I feel like I’m going to exaggerate a lot throughout this post, but when it comes to PEI and the adorable island that it is, you must exaggerate to get your point across. For starters when you’re driving across the bridge, you basically feel like you’re heading to another country. The second we drove onto the island I truly felt like we were on vacation in a far away land, and quite honestly most of the time a change in scenery is exactly what us busy and all consumed parents need (AND DESERVE). The lupins driving to our destination were everywhere, I felt like I could smell them through the car windows, when I think of our trip, I think of lupins - pretty much contemplating a lupin tattoo at this point. Kaia and Theodore, alongside their friends Mariko, Jackson and Bode were so excited to head to Cavendish for The Kids Take Over The Vacation. It is exactly what you’re thinking - a vacation planned around the kiddos, and the truth is, that is exactly what most parents end up planning for either way and luckily for us, it was already done! Easy peazy, lemon squeezy!
Once we arrived to The Gables, after somehow getting the wrong address (Matt will tell you it was my fault but don’t believe him) and having the wonderful staff assist me and my whiney self to said destination I was blown away at how stunning the location was. Imoportant to note that if you are visiting Cavendish, which you are right, because it’s the greatest place on earth, but WHEN you do - see what I did there, the Gables is super close to all of the fun family activities. Our cottage at the Gables included three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an extremely spacious living area, a hot tub (that quite honestly the kids did not leave for three days) and a gigantic backyard meant for all the running and playing.
There are so many things to explore in Cavendish, not only for children but also for parents. On our first day we adventured to Ripleys Believe It Or Not, SO COOL - unsure who had a better time at this spot, the Wax World of the Stars, a total hit for everyone, a delicious lunch right beside all the fun and we ended it off with a visit to Jurassic Bart’s. Not only was the museum educational for the kids but just outside the museum there were adorable kittens and brand new baby calves that the kids were able to bottle feed and obsess over.
On our second day we drove down to the boardwalk, a picturesque, fun filled location that made me smile from ear to ear. I whopped Matt’s butt in a car game at the arcade, Theodore as seen below, also is convinced that he whopped Matt’s butt. We ran up and down the boardwalk, over and over and OVER again. After that we ventured to the Potters Parlour and the kids enjoyed the best ice cream on the island while listening to a very talented man playing live music. Right beside the Potters Parlour there is an incredible pottery shop, Village Pottery. I could have spent hours upon hours in there, I would highly suggest checking both of these spots out while you’re visiting and because they are a stones throw away from one another it’s a perfect pit stop for the kids and the parents.
Our final day in Cavendish was incredible. The sun came out to play after a weekend full of rain and everyone was feeling those summer feelings. We woke up and ventured over to PEI’s National Park, it is one of those places where pictures just can not do it justice. Although the beaches in Nova Scotia are beautiful, there is something mesmerizing about the red sand and the salty air over on the island. I would highly recommend spending a day there, but we were on the move and the kids we’re antsy about heading to Sandspit. We had driven by Sandspit quite a few times as the kids asked from the back seat “BUT WHEN ARE WE GOING THERE?” and the time had finally come. I wish you could hear the earth shattering screech that Kaia belted, but just know I contemplated heading to the doctors to get my ears checked pretty soon after. This amusement park is excellent for little kids, Kaia was able to ride on almost every single ride and whenever Theodore wasn’t quite tall enough, there was a ride right beside Kaia’s that he could go on. Kaia loved the bumper cars, and Theo was obsessed with riding on the train. Naturally, slushies and popcorn were next and the trip was capped off with a game of catch the frog and basketball. Sandspit is a perfect size where you can relax and enjoy yourself without worrying about the kids, I appreciated that. Right across the street there was an incredible water park, and although we weren’t able to head there this time, it gives us a fantastic reason to return before the summer is over!
As we drove away from the island Matt and I made a promise that we would make it a tradition every year to take the kids to PEI. Not to mention, the kids have been talking about “PPI” for over a month now and asking to go back every chance that they get.
Thank you to Cavendish Beach for supporting and sponsoring our family throughout this incredible weekend!