A glorious sunny day saw us driving through picturesque country side and small villages toward the north coast of PEI and St Peters Bay. On the east shore of the bay is the Greenwich section of PEI National Park which boast beaches, parabolic sand dunes and a floating board walk. Our initiation into this section of the park was a trip to the very large visitors center building where we learned about the action of the wind that formed the sand dunes and ended with a 10 minute novel video that was viewed from a gallery and projected onto the floor. A visit to the beaches and dunes entailed a 3 mile stroll through a lovely mix of grass lands, forests and over that floating board walk. The board walk crossed a large fresh water pond that is formed behind the first rank of dunes. All in all a pleasant walk.
Our next stop was the city of Charlottetown the capital city of PEI. With a population of 38,000 this town barely justifies the term city. We read in one of our guide books that Charlottetown was chosen as the capital to appease the residents of PEIs north coast, considered at the time the poorer region of PEI. After the mandatory stop at the visitors center we improvised a walking tour of the historic dock area and center. In particular we passed (and of course photographed) Province House famous as the site of the 1864 Federation conference at which the nation of Canada was formed (though the nation did not come into existence officially until the British Parliament act of 1867).
North again. It is an indication of the size of PEI that during one day of moderate driving we were able to cross the island from North-South twice. We headed back to the north coast to find a camping place in PEI National Park (just east of new London Bay).