Oh, Charlottetown: PEI’s gateway city to endless beaches
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This past summer, over an intense 72 hours, I had the good fortune to fall in love with an island of foxes, ice cream and endless beaches. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then you’ve probably never been to Charlottetown, PEI.
Crashing my good friend’s month-long retreat, I ventured to the island province that stakes it’s claim as the birthplace of the Confederation with somewhat subdued expectations. Flying into Charlottetown the same night that the Perseids meteor shower was beginning to peak, my plans for a casual visit to the Gulf of St. Lawrence quickly transformed into an action-packed weekend. Over three days, we covered close to 2/3rds of the island, from downtown Charlottetown to the foreshore beach of Souris.
Not wasting a moment, we spent our days walking the singing sands of Basin Head, wandering the salt water marshes of Greenwich, indulging in road-side ice cream in Miscouche and wading out into the warm waters of Cavendish. By nightfall, we were back in Charlottetown, winding down over craft beer or cracking lobster on the wharf.
It was a weekend that was exhausting but completely unforgettable. Honestly, I still find myself thinking about the huts of North Rustico Harbour and the quirky gardens of New Glasgow. Did I mention the amazing Greenwich National Park? Where else can you find massive sand dunes, salt water marshes and what seems like kilometres of beaches?
I’ve started pulling together some of my favourite shots and I’ll probably keep adding more as I revisit the archives. Head over to the “Oh, Charlottetown” gallery (portfolio here) and scroll through some long exposure images and lots of landscape shots of wild beaches.