By WAHEEDA HARRIS
Visitors to Canada’s smallest province may be fixated on seafood, redheaded Anne (of Green Gables fame) and seeing the birthplace of Confederation, but there are many more palatable lures to explore in the eastern half of Prince Edward Island.
Stop #1: Charlottetown
Start the morning with steaming hot java from Beanz, a fave coffee shop in downtown Charlottetown.
Stop #2: New Glasgow
Driving time: 30 minutes
Head 30 kilometres north on Highway 2 to New Glasgow for a country breakfast at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company. Buy a few jars of jams to take home and then get on Highway 13 towards the coastal town of Cavendish.
Stop #3: Cavendish
Driving time: 10 minutes
Spend time at Green Gables, the house that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, one of the island’s most beloved characters. Next, take time at Avonlea Village ($19 adults) for more Anne-inspired attractions and to stop for Island-made Raspberry Cordial or Anne of Green Gable chocolates as foodie souvenirs.
Stop #4: Hermanville
Driving time: 2 hours
Go east for about 115 kilometres along the northern shore, Highway 2 to Highway 16, to the small town of Hermanville, home to the Prince Edward Distillery, creators of a potato vodka, for a tour and sampling. Bring home a bottle of the the award-winning blueberry potato vodka (only available on site).
Stop #5: Bay Fortune
Driving time: 45 minutes
Have a leisurely lunch about 30 kilometres down the road at the Inn at Bay Fortune, well known thanks to former head chef and Food Network star Michael Smith, and indulge in seasonally inspired scallop, mussel and lobster haute cuisine. Pick up a copy of Smith’s Open Kitchen cookbook for the kitchen cupboard.
Stop #6: Rossignol Estate Winery
Driving time: 1 hourSample local liquid bounty at Rossignol Estate Winery, near the Wood Islands ferry on the south shore. Tastings include wines made from blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry and the very popular Iced Liberty Blossom, a blend of local honey, maple syrup and apple.
Stop #7: Kensington
Driving time: 2 hours
Bypass Charlottetown to go to the small town of Kensington and the Home Place Inn and Restaurant for dinner. Chef Glenda Burt will enthrall taste buds with her popular pan-fried Malpeque oysters or dishes inspired by her cousin’s organic farm-raised pork, lamb and turkey.
- Related: Read an interview with chef Glenda Burt
Stop #7: Charlottetown
Driving time: 50 minutes
For those with a sweet tooth, head back to Charlottetown’s waterfront to try one of 32 flavours of ice cream Cows, an Island-based company with a just four outposts elsewhere in Canada. Or opt for Cows’ version of a PEI specialty: chocolate-covered potato chips.
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