other areas on Prince Edward Island, they can be reached from
different island roads. For this part of the on-line tour
since we were traveling down Route 3 and turned onto Route
24 to Uigg we will continue touring this beautiful country,
along the Murray Harbour Road.
the start of the Murray Harbour Road you’ll notice
a small falls to your left and to the right, a river
flowing from the falls. It is a perfect picture for
a photo and also great for trout fishing. As you drive
along this part of the on-line tour, the landscape portrays
incredibly beautiful green rolling hills combined with
the farmer’s fields, groves of forest and streams
far into the horizon. The farmhouses and barns scattered
along the fields and the farmer’s livestock are
spotted throughout the pastures. As you look off into
the distance the blue sky, different shades of green
crops and the red soil, the picturesque combination
of the colors will mesmerize you.
Geese on farm in Uigg
of our heritage and culture are our unique island red clay
roads that intertwine through the forests and fields. These
roads are not used in the winter and become impassable until
late spring due to the mud when the winter thaw leaves the
ground and the spring rain happen. In the summer and late
fall the roads are used by farmers going field-to-field to
tend to their crops, locals use them for short cuts and scenic
drives as they have beautiful foliage, which showcases the
beauty of the island countryside.
County Line Road
of the main red dirt roads are the “County Line”
roads, the one in Kings County begins at Caledonia at
the intersection of Rte. 315 and runs north for 2.6
km until it intersects with Rte. 317. The name “County
Line” derives from the fact that it is on the
boundary of the two counties, King and Queens. This
road has been designated as a scenic heritage road.
In earlier years horse-drawn carriages transported passengers
along this lane, it is bordered by beautiful hardwood
stands that arch overhead to form delightful canopies.
The area has changed little over the years and is still
used by the locals and the visitors to the island.
Uigg on Route 24, Murray Harbour Road, you’ll travel
through the communities of Grandview, Bellevue and into Caledonia.
In Bellevue you’ll find a beautiful quaint spot for
you to try your hand at fishing the island trout, Ben’s
Lake U-Fish. At Ben’s Lake there is the U-Fish and a
camp ground where you can experience trout fishing by; fly-fishing
catch and release method, or using a worm and catch by the
pound. For a real treat watch some experienced islanders casting
out and real one in, it is an art. Now that you have fish,
drop into one of the farms along the route and pick up fresh
vegetables. The farmers will have a sign out at the end of
the gate telling you what they have for sale. They use the
honor system when you pay for your goods…..just leave
the money in a can or box that will be by the vegetables.
on Route 24 you will find Caledonia House where you
can drop in and try some island make coffee and tea,
an island delight. Great way
to jump-start your day! As you come to the end of Route
24 take a right at the Caledonia Church onto Route 315
heading to Wood Islands. Along this route you will come
upon a place that sells antique items, it is on your
right heading south. If it is August when you are traveling
in our lovely island you’ll see fields of wild
blueberries in this area being harvested either by hand
for the low bush or machine for the high bush. Drop
in and buy some fresh berries.
continue on this part of the tour, turn off Route 315
onto Route 23 heading to the Selkirk Road and Iona.
Again, this area will take you through the beautiful
countryside with the wild flowers scattered through
the fields or the Lupins lining the ditches making another
picturesque country drive.
Field of Lupins
the Selkirk Road Route 23 south of Iona, to the Murray Harbour
Road, Route 24 traveling cross-country on the red clay road.
Uphill and down, the Klondyke Road cuts a sturdy swath through
a border of sugar maple, birch and spruce. Foxes, squirrels,
raccoons, and hares have a secure corridor amid the trees and
lower vegetation, as they scurry from one woodland thicket to
another. The prohibition of the 1920’s and 30’s
set the scene for another activity – rum running! Under
the cover of darkness, the rumrunners would steal along the
darkened road hiding their contraband in a secure place. A rag
would be tied to a tree indicating the hiding spot.
Field of Daylily's
off Route 24 onto Route 206 you’ll find the Red
Lane Gardens, which is a Daylilies garden, the perfect
perennial nursery. They grow approximately 700 cultivars
and offer about 300 in their catalogue. Red Lane Gardens
specializes in Spiders and unusual forms, but you will
find every colour, size and shape of Daylily here. They
are only open for Peak Bloom from July 21 to August