By the Banbridge: Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site

By the Banbridge: Short Road Trips

Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site is a 20-25 minute drive from the Banbridge. This National Park is rich in Mi’Kmaq, early French, British, colonial and military history of the island we now know as Prince Edward Island. Enjoy great scenic views of Charlottetown from across the harbour, walk the shore and extensive network of trails. Perfect for walking, cycling and a picnic. Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst is also a must for lighthouse lovers – the park has a couple of its own lighthouses and neighbours beautiful Block House Point lighthouse.

Want to make a day of it?

Love to Golf? Countryview Golf Club is on your way.

Continue through Cumberland towards beautiful Argyle Shore Provincial Park – a long stretch of sandy beach and rock red cliffs. Entry is free and there are picnic and washroom facilities.

Not tired yet?

Drive past Argyle Shore to the sweet historic village of Victoria-by-the-Sea. Check out our Banbridge ISLAND GUIDE 2018 to see our #banbridgebest recommendations on where to enjoy a great dinner here.

 

 

 

 

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Point Prim Lighthouse

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G’day! It’s PEI History Guy here. Some might also know me as caretaker (and resident historian at the Banbridge Inn). I am blogging today for the Banbridge Inn to highlight the historic Point Prim Lighthouse, one of our #banbridgebest and a true gem of island history.

This beauty of a beacon was the province’s 1st sentinel of the sea, built way back when in 1845.

One of only a very small number of round brick lighthouses in Canada. It’s construction was overseen by Isaac Smith the noted architect who built both Province House and Fanningbank, home of the Island’s lieutenant governors. Also involved was the steam lion Sir Samuel Cunard, as well as 3 future fathers of confederation: George Coles, Edward Palmer, and Thomas Heath Haviland Jr.  A climb to the top is rewarded with a commanding view of the Northumberland strait, and once you’ve worked up an appetite be sure to hit up the Point Prim Chowder House if top notch local seafood is your thing! This renowned resto is a must.

Until next time,

Isaac Stewart

PEI History Guy

P.S. If you love of lighthouses is limitless check out my article Point Prim Lights the Way   at www.peihistoryguy.com for a more in depth look at Point Prim Lighthouse.