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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Victoria by the Sea ~ PEI Day 3

Victoria-by-the-Sea is absolutely adorable, if not enchanted little town. It truly is right by the water and even has its own lighthouse. It is a charming village located in central Prince Edward Island, Canada. The historic seaport, tucked neatly on the south shore of the Island, halfway between Charlottetown and Summerside, was founded in 1819. You can get a true sense of the history of the village by viewing the exhibit Keeper’s of the Light at the Victoria Seaport Museum. You can also stroll the tree-lined streets that were laid out in the 1860’s, dine in one of the many little restaurants or sample handmade chocolates in one of the former general stores, attend a play in the historic community hall or watch the lobster fishers land their catch on the wharf.

When we saw the map of the town, we realized that this place is just as small as we thought it was: just four blocks. Yet! The town has so much to offer: cafes', a chocolate shop, restaurants, B&Bs, glass studio, candle shop, yarn shop, antiques shop and even a playhouse.

I loved this area of PEI. I think this little treasure of a spot was one of the highlights of our time here on Prince Edward Island. I love older houses with tons of charm and Victoria-by-the-Sea seems to be designed around my dreams of the kind of place I have always wanted to live. In some ways it felt magical.  We walked all through the town and visited several of the shops.  By far my favorite was the candle shop.  There's not much Ben Smith and his daughter likes more than sharing their passion for candle making with anyone who comes by his Enchanted Candle shop and his candles are definitely one of a kind. Each is hand carved...there are no two ever exactly alike.... Ben describes his process as "a mysterious power of physics" allowing him to create blanks from hot wax fused with red sand from the Victoria shore.  It was a wonderful experience visiting with Ben and his daughter and we did buy several of his beautiful candles.

We also enjoyed the Yarn Shop and Chocolate Factory....

After walking around town we got pretty hungry so we went out to the docks and had lunch at the Lobster Barn ~ It was really good food and our waitress Christa was really fun!  I had the Lobster roll with French Fries and Ralph had a Hamburger with Fries... YUMMO!

It was a great day spent with friends ~ a great little town with a lot to see & do ~ they also boasted having the largest Oak on the Island ~ we highly recommend you visit here and enjoy the quaintness!

Largest Oak Tree on the Island
Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Sharon Del Rosario said...

I'm enjoying your blog as we plan to take a similar tour next summer. Keep on posting!

Jerry and Suzy said...

Donna. we sure would like to be there with you. Our East Coast trip is planned for 2015, maybe 2014, but more likely 2015 and for a couple years after. PEI is certainly on our list! We'd also like to winter in Florida, and would welcome your suggestions for a lower cost, out-of-the-way haven.

Elaine said...

hey sissergurl we were away for a few days helping a friend then headed to our cottage yesterday as all the kids were there...looks like your catching up on the blogging..sorry the stick is out of range on you..it works like cell service...see you next week...xoxo

Unknown said...

I enjoyed reading this. Looking at the food pictures made me hungry ~ :)


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