Kayaking on Prince Edward Island

Today was the first official day of spring and it arrived with howling winds, a little bit of snow in the morning and torrential rain into the evening. But the sunshine is coming and the boats will soon come out of hibernation. I don’t hate winter but I do look forward to getting back on the water soon.

Here are a few images from last fall during a project for tourism. Isolated away from all traffic, life on the pond is incredibly peaceful.

Prince Edward Island Kayaking

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Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

The Best Beach in Canada

Vacay.ca believes that answer is Basin Head, located (N 46 22.853 W 62 06.590) on the eastern end of Prince Edward Island, roughly a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Charlottetown. This title of #1 has had the local media buzzing. Here is what Vacay had to say:

For reasons scientists are still trying to figure out, this beach makes a strange swishing sound whenever the wind swirls or when a visitor walks on it. Tourism officials on Prince Edward Island suggest the reason may be because of the texture and consistency of the quartz sand. Nevertheless, the sound is a unique feature of a beach that has some of the warmest waters north of Florida. In summer, the water temperature will top 21 Celsius degrees (70 Fahrenheit) at Singing Sands and other sandy spots on PEI, which has more than 800 kilometres of beaches to explore.

Why This Beach Rocks: Some of the warmest waters in the northern hemisphere. The supervised beach is in a day-use (summer) park that has a play area, food, washroom, shower facilities, and the Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

- Vacay.ca

Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

Today’s Image – Singing Sands at Basin Head Beach

I have not yet made the drive to Basin Head this summer, but here is an image from the archives of this clear water beach on a foggy day.

Mid July Update

It has been a busy July of early mornings and late evenings which leaves little time for organizing and sharing new photos. The summer is quickly disappearing and the most I’ve done in the past couple weeks, has been to clear off the memory cards to make room for more.

It has been a warmer than usual July with several record breaking days of 30+ degrees, and often with a humidex of close to 40°C. We’re quick to complain but the weather reports jokingly remind us of the -30 degree temperatures in February.

Anchored Boat off Charlottetown, PEI

Today’s Image – Anchored Down

A calm and colourful (but bug filled) evening across the harbour (N 46 12.470 W 63 08.795) from Charlottetown showing a little bit of contrasting elements with the powered rowboat and the more luxurious yacht in the background.

Springbrook PEI Storm

Canola at the Springbrook Lookout

To call the lookout over the fields in Springbrook slightly famous would be an understatement. With the great dunes of the Cavendish Sand spit in the distant horizon, this view defines Prince Edward Island in so many ways but that’s no secret. At any given time, the roadside is filled with locals and tourists setup to photograph this iconic scene that would even rival a bear jam in Jasper. Add that to the relatively new rotation of canola on PEI, and you build a recipe for yellow chasing photographers.

I made several visits this summer but found myself never alone. On a few occasions, I had to simply keep on driving to avoid the crowd. Although looking back at the situation now, my one regret was not taking a photo of the photographers line along the ditches.

This year was canola. Last year the field was unfarmed. The year before was potatoes. What colours and textures will the 2013 season bring?

On this particular night, I could see the storm clouds building to the west of Charlottetown. My ability to predict is terrible but ideally, you can position yourself on the edge of the cloud front with an opening behind you for the sun to illuminate the deep shadows typically found during heavy rain clouds. This night just happened to be in my favor and it happened to be Springbrook where I found my shot.

Springbrook PEI Storm

At this time the canola had already been cut down. The next few images show the difference from earlier in the summer.

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