The Great Canadian Road Trip II – Part 7: The Three Hour Tour

Today my wife and I decided to take a boat tour in an attempt to see whales via a company called Wicked Sea Adventures. Now, I’ll say up front that any whale watching tour cannot possibly guarantee that you will see whales. So if you come across a tour that guarantees whales, run in the other direction.

Having said that, we did not see whales. However we did still have a good time. Here’s why.

First of all, finding Wicked Sea Adventures was a bit of a challenge. They’re located an hours and a bit outside of Charlottetown, and they give you the address of a local cafe with the intention that you’ll see the sign for Wicked Sea Adventures across the street. Once you park next to a roped off area, you walk down to the dock area which looks like something out of a tourism ad (Note: All pictures in this post were shot with the Nikon Coolpix P1000):


You’re welcomed on the boat which holds no more than 12 passengers and 2 crew and you go through all the safety related items. Then you head out.


On the way out of port, you’ll see the East Point Lighthouse. We’ll be heading there in the coming days not only to see the lighthouse, but we’ll be riding our bikes in the area.

So after our captain tried and failed to find any whales (though I will note that he did see some dolphins but they disappeared before we could snap any photos), he had us try some fishing:

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Now while most passengers who tried a hand at fishing got mackerel of some sort, I got two of these:

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This is apparently a Scuplin which is a bottom feeder. It wasn’t good for what was to come next so both of them were tossed back into the ocean.

So what was come next? Well the fish that were useful were chopped up and once we were in an area with Seagulls and Gannets, this happened (Note: This video was shot on the Nikon Coolpix P1000 in 4K):

It was amazing to see the Gannets dive from 20 or 30 feet above the boat into the water to get the chopped up fish. This was the highlight of the boat tour which lasted just over three hours.

After we returned to port we took a short drive to Souris where we saw the lighthouse not too long ago so that my wife could get some food. Specifically to this place:


My wife grabbed a lobster roll and she said it was outstanding. But take that for what it is worth as she’s said all the seafood that she’s had was outstanding. From there, we made the drive back to Charlottetown to our hotel. And next up was dinner for yours truly. We went to John Brown’s on Victoria Row. After my wife had a Cesar Salad and I had fish and chips, we looked around the area:

DSCN0562.JPGThere was a band playing outside. In fact, in a number of areas in Charlottetown have live music near various places to eat. One thing to note that this was the latest place where I tried to have a local brew and it was out of stock. I’ve never seen a place where beer was out of stock.

Next up for us tomorrow is some sort of tour that my wife wants to do that looks at various artisans on the island. She’s going to be reporting on that tomorrow so stay tuned.

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