Thanks to the people at Experience PEI and Tourism PEI my daughter and I had a chance to go out on the waters of Salutation Cove with the men who fish for oysters. Back on land, at Future Seafoods, we graded, cleaned, shucked and (of course!) ate our catch. Although the wind and rain swept across the cove it was one of the highlights of our road trip to Prince Edward Island.
By the time we hit Charlottetown we'd spent a week eating our way across Prince Edward Island. We had over-indulged in locally raised beef in Brackley Beach, eggs from free range hens in Bay Fortune and oysters we'd pulled out of Salutation Cove. So you'd think we would pass on ice cream for lunch.... not when confronted with a sign outside Cows claiming the best ice cream in Canada!
One of the surprising highlights of our road trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada was the evening we spent at the Charlottetown racetrack as "owners" of a race horse. We toured the stables, talked to the drivers, had an amazing meal and perhaps - you'll have to watch to find out - stepped into the winners circle. I even got a chance to sit with the starting judge in the mobile gate. (This is the high resolution version of an earlier video entitled "You Too Can Own a Racehorse"
Most people -- the sensible ones among us at any rate -- use washing machines to separate dirt from our clothes. At PEI Dirt Shirts they do exactly the opposite.
When David Wilmer first saw the building that would become the Inn at Bay Fortune it had gone through a number of incarnations. First as the summer home of Elmer Harris, later the year-round residence of Colleen Dewhurst and finally as an abandoned tumble-down ghost haunting PEI's eastern shore. What he and his team accomplished in rescuing the property from the wrecking ball is nothing short of remarkable.
Since we published this article there have been some changes to the Inn, notably the return of chef Michael Smith. He and his wife are now the innkeepers.
The people at Balleycanoe & Co. - John Sorensen and Penny Gorman- create fabulous folk art out of bits and pieces salvaged from 19th century Ontario farms. Whether its fence posts transformed into snowmen, tin roofs to bird houses or barnwood into angels the creative whimsy is worth the visit.
Finnegan's, in the town of Hudson, on the shores of the Lake of Two Mountains operates every Saturday from May until October. Part antique store, part craft fair and a bit of a flea market, Finnegan's attracts regular visitors from the Montreal and Ottawa areas and occasional tourists from all over North America.
Lancaster Ontario straddles highway 401 between Cornwall and the Quebec border. For years something called a perch roll - perch fillets, onions and a sweet "secret" sauce cradled in a hot dog bun - has enjoyed a certain amount of local fame. At Canadian Roadflix we're always intrigued by tales of regional road food so we headed off to find out if the Lancaster Perch Rolls served in local restaurants measured up to the legend.