Strawberry Season Is Upon Us, How Berry Exciting

This afternoon my father-in-law dropped in with a sweet surprise.  You see, once summer hits, Duncan (my father-in-law – Ian’s Dad) loves to go berry picking.  

He favours low bush blueberries and is happy to head home with a few scratches, or rather battle wounds, from tackling raspberry bushes. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

Today we were treated to a big bowl full of fresh strawberries. And I have to say . . . they are without doubt the best strawberries I have ever tasted; sweet, juicy, and packed full of flavour. 

 So if you want to get in on the berry picking action here are some spots for you in the Prince County area: 

Rennie’s U Pick - Strawberries(where our delicious Strawberries came from) 

Weldon Rennie, Elmsdale, PE C0B 1K0. Phone: (902) 853-2667. Open: Phone ahead, usually Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 8 pm.


Blue Acre Farms - Blueberries
15623 Rte 14, Tignish, PE C0B 2B0. Phone: (902) 882-3410. Open: The typical season is August 1 to September 7.  U-pick or in 10lb boxes, roadside farm, custom picking. 


Eureka Garlic -  Garlic
6 Rte. 233, Kensington, PE C0B 1M0. Phone: (902) 836-5180. Email:  Open: Daily. They sell Seed and Eating Garlic, Black Garlic, and they have a U-Pick for their Garlic as well. Formerly known as Boo Boo's Bee Ranch Honey. Season: Year Round. 


Gaylden Orchard - Apples, honey, pears and fresh cider
Mills Point Road, off Route 106, Kensington, PE . Phone: (902) 836-4230. Open: Daily, 9 am to dusk; the typical season is October to November. Apples, honey, pears, preserves and fresh cider. U-pick and farm gate. Honey and cider available all year.


And if you don’t have time to go picking but want your fill of Strawberries, why not check out the Strawberry Social this Sunday at the Bideford Parsonage Museum from 1:30 pm.

Indian River Festival

June 7 – September 15

 The Indian River Festival offers a summer-long series of concerts set in one of the most accoustically perfect venues to be found anywhere. 

Built in 1902, St. Mary’s Church is a stunning example of the French Gothic style and its renowned architect, William Critchlow Harris, created a space that is perfectly suited to live concert performances. It is idyllically set overlooking fields and pines near Malpeque Bay.

In the 1970’s and ’80’s, St. Mary’s Church, was in serious disrepair. At that time, suggestions were made to tear down the church as the parish alone could not afford to undertake the expensive renovations. Instead, the ‘Save St. Mary’s’ campaign was launched in 1987. 

Due to an overwhelming response from area churches, businesses, individuals, families and other groups, the necessary renovations were paid for and completed within 3 years. One of the campaign initiatives was the “Sundays in the Summer” concert series proved to be extremely popular and a secure source of revenue; however, the volunteer core behind the series became stretched to its capacity. In order to evolve to the next level, a dedicated focus was required to become a separate entity and permanent event.

Consequently, in 1996 the Indian River Festival was founded.  Over its 23 year run, the Festival has been bringing the best in classical, traditional, folk, jazz and world music to St. Mary’s Church. 

This Saturday night (8 June 2019) the festival will have a special event Lobster Tails n Tunes. Featuring PEI Lobster with culinary demonstrations and amazing samples, learn tricks of the trade and have a good ol’ feed of freshly caught Island Lobster. Culinary events featuring Chef Ilona Daniel will take in the food Pavilion, after which will be a special musical performance by island artists Inn Echo.  

To view the full program and book your tickets please visit

A Taste of PEI On-the-Go – The Handpie Company

Whenever we hit red soil, the hankering for our favourite on the go meal kicks in. The warm flaky pastry enveloping flavourful fillings made with local ingredients is just too tempting to go past. But hey, a quick stop in never hurts, especially when The Handpie Company is conveniently around the corner from the bridge. It truly is the perfect portable meal.  

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

To find out a little more about these handfuls of deliciousness we chatted with owner of The Handpie Company Sarah Bennetto O'Brien to find how her business came to be. 

Sarah moved around a bit before venturing over to PEI to take an applied degree in culinary operations at Holland College. While studying here, she fell in love with the Island and, in turn, an Islander and decided to settle on PEI back in 2010. Fast forward almost 10 years and you’ll find Sarah residing close to her store in Borden-Carleton with her family by her side and loving Island life.

Sarah was kind enough to let me get fire some questions her way so that we could get to know the lady behind PEI’s portable pies.

Sarah can you tell us a little bit about your background – what did you study and what path led you to what you're doing today?  

I guess the pertinent education would be a Culinary Arts Diploma from Cambrian College in Ontario and then an Applied Degree in Culinary Operations from Holland College, with a Red Seal Journeyman's Certificate in between them. Two organic farming work experiences also steered me towards sustainable sourcing, and having cooked professionally across Canada a few times taught me the basics of culinary skills but also that I'm very suited to the entrepreneur lifestyle rather than having several layers of bureaucracy above me.

What’s on the horizon for The Handpie Company?  

World domination! But really, we're inching towards our first goal of having a handpie within a 30 minute drive of every islander, with six shops across PEI carrying our frozen product and a couple more waiting in the wings. 

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

What made you decide to go from running a restaurant to specialising in handpies? 

I participated in a business program called Food Excel put on by the Food Island Partnership in the winter of 2017 and had the opportunity to really take a step back and work ON the business rather than in it. Focusing my thoughts on manufacturing a product rather than running a restaurant, and working out the financials for this idea, really just made everything fall into place. We'd always been making handpies for our menu at Scapes but now we would rebrand a put all of our collective energies into manufacturing these items for both hot and frozen sales.   

How many varieties of handpies do you make? 

We have nine core flavours of savoury handpies, with four limited edition varieties available at the moment, plus a rotating selection of smaller sweet handpies that are only available hot. 

Photo Credit: The Handpie Company

Photo Credit: The Handpie Company

Where did you start your career?  

At YMCA John Island Camp in Northern Ontario as a dishwasher and prep cook for a remote island camp that regularly fed over 200 people three meals a day. 

What’s your top seller? 

It really depends on the weather and the season, but our PEI Pasty is always up there. It's our take on the traditional Cornish Pasty from the UK, made with local wheat, butter, beef, potatoes and Canadian turnip. 

What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it? 

I feel like there are daily challenges in business and I thrive on that. Keeping focused and determined and enthusiastically optimistic in the face of these daily opportunities for growth is how I roll. 

You’re a true lover of embracing all things local, why is this such a passion for you?  

My experiences on organic farms taught me first hand what actually goes into producing ingredients, and I'll never lose respect for that process or those people. I strongly believe that everyone in this career needs to spend at least 6 months working with a primary producer. Besides that, community is necessary in business and in life.. and there's no better way to build it than by supporting each other. Walking the talk is core to my values.

Photo credit:      Jenessa Duval Photography

Photo credit: Jenessa Duval Photography

What does a typical day at work involve for you? 

Sarah *laughs* - there isn't much that's typical around here! As a growing business with staff and many moving parts, my days often include working the front counter at the shop through the slow season and working on emails/ order/ shipping and receiving between customers. In any given day I might also be involved with recipe development, retailer communications, wholesale distribution agreements, process development, researching bakery trade show events, new equipment sourcing, packaging design, shelf life testing, scheduling and payroll, bookkeeping, social media management, being witty on signage, fixing plumbing, snow shovelling, the list can go on. I'm not directly involved in the day to day production much as I've built an amazing culinary team that I trust and adore. 

If you could give one piece of advice to someone looking to open a small business what would it be? 

Just one? Sign up for an HST number before you think that you need one, and hire a bookkeeper early. 

And last but not least if we opened your fridge at home right now what would we find?  

My home life cooking revolves around my son's school lunches and quick suppers, so there's always a solid amount of dairy and fruit.. plus I always have eggs for crepes/waffles/pancakes/straight up fried eggs. We're big believers in breakfast for supper. It's rare that I get to cook an elaborate meal at home, but when I do I usually shop that same day for perishable ingredients of awesomeness. 

You'll find The Handpie Company at 1788, Route 115, ALBANY, PE. 

Hot handpies are $8.50 + Tax  and come in a variety of delectable flavours including. Bacon Cheeseburger, BBQ Pork, Beet Corn & Goat Cheese, Curried Chickpea, Organic Chicken Pot Pie, PEI Pasty, PEI Potato with Cheese and Onion, Braised Beef and Mozarella, Pork Tourtiere and their latest flavour Chicken Broccoli.

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

You can also purchase frozen pies which make for the perfect freezer filler for a cozy meal in. Frozen pies are $8 tax free and are available at: KJL Select Meats & Market, Riverview Country Market in Charlottetown, Kent St. Market in Charlottetown, The Evergreen Cafe in Souris, and Food Basket in Kensington. Soon to be found "up west" as well! Stay tuned to our social media channels for that update. 

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

Photo credit: The Handpie Company

Iconic Red Roads

Photo from Sean Landsman

Photo from Sean Landsman

Twists and turns on iconic red dirt roads share an unspoken promise of a breath taking scenes around each corner, the lure of which provides incentive to spur travellers on. 

Panoramic views of the countryside provide that ahh feeling that resets your soul. 

Expect to see glimpses of days gone by as you pass abandoned farmsteads. It’s easy to imagine what life would have been like when these buildings were in their prime.

The twisting red roads are boarded with trees proudly standing in salute. Varieties of Red Maple, Beech, Sugar Maple and Red Oak make for a complementary combination all year round.  

In Spring Lupins, Queen Anne’s Lace, daisies, and a host of other wild flowers are reflective of an oil painting that has been brought to life. 

Throughout all of this exploring, you will not be alone in your journey. You can expect to lock eyes in a curious stare with one (or more) of the islands infamous foxes that roam freely throughout the woods. 

Rustic Roads to add to your route are: 

Walls Road

Location: West of Scales Pond Park in the Freetown area, Wall's Road is passable from Rte 111 to the bridge.

Hackeney Road

Road (Rte 142) for 2.2 km to meet Rte. 136 near Mill River Resort.

Millman Road

Location: North of Kensington, the Millman Road runs south from Rte. 101 in Irishtown for 2 km to meet with Rte. 231 in Burlington. Travelling from north to south provides a good vantage point.

Princetown - Warburton Road

Location: Sections of the Princetown and Warburton Roads form a "Y" shape covering 7.8 km. From Rte. 239 near Millvale the Warburton Road travels south to Fredericton Station. The adjoining section of the Princetown Road runs west from the Warburton Road toward South Granville.

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Perry Road

Location: Near St. Patrick's in central Queens, the Perry Road runs south from Rte. 239.

Junction Road

Location:This road is part of Rte. 227 near Hartsville. Entering from Rte .225.

Jack’s Road

Location: Near the south shore and Wood Islands this road runs from Rte. 1 in Flat River to Rte. 207 for a distance of 4.1 m.

Klondyke Road

Location: For 4.9 km the Klondyke road travels roughly in an east west direction from the Selkirk Road (Rte. 23) south of Iona, to the Murray Harbour Road (Rte. 24).


Country Line Road

Location: The designated portion of this road (Rte. 325) begins at Caledonia at the intersection of Rte. 315 and runs north for 2.6 km until it intersects with Rte. 317.

Mellish Pond Road

Location:Just east of New Perth, this road runs south from Rte. 3 for 3 km to meet the MacDonald Road. 

New Harmony Road

Location: Northeast of Souris (Rte. 303) that runs from the Greenvale Road to the Tarantum Road (Rte. 304).


Resource: Tourism PEI

Falling for Fall

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Fall is one of our favourite seasons – you can’t beat the glow of red, orange, and yellow leaves during an afternoon in the country. It’s the time when you are transported back to your childhood when you hear the sound of crunchy leaves underfoot and everything seems comfy. 

With so much to love about fall, we explore a few of this seasons highlights.

Seasonal produce

So many delicious things are in season during the fall—apples and pumpkins, pears and squash, leeks and parsnips, brussel sprouts and kale.  Here’s one of our seasonal treats that’s perfect for a weekend brunch. 

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Pumpkin Pancakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup pumpkin puree (not to be mistaken by pumpkin pie filling)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 egg

1 1/2 cups milk

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Step 1 - Combine flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl, and whisk together for two minutes to aerate. 

Step 2 - In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin puree, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, egg, milk, 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix in the flour mixture, and stir just until moistened. (Do not over mix.) 

Step 3 - Coat skillet with 1 teaspoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Pour batter into skillet 1/4 cup at a time, and cook the pancakes until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. 

Being outdoorsy

Corn mazes, wagon rides, pumpkin picking! There’s no better way to take advantage of fall’s weather than to spend as much time as possible outside. Plus, many fall activities are a great opportunity to get out and explore. 

Trails such as Confederation, Farmlands, Greenwich Dunes, Trout River and Woodland all bring something unique and rejuvenating to you as you wander through nature. 

PEI is known for its golf courses with some 26 greens to choose from. With the foliage resembling the warm tones of a Crayola deck it’s time to get your clubs out for a final swing. 


Soak in the colour 

Set your cruise control to a slow pace and your navigation to the road less travelled. Driving around PEI during fall is like turning the colour dial up on a remote control.  The red dirt roads and tree lines are so vibrant that you can’t help but feel grateful to experience such a sight. 

To find out more about some of PEI’s iconic red roads click here.  

A brewery that's worth hopping along to

Over the last few years, the craft beer movement has completely taken over PEI thanks to a handful of young beer makers across the island. With an over 1,000 percent increase in the number of local breweries (reaching at least 60), the craft beer scene on the island has for some incredible brews.  

So where does a beer lover get into it and taste the best of the best that PEI beer makers have to offer? We’ve got you covered: from the brewery bars to craft beer watering holes, here’s how to do it right.

Moth Lane Brewing

Our local! After a quick 20 minute drive from The Cottage or Farmhouse you'll arrive on Mickie Allan Shore Road where you'll find Moth Lane. Owner Eric Wagner opened his doors in December 2016 and hasn't looked back since. Eric is a former Lobster Fisherman liked making beer so much as a hobby, the self-taught brewmaster decided to make it into a business and what a business it's become.  Moth Lane sells growlers at the Summerside Market but can at times find it difficult to keep up with the demand for their popular brew. 

The building is a former shellfish business Wagner opened about 25 years ago and ran for several years before he became too busy fishing and managing a local co-op. 

"I used to drive by this place quite often thinking, what the heck am I going to do?" he said.

"When I came up with the micro-brewing idea, it lightened my heart a little bit, knowing I'll put this building back to use," he said. He's expanded it, adding a large deck where customers can enjoy their drinks in summer along with the beautiful view of Conway Narrows on the Island's North Shore.

There's a bbq onsite if you want to grill up something to munch on while enjoying your pint. 

Pint Pick: The Answer, IPA 

Location: 101 Mickie Allan Shore Road, Ellerslie

PEI Brewing Company/Gahan House

Gahan house was the first brewery on the scene and were an instant success. As the beer brewed on-site became more popular, the brewery was relocated to a 19th-century mansard-roofed building located in downtown Charlottetown in November of 2000. The brewery was then renamed the Gahan House Brewery in honour of the original owner, a prominent merchant John Gahant,  an importer of teas, wines, and family groceries.

Brewery tours are available from $15. To find out more click here.

Pint pick: 1772, IPA

Location: 126 Sydney St, Charlottetown

Copper Bottom Brewing

Owner Ken’s passion for craft beer started while selling six packs out of the back door of Propeller Brewing in 2003. In 2012, Ken and his wife Ashley built the “Brewdio”, a nanobrewery and music studio in their home. It is here where Ken developed his tasty beer recipes and where he turned his 14 year obsession with brewing into a plan to open a craft brewery in Montague. Ashley's passion for craft beer came from her travels as a touring musician and was soon intrigued with the idea of bringing a musical component to the project. Fast forward a few years and Copper Bottom Brewing was born. 

While the brewery may be the newest to the club it's already made quite an impression on the industry and can be found in a number of establishments. Onsite they host often host events including a Sunday session series of live music and pizza and vinyl nights. 

Pint Pick: Parkman Ave

Location: 567 Main Street, Montague

Upstreet Craft Brewing

Upstreet Craft Brewing started as most beer companies do - a few buds sitting around slugging back homebrew and talking big game of dropping it all to open a brewery of their own. Before they knew it they were in too deep to turn back and just kept going until they began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Those same buds now say that it was the best idea they ever had.  

You'll find the original brewery on Allen Street in Charlottetown and their recently opened second location is on the corner of Kent St. and Great George Street.

Found at their Allen Street location the taproom is a place to catch up with old friends, celebrate the end of a hard week, sit down to a board game, or have a chin wag with the brewing staff.

And the crew like more than just to brew. To celebrate East Coast music they have teamed up with Breton Brewing Co. to release a collaboration beer they called the Island Jams: Vol 1. To accompany the beer, they put together 11 great songs by PEI and Cape Breton artists and the Island Jams Mixtape was born. Download your mixed tape here. 

Pint Pick: White Noise

Location: 41 Allen Street, Charlottetown

Barnone Brewing

Barnone are a small Farm Brewery situated in the beautiful picturesque rolling hills of Rose Valley. Founded in 2011 by Father and Son team Hugh and Don Campbell. The team grow a small hop yard with 4-6 hop varieties. 

Most Thursdays you can pop in for their 'growler' nights from 6pm - 11pm.  Fill your growler, enjoy a pint or perhaps play a game or two with Horse shoes, Washer-toss, Disc-Golf basket and Bocce ball on hand. There is also a BBQ available for you to cook up a something to accompany your frothy. 

Pint Pick: Outback Blonde 

Location: 4248 Route 225, Rose Valley


With 10 taps of craft beer always rotating brews from the island and North America you can cover a lot of ground without leaving the comfort of your bar stool. 

And that's not all that's rotating, in fact you could say that rotating is a common theme at Hopyard.  Vinyl tunes bring the space to life with a variety of tunes to choose from.  A rotating menu of dishes that are $8 or less is updated every two weeks ensuring regulars always have something tasty to try out. 

Location: 151 Kent St, Charlottetown

Beer brands

The Tyne Valley Oyster Festival


Tyne Valley is home of the Oyster Festival, a five day celebration of this charming small town with a big spirit. This year marks the festivals 54th anniversary and the schedule is filled with events you and your family will love. 


Rock the Boat is returning to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival with featured names like: The Glorious Sons, Kim Mitchell, The Royal North, Andrew Waite & The Firm, The Ellis Family Band and Danny Drouin. To get your tickets or find out more about the line up click here


Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship

From the inception of the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, locally cherished seafood has always been centre stage. This year is no different. Everyone in attendance at select events may receive free oysters shucked by professionals from far and wide!

The festival also features The Oyster and Scallop Supper which has always been a popular event since its humble beginnings 50+ years ago. This meal showcases local delicious seafood, caught by our fishermen and prepared by the locals, just the way we like to indulge!

To find out more please click here.


Some of the below events may require registration. Click here ( to contact the event organizers and be sure to include the name of the event in your subject line. 

Thursday 26 July

Outdoor Movie Night, Britannia Hall, 7:00PM
Price: FREE! 

Friday 27 July

Dodge Ball, Green Park overflow camping area, 12:00PM - 5:00PM
Price: FREE! Ages 12 and up. Registration required.

Hide and Seek Tag with GOWestPEI, Green Park School House (near Shipbuilding Museum) 9:00PM - 10:30PM
Price: FREE! 

Saturday 28 July PEI Soap Box Derby

Tyne Valley, 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Price: $100.00 for new participants. Includes the Derby GoKit and race registration fee. 
$30.00 for returning participants. Includes just the race registration fee. Open to youth up to age 14. 

Monday 30 July

Mr. and Ms. Oyster Pearl Dance, Tyne Valley Community Sports Centre, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Price: $3.00 per child

Tuesday 31 July

Family Clamming and Beach Critter Experience! Green Park, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Price: FREE! 

Kids Craft Night, Northam Community Centre, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Price: $10.00, Registration required. 

Friday 3 August

Kids Day - Kids Gone Wild! (Jungle Themed Day), Ellerslie Elementary School , 10AM - 2:00PM
Price: FREE! 

Oyster Box Decorating Contest, Tyne Valley Community Sports Centre
Make a unique creations in the annual Oyster Box Decorating Contest.
Need an oyster box? Come by the Tyne Valley Community Sports Centre and they'll supply you with one. 

Please attach your name, age, and phone number to your oyster box, and drop it off at the Tyne Valley Sports Centre by Friday August 3. Prizes for Best decorated oyster boxes will be announced on Sunday 5 August. 


Saturday 28 July - PEI Soap Box Derby 

Sunday 29 July – Oyster Shuffle Fun Run  & Miss Oyster Pearl Pageant

Wednesday 1 August – PEI Trivia Night & Horse Races

Thursday 2 August - Shuck Cup 

Friday 3 August – 2018 Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship 

Saturday 4 August – Community Parade & Rock the Boat Music Festival 

Sunday 5 August – Oyster Festival Closing 

For the full details, please click here 



Nature's Spears - Asparagus

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Making their grand entrance in Spring, Asparagus is the perfect vegetable to include in warm or cool dishes. Which, let's face it, is perfect for our up and down weather at the moment. 

The benefits

Asparagus is a very good source of fibre, foliate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  It's one of the top ranked fruits and vegetables for its ability to neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. This may help slow the aging process and reduce inflammation.

These all mighty spears also act as a natural diuretic. Containing high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which not only releases fluid but helps rid the body of excess salts. 

To make the most of this seasons Asparagus here are some recipes that you may like to try: 

Asparagus salad with fetta and pistachios


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 lemons, zested, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches large asparagus with the woody ends removed
  • 4 radishes, thinly shaved on a mandolin or vegetable peeler
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 60g fetta cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup pistachios, toasted, coarsely chopped


Step 1

In a medium bowl, whisk oil, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, dill and parsley. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Thinly slice asparagus diagonally. In a large bowl, toss asparagus with half the vinaigrette to coat. Set aside, tossing occasionally, for 5 mins or until asparagus has softened slightly. Fold in radishes. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Arrange avocado slices on a large platter and top with asparagus mixture. Spoon remaining vinaigrette over salad. Sprinkle fetta and pistachios over and serve.


Poached chicken with asparagus & sesame


  • 3 x 170g chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 bunches asparagus, blanched for 2 minutes in boiling water, refreshed
  • 60g baby Asian salad leaves or mixed baby salad leaves 


Step 1

Place the chicken in a saucepan and pour over enough water to just cover. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then cover with a lid. Bring to the boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and stand the chicken in the liquid for 10 minutes. Drain and thickly slice. Set aside.

Step 2 

Combine vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, spring onions and sesame seeds in a bowl and whisk to combine.


Step 3

Divide the asparagus, salad leaves and chicken among serving plates and drizzle with the dressing.


Asparagus and goats cheese frittata



  • 12 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 cup thin cream
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
  • 20g butter
  • 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, diagonally cut into 3cm pieces
  • 100g goats cheese, crumbled


Step 1

Preheat grill on high. Whisk the eggs, cream and dill together in a medium bowl. Season well with salt and pepper.


Step 2

Melt the butter in a large (20cm base measurement) frying pan over medium heat until foaming. Add the leek and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until leek softens. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until bright green and tender but still crisp.


Step 3 

Pour egg mixture over the leek mixture in frying pan. Gently stir to combine. Reduce heat to low and cook for 4-5 minutes or until frittata is almost set but the top is still runny. Remove from heat. Sprinkle the goats cheese evenly over the top.


Step 4 

Place the frying pan under preheated grill for 2 minutes or until frittata is set and top is lightly browned. Use a spatula to loosen the frittata and slide onto a clean work surface. Cut into wedges and place on serving plates. Serve immediately.



Beacons of Light



Prince Edward Island, or PEI, is known for its statuesque lighthouses.  The Island is home to 63 lighthouses. With an average of one lighthouse every 34 square miles, the Island has the highest concentration in North America.


Cape Bear Lighthouse

Cape Bear lighthouse, built in 1881, and is a typical example of second-generation lighthouse design located on the southeastern tip of PEI. 

Interestingly a gentleman by the name of Thomas Bartlett heard the first distress signal from the Titanic as it sank off Newfoundland in 1912.

Cape Tryon Lighthouse

Perched near the edge of a breathtaking red sandstone cliff proudly stands the Cape Tryon Lighthouse. Built in 1906 this glorious tower guides mariners along the northern coast of PEI between Richmond Bay and New London, warning of the shallow water that extends out a considerable distance from shore.

Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables and numerous other works set on PEI, was living in Cavendish, on the eastern shore of New London Harbour, when Cape Tryon Lighthouse was established.

Montgomery's Anne’s House of Dreams, published in 1909, is set around Four Winds Harbour, in actuality New London Harbour, and features the Four Winds Lighthouse kept by Captain Jim. The following description of the setting of the lighthouse, given in Chapter 9 of the book, leaves little doubt that it was based on Cape Tryon Lighthouse: “The Four Winds light was built on a spur of red sandstone cliff jutting out into the Gulf.”

In May 2016, L.M. Montgomery Land Trust, whose purpose is to preserve the seashore familiar to L.M. Montgomery, became the new owners of the lighthouse.

Cape Tryon Lighthouse

Cape Tryon Lighthouse

Covehead Lighthouse

Covehead Lighthouse is located among the sand dunes in the PEI National Park. First built in 1967 and later rebuilt in 1975, today it is one of the islands most photographed lighthouses. And it really is no wonder, with its impressive views of the North Shore and square taper tower, symbolic of the Island’s maritime heritage.

Onsite you’ll find a plaque describing the Yankee Gale storm that claimed at least 74 ships and over 150 lives in 1851. 

East Point Lighthouse

East Point Lighthouse is commonly known as Canada’s Confederation Lighthouse having been the only Lighthouse in Canada that was built in 1867 and last year celebrated its 150th birthday. Today this site is still in full operation with onsite tours, a craft shop and café. 

Indian Head Lighthouse

North Cape Lighthouse

North Cape Lighthouse

Indian Head Lighthouse is 12.9m and is fully octagonal from its concrete base all the way up to its lantern. It was built in 1881 at the end of a long rocky breakwater that was once level enough to be traversed in horse and buggy, but the water has had its way with the rocks and its now too uneven to be safely crossed on foot. Very cautious visitors may access it by rowboat.

North Cape Lighthouse

The need for a North Cape lighthouse was obvious to mariners from as far back as 1534 when Jacques Cartier wrote of the dangerous rocky shoal, the longest shoal in North America. It was built in 1865 and is one of three similar octagonal, wood-framed towers including Seacow Head and Cape Jourimaine lighthouses that are some of the oldest of this style still standing in the Maritimes.

North Rustico Harbour Lighthouse

North Rustico Harbour Lighthouse is a 12.4m wooden structure that stands proudly alongside quaint fishing shacks and the boats that it protects. It is a beloved fixture in this busy fishing community and a reminder to many of the important part this lighthouse has played in guiding vessels through the rough seas.

Panmure Island Lighthouse

Panmure Island Lighthouse is worthy of a postcard all on its own. But it’s made all the more stunning by the gorgeous white sand beach it overlooks and the distant pastures where horses graze. It’s not only the oldest wooden lighthouse on the Island, it has an important legacy guiding vessels through Georgetown and Montague Harbours since 1853.

Point Prim Lighthouse

Point Prim Lighthouse has guided vessels through the southeastern entrance to Hillsborough Bay at the outer approach to Charlottetown Harbour since 1845. Standing 18.2m tall, Point Prim is the oldest lighthouse on the Island and one of only a handful in the country that are made of brick. The harsh weather took a toll on the brick and it had to be shingled just two years after construction.

West Point Lighthouse

Constructed in 1875, West Point, is the Island’s tallest lighthouse. With no shortage of things to do at this location you can easily spend the day here. Explore the pristine beaches, read up on the history at the onsite museum and take home a keepsake from the craft store.

West Point Lighthouse is approximately a 45 minute scenic drive from The Cottage and The Farmhouse.

Mrs. Lighthouse (Carol Livingstone) is a local hero who is closely tied to the Westpoint Lighthouse. Thanks to her dedication, there is a Inn and Restaurant joined to the lighthouse which has ensured the sites survival. To see a short video on her story click here

'We are working today to save yesterday for tomorrow'  
Carol Livingstone (Mrs Lighthouse) 

Wood Islands Lighthouse

Formerly known as Port Woods, Wood Islands lighthouse stands 15.2 m at the entrance to the ferry docks and has been an important navigational aid since 1876.  In 2009, the Wood Islands Lighthouse was uprooted and moved 70 metres (230 feet) inland to ensure its survival. These days the active lighthouse is open for daily tours, along with a craft shop and the Fishery and Coast Guard Museum.


Veggie Patches for Beginners


Creating an Edible Garden

As the landscape gets greener by the day, hints of the warmer months are beginning to sprout. 

With the time for planting up vegetable gardens just around the corner, we have put together a basic guide on how to create your own patch of produce. 

Pick your position

Choose a spot that has plenty of direct sunlight. Ideally 6 - 8 hours per day is perfect.   Watering is also a consideration; so keep in mind that you will want a place that your hose can easily reach. 


Select your plants

Start with a list of your favourite vegetables to see if they are suitable.  When selecting your plants, it’s also worth considering the amount each plant can produce.

Some good plants for beginners are Mint (though it can take over), Swiss Chard, Zucchini, Lettuce, Tomato, Radishes, Squash, Cucumber, Onion and Parsley. 

Plan your plot

Draw a rough design while consulting seed packets for spacing, spread and height information. It’s best to place the taller plants along the back so they don't shade shorties.

Whether you are starting from seed or fast tracking your garden with seedlings, all the information you will need in terms of growing conditions should be included on the packaging. 

When drawing out your garden keep some paths clear so that you can tend to your garden without treading on your plants.  You may also want to create an edge for your garden; this could be created with annual flowers that can double up for use in your home too. 

Prepare the soil

Working with soggy soil compacts it, making it harder for plants to grow.  A useful hint is to give it a squeeze in your hand; if it falls apart when you open your fingers, it's dry enough to get digging. 

Measure and mark out the plot with stakes and string, before you lift of any grass. 

Using a garden fork and shovel, turn the soil to a depth of at least 30 centimetres. Making sure that the soil is free of grass, weeds and roots. 

Cover with about three centimetres of composted manure and fertiliser before working it in and raking the surface. 

Plant the garden

You can start seeded plants in advance by following the instructions listed on the packet and keeping them in a sunny window.  Click here for some tips from The Old Farmers Almanac.

Following your plan, plant your seedlings with space for them to grow. 

Stake peas, beans and tomatoes; use branches, a fence, tomato cages, even an old hockey stick would do the trick. 

Give your garden a good water to settle your plants into their new home. 



Enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labour!


Springing into the new Season

Even though much of the landscape is still covered in snow, today marks the first day of Spring. With the arrival of the new season sparks some outings that are well worth jotting in your diary.


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Food Glorious Food

8th Annual Burger Love

Starting March 29, you can enjoy 33 days of sampling the participating Chef’s beefy creations.  In 2017, there were 84 participating restaurants with over 184,397 burgers sold in just one month. Last Year Mill River took home the prize of best burger with ‘The Beefy Vixen’.

To find out more visit


Etsy Artisans of PEI Spring Market

From jewellers to wood workers, soap makers to clothing designers. There will be something for everyone!

Best of all, they’re items you won’t regularly find in stores, so while there’s a good chance that someone else might have already bought your baby niece a Peppa Pig plush, there’s almost zero chance that anyone would’ve picked up one a hand-stitched merino wool bunnies.

When: Saturday 28 April 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday 29 April 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: Delta Hotel by Marriott, 18 Queen St, Charlottetown.

Cost: Admission is $5 in support of KidSport PEI. Admission is good for the weekend. Kids 12 & under are free!

Kim Roach Design - One of the talented Vendors that you will find at the Etsy market

Kim Roach Design - One of the talented Vendors that you will find at the Etsy market


Awake tells the story of a group dealing with the sudden loss of their friend, Juliette Murphy. Through songs, stories, and humour, the group face their own insecurities about their choices and reflect on the fragility of life, the awareness of time, and the importance of friendship.

When: Saturday 7 April, 7pm

Where: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside

Cost: $20 (tax & fees included)

Book here  



Supertramp's legendary album Breakfast in America comes to life when Classic Albums Live performs the album in its entirety, note for note, cut for cut at Harbourfront Theatre.

When: Sunday 15 April, 7:30 PM 

Where: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside

Cost: $42.00 (tax & fees included)

Book here  

Rosie & the Riveters
Dress-up in your best 1940s/1950s outfits and hit the town for a great night of music with one of Canada’s most fun new bands. Rosie & the Riveters are fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon.

The band wrote over 40 songs in a cabin in Northern Saskatchewan before travelling to Toronto to collaborate with heavy-hitting Canadian songwriters.

When: April 13, 7:30pm

Where: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside
Cost: Regular Tickets: $28.00,Youth Tickets (18 yrs & under): $14.00 tax and fees included

Book here 

Rosie & The Riveters

Rosie & The Riveters



 Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree

The 19th Annual Bluegrass Old Country Jamboree will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 7 pm.

Featuring The Oxbow Mountain Boys , Mark Boutilier from Nova Scotia, PEI’s own Joe Casey and Westwind. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Marilyn Singer.

When: Saturday 24 March, 7:00 PM
Where: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside

Cost: Regular Tickets: $23.50 (tax & fees included)

Book here

Beatles vs Stones: Battle of the Brits

The ultimate Beatles vs Stones tribute show. Don’t miss the story of the infamous rivalry between the two greatest bands of the rock and roll era; it’s a thrill-ride of a show!

When: 7:30pm

Where: Harbourfront Theatre, 124 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside

Cost: Premium seating (rows A–G) $50, Regular seating (rows H-T) $45, Regular Tickets: $28.00, Youth Tickets (18 yrs & under): $14.00 (tax and fees included in all ticket prices)

Book here


Tasty Taters

Throughout the Winter months yearning for some warm comfort food is a common occurrence in our home. And why wouldn’t it be? On a cold night there’s nothing better than lighting a crackling fire, pouring a nice glass of wine and cooking up a hearty meal. Ahhh , are you imagining it right now?

Prince Edward Island is known for their potatoes. In fact the province is the largest producer of spuds in Canada.

Potatoes fall into two important categories that impact the outcome of your dish: starchy and waxy (plus a category that lies somewhere in between those two).

Starchy: Like the classic Idaho or Russet, these potatoes are (obviously) high in starch and low in moisture. They’re fluffy, making them great for boiling, baking and frying, but they don’t hold their shape well, so they should be avoided in dishes like casseroles, gratins and potato salads.

Waxy: Like Red Bliss or New Potatoes, these have a low starch content and are often characterized by a creamy, firm and moist flesh that holds its shape well after cooking. They’re typically great for roasting, boiling, casseroles and potato salads.

All-Purpose: These potatoes have a medium starch content that fall somewhere in between the starchy and waxy potatoes. They’re a true multi-purpose potato, and therefore can be used for just about any cooking application. A classic example is the Yukon Gold.

Here are some classic potato recipes that you may enjoy.

Cheesy PEI Potato Croquettes

Cheesy Potato

  • 1kg Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled, chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
  • 16 cherry bocconcini
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus extra to garnish
  • Vegetable oil, for shallow-frying
  • Tomato relish, to serve
  • Mayonnaise, to serve
  1. Place potato in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover. Cook on HIGH for 8 minutes or until tender. Mash until smooth. Stir in parmesan. Season. Cool 15 minutes.
  2. Shape 2 tablespoons of potato mixture around each bocconcini. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Combine breadcrumbs and parsley in a separate bowl. Dip potato in egg, then coat in breadcrumb mixture.
  3. Heat oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Cook croquettes for 5 minutes, turning, until golden all over. Drain on paper towel. Serve with relish, mayonnaise and extra parsley.
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PEI Potato Gnocchi

  • 1.5kg PEI Russet Potatos
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups (350g) plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 1/2 qty hot roasted-tomato sugo (see related recipe)
  • Parmesan, to serve
  • Basil leaves, to serve





  1. Place potatoes in a pan of cold water, bring to the boil, then cook for 15 minutes until tender. Drain, return to pan over low heat and toss for 1 minute to remove moisture.
  2. Cool slightly, then peel and pass through a potato ricer (from kitchenware shops) into a large bowl. Add nutmeg, eggs and 1 tablespoon salt, then sift in flour. Using hands, gently mix to a soft dough, adding a little extra flour if too sticky - don't overwork or gnocchi will be tough. Turn onto a floured bench and dust hands with flour. Take a cupful of dough, form into a log, then use a rolling pin to gently roll into a 2cm-thick rectangle. Use a sharp knife to cut into 2cm-wide strips, then cut strips into 2cm lengths. Place gnocchi on a flour-dusted tray in a single layer, then repeat with remaining dough. At this stage, you can set gnocchi aside, covered with a tea towel, for 2-3 hours until ready to cook.
  3. Cook gnocchi, in 2 batches, in a large pan of boiling salted water. As soon as they rise to the surface (30-60 seconds), remove to a tray with a slotted spoon. Toss briefly in a deep frypan with sugo. Serve immediately with parmesan and basil.


PEI Potato Chilli

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  • 3 medium Round White PEI Potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Tomato Juice
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Vegetable Stock
  • 1 medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 small Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Celery Stalk, chopped
  • 1 Green or Red Pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed
  • 14 oz (398 ml) Kidney Beans
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Dried Green or Brown Lentils
  • 19 oz (540 ml) Chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp (25 ml) Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) Basil, dried
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 ml) Pepper
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Yogurt, plain low fat (optional)
  • 19 oz (540 ml) Tomatoes, chopped


  1. Wash lentils. Drain and rinse chickpeas. 
  2. Combine all ingredients, except yogurt, in a heavy saucepan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. 
  3. Dish into serving bowls and garnish with a dollop of yogurt, if desired.

HELLO 2018


Say Yes To New Adventures

Make the Most of Prince Edward Island's Winter Wonderland. 


As fireworks light up the sky across the world it heralds a new year.  New hopes are forged while many reflect on the year that has gone by so quickly.

For many of us we start the year with the best of intentions to get fit, explore more, and stress less. Ahhh if only intentions pulled away the pounds.

With winter well and truly amongst us it’s easy to come up with an excuse to stay indoors, so we thought we would give you some inspiration to pull on your mittens and head outdoors for an adventure.

 Mill River

Located approximately 30 minutes from The Cottage is Mill River Golf Course.  And while it’s a little too nippy for a round of golf there is an abundance of winter-themed activities on offer. The course conveniently doubles as the perfect setting for cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails. And if you don’t have all the gear for these activities you can hire these onsite.

To view the prices please click here.

Brookevale Provincial Ski Park

Brookevale Provincial Ski Park

Brookvale Provincial Ski Park

If you bundle in the car and head an hour east you’ll find Brookvale Provincial Ski Park around an hour away from The Cottage. The park has a lot on offer with activities including cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

If you have always wanted to hit the slopes but aren’t sure how to get started you can get the snowball rolling with one click here.  

There is a range of classes available for all ages.

Download the Brookvale Snow Shoe Map 


Bonshaw Provincial Park

Bonshaw Provincial Park has a trail system covering 25 kilometres. There is many shorter trails that vary in length and intensity connected to the main trail.  

Bonshaw is an excellent spot to snowshoe or get out the cross-country skis.

A public Facebook group has arranged an event for anyone that wants to join them for a morning of snowshoeing. To find out more please click here.

Click here to download the Bonshaw Hills Trail Map

Something a little less strenuous

If you are more of a gym-goer and would prefer to get outside for something less strenuous but equally as fun here are some options that might be more suitable for you.

Sleigh Rides

There are a number of farms on the Island that offer sleigh rides throughout the winter months. 

Great Northern Adventures

The team at Great Northern Adventures offer sleigh rides through the winter months and to warm up afterwards there are fire pits and hot chocolate.

924 Fort Augustus Rd, Charlottetown


Potts Farm, Bonshaw

This third generation farm started doing sleigh rides in 1975 when owner Noel was asked if he could take a small birthday party group for a sleigh ride. The idea took off, with the family’s winter months soon revolving around the sleigh ride operation.

439 Bonshaw Road, Argyle Shore 

Phone: (902) 675-2794

Phone: (902) 894 7558


Snowmobiling on the Confederation Trail

When Prince Edward Island's railway was abandoned in 1989 Islanders were quick to notice a unique opportunity. The idea of a shared use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter was born.

The Confederation Trail stretches 435 kilometres and goes from one end of the Island to the other. The closest section of the trail to Birch Hill is the O’Leary to Wellington section. A map can be downloaded here. The trail is classified as easy to moderate, so if you are after something a little more challenging you might want to go a little further between Wellington to Hunter River.




And if you want a taste of a bit of everything there is a free family fun day being organized by watershed organizations from the Hunter-Clyde, Wheatley, and West Rivers, along with the PEI Department of Communities, Land and Environment, below is the details.

Family Fun Day

Learn more about Island wildlife, forest eco-sytems and sustainable woodlot use while having a little fun.

When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: Strathgartney Equestrian Park, 18 Strathgartney Road, Bonshaw

Cost: Free


  • Sleigh rides
  • Snowshoeing
  • Guided trail walks
  • Chain saw clinic
  • Woodworking
  • Birds of prey
  • Maple syrup demonstration

For more information please click here

So what are you waiting for?  Ready…set….Snow! 

The lady behind the lens


Alana Sprague

Lans Photography

If you have visited any of our social channels you will have no doubt noticed some of the inspirational photography that we have featured from the island.  Recently we had the opportunity to have a chat with one of our favourite photographers to get to know the lady behind the lens, Alana Sprague of Lans Photography.

Alana is a born and raised islander growing up in Stratford where her parents still reside.   Around 10 years ago Alana purchased a Canon Digital Elph Point and Shoot  and she hasn't stopped shooting since, although these days she sports a Canon DSLR.

Having an eye for capturing the natural beauty of PEI, Alana gravitates landscape photography but of recent times has been dabbling in commercial photography and portrait shots.  When Alana is not behind the camera, she can be found in Charlottetown where she works for the Canadian Red Cross.

How long have you been a photographer for?  And how did you get started in the industry?

I started shooting about 10 years ago after the purchase of a Canon Digital Elph point and shoot. This camera became an extension of who I was. I had it with me all the time. Over the years I realized that if I wanted to be more professional I would need to upgrade. I started using a very out-dated Canon Rebel XT to get a feel for using a DSLR and upgraded last winter to a more professional model.

My sister and my mother were both avid photographers so it was almost like a natural progression for me to take up the hobby too. I would say that I’ve been the one who chose to pursue photography professionally.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

Because I work a regular full time job my day can end up pretty hectic at times. I’m currently shooting for PEI Living magazine so I can have several shoots in a week for them alone. I’m learning to balance my day job, photography career and personal life. When shooting for others it can be hard to find time to shoot for yourself. It’s a balance that I still haven’t perfected but am working to all the time. Being a photographer isn’t just about shooting the images, there’s a lot of groundwork before and after a shoot. It’s something that the outside world often doesn’t realize. An hour behind the lens can mean many, many hours in front of your computer! Every day is an adventure and some are more fun than others!

What would be your dream creative project?

Nature is my passion so my dream creative project would be travelling and shooting for National Geographic! I mean, what nature photographer doesn’t have that dream?

Can you give us a little insight into your creative process? How do you decide where and when to shoot?

For me, it can be a planned shoot or on a whim. In the past I would say that adventure was my process. Grab a friend, my gear, jump in the car and go. Sometimes I have a destination in mind or a certain time of day that I want to shoot but it’s often just being prepared and in the right place at the right time. We live on a very beautiful Island, I try to take advantage as often as I can. I also have amazing friends who feed my creativity constantly by accompanying me on my adventures.

Who or what do you turn to for a bolt of creative inspiration?

If ever I feel my creativity waning, I just grab my camera and go, doesn’t take me long to find my groove!

Instagram: I follow many amazing photographers on Instagram and often get creative inspiration from them.

Other Photographers: We have an abundance of talent here on PEI and the Maritimes in general and I’m lucky enough to know many of them. When I got started I reached out to many of them for advice. It’s wonderful when we can shared our passion and talent with each other

If you won a return plane ticket, where would you go?

This is such a hard question to answer for me. I LOVE to travel but I don’t get to as much as I would like. I’ve never been to Europe so that’s very high on the bucket list. My sister and Brother in Law spent some time in Brussels and it looked amazing. I’m also a hot weather girl all the way so there are many tropical locations I would die to visit. Lastly, Antelope Canyon just looks breathtaking, I would love to shoot there for sure!

If you could give one piece of advice to a 16 year old you, what would it be?

Push yourself, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, and pick up a camera sooner in life!!

What is your comfort food?

Craft beer, Upstreet DoGooder to be exact. Not exactly food but a go to for me! #mugclub25

To view more of Alana’s incredible work you can follow her via the links below:

Lans Photography Facebook Page

Lans Photography Instagram 

Golfing your way through PEI

Whether you're a beginner golfer, a “regular”, or dreaming of turning professional - you'll find just the right golf course for your skill level. And the fees are lower than you might expect! 

From the air, Prince Edward Island might appear to be one giant golf course; rolling greens, sand and water traps alternating with woodlots. From there it just gets better. While PEI is Canada’s smallest province in both size and population, it squeezes in a staggering 27 stunning golf facilities across the island. Speaking of staggering, many of the courses are within such close proximately to beaches, restaurants and theatres that you can also hop over to other attractions to complement and round out your day. 

Mill River Golf Course is located in O’Leary – approximately a 20-25 minute drive from The Cottage. The course was opened in 1971 and was rated in the Top 100 Public Courses in Canada by The Globe and Mail. 

If you need a bit more inspiration to book your next game, here are 10 great reasons: 

1. Courses 

Golf is a way of life in Prince Edward Island. In fact, PEI has the most golf courses in Canada per capita. 

2. Accessibility 

On PEI, you’re never far from a course that’s right for you. We’ve got 27 courses for all level of play - and no more than 40 minutes away. 

3. Value 

The real value is the experience of playing PEI, but our courses always offer affordable rounds and packages that fit what you’re looking for. 

4. Convenience 

PEI is a small province, but we’re big in golf! At only 224 kilometres (140 miles), we’ve got more than 400 neighbouring fairways for you to choose from. 

5. Taste 

PEI owns its reputation as a culinary hot spot. Sure, we’re home to the Culinary Institute of Canada, but our world-renowned seafood, produce and other culinary offerings speak for themselves. 

6. Culture 

PEI lives through the arts. Year round, the Island is alive with festivals and events, with live music, theatre & entertainment of all sorts taking the stage, screen and halls across the province. 

7. Heritage 

In 1864, the Charlottetown Conference took place in Charlottetown. This meeting led to the creation of Canada, and earned PEI the designation of The Birthplace of Canada. With that as our background, and Anne of Green Gables as our unofficial cultural ambassador, our heritage plays a key role in all things Island. 

8. People 

Visit PEI for an authentic Island welcome. We’re proud of our worldwide reputation for our warm, friendly & welcoming manner. 

9. Play 

On PEI, “play” extends beyond the course. After a day on the links, our beaches, outdoor activities, arts & heritage experiences, culinary adventures, one-of-a-kind shopping, nightlife and places where you can just kick back and relax are always just minutes away. 

10. Island 

Perhaps above all, PEI is praised for its natural seaside beauty. Our red cliffs and pathways, white sand beaches, and multitude shades of green are an outstanding backdrop on or off the course. 

To find out more about PEI’s courses or to book a round, please visit

Mill River Golf Course

Mill River Golf Course

The romantic side of PEI

Prince Edward Island’s scenery makes the perfect backdrop for a bit of romance, weddings, or even a proposal.

What qualifies us to write this, personal experience. We (Clare & Ian, the founders of Penguin & Bear) were engaged at The Cottage this month and there couldn’t have been a better location to say yes!

We have picked out some fun outings you might want to pop on your 'to do' list across five unique and charming (just like your loved one) regions

North Cape Coastal Drive

• Have a sleep in and then venture out for some local flavour by visiting one of the various cafes throughout the region, our pick is the recently opened Tyne Valley Tea & Company

•A visit to North Cape is a must. Located at the very tip of this region, are wind turbines of all shapes and sizes. Explore the trails that take you up-close to the giant windmills, learn about renewable energy at the interpretive centre, and have dinner with a view at the Wind & Reef Restaurant.

•Wrap up your evening after dinner with a local musical production, a walk along the Summerside harbourfront or an exciting evening watching harness racing.

Green Gables Shore

•Rent bikes and embark on a seaside ride or explore the North Shore by kayak as the sun begins to set.

•Unwind with a delicious meal and a glass of wine at any of the various restaurants that overlook the beautiful North Shore coastline and rolling dunes.


•Book a table for two at any of the amazing restaurants downtown, most of which have award winning chefs and specialize in local farm fresh produce. Our pick would be:

•Wind down with a stroll along the waterfront and then head to Victoria Row where, during the summer months, you can find a seat on an outdoor patio and enjoy live music and a nightcap before heading back to your accommodations.

Points East Coastal Drive

•A visit to Basin Head, where the sands sing and the views are unforgettable, is a must for your romantic getaway.

•There is lots to do in the Points East Coastal Drive. In fact this region boasts: 13 golf courses; 34 beaches; 6 lighthouses; 34 history and cultural attractions; 24 harbours; more than 100 restaurants; 230 fixed-roof accommodations and campgrounds; 12 provincial parks; 6 Scenic Heritage Roads; and a national park.

Source: Tourism PEI

The Burgers are Back! PEI Burger Love Returns

It’s an island favorite and something that the locals rejoice for upon its annual return. It is - Burger Love!

Returning for its fifth year, Burger Love is a month-long celebration of Island Beef through the culinary creation of amazing, one-of-a-kind burgers brought to you by local restaurants and their rockstar chefs.  

When the grills were turned off last year, PEI Burger Love sold 163,170 burgers during the 30-day campaign. That's more than the entire population of PEI!

In 2016, 73 restaurants participated and together they went through over 71,000 pounds of beef to feed their hungry burger-crazed fans.  

Last year's burger sales generated total revenue of $2.2 million dollars, a clear demonstration of how much of a hit this annual event is with islanders.  And it's not just the participaring resturants that reap the rewards. This year a number of venues will be donating $1 from each burger sold to The United Way of PEI to fund programs that increase access to local and affordable food for Islanders.

Participating restaurants partake for the love of pleasing the crowds but also vie for the position of Most Loved Burger. Taking home this prestigious accolade in 2016 was The Brick-Inator. This epic burger was created by Kyle Panton of the Brickhouse Kitchen and Bar in Charlottetown. A variation of the Brick-Inator will be in this year's running for Most Loved Burger and is listed as The Brick Deluxe. 

To see the full list of participating restaurants, the burger map, and to cast your vote please visit

Our love is headed to our our favourite local - The Landing, Oyster House and Pub - who are presenting 'Who's Umami?' - a burger built with all Island beef, toasted double split top bun, bacon, red onion, pimento cheese, umami ketchup, leaf lettuce, soy roasted mushrooms, rise & brine beer pickle, and topped with parmesan tossed tater tot.

Happy eating! 

Last Year's winner, The Brick-Inator from THe BRICK House, CHARLOTTETOWN. 

Explore PEI while geocaching

Do you consider yourself a treasure hunter?  That is pretty much what geocaching is about!  If you enjoy a walk in nature combined with a bit of adventure, then explore PEI with a GPS or your smart phone.  Download a free app and you’re ready to track the cache.

What exactly is a cache, you ask?  A cache is a small container, most likely camouflaged and a little off a beaten track or trail.  The cache is waterproof and contains a log book or perhaps even pins, badges or small toys.  There are thousands hidden in Prince County alone!  

When you find a cache, remove the log, enter the date found and sign your user name.  Then replace the cache in the same spot you found it.  Log onto the geocache site, and in many instances, you will find history of the area and many interesting stories.  You can see what others have written and how many have been adventuresome in the same area you just traversed.

Geocaching is enjoyed world-wide; so why not give it a try? You never know it might just end up being your new favourite outdoor activity.  On beaches, in parks, deserted roads, in forests, graveyards, in secluded areas across PEI, get out and enjoy the beauty of our Island.  A great place to begin your geocache experience is Green Park—a 4-minute drive from The Cottage!

For more information and to register:

Article by Carolyn McKillop

Lennox Island

In Malpeque Bay, a short distance from The Cottage, lies Lennox Island.

There is no time line for the First Peoples of Canada and when they settled in our area; however, storytelling tradition goes back thousands of years. The ancestors of the Mi’kmaq were 'gatherers' — fish, berries, wood for baskets. They travelled and lived in camps in the area: Northam, Tyne Valley, Port Hill, Conway Narrow, Freeland, and Portage. Hogg Island, also in Malpeque, was a sacred settlement and many Mi’kmaq are buried there.

There are many stories of hardship, struggle and survival. There are also many stories of success and triumph. Two books of interest at the cottage are Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island by A.J.B. Johnston and Jesse Francis, and Micmac by Choice by M. Olga McKenna.

In the fall of 2016, CBC profiled five communities in Canada facing serious threats from climate change. Lennox Island was one of these communities: the forecast is not bright—it is reported to have lost one square kilometre of land in a single generation. At this rate, 50 percent of the island could be underwater in 50 years.

You will be warmly welcomed to experience all that Lennox Island has to offer and learn more about this unique settlement. Stop at the Eco Tourism Centre and the Cultural Centre as well as walk the “Path of Our Forefathers.” Gifted artisans showcase original woodwork, painting, jewelry and basket weaving.

To visit Lennox Island, take Hwy. #12 from the cottage to Tyne Valley, continue past Ellerslie and take Rte. #163 to Lennox Island.

To learn more about Lennox Island you can visit, or watch the North Cape Costal production via Youtube. 

Article by Carolyn McKillop