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If New York is the Big Apple, Charlottetown is the big potato. The ride home was nice and quiet on deserted country roads about 50 min all together. We arrived on the Pride Weekend and the parade, well more like a walk really, went by our house and ended in the park across the street, every politician was there. The Pride festival and the walk/parade is unlike other such events, here it is more of a human rights, affordable housing, BLM, Trans, Native rights, anti-racism, Feminist rights, #Me too, etc sort of thing, not really what Pride was or is suppose to be. No party boys here and no floats or the sort of thing you see in other cities.

The tourists are back in town, a lot of plates from elsewhere in Canada. Some Americans but not many given that the requirement is to show full vaccination certificate at the border. Probably a lot more will come after 9 August, the official date for the re-opening of the US-Canada border.

The weather at the cottage was cool at night around 15C and one night around 12C which is cold and we put on the heat to warm up the place. Nonetheless it is a very nice place and we already booked for next year but later in August. I was happy just to sit in the sunshine or read a book, go for a walk on the beach or go for lunch and enjoy the seafood off the fishing boats as they come in, you cannot get fresher than that. People are also more calm and pleasant than here in Ch’town. Compared to the extreme weather elsewhere in Canada, Maritime weather is fine and enjoyable.

Posting below some of the pictures I took of our vacation.

The Beach House Inn is now called Cottages on the Cape since February new owners
bought it from the retiring previous owner who had operated the B&B for 40 years.
Cape road ends about 600 feet from their front door at the beach. The house itself dates from 1830 but has been renovated completely. The new owners are quite nice.

We did read more about the area and it is an interesting story. PEI started up by being a place of refuge for Acadians fleeing the British Army in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Many Acadians walked to Quebec City and other points controlled by the French army others crossed the strait to Ile Saint Jean, now PEI. The British eventually came to the Island and around 1750 deported all the inhabitants. In turn the British then populated the Island with the people they did not want back home, mostly Irish and Scots. So the area of what is Cape road today also known as Lot 21 was at first a settlement of Scottish Protestants who had been told it was the promised land by speculators in Scotland. The people who came to the area where from Northern Scotland, a town called Durness, on a map you see a small town on the northern tip near the Kyle of Durness. Of the settlement they built around 1773 nothing is left except for a cemetery with old tombstones dating to 1800. The Cape road had originally another name and was the main street of their little settlement, nothing is left today, many died of disease or hardships, others moved to other settlements like Park Corner just over the hill. Interesting to note that Captain Holland who was a surveyor with the British Army made the first accurate map of PEI and divided it in Lots which were awarded to the friends of King George III. People living on the Lots where serfs but this abusive system quickly led to revolt given that all land owners were absent living in London.

The area today is fields and marsh with the New London lighthouse and beach and another cemetery called Yankee Hill. American sailors came to fish Mackerel yearly, many perished in the famous Yankee Gale storm of 1851, destroying hundreds of fishing boats and killing 250 fisherman. Many of the graves are anonymous and can be found all along the North coast of the Island. A group of volunteers and researchers studied the tombstones and gathered info from other families who are also buried there like the Couzens or Cousins. A French Huguenot family who migrated from Normandy to New England and at the revolution moved to Canada. Descendants are still living in the area of Park Corner or Cousins Cove. All the chapels or meeting halls are either Presbyterian or Methodist in this part of the Island.

All the land around the Cape is owned by the Island Trust, meaning that the land cannot be built on, it is however rented to farmers to grow hay and other cereals.

The Red Sandstone of PEI.
The New London Lighthouse seen from the beach
The ruin wharf on the sand dunes remnant of an other age.