OF CHARLOTTE'S SHORE|
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- Rocky Point is directly across from Charlottetown and forms one of shores of the entrance to the harbour. Before the West River causeway was built, there used to be a ferry here which made the short crossing to Charlottetown.
- Fort Amherst and Port La Joie are now protected as a National Historic Site. Port La Joie was the site of the first French settlement on the Island about 1720. The French called the Island, Isle St. Jean. The Island changed hands a number of times and in 1758 the British took control of the Island for good. The British called the Island, St. John's Island and built Fort Amherst on the point of land overlooking the entrance to the harbour. In 1798 the Island legislature voted to change the name to Prince Edward Island and the change was made official by the British government in 1799.
- As you continue along, the road rounds the point and heads west along the south shore of the Island. The top of the point is quite high (by Island standards) and you can look back across the point toward the West River. Or you can pretend you're flying and see this aerial view of the Cumberland shore, Fairview, the West River and Meadowbank.
- This area is called Cumberland, and was probably named for Bentinck Harry Cumberland, proprietor of that part of Lot 65 who lived at Rocky Point from c1833-c1840. The Cumberland shore offers a great view of St. Peter's Island and you can see across the strait to Nova Scotia.
- At Nine Mile Creek you get a closer look at St. Peter's Island across ripening fields of grain and you can look southward toward Rice Point. At low tide you can walk from Rice Point out to St. Peter's Island on the mudflats. At high tide you would have to swim so don't stay too long. Rice Point was named in 1765 for George Rice, Lord Commissioner of Trade and Plantations. The MicMac called it Segunakadech, "little ground nut place".
- At the Canoe Cove Junction turn left. If you drive along another 0.6 km (0.4 miles) you can turn left at the corner and go down to Canoe Cove Park. At low tide the beach is about a kilometre long and several hundred metres wide. It is a great place to play in the sand and take your dog for a swim. There is a nice picnic shelter with an old-fashioned pump for nice clean water.
- At the junction, look for the old Canoe Cove school which was established in 1820.
- The Argyle shore is locally known as an area of secluded cottages and great views of Nova Scotia. It is also known as the site where the vessel Argyle brought 150 Scots to settle in 1791. The Scots cleared farms which stretch from the gentle shores up the slopes almost to the sky. Many of their descendants continue to live in the area and well kept farmhouses attest to their hardworking nature.
- Turn left here onto the main highway. The center of the county is surprisingly hilly which may not be obvious in this photo of the hills near DeSable but you'll appreciate if you're riding a bicycle loaded with touring gear.
- Continue westward into Hampton where we'll turn left toward Victoria.