East Point Lighthouse, PEI

At the far eastern tip of Prince Edward Island lies the aptly named East Point Lighthouse. Local lore tells the tale of a British Captain who was charged for running his ship aground nearby. He managed to prove that the charts were wrong as they showed the lighthouse on the point instead of inland where it had actually been built.

Instead of changing the charts, they somehow managed to pick up and move the lighthouse closer to where it was shown on the charts. A pretty impressive feat, but also a testament to the construction.

It’s one of the few lighthouses that you can explore the inside of, and climb to the top.

I thought the tiny bulb inside a plastic housing looked sad atop what used to be a mighty mechanical rotating lens. Heavy steel parts are set casually aside, too big to remove through the access hatch.

A wild blueberry farm

We were driving through Eastern Prince Edward Island when we saw scarecrows off in the distance.  To our untrained eyes, it looked like they were defending empty overgrown fields.

Curious, we decided to turn down a side road, as one does on a meandering road trip through PEI.

Imagine our delight when we discovered that the fields were full of wild blueberries. We held off gorging ourselves in the field and bought a couple of quarts when we reached the next town.

The downside was explained to us later. The reason why the fields look like wild grasslands is that it’s impossible to plant wild blueberries. Only the larger farmed blueberries will grow from seeds. Instead of sowing seeds, farmers search out an area where blueberries are already growing wild in the forest, and chop down all the trees to allow the blueberries to take over more territory. I’ll think of that next time I see “organic wild blueberries” for sale in the grocery store.

A little further down the road, we saw how the harvesting is done.

This big tractor attachment hoovers them up, filters out a lot of the leaves and twigs, and somehow magically fills flats full of berries.

 

Prince Edward Island National Park

There are a whole series of boardwalks leading out to the beach. It was a beautiful walk.

I couldn’t resist a panorama from the top of a sand dune.

Rusty diesel

I’m impressed that this is still pumping.  I guess not much has changed in the gas dispensing technology besides adding frustratingly slow pay at the pump interfaces.

Little discoveries near Confederation Bridge

On our drive to Prince Edward Island, we stopped at the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre which is the last exit before the Confederation Bridge.

The are a couple of nice walking trails out toward an old lighthouse, and the centre itself serves as a discovery centre, tourist information centre, and a rest stop.  The food is by far the best I’ve ever had at a rest stop.  I had the tail end of the brunch buffet, and even the scrapings were delicious.

Walking back from the lighthouse along the beach, we discovered this little hermit crab who was clearly ambitious if he was planning on upgrading from his current shell to the shell we found him in.

A beautiful river in Fundy National Park

We went for a hike in Fundy National Park and ended up following this river for several kilometers.  The water was so beautiful that we couldn’t help but stop for a swim.

Cape Enrage Lighthouse

It was a calm day looking across the Bay of Fundy, but with one of the biggest tide changes in the world one could imagine how on a stormy day, the name Cape Enrage would earn it’s name.

 

Hopewell Rocks

I made my first real attempt at HDR, and I’m pleased with how the colours on this next photo turned out: