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Saturday, September 19, 2020

A History-filled Day

After spending a quiet night here at Rocky Point on PEI, we ready to do some exploring. But first we went through a great breakfast our hosts had prepared for us.



 With their help and guidance we drove up just a couple of miles to the "Blockhouse Point Light. It was built in 1876. 
It replaced an earlier building which is believed was from 1846. It is still a functional lighthouse. 

Close by, we visited the National Historic Site of Port La Joy - Fort Amherst. 



Originally established by the French in 1720, Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst commemorates the first permanent European settlement on Île Saint-Jean (today Prince Edward Island). After falling to British forces in 1758, it became the site of a major deportation of French and Acadian settlers. A Grand Alliance was forged here between the Mi'kmaq and French - one of only two locations in North America where this is celebrated annually with speeches, gifting and feasting. The fort’s grassy ruins are still visible, and interpretive panels explore its rich history. The grounds also offer superb views of the surrounding countryside and Charlottetown Harbour.

After a short break we ventured on to see the old town of Charlottetown, PEI's capital and biggest population center. We also wandered down to the harbour where sailboats were just starting a regatta.


   

It is a delightful area to visit. And the old city residences witness about riches accumulated over the centuries.

On our way back home we stopped at a little bakery from where we bought som date squares and scones, both of which turned out to be delicious. We settled outside in our host's yard enjoying the baked goods and a good coffee.

Rounding off the day Bob started a campfire in the yard which was a fitting occasion to swap stories from when we met so many times around camp fires in the desert. Thank you for all these wonderful memories.

2 comments:

  1. Looks like a great sunny day in Charlottetown along with history and good friends.

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  2. A great day exploring Canada's History then finishing with a Campfire. It doesn't get any better.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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