The best way to see the varied ecosystems of the park is to walk along the Gulf Shore Trail. The trail stretches between Brackley Beach and Dalvay and is just over six miles in length. The trail moves between sand dunes, marshes, beaches, eroding clifts and forests. The trail is immaculately maintained and contains many markers providing information about the area and it was occurring now with the land. Total time to make the round trip is about three hours. Be sure and carry water and sunscreen because the sun can be intense even when it is cloudy.
The Confederation Bridge is one of the two principal ways in and out of Prince Edward Island (PEI). The bridge connects the province of New Brunswick with PEI. The bridge is about 30 miles from Prince Edward National Park.
The Confederation Bridge is indeed an interesting structure. At a little over 8 miles in distance it is the longest bridge in the world that crosses over ice covered water. The bridge was completed in 1997 after four years of construction. In the 1980's the idea of a fixed link bridge was a major political issue in PEI. After a vote showed that nearly 60 per cent of residents favored a bridge it was started in 1993. The bridge cost over a billion dollars to construct and took over 5,000 workers to complete.
Driving on the bridge is interesting because of the frequent curves and the low speed that traffic is allowed to cross at. What is the most frustrating thing about the bridge is that the cost to cross for a car with two axles is approximately $ 47 each way.
Finding wildlife on a trip is never easy but in this case it jumped right out in front of us. Red foxes are an infrequent occurrence in PEI. Typically they either build a home into the sand dunes along PEI or into a hole or small cave in the forest or lowlands area of the province. This guy must have wanted to be an actor. He was willing to pose up until the time I got too close. He was far and away the most interesting animal visitor on our whole trip to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI.
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