Savour the seren­ity

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - DOC HOLIDAY -

The laid-back lo­cals and lovely scenery make this un­spoilt Cana­dian is­land a won­der­ful place to en­joy a re­lax­ing visit, writes Sp­ida Everitt

WHETHER you ap­proach Prince Ed­ward Is­land by land, sea, or air, you’ll feel a strange ex­cite­ment be­gin to stir as you won­der, “What will it be like there?” No guar­an­tees, of course, es­pe­cially for me as I have no idea at all what to ex­pect. Only that your heart rate will slow, your smiles will last longer and you’ll some­times for­get where you left your shoes.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land is one of those places you will never want to leave sim­ply be­cause of its gen­tle na­ture, rolling hills, gor­geous coast­line and su­per­friendly lo­cals.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land or PEI as the lo­cals call it, is a Cana­dian prov­ince is­land in the St Lawrence Gulf west of Cape Breton, north of Nova Sco­tia and east of New Brunswick.

This year marks the 150th an­niver­sary (sesqui­cen­ten­nial) of the 1864 Char­lot­te­town Con­fer­ence. More than 150 fes­ti­vals, events and pro­grams form a year-long is­land-wide cel­e­bra­tion to com­mem­o­rate this land­mark event and so we just had to be a part of these fes­tiv­i­ties, start­ing off with a tra­di­tional Blue­berry Stomp.

It was held at the Ros­sig­nol Es­tate Win­ery, on the main driv­ing route around the is­land. As I had never been to a stomp be­fore I had to idea what to ex­pect other than a big mess. Sure enough, there is a big stage set up with four big bar­rels full of blue­ber­ries ready to be stomped. Ev­ery­one gets five min­utes to stomp their hearts out. People from all over Canada came to par­tic­i­pate in their teams event.

There is also live mu­sic, great home­made food, sand sculpt­ing, artists and, of course,

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