Potatoes & Mussels: Irish accents on Prince Edward Island

Our last blog post saw us enjoying Fundy National Park but, it was time to move on and we traveled from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island (PEI) via the 8 mile Confederation Bridge. No charge to use the bridge when heading over to the island…they get you on the way back, when you are leaving PEI (was just over CAN$50 for us in the RV)!

PEI is a pretty, pastoral island with a lot of farms on both the land and in the bays – they are very famous for their potatoes and their mussels. It kind of looks like where I grew up in Ireland and the people there have similar accents to Irish people. Up to ten thousand Irish people emigrated to PEI between 1763-1880. This would have coincided with the Great Famine (an Gorta Mór) in Ireland, which occurred between 1845-1849; about 1 million people left Ireland during that horrific event (a further 1 million perished).

PEI (1 of 5)
On PEI, we stayed at Linkletter Provincial Park for a couple of nights & collected clams for dinner (until PEI’s Conservation Officers informed us that the area was closed to clamming, due to contamination; we suffered no ill effects luckily)
PEI (4 of 5)
Cabot Beach Provincial Park on PEI
PEI (3 of 5)
Jellyfish washed up at Cabot Beach Provincial Park on PEI
PEI (2 of 5)
Snail making his way on the beach at Cabot Beach Provincial Park on PEI
PEI (5 of 5)
Biking on the Homestead Trail at Prince Edward Island National Park, where we camped overnight in their Cavendish campground

From PEI (after leaving the island via the Confederation Bridge and paying our toll), we headed for Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Join us in our next blog post, when we continue our RV adventure across Canada.

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