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Living in the Maritimes and here on this Province Island you learn about the weather and you also appreciate that the weather here is very different from Central Canada (Ontario-Quebec). The Weather Network and other weather services are located in Toronto and the weather bulletin reflect that fact. You usually get the weather of Ontario and Quebec first then the weather in B.C. and Alberta. They don’t mention the rest of the country too much if at all. One day recently I sent them a message asking, when are we getting the Maritimes weather? The testy response was, we’re getting to it!

Our weather is strongly influenced by the Ocean and the winds coming in from the coastal areas up the US seaboard or from the North Atlantic. So if you are living in Central Canada you get a skewed picture of what is happening in the Maritimes. Just a week ago weather reports mentioned heavy snowfall in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, high winds in Cape Breton. Here on the Island is was sun and clouds and some wind, we never saw the storm.

What we do have is hurricane strength winds 90-150 Km per hour which can last for hours. If it is just the wind and no snow that is not too bad though electricity can go out and buildings can be damaged by the wind, this is what happened yesterday when 15,000 people lost electrical power due to the wind and the 12 Km long Sea bridge had to close for a few hours. This is not reported outside of PEI and we get lumped in weather report with the rest of the Maritimes. Only if you go to CBC PEI do you get an accurate picture. However we do cope quite easily, a storm day is decreed and every one stays homes, time to read and do things around the house. No one stresses over the fact that you cannot get to work or to school, every one gets a day off.


Here is a view from the Garden of Hope of the Clyde River in New Glasgow, just 20 minutes away from Charlottetown. One of my favourite areas to visit, the garden of Hope is quite beautiful. A typical Winter scene in PEI.


St-Dunstan RC Basilica up our street, the bells are being re-installed after being out of service for 38 years. Special citizen funded project led by historians and business people.


Prince Street seen from my window on this 31 December morning.


Morning view of Water Street looking West from my window.



Glass balloon we got as a gift in one of the kitchen windows

So for New Year’s Eve on the menu on the Island most people do a medley of Seafood, Oysters are very good at this time of the year, Lobster is also a favourite.

Tomorrow is the Levee and we will probably go to Fanningbank to shake hands with the Lieutenant Governor and wish him a Happy New Year. In fact you can spend the day doing the rounds of all the Levee to shake hands with the Premier, the Mayor, Police Chief, the Fire Chief,the Bishop, numerous Clubs like the Irish Benevolent Society, etc… Hundreds of people will do the rounds, it’s an Island tradition.


Fanningbank, the Official Residence of the Lieutenant Governor of PEI.

Buona Vigilia di Capodanno a tutti voi!