For those of us growing up in Canada, we had a shared friend; a fiery redhead with an expansive imagination who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed in. In opening up the world she envisioned, L.M. Montgomery gifted us with Anne of Green Gables in 1908, the start of a much-beloved book series set in Prince Edward Island. For Brit and I, it was a certainty that we would have to dedicate a day to seeing in person the place that was L.M. Montgomery’s inspiration for Green Gables.
“You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island” – LM Montgomery
I only found this quote after our trip, but it’s achingly accurate. Being in Prince Edward Island, particularly on the beaches during our second full day, was beyond peaceful and truly relaxing. It was just the break I needed.
When Brit and I put in motion our plan to move to Ottawa, I remember excitedly saying that we should take a road trip to Prince Edward Island, as it would only be a 14 hour drive away. Five years later, that suggestion was formed into a solid plan and we were on our way.
When I think of provinces with gorgeous coastlines in Canada, New Brunswick isn’t usually the first province to pop into my head. Even so, there is one stretch of shoreline along the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick which is unlike any I’ve ever seen. Given that it spends most of its time underwater, it’s safe to say this experience was bound to be a unique one.
To say I am a morning person would be an outright lie. It was therefore a daunting thought to get up in time to leave by about 3 am on our drive out east. Not only did we have a roughly 11 hour drive ahead of us, but we had to pass by Montreal, where every time of day feels as busy as rush hour. By some miracle or other, it was easy to hop out of bed and get moving. With our adrenaline flowing, we were finally on our way!