The next morning we got an early start to Prince Edward Island. Known as PEI, the locals say it stands for "potholes every inch." That is a very good description of the roads!
The island is connected to New Brunswick by the Confederation Bridge. At 8 miles, it is the longest bridge in the world crossing ice-covered water.
After four years of construction the bridge opened to traffic on May 31, 1997. At its highest point the bridge is 197 feet above sea level.
Engineers incorporated a number of safety features into the bridge design including curves to reduce the potential for accidents that experts believe happen more often on straight highways or bridges.
After crossing the bridge we headed to the only disc golf course on the island and the top course in Canada. After Mark played 18 holes on this beautiful course, we then headed to the Cows Creamery where they advertised factory tours.
This is an extremely small facility. In fact, the gift shop was probably larger than the rest of the factory. We were surprised to see a large t-shirt production facility.
First t-shirt design.
Numerous t-shirt designs.
There are a lot of steps to making a multi-color t-shirt.
These ladies are folding the t-shirts.
Printing the t-shirts.
Unfortunately they were not making ice cream at the time we were there. And only one of the rooms had the lights turned on. We wonder if they make more money off of t-shirts than ice cream!
Our next stop was the Canadian Potato Museum.
We knew we would be able to eat lunch at the museum so that is the first place we headed. I had a loaded baked potato.
Fully loaded baked potato with potato chips as a side.
Mark had poutine. Poutine is a dish that originated in Quebec. It consists of hand cut fries topped with homemade gravy and cheese curds. It's actually very good!
Our lunch was very good! After lunch we paid our entry fee ($10) and headed into the museum.
This is a typical museum with lots of antique farm equipment.
Single furrow plow
1920's International Harvester
Rubber tires didn't start to become common until the mid 1900's.
We were seeing many fields of potatoes while driving around this area. Prince Edward Island claims to have the highest per capita potato production in the world. Lots of potatoes and not that many people!
Production of commercial potatoes in Canada.
Spaniards were the 1st to bring potatoes to Europe from Peru in about 1550.
There was a large exhibit of potato pests, tastefully displayed as potatoes in little coffins...
More than 260 known viruses, bacteria and fungi infect potatoes.
I did purchase a magnet.
There wasn't a fee to get on the island but there was a $47 fee to get off the island.
Toll booth leaving the island.
We headed back to our hotel in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Next time: Nova Scotia