Activity note: Check-in after 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: Arrivals and transfers to the hotel in the afternoon; check-in is after 3:00 p.m. Meet our Group Leader between 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. to pick up the program packet. If you arrive after 5:00 p.m., please ask the front desk for the packet.
Dinner: Welcome dinner at 6:30 p.m. at a local restaurant (Mavor's at the Confederation Centre).
Evening: Following dinner, we will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation. the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule labeled “Free Time” and “At Leisure” offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable while going out to explore on your own, engaging in available activities independently, making new friends among fellow Road Scholars, or simply relaxing. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/ conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. If you’d like to go out on your own, the hotel is in downtown Charlottetown, surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and within walking distance to the Farmer’s Market, Confederation Centre of the Arts, and Charlottetown’s City Hall.
Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles during morning field trip, over 3 hours; on paved sidewalks, some uneven terrain, stairs.
Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning: We start the day with a visit to Beaconsfield Historic House, a 19th century building with a mansard roof, elaborate gingerbread trim, and crowning belvedere stands. Learn about historic architecture with this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. This morning's presentation in the carriage house will provide an introduction to Prince Edward Island and its history. Discover stories of the past with a local historian who will bring the early history of the Island alive using stories of the people who have made Prince Edward Island their home: native Mi’kmaq, French explorers, Acadian farmers and British military. While Charlottetown is best recognized for its role in the founding of our nation, we will also discover on foot a vast collection of historical and cultural treasures sprinkled throughout the city. Then set out on an expert-led walking field trip in Charlottetown, the birthplace of Canadian Confederation. We’ll gain an appreciation for the historic architecture of this enduring symbol of Victorian elegance. We’ll hear about the restoration of Charlottetown's historic buildings as we walk along Great George Street, visit St. Dunstan Cathedral, and see the location of the last public hanging. We’ll also learn about some of the city’s high-profile people, the prosperity and “boom-and-bust” of its merchant economy; and of course, the Fathers of Confederation. Discover the significance of Province House, where the first meeting to discuss federal union took place; Province House is also the seat of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Legislature since 1847.
Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon: Free afternoon in Charlottetown. Suggestions for independent exploration will be provided.
Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Charlottetown.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles, about 2.5 hours, on paved paths and sandy beaches. Coach travel is approximately 85 miles, about 2 hours.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: Depart by coach for Green Gables National Historic Site where Parks Canada staff will present the history of Green Gables and its significance to Canadian literary history. Spend time at Green Gables, the famed fictional home of red-haired Anne Shirley, the heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic 1908 novel, "Anne of Green Gables". Discover the history of the house as well as biographical information about Montgomery. Green Gables, part of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, has become famous around the world as the inspiration for the setting in Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale of fiction. Travel down dusty roads and well-trod paths as we step back in time to hear stories about Lucy Maud.
Lunch: Lunch at Dalvay-by-the-Sea. Following lunch, explore the fascinating background of historic Dalvay-by- the-Sea, a National Historic Site of Canada. This elegant Queen Anne Revival home was built in 1895 by a Scottish-American oil tycoon.
Afternoon: We transfer by coach to Prince Edward Island National Park, where we continue to explore this place of beauty. The Park spans a spectacular stretch of land encompassing sand dunes, salt marshes, remnants of an Acadian forest, coastal headlands, beaches, and sandstone cliffs. Meet with a Parks expert and learn about the parks ecosystem which supports a variety of animal species and 400 different species of plants. With more than 300 species of birds, including the endangered piping plover, the park plays a significant role in shorebird migration in spring and fall.
Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
Evening: Return to Charlottetown, evening at leisure.
Activity note: Walking approximately 1.5 miles over 2 hours, mostly on pavement. Coach travel approximately 210 miles, about 4.5 hours total.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: Depart by coach for an exploration of the North Cape, with a stop at the Confederation Bridge. Experience a smorgasbord of classic Island scenery: naturally sifted white and red sand beaches, towering red sandstone capes and a necklace of essential coastal stops like North Cape. Witness the contrast of nature and modernity where men toil with work horses to harvest Irish Moss; and ocean panoramas which are so beautiful that you can’t help but stare. We will visit the PEI Potato Museum to learn about the province's primary cash crop. PEI continues to be the largest potato-producing province in Canada, growing 25% of the potatoes in the country; building on two hundred years of experience growing high quality potatoes on an island that’s ideally suited for this crop. Create your own potato fudge before enjoying lunch featuring world-famous PEI potatoes.
Lunch: Lunch at the Potato Museum using one of PEI's most famous products.
Afternoon: Following lunch, we will continue to explore this area by coach, where life is sea-centric, evoked in the names of events like The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, the Tignish Irish Moss Festival and the Clammin’ N’ Jammin’ culinary and music festival. We make our way down to Abrams Village where we will explore the rich Acadian culture and culinary delights at Village Acadien Musical. Food and music shared with family and friends is central to Acadian traditions and this experience provides that and more. Learn how to make a delicious fruit pastry known as "poutine à trou" and see demonstrations about traditional dishes such as "fricot" - a hearty chicken soup that has been a staple of the Acadian diet for generations. Spend some time exploring the Acadian Musical Village as you enjoy top-notch fiddlers and stepdancers.
Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Acadian meal which may include rapure, meat pie, hominy corn and fricot – topped off by the arrival of your very own poutine à trou.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles over 3 hours; on pavement, sand. Some steep stairs (25 stairs) to get to the beach. Coach travel approximately 45 miles, about 1 hour.
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel.
Morning: A presentation with a local expert will focus on PEI's agriculture and long history of farming. Then board the coach and travel to Eastern PEI and MacPhail Homestead for an exploration with an interpreter. Learn about the artifacts on display in the 1850’s gable house, and the many unique pieces of PEI's heritage found on the property. Stroll through the grounds and enjoy the vegetable garden, woods and nursery.
Lunch: Lunch at MacPhail Homestead.
Afternoon: This afternoon we continue to explore rural PEI by coach as we travel south to the shores of the Boughton River near Cardigan, Prince Edward Island. Our beachcomber will take you on an expert-led walk looking to harvest the bounty of the sea, teeming with shellfish. Learn how to spot the tell-tale holes where the clams are hiding; and how the world-famous Island Blue Mussels are produced by placing tiny spat in mesh bags that are then suspended in the rivers and bays around the Island. We will help empty the sock and clean the mussels before they are cooked to enjoy, along with any periwinkles, crabs or mussels that we found, to provide you with an opportunity to sample a wide range of Island shellfish.
Dinner: Fresh seafood dinner with potato salad, dessert, coffee, tea, water. Barbecued boneless chicken breast for those who don’t eat shellfish (please let us know in advance if you are not having seafood).
Evening: After dinner we transfer by coach to Brudenell River and check-in to the resort. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles over 2 hours; groomed trails, sandy beaches, some uneven terrain. Coach travel approximately 60 miles, about 1.5 hours.
Breakfast: At the resort, toast station with butter and preserves; scrambled eggs; home fries, bacon and breakfast sausage; juice, coffee and tea.
Morning: We start the day with a special presentation “The Shrinking Island”, delivered by Dr. Adam Fenech, Director of the Climate Research Lab at the University of PEI. Dr. Fenech and other Canadian scientists created CLIVE, Coastal Impact Visualization Environment, which uses the guts of a 3-D game engine and controllers to virtually raise and lower the sea level along the PEI coastline. Learn about climate change and what can be done to educate our communities. Made of sandstone and sand, PEI is sensitive to coastal erosion and the sea is swallowing up its ruby-red sandstone cliffs and miles of sandy beaches. Our exploration of Eastern PEI continues as we travel to St. Peters Bay. In 1995, after nearly two decades of recognition as an important area by such organizations as the United Nations International Biological Program and the World Wildlife Endangered Species Program, P.E.I. acquired the site, placing it under the Natural Areas Protection Act.
Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in St. Peter's.
Afternoon: This afternoon we travel by coach to one of Canada's unique natural treasures at the Greenwich site of PEI National Park. Here we’ll meet a Parks expert and learn about the spectacular parabolic dune system that rises above white-sand beaches and acts as a stunning backdrop to an extensive trail system that includes a floating boardwalk. A state-of-the-art learning centre brings this region to life with a multi-media theatre experience that tells the story of how natural forces and 10,000 years of human settlement . The Greenwich Dunes area of Prince Edward Island is a 900-acre natural treasure internationally recognized for its unique dune system, its wide variety of bird species and rare plants found in its marshes and woodlands, and the nationally important Aboriginal and Acadian archaeological sites.
Dinner: Farwell dinner at the resort.
Evening: At leisure.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning: Group transfer by coach to Charlottetown Airport after breakfast. Approximate arrival at Charlottetown Airport is 9:30 a.m. Departures from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.