Day 55 – July 31 – Summerside, PEI to Moncton, NB

It was a somewhat lazy day. We left Summerside after breakfast and drove across the island to Bonshaw to visit the Car Life Museum. We were not very impressed by the outside of the building, nor by the piles of car manuals, LP records and other miscellaneous things stacked on open shelves inside the entrance, but we did not have anything better to do so decided, even if it was a bit tacky, that we would go see it anyway.

And they actually had some nice cars on display. It is a private family collection. I have only posted photos here of the cars and/or information that I found most interesting. The space was not really wide so it was hard to get some good shots, but we did enjoy the hour we spent there.

This car was just like one of the hotrods in the movie ‘Grease.’

This large photograph of the Confederation Bridge between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick was on the hood of the first car to be driven across the new bridge when it opened in 1997. I didn’t care about the car but I liked the photo that shows almost the entire bridge.

Prince Edward Island is very rural. There are no high hills and it has very rich soil. Wheat, barley, and lots of potato fields are on both sides of the road between every town. The population of the island is 167,680 as of the 2022 census. The city of Kelowna (within city limits only – it is much larger really) is 132,000. Vancouver Island is 5.5 times larger than PEI. It does still take several hours to go from one end to the other, so even though it is Canada’s smallest province, it is not tiny.

We drove a short distance from the car museum to Argyle Shores Provincial Park and had our lunch.

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny – but windy – Sunday afternoon and there were many people picnicing in the park and having a swim.

When we drove across Canada in 2014 we spent quite a bit of time in PEI and drove all over the island from one end to another and checked out all the sights. About the only things we had not seen were the Potato Museum and the Car Life Musuem which we saw yesterday and today.

We had made plans to have dinner with a friend in Moncton that we had not seen in over 40 years, but had been unable to find any accommodation anywhere around the city for last night. Our friend found an available room for Sunday and John found a hotel room in Summerside for Saturday so we came to PEI and changed our dinner in Moncton to tonight. So once we finished lunch we made our way back to the bridge and crossed over to New Brunswick again.

We arrived back in Moncton with enough time to tour the 1883 Thomas Williams house.

All but one of their 11 children survived to adulthood. Only three of the six girls ever married and all three of them eventually moved back to the family home, bringing their children with them.

The only noteworthy item I saw in the house was a lovely framed tapestry in the ladies’ parlour.

It did not take long to tour the house so we had time to find our hotel, get settled and sit for a bit before heading over to Sandra’s for dinner and a visit.

We have now officially switched to Plan B. There are no available hotels or B & Bs along the road around the Gaspe. We thought then that we would just drive north to Rimouski on the south side of the St. Lawrence in Quebec and take the ferry to the north side, then drive along that side of the river, skirt Montreal and head westward toward Ontairo, but there are no rooms available in the towns on the north shore either. So….we will spend tomorrow in Dalhousie in New Brunswick and then drive straight to Montmagny where John was able to find a room. We also have a reservation in Berthierville the next night but need to figure out where we go from there. It seems everyone wants to go travelling again, the same as I did. Who knew? We were in the Maritimes at this time of year in 2014 and had no problem finding rooms. Not so in 2022. But I certainly can’t blame anyone for wanting to go travelling.

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