On Mary Time

Whether Mary had a little lamb, Hail Mary, or Along Comes Mary, this post has nothing to do with Mary – but everything to do with our cruise stops in Canada’s maritime provinces.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (population 35,000) is PEI’s largest city and provincial capital. It may be a city, but it sure as a small town feel. It’s also the setting of the novel Anne of Green Gables.

We walked around the residential neighbors with well-maintained homes and took the long walk to Victoria Park and beyond to the lighthouse. Interestingly, the rocks and sand are red, and even the shallow water near the shore had a red cast.

One of the many gorgeous old homes

One of the many gorgeous old homes

The red in Charlottetown

The red in Charlottetown

The boardwalk along Victoria Park is a refreshing walk

The boardwalk along Victoria Park is a refreshing walk

Charlottetown is also the home to Cows Ice Cream, rated the world’s best ice cream by Tauck’s World Discovery. We tried it, it was good, but sorry Tauck, it’s no Graeter’s, which wasn’t listed! Nor was Viveka’s beloved Mövenpick!

After Charlottetown, we cruised north to Corner Brook on Newfoundland’s west coast. This will probably be the closest I’ll ever be to Kayjai (she’s on the east coast).  On this day we were without a camera because of issues. Too bad because the fiord-like trip into Corner Brook was scenic.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland (pic from Wikipedia)

Corner Brook, Newfoundland (pic from Wikipedia)

Halifax was our final maritime stop. Unlike the two previous stops, Halifax is definitely a city … and the amount of new construction surprised us. Interestingly, the fortress that guarded the city is atop a hill above city center.

Old Clock installed 1803 just below the Citadel

Old Clock installed 1803 just below the Citadel

We didn’t realize the role that Halifax played in the Titanic disaster. With the nameless headstones, the trip into the cemetery with the most gravesites (121) from the ship was surreal.

Halifax Titanic Graves

The unidentified and the identified (amazingly, some were identified in 1992)

The unidentified and the identified (amazingly, some were identified in 1992)

We also boarded a bus for a trip to Peggy’s Cove, a small, picturesque fishing village found among the glacial remnants. Tour buses flock to this village for its charm, scenery, and lighthouse.

Peggy's Cove is picturesque

Peggy’s Cove rocky shore

Hope you enjoyed your quick journey to the Canadian maritime provinces of Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia.

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64 thoughts on “On Mary Time

  1. I’ve dreamed of visiting PEI! This was a fantastic way to travel there via your pictures and informative blog! What was the weather like and what season do you recommend going there? If I wanted to drive up there, who or where should I go to seek those answers? I know you have to take a boat to get to the island? A barge? :)

  2. I had no clue that so many of the victims of the Titanic were buried in Halifax, either, Frank. I must admit I never put a nanosecond of thought into this until reading your post. That’s a very interesting factoid and the pictures of all those grave sites is another reminder of what an epic tragedy that was.

    • Claudine,
      Thanks for the reminder about Swiss Air 111. The crash site was and land memorial are near Peggy’s Cove. Our tour didn’t stop, but the guide mentioned the event and talked about the memorial as the bus passed it. Peace to you as you think about your friends!

  3. This is beautiful travel dear Frank, the titanic cemetery was interesting, especially identified in 1992!!! Thank you for sharing with us, and especially these beautiful photographs :) One of my photographer friends, dear Glen he is living in Newfounland, in a house, its age almost one hundred or more of his house… He invited me with his wife and daughter but it is a long journey for me… Thank you, love, nia

  4. I’ve always wanted to go there. It’s still on my list. And I keep meaning to read Anne of Green Gables. Seen the miniseries, but haven’t read the books.

  5. I did enjoy it Frank… but how can someone rank ice cream without tasting them all..?? (I would volunteer for the job)… the cemetery was interesting, gonna have to google that… I liked peggy’s cove but wondered why you never took a photo of the light house… went to the link and it does look beautiful…

    • Bulldog,
      We took photos of the lighthouse, but I (much like you do) try to limit the number of photos. The beautiful lighthouse indeed, but the rocks captured my attention the most. Search Peggy’s Cove on Google Images for more.

      The guide’s stories about the Titanic were fascinating. One grave was for J Dawson …. and when the last movie was out, local teens that it was Jack Dawson played by Leonardo DiCaprio … so the crushed teens at camped vigils at the gravesite. Interestingly, this J was Joseph.

      Meanwhile, great point about the ice cream … you’re hired to be on the team!

  6. Had to LAUGH at your first sentence–HARD–TOO FUNNY. But goodness, that place is gorgeous! Admittedly, I’ve always wanted to go to Prince Edward Island–surely something to do with childhood reading.

    Wonderful post, Frank.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

  7. As always you are a font of information and beautiful pictures from your travels. Loved the beautiful home!

    I am a great lover of cemetaries, always find them fascinating for some reason. Your factoid made this one doubly so.

    • Val,
      There are so many stories in cemeteries! Meanwhile, probably because of our fascination with Titanic, the sight and the stories were interesting! Glad you enjoyed my brief tour.

  8. Halifax has a long nautical tradition. The harbour was departure for many World War 1 and 2 convoys. If I recall correctly, there was a large explosion during WW2, similar to the Port Chicago disaster here in the US, that destroyed a lot of the waterfront and killed a lot of people. Matter of fact, I do believe there’s a few German U-boats in permanent residence there, too, though they are firmly planted on the sea floor.
    Nice tour, Frank!

  9. Halifax played a big role on 9/11, too, as they greeted dozens of intercontinental planes filled with unexpected visitors. The guests stayed several days, until clearance to fly again.

    Nova Scotia is on my list, as many MacNeils still live there. They emigrated from Barra in the early 1800s.

    And speaking of Mary, we saw a bathtub Mary yesterday on our way to Strawberry Point.

    non-sequitors again… I actually can write cohesively and often do…

      • Yes, it’s the southernmost inhabited island of the Outer Hebrides. Population in 2011 was 1,174. Primary features include Kisimul Castle, which is a castle on a rock in the bay; Mount Heaval, guarded by its own Mary, Our Lady of the Sea; and the landing strip beach on the north side of the island, only available when tides are out. The island is accessible from the mainland by ferry, though service can be sparse during the winter. Sheep, goats, and the long-haired red Highland cattle roam the land. Fishing and tourism are the main industries.

        We enjoyed several days there in 1999 with our son, who was 10 at the time. It was a wonderful holiday and I am eager to go back.

  10. I love the Anne of Green Gables books, and I’ve always thought I would love to se these same cities. What a wonderful trip. I didn’t have any idea of the role of Halifax in the Titanic disaster. What a fascinating cemetery. What a wonderful trip, Frank!

    • Debra,
      Charlottetown was a very pleasant surprise … and the Halifax connection to Titanic was fascinating … including the gravesite of J Dawson …. but the heartbroken teens who camped to pay homage to Jack and Leonardo, this J was a Joseph.

  11. What a beautiful place, I have been to Halifax a couple of times .. in those days it was a God forgotten place in my eyes. But I had deep fried ice cream for first and only time in my life there …. don’t think it was from Cow. This was in the 80′s. I wish you and your lady a pleasant weekend.

  12. Thanks, Frank so glad you enjoyed your trip to the Maritimes. Corner Brook is very picturesque and have lovely ski hills in the winter. My dad was a Nova Scotia fisherman and we have stories of how he lived on the coast and ate seaweed (eww) Historically, I believe the Titanic sank just off the coast of Newfoundland and the rescue mission was based out of Halifax but there were some who made it to our rocky shores as well. Lovely pics Frank and thanks for the highlight on our little corner of the world!

    • Kayjai,
      Beautiful area for sure … and we enjoyed our first trip to your little corner of the world!

      Knowing you were hours away, I didn’t mention anything to you … besides, we were there on a Monday.

      The guide in Halifax mentioned NF was closer, but Halifax was used because of its greater connection to the mainland.

      Seaweed just doesn’t seem appealing to me!

      Have a good weekend … and have a glass wine … or two or three or …

    • RoSy,
      I just did a quick search and it seems that over 40 remain unidentified (consider that unofficial). One thing I didn’t mention is that the graves are aligned in a curve as a hull of a ship.

  13. I am so envious of the trips you and the others can afford to take. You’re seeing more of my country than I am. In Corner Brook, you were just around the corner from Ted @ SightsNBytes, but he’s never bothered to visit you either.

  14. I enjoyed this very much, Frank. You visited parts of the Maritimes that M and I didn’t have a chance to see when we were there. It was great to get a glimpse of them.

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  16. OK. So Canada and not New England. My geography’s terrible, so no, I had no idea about Halifax and the Titantic, and really can’t picture it as I sit here.

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