Due to the late (or early, depending on how you look at it) hour of our bedtime, we slept in until almost noon local time. I could hear someone upstairs puttering around and a bird warbling outside, but otherwise all was quiet. Unfortunately our car rental agency was closed when we arrived so we had to take a taxi to our Airbnb. I called the agency and confirmed they had our reservation, and then called another taxi to take us back to the airport. Both our drivers were very friendly and we didn’t mind being able to see the place without also having to pay attention to the road. Our second driver told us this time last year there was snow and while the locals all expected it to melt away, it ended up sticking around until May. We’re thankful this is not the case this year, and the fall foliage is still in full force.
this is the view one way from the end of our “street”
this is the other
We picked up our rental and then headed to lunch. We ended up at “Maid Marian’s,” along with everyone one else in the Charlottetown area. We waited about half an hour before being seated and enjoyed our breakfast for lunch. As we finished up, I looked up a local park to walk around and we headed out. Turns out the park was just a neighborhood trail and none of the residential streets have sidewalks so we ended up driving around for a while before we found any parking. We eventually ended up in the high school parking lot and then took to the trail. There were a few muddy spots (it was misty when we arrived early this morning) but otherwise the trail was dry and pleasant to walk on. We kept marveling at the surrounding beauty and stopping to take pictures. The air was cool but refreshing and there was a slight breeze. I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.
After we had done the nice little loop, we stopped at a local shopping center to use their washrooms, then headed back out. Again, we went to a neighborhood park and had no curb to park along. Eventually we just pulled into the spot probably reserved for those picking up their mail at the bank of mail boxes. We walked to a set of wooden stairs and then discovered we had actually parked in front of the area we were trying to explore. There were some shared google photos supposedly from the park but we weren’t able to locate where they were taken. We ended up on a very small spit of sand, with more incredible views.
example of the beautiful foliage
Back on the road again to explore we drove through Cornwall, Clyde River, Strathgartney, turned down St. Catherines Road for a minute, then ended up hiking a bit in Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park. All throughout the drive and hike, we kept stopping to take pictures and were just in awe of the colors and beauty. I reflected on how, as a kid, my parents would take my brother and I out to go on short day hikes and how I didn’t exactly look forward to them at the time (though I always enjoyed them in the end). This has become my favorite thing to do when exploring a new area and we laughed a bit at the irony.
St. Catherines Rd
more along St. Catherines Rd
We went back to Charlottetown for dinner at The Gahan House, a cozy brewpub, set up in a charming old brick house. There were a lot of fun nooks and crannies with tables set in them and we shared poutine for dinner and deep fried Mars bars and sugar-frosted waffles with sweet cream dip for dessert. We will probably go back, especially since they have live music on Wednesday night.
We had to get back at a specific time because we were going to see “Anne and Gilbert: The Musical.” The playhouse was just around the corner from dinner and we made it with just a few minutes to spare. The theatre was smaller, and we were in the second row. It was phenomenal. The acting, singing, and dancing was superb. We laughed, we cried, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was the casts’ last show of the season and a few of them were teary eyed as they took a bow. It was very sweet and we’re so glad we were able to catch the show.
Tomorrow we plan on heading back to Bonshaw Hills Provincial Park to hike more of the trails. Until then.