Where’s that?” asked my friends when I told them I was off on holiday to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. After explaining that my travels were taking me to the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, the general consensus was that I’d need to pack lots of warm clothes.
But the biggest surprise is the climate in this part of the world: although you can expect snow (and lots of it) during the winter months, the rest of the seasons are warm and moderate, making it the perfect destination for a summer holiday – no thermals required.
After a seven-hour flight and a short hop over from Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, we arrived on the smallest of the three provinces, Prince Edward Island, which was named after Queen Victoria’s father.
With beautiful beaches and green rolling landscape, it’s easy to see why the French explorer Jacques Cartier claimed the island “the fairest land ’tis possible to see” and how it provided the picturesque setting for L.M. Montgomery’s popular novel Anne Of Green Gables. Thanks to this book, the island became a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
We soon found ourselves relaxing with drink in hand, admiring the stunning views across the lake at the quaint Dalvay by the Sea Hotel situated on the north shore of the island. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the hotel as part of their royal honeymoon tour of Canada, and the Queen has also stayed nearby.
Adventure was soon beckoning, though, so we set off in a kayak for two from nearby town North Rustico. With the wind stirring overhead, we battled against the elements and paddled towards a lighthouse in the distance.