Monthly Archives: September 2012

Canadian Potato Museum

We drove by the museum the other day on our way back from North Cape, but it was closed. Knowing how crucial the potato is to the history of Prince Edward Island, we were excited to come back another day and catch the exhibit. If anybody can teach you something about the potato, it would be this place, right?

I am happy I can now say the Canadian Potato Museum is one of the most fascinating museums I’ve been through and it ranks right up there with our experience of the Natural History museum in Dublin. The curators are doing an amazing job. I learned so much about the history of potatoes in the world and on the island in the hour or so spent going through the exhibits. Wonderful stuff.

Some of it is captured in these photos, but it is well worth the time if you find yourself anywhere near O’Leary, PE.

Prince Edward Island, Day 04

Prince Edward Island, Day 03

Prince Edward Island, Day 02

Today was a rainy one! But not rainy enough to discourage us a bit. The only thing we missed was eating breakfast on the porch. 🙂

We made the pleasant drive over and up to the North Cape, where the waters of the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St Lawrence meet. Of the many fascinating things we learned, one was that lobster season in this part of PEI moves from the Gulf of St Lawrence during May through June to the Northumberland Straight in August through October. This area is also big for Irish moss harvesting, which will be done with boats or horses.

After enjoying a walk along the red wind farm coast, we drove down to O’Leary to visit the potato museum. It was closed, but we’re hoping to get back in the next few days to take a closer look.

Prince Edward Island, Day 01

Our first full day on the island was a success.

We woke up late Thursday morning and had a great small breakfast on the porch of our cottage while looking out onto a sunny Gulf of Saint Lawrence. We then drove off toward Cavendish and got appropriately lost in the fictional and real houses and forests of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. At the end of the Haunted Trail and on the property where Montgomery grew up was a bookstore where we met the wife of L.M Montgomery’s first cousin who did a fantastic job of explaining the lay of the land, both new and old.

After finishing up with Green Gables, we made our first visit to the sandy dunes of Cavendish Beach. Several fox friends kept watch in an overly domesticated way as we drove out along Gulf Shore Rd and enjoyed the beautiful coastline.

The day’s adventuring ended with amazing fresh lobster and mussels at the St. Ann’s Church Lobster Supper in Hope River with fantastic (!!!) live music from singer songwriter Dakota Oliver. What a great voice! She also informed me that locals enjoyed their lobster cold, which triggered my decision to order the lobster cold, and I am now a happy cold lobster enjoyer.

And as a side note, I am now familiar with the word tomalley.