OF PRINCE COUNTY|
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- 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 Cape through Cape Wolfe and Campbellton, 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 the ship.
- 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 fields and ponds in 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, "skin pond".
- 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 Rock. 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.