National Geographic : 1975 Apr
Advertisement. magnificent beaches, washed by the warmest salt water north of Florida; seaside towns where you can shop for local crafts and charter boats for deep-sea fishing; and some of the most challenging golf courses in North America. Many of the Island's tuna boats are berthed at North Lake Harbour and other Island har bours. You don't have to be an expert or wealthy fisherman to enjoy the sport. The $100-a -day charter fee for a party of six includes bait, tackle and all the expert advice you can handle. If you'd really like to get to know the Islanders and to find out something about their way of life, plan to stay on a P.E.I. farm for a day or a week. You'll sleep in the farmer's comfort able guest room, eat hearty meals at his table and (if and when you feel like it) lend a hand with the chores. Many farms offer extras like baby sitting service, riding horses and packed picnic lunches and all of them have special rates for children. But the "extra" that really counts is conversation with the farmer and his family the still summer evenings spent rocking on his porch, seeing the world through his calm, shrewd eyes. What to do in Prince Edward Island. In Charlottetown visit beautiful St. Dunstan's Basilica, and historic Province House (where Canada's founding fathers met). Tour the city on a London bus, in a horsedrawn carriage or on foot. Go to the races. Drive to the Acadian Pioneer Village at Mount Carmel, visit Anne of Green Gables House in Cavendish or drive to Green Historic Park and learn how wooden ships were built 100 years ago. National parks. Prince Edward Island National Park. 25 miles of sandy beaches along the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Golf course, nature trails, fresh and salt water fishing. Lodges, motels, cabins and tourist homes nearby. Trailer parks and campgrounds in the park. Camping and trailer facilities at privately-operated locations and in many provincial parks. Write the Tourist Information Division (address below) for locations and details. It's both a unique vacation experience and a beautiful way to take a break from big-city life. Major Festivals. Charlottetown Summer Theatre, featuring "Ann of Green Gables", throughout July and August. Lobster Carnival, Summerside, July 18-26. Potato Blossom Festival, O'Leary, July 31-August 3. Old Home Week, Charlottetown, August 6-16. Prince County Livestock Show, Alberton, August 22-23. Acadian Festival, Abrams Village, August 29-31. Highland Games, Eldon, August 2. Where to stay and what to pay. Hotel and motel prices in Char lottetown, Summerside range from $20 to $30. Cottages available in most resort areas from $100 to $200 per week, depending on size and location. Farm vacations from $50 to $75 per week per person. Camping in the National Park, most provincial parks and at privately-operated loca tions from $3 to $5 per night. Com plete information from: Tourist In formation Division, Dept. CG2, P.O . Box 940, Charlottetown, P.E.I., Canada E3B 5C3. Fine dining is the rule and at least one hearty lobster meal, with all the trimmings Atlantic Canada style, is a must. Native artifacts and local arts and crafts make great take-home gifts. Find them at galleries, and handcraft shops like this one at Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.