There are few beaches along this stretch of road but those
you do find will be quiet and secluded. The road parallels the
shore and cliffs
define the shoreline. From West
you will see New Brunswick in the distance.
If you're driving through the area at
night, keep a close watch out for the ghost ship sometimes
seen in this area. A true mystery, nothing is known about
After Campbellton, the road turns inland for a few kilometers.
At Miminegash Pond
the road nears the ocean again and farms
hug the road and shore
Miminegash is home to 100 boats during the fishing season and
is an important centre for seaweed harvesting. The Irish Moss
Interpretive Centre is located here.
Skinners Pond is the hometown of singer/songwriter, Stompin'
Tom Connors and there is a small museum to honour his contributions
to Canadian music. This is a pleasant area to drive through and
the area are protected from the ocean by windswept dunes.
Skinners Pond is said to be named for a sea captain shipwrecked
there. It's also said to be derived from étang des Peaux,
The Ladyslipper Drive passes through Norway and the road turns
to gravel. Where the road takes a hard right toward Seacow Pond,
you can continue straight ahead to Elephant
. Here the wind and waves have eroded the shoreline and
left a freestanding rock formation which looks just like an elephant.
Note: this section of road is dirt and is over private land. If
you're driving a motor home stop when the road reaches the shore
and walk the last few hundred meters because there is very little
room to turn around and the road is right at the edge
of the cliff
Turn left to Seacow Pond and North Cape. "Seacows" or walruses
used to be found in abundance in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In
1847 it was recorded that the area "was resort of great numbers
of the Walrus or sea-cow: hundreds of these animals were killed
on the land by the early inhabitants, among whose descendents
pieces of their skins still remain in use. A deep pond near Tignish
is said to be filled with their bones, and their tusks of ivory
are occasionally found on the shore or in the forests." There
are no walruses in the area today.
Seacow Pond is now a small
harbour which is home to 32 boats. With the lobster season
in full swing, boats idle just offshore
to haul and transfer their catch. When not being used, traps
and markers await the next season.
North Cape is the northern most tip of the Island. In addition
to the lighthouse
there is a restaurant and gift shop. North Cape is also the site
of a wind energy test station.
This is the end of this part of the
tour. The next segment in our series of tours will take you
back to Summerside via the eastern portion of the Ladyslipper
drive. Thanks for taking the tour.