September 3, 2012 - On Monday we drove back to Boston, stopping by the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island. We thought we’d cross over to PEI, but didn’t want to pay the $40+ dollar toll to only stay on the island for a few minutes. It’s free to drive to PEI, but you pay a toll to get off the island. The 8 mile long bridge was finished in 1997, and cost $1.3 billion Canadian dollars; before the bridge barges and ice boats were used to ferry people and goods back and forth across the strait.
Instead we got lunch at the visitor center (sandwiches and blueberry cobbler, which was more like a shortcake… the food was warm but we weren’t impressed, it was akin to mediocre diner food) and then checked out the little wildlife area by the shore, Cape Jourimain Nature Centre. We saw 4 eiders bobbing in the water, and had a great view of the bridge.
The rest of the drive back was uneventful, full of Tim Horton’s and a brief stop to buy wild blueberries (and get pictures of a blueberry statue) in Canada’s wild blueberry capital of Oxford. Traffic was almost nonexistent, though we weren’t sure if that was because most tourists were back home or if few people were going all the way up to Canada for the holiday weekend. Overall we had a great trip and are looking forward to exploring more areas in Canada. One word of warning, though, it might be difficult to get money from gas station ATMs, though our American bank card worked fine at Canadian bank ATMs.