I have arrived on Prince Edward Island. As I mentioned in my last article from Iqaluit, I am now in Charlottetown, once again working for CBC.
I was greeted by a cow at the airport. Not a real one. It’s a statue. P.E.I. is famous for its COWS Ice Cream. It’s made here and there are even tours of the plant. Reader’s Digest once named it the best ice cream in Canada. But the company is more famous for its shirts with puns. The airport at Charlottetown was similar to the one in Iqaluit. It’s one room with one luggage belt.
As in Iqaluit, I have been greeted by many friendly, warm, and welcoming co-workers.
On my first night some co-workers and I went to the Brickhouse Kitchen & Bar. It’s located in downtown Charlottetown, which is full of locally owned restaurants and patios. I obviously had to try a seafood dish, so I ordered bacon wrapped scallops, which were delicious and I got about six for just $14.
Most restaurants I have visited feature seafood and my favourite, lobster. I think I’ve had lobster almost every day since I’ve been here. Even McDonald’s and Subway carry lobster sandwiches.
In my first week I visited Summerside which is a 45-minute drive from Charlottetown, the provincial capital. About 32,000 people live in Charlottetown and about 14,000 in Summerside. The population significantly increases in summer because of tourists.
As my cameraman told me about the various communities we passed through, I took in the rolling green hills and lush farmland. I saw lots of cows and horses as we drove, as well as the well-known red soil, made so because its iron content is high.
These are some interesting things that I’ve learned about P.E.I. that I didn’t know before:
Between 1984 and 2008 there was a ban on retailers selling canned carbonated beverages, in order to protect jobs at the local Pepsi bottling plant and the environment. P.E.I. has the warmest waters on the east coast north of the Carolinas. And people say they are ‘on’ P.E.I., not ‘in’ P.E.I.
Krystalle Ramlahkhan is a community correspondent from St. Vital who is writing letters home as she travels the country. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org