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Life by the Sea: A Prince Edward Island Exploration

Program Number: 13895RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/31/2014 - 9/6/2014; 9/14/2014 - 9/20/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Stanley Bridge, Prince Edward Island
Price starting at: $1,349.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover “The Gentle Island”, Canada’s smallest and greenest province. Led by experts, do more than observe the Island way of life, experience it yourself as we explore harbor towns, charming fishing villages, quaint farms and the historic city of Charlottetown. Meet artists, storytellers, historians and musicians inspired by the Island’s beauty, mystique, and fascinating history. Talk with chefs as they prepare feasts from the bounty of land and sea. Visit unique craft studios, bottle houses, fisheries, museums, beaches, and the actual Green Gables. Learn about rum-runners, lighthouse keepers, basket weavers, organic farmers, lobster fishermen, gardeners and oyster shuckers. Join in the fun at a festive and traditional PEI “ceilidh.”




Highlights

• Meet with local artists, storytellers, historians, musicians and photographers who are inspired by the Island’s beauty, and mystique.
• Talk with local chefs as they prepare feasts of local cuisine from the land and the sea.
• Visit unique craft studios, bottle houses, fisheries, museums, beaches, and the actual Green Gables.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day on mostly flat, paved sidewalks; some slight inclines.




Stanley Bridge

Located at the junction of the Stanley River and New London Bay southwest of Cavendish, the historic village of Stanley Bridge was a bustling point of commerce in the 19th century for farmers who brought their goods to the coastal wharves. Author Lucy Maud Montgomery visited this quaint community as a child growing up nearby.



Accommodations
Modern country inn and cottages on New London Bay with outdoor pool; on-site restaurants serve meals of local seafood and farm products.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stanley Bridge Country Resort
  Stanley Bridge, PEI 6 nights
 Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Type: Conference Center
  Description: On site charming restored house with two levels of gifts and items including antiques and collectibles, plus a gallery featuring Island artists.
  Contact info: P.O. Box 8203
RR#6
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0 Canada
phone: 800-361-2882
web: www.peisland.com/stanleybridge
  Room amenities: satellite tv, alarm clock, hair dryers
  Facility amenities: Fyfe's Landing "smoke free" restaurant, overlooking the Cavendish Dunes, store on site, heated pool and hot tub.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Dependent upon season. Please contact the inn directly.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Dependent upon season. Please contact the inn directly.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 in Meeting Room You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 after breakfast. You will be staying at Stanley Bridge Country Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport is required for all air travel to and from Canada. January 2008 a valid passport or original birth certificate along with a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID card will be required for land and sea border crossings to and from Canada. Passport requirement for land and sea entry is subject to change. Visit www.cbp.gov for up-to-date information.
  Parking availability:
Parking available for free on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Stanley Bridge, PEI
  Nearest city or town:  Kensington
  Nearest highway: Rte 6
  Nearest airport:  Charlottetown
  From End of Program
  Location: Stanley Bridge, PEI
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Charlottetown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 902-566-6666

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$56 total for cab which can be split by # of passengers
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

   

Cost may be decreased with addtional passengers

 
Driving Directions
  Charlottetown, PE Take Rte. 2 west to Hunter River. Turn right on Rte. 13 (Irving station at the bottom of the hill) towards Cavendish. Turn west (left) on Rte. 224 in New Glasgow. Continue through the stop sign in Stanley Bridge and across the wharf. The Stanley Bridge Resort is on the right just up the hill from the wharf. (Look for the red roofs.)
  Confederation Bridge Take the Trans Canada Highway (Rte. 1) until it intersects with 1A. Take 1A towards Summerside. Follow 1A to Rte. 2. Take Rte. 2 east toward Kensington. When you come to the traffic light in Kensington, continue straight through the light (past the Petro Can gas station) which then becomes Rte. 6 through Margate, Clinton, and New London to Stanley Bridge. The Stanley Bridge Country Resort will be on your left, overlooking the harbour. (Look for the red roofs.)
  Wood Island Ferry Terminal Car/Passenger ferry that travels from Nova Scotia to PEI (14 miles/75 minutes). Take the Trans Canada Highway, 1A, to Charlottetown, then Take Rte. 2 west to Hunter River. Turn right on Rte. 13 (Irving station at the bottom of the hill) towards Cavendish. Turn west (left) on Rte. 224 in New Glasgow. Continue through the stop sign in Stanley Bridge and across the wharf. The Stanley Bridge Resort is on the right just up the hill from the wharf. (Look for the red roofs.)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals/Orientation
(Sunday, August 31)
   
 Arrive To: Independent arrivals. Check in after 3:00.
 Dinner: There are two restaurants on site that provide lovely meals, or you may choose to eat on your own prior to arriving at Stanley Bridge Country Resort.
 Evening: Orientation for your Road Scholar program begins at 7:00 pm in one of the meeting rooms at the Stanley Bridge Country Resort
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort

Day 2: Introduction to Prince Edward Island History/Green Gables National Historic Site/Visit the Yankee Gale Cemetery, New London Lighthouse/Experience traditional music and dance at a community Ceilidh
(Monday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: At Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: An introduction to Prince Edward Island history will be given by a local historian, always an Road Scholar favorite presenter! Then you will travel a short distance into Cavendish, or "Avonlea" from the novel Anne of Green Gables. No trip to Prince Edward Island is complete without a visit to Green Gables National Historic Site. This site is administered by Parks Canada and your visit will be with one of their excellent interpretive staff members. You will learn all about Lucy Maud Montgomery and the book, Anne of Green Gables, which launched her writing career and introduced many people world-wide to Prince Edward Island.
 Lunch: Share a wonderful meal prepared by a Culinary Institute trained chef using local and organic ingredients.
 Afternoon: You will get to find out about the famous Yankee Gale while visiting a hidden seaside cemetery overlooking New London Lighthouse and the Cavendish Sandspit. This is always a wonderful spot for taking photos and walking on the beach.Visit a small museum to enjoy an engaging presentation by an oyster fisher. The museum also showcases some wonderful artifacts and unique stories about the Malpeque Bay area. Take a scenic drive back to the Stanley Bridge Country Resort where you will then enjoy 2 hours of free time.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a charming inn located in the town of Kensington.
 Evening: The group will attend a community ceilidh in the town of Kensington (traditional music, dance, humor)
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fox farming/guided tour of Summerside/visit to Bottle Houses/basket weaving/chef-prepared lunch/community supper
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: At local family restaurant
 Morning: Travel to Summerside for a guided exploration of PEI's western city. Learn all about the incredible wealth that was generated on PEI as a result of fox farming and view the beautiful architecture of the famous "fox houses", mansions built with money from raising and selling foxes. Re-live the famous Summerside fire and discover the historic connections of this city to the United States.
 Lunch: Enjoy the culinary marvels of chef Diana Linder at Maplethorpe Inn. She is a Culinary Institute-trained chef and is known for her use of local, organic meats, produce and fruits in her creations and for her humor and hospitality.
 Afternoon: The first stop of the afternoon is in the Evangeline region of the Island for a visit to some unique creations known as"The Bottle Houses". The site also has gorgeous gardens to explore. Then you'll travel "up west" to a fabulous facility dedicated to Prince Edward Island basket-making. Witness a demonstration in various basket-making styles and learn about the uses of the various baskets.
 Dinner: Join with locals in a community supper
 Evening: A local photographer will share insights into how to capture the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island and many beautiful photos of the Island will be shared. This session is for all levels of photography and for all those who enjoy viewing beautiful photos.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn from the experts about lobster, mussels, and organic farming. Enjoy exploring seaside villages, gardens and craft studios. Watch an oyster shucker in action.
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: At Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: During a visit to a local fishery, you will learn all there is to know about lobster fishing and the "cultivation" of mussels. This presenter consistently ranks as the number one presenter for all Northshore Institute programs. You'll also visit an organic farm to learn from a wonderful presenter all about organic farming and sustainable agriculture on Prince Edward Island.
 Lunch: Experience the fun and skill shown by an oyster-shucking champion.Then enjoy Malpeque oysters followed by a wonderful lunch.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a lovely afternoon exploring seaside villages, gardens, a pottery studio and the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company
 Dinner: Dinner will be served at Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Evening: Free evening. Optional activity suggestions given by the group leader
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Stories and Songs and humor showcase the lives and culture of Prince Edward Islanders/enjoy a spinning and weaving demonstration and talk/chef-prepared Acadian lunch/Free afternoon and evening (dinner provided).
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: At Stanley Bridge Country Resort
 Morning: Through song and stories, your presenter will share an interesting and humorous look at Prince Edward Islanders. This is always such an enjoyable time for the group and everyone comes away with a better insight into the character of Island people and the fabric that holds them together. Enjoy a photographic tour of Prince Edward Island with stories and experiences shared.
 Lunch: The resort chef will prepare (and discuss) a traditional Acadian meal for lunch. Acadians (Maritime French people) comprise about 20% of the Island's population.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is left free for independent activities. The resort has an on-site pool and hot tub and a wonderful art and craft store. The Stanley Bridge wharf is only 1/4 of a mile from the resort where you may take a deep-sea fishing cruise, shop for antiques or enjoy sitting on the deck of the oyster bar. Private transportation or taxi will be needed for any other explorations. Suggestions for optional activities will be given by the group leader (e.g., golf, craft boutiques, museums, beaches, entertainment).
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own for this evening. There are two restaurants on site at the resort and another restaurant within walking distance, for those who choose to stay on-site.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Charlottetown walking tour, architecture and unique stories/Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead for lunch/Ecological Forestry Project/World Famous Cow's Ice Cream/lobster supper
(Friday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at Stanley Bridge Resort
 Morning: Travel to the capitol city of Charlottetown to enjoy a guided walking tour of the waterfront area. Visit Beaconsfield to view the incredible architecture, interior decorating and gardens of this historic gem and to learn about how the wealthy merchant who built it went "bust".
 Lunch: Travel to the community of Orwell to the Sir Andrew MacPhail Homestead. There you will enjoy a lunch in the homestead dining room prepared using local, organic products. You'll also learn the significance of Sir Andrew MacPhail to PEI and how much this Island meant to this very accomplished man.
 Afternoon: Learn all about local ecology and how an experimental nursery and gardens help facilitate the reintroduction of native species to Prince Edward Island. In addition, take a guided walk to learn about native birds and wildlife and their adaptation to local environments. Then take some scenic backroads to view some Island vistas before heading back into Charlottetown for some Cow's ice cream, more touring and free time to explore.
 Dinner: Enjoy a traditional PEI lobster supper as the last group event of your Road Scholar program.
   
Accommodations: Stanley Bridge Country Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Departure
(Saturday, September 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast provided at Stanley Bridge Resort. Independent departures after breakfast.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Stanley Bridge, PEI Hiking
Abandoned railway trails that link the island tip to tip (Tignish to Elmira) totals over 270 kms. past landscape, woodlands and rivers between tiny Island communities.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Anne of Green Gables


Author: Lucy Maud Montgomery




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