Friday, September 29, 2023

Prince Edward Island Shore Excursion Review: Finest Scenic Drive, Anne, and Lobster


I loved Anne of Green Gables as a child so I had to book the Finest Scenic Drive, Anne, and Lobster Celebrity shore excursion during our Canada & New England cruise. Here’s a short video with the highlights:

We met in the terminal at 11:15 am. I highly recommend exploring Charlottetown before the town. We arrived back from the tour right at departure time. We were some of the last people to board before they pulled the gangway to sail away.

We were on the bus leaving the port area at 11:30 am. The first order of business was the lunch order. A whole lobster was included. If you didn’t want lobster, you could choose from chicken crepes, fish cakes, or potato pie. Prince Edward Island is famous for potatoes.

After an hour drive, we arrived at  North Rustico Harbor. We spend about twenty minutes here for a photo stop and learning about lobster fishing. Then, we took the 10 minute drive to Green Gables Heritage Place. This farm was the home of David Jr. and Margaret Macneill - cousins of Montgomery's grandfather. Montgomery cited the farm as her inspiration for Green Gables. The site offers bathrooms, a gift shop, lovely displays about L.M. Montgomery and the Anne of Green Gables series, a small restaurant, house, and barn. A small trail heads into the Haunted Woods. Be sure to stay alert. The short trail ends up at a golf course.

We had 45 minutes at the site. It felt like enough time to me, but those who wanted to read all the displays felt rushed.

We had a 15 minute drive to Prince Edward Island Preserve Company for lunch. This is such a charming restaurant. Beers and wine were available for purchase. Our lunch included tomato soup, a whole lobster, and raspberry preserve cheesecake pie. We had about 45 minutes for lunch. The Preserve Company had a small gift shop and a lovely garden. The drive back to the port was around 45 minutes.

I thought the tour gave a great overview of the area.

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