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{Adventures} Our Visit To PEI

Prince Edward Island is one of our favourite places to visit. 

My brother, Micah, lives there with his wife and their children, so we have a great place to stay while we’re there.  But not only that, our family roots originate in PEI (more on that in an upcoming post!).

As a result, we’ve been able to visit some places again and again – places that are off the beaten path and that are not quite overrun with tourists yet.

Shining Waters

This is the most touristy place we visit when we’re in PEI.  Shining Waters is an amusement park in Cavendish, and it has a small town feel.  The waterslides are our favourite.  This year we were there at opening time on a cloudy and slightly rainy day.  The kids were able to go down the slides several times with no wait time at all!  And the great thing about these slides is that none of them empty into a pool.  They all have a shallow runoff, which means that even kids that can’t swim can enjoy these ones safely.

Shining Waters also has several other attractions including the Topsy Turvey Cabin, Pirate Paddleboats, Petting Farm, and even a small roller coaster.  Here’s a video of us enjoying it!

Victoria Harbour

Victoria is a tiny little seaside village on the south side of PEI.  There’s a public beach with washrooms and change rooms along the main road through town (you can’t miss it), but we were able to enjoy a quieter beach just down the shore a little bit.  When the tide is out, it’s perfect for clamming and playing in the sand.

20150826_144159 20150826_143104There’s also this amazing little shop in Victoria called Island Chocolates.  20150826_132052Not only do they have hand-made chocolates (which you can watch them making!), but they have this wonderful coffee and chocolate concoction, called a Factory Coffee.

Last summer, my dad and his wife went into Island Chocolates for some coffee.  She asked for a mocha, which they didn’t have on the menu.  While enjoying some tea instead, they brought them a brand new drink – coffee poured into a glass which was coated on the inside with chocolate, topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with more chocolate.  It’s been on the menu ever since!  Can it get any better than that??

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Port La Joye/Fort Amhearst

As I mentioned earlier, my side of the family comes from PEI, and Michel Hache-Gallant is our ancestor.  The Gallant family name is very common throughout the Maritime Provinces and into the United States.  We can all be traced back to Michel Hache-Gallant.  At Port La Joye/Fort Amhearst, you can see the grassy mounds remaining from the fort, as well as the location of Michel Hache-Gallant’s homestead.

Michel Hache-Gallant Michel Hache-Gallant and Anne Cormier Monument

Anne of Green Gables Musical

We enjoyed the Anne of Green Gables Musical on a Girls Only night out, and it was so much fun!  This was my daughter’s first musical, and while it took her awhile to get into it, we had a blast.

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We’re already planning next year’s visit to Prince Edward Island!

What’s your favourite thing to do on vacation?

 

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!

19 Comments

  1. Wendy

    My brother is a coffee fiend. He would love this. So cool they made this for her. I’m sure a lot of people have benefited from this! LOL

  2. Jacob Fu

    That looks like such an amazing place to visit! We’re definitely going to have to put it on our list.
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  3. Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP)

    WOW! How far does the tide go out on the beach? My kids love the beach! I’d love to check out Prince Edward Island some day and see what the sand and waves are like. It looks like a great place for a family vacation.
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  4. Miranda (Myrabev)

    What a lovely place to visit, I would love to visit one day and need to add to my travel bucket list
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  5. Heather

    Wow it looks like a nice big sandy beach to play. I hate crowded beaches. Ones like these look so much more enjoyable. That coffee sounds delicious!
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  6. Melissa

    Looks like you all had a great time. The hand made chocolates sound so good. I love little shops like that.

  7. Angelic Sinova

    Prince Edward Island looks like so much fun! How fun that your daughter saw her first musical! I always love to see a show or two when I’m on vacation <3
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  8. Emily

    My favorite thing to do on vacation is just lay around and relax. 🙂
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  9. Felicita Moncada

    What a beautiful place! Such breathtaking views. I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island but it looks I need to one day make a trip over there. Oh yeah and that chocolate store? I must have that drink!
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  10. Maureen

    Looks like you guys had so much fun! Love the chocolate shop 😀
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  11. Angie Scheie

    I’ve always wanted to go to Prince Edwards Island ever since I read all of the Anne of Green Gables books as a child. It sounded so romantic, but I had no idea what was really there. Now I do! Thanks, I’ll be pinning this for sure.
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  12. Shaney Vijendranath

    Honestly I like to do nothing but relax by the beach. Lol. I hate travelling and waking up early even though I’d love to see all the places. I prefer doing things in my time.
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  13. Rosey

    I’d love to go to Island Chocolates for some coffee too. Sounds amazing to me (two of my favorite things). 🙂

  14. Rena McDaniel

    I’ve never visited Prince Edward Island, but I would love to one day! It looks so lovely from all of your pictures. It’s nice that you get to visit there so often and have family in the area.
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  15. Jaime Nicole

    This would be such a fun trip. It is completely a doable drive for us and we need to get up there before our girls get much older. It looks wonderful.
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  16. Rebecca B.

    I have never been to Prince Edward Island but after reading your post, I really want to visit!! We love going to the beach typically on our vacations 🙂
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  17. Yona Williams

    When I am on vacation, I have to visit the local zoo, restaurants, and get a special dessert. That’s really cool that your ancestry is tied to the Island. OK…I would love to try a Factory Coffee – that looks delicious.
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  18. Chantal

    PEI is so beautiful, I am really looking forward to making it their one day. I am from Ontario but have never made it out to the east coast. Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    This looks like a wonderful place to visit! I hope I can visit it one of these days.
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