the bank. The second floor offers a new exhibition each year, and genealogical centre. See exhibits including the bank's own $5 note.

At North Rustico enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk edging the bay and admire the weathered bait sheds. You can visit the new museum which interprets the lobster fishery or visit the harbor souvenir shop.

From here we continue our journey to Cavendish and will visit the National Park, where miles of white sand beaches present a coastline of fragile beauty. The Park protects the strips of sand and delicate dunes. Then on to Green Gables Homestead where thousands come to see the home which inspired L.M. Montgomery to write the novel Anne of Green Gables, about the red-haired orphan who captured the hearts of readers around the world. The modest farm home is just part of a site which also includes an extensive program to interpret Montgomery 's time and the lifestyle of rural PEI in the early 1900s. Enjoy the charm of a walk through the Haunted Wood often described by Montgomery in her novels.

We than escort you to the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company which manufactures and sells high quality specialty foods made primarily from Island produce. The foods include preserves, vinegar, fruit sauces, syrups and barbecue sauce. The company's main site is a restored 1913 butter factory in New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island. This building houses the processing operation, a seasonal retail business, a 90 seat seasonal restaurant and a mail order business, all operating as one company.

Finally we head back to Charlottetown and the drop-off location of your choice via The National Park's expansive beaches at Brackley, CoveHead and the 1896 Victorian mansion Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site.