Three months to go before we finally make the big move to Canada!
Last week, we finally booked our one-way tickets to Canada. It suddenly feels all too surreal and time seems to go by quicker now that we’ve started to accomplish the major things one needs to do before migrating to another country.
It is indeed a very bittersweet time in our lives.
We decided to leave on the month of June for one main reason – the weather. Since we’ll be going to Prince Edward Island, we wanted to be able to take advantage of the great summer season of the island. Also, the relatively warm temperatures during that season will allow us an easier transition to Canada’s climate.
Here’s our planned itinerary:
- Manila – Toronto (via PAL, with a layover in Vancouver)
- Stay in Toronto for a couple of nights to meet with a few friends, maybe do a little sightseeing of the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls
- Toronto – Charlottetown (via Air Canada Rouge)
We have also already confirmed our short-term rental apartment in the downtown Charlottetown area. We decided to initially go with a short term rental since we wanted to get a feel of the place first before committing long term to any kind of property. Looking for a short-term rental was definitely the task that was the most challenging so far since June is the peak tourist season in PEI and most Airbnb’s and short-term rentals have already been booked. There were hardly any choices that were reasonable and within our budget. We would have preferred to rent an entire one-bedroom apartment, but we had to settle for just a private room with an en-suite bath in a shared house. We don’t really mind since it’s only temporary anyway and it would also give us a chance to interact with different people.
I have been doing much research about the island, and admittedly, it will be our first time to visit, let alone live somewhere with a population of just 35,000 (with PEI being the smallest and least populated province of Canada). One could say that it will be the most extreme opposite of the 12 million population of Metro Manila that we’re used to.
It’s going to be a breath of fresh air, figuratively and I imagine, literally. I can’t wait.
We’ve decided to use a week or two of our initial time in PEI to go around the island and see the sights. There’s definitely so much that the island offers and first on the list are lighthouses, a natural a staple for any island. Of course, we couldn’t go to all of them but there are two that definitely caught my eye.
Point Prim Light Station, Belfast, PE (the only circular lighthouse in PEI)
Covehead Harbour Lighthouse, Stanhope, PE (one of the smaller lighthouses on the island)
Next up, will be beaches, seeing as we’re there during the summer and growing up in a tropical country has made us water babies, we’re thinking of hitting up a couple of beaches as well.
Anne of Green Gables
It seems that Anne of Green Gables is a name that’s synonymous with PEI. Honestly, we have never ever heard about Anne of Green Gables before PEI came into the picture. We had no idea who she was, or if she was even a real historical figure, or how she looked like. After reading up on it, we discover that Anne of Green Gables is a notable literary character from a children’s novel set in rural Prince Edward Island. She is quite the muse of the province, with people all over flocking to the Green Gables House in Cavendish. This is surely one of our must-visit places to jumpstart our transition into the Canadian culture.
I’m also excited about going on that Cows Creamery Tour. Cows Ice Cream, which we’ve tasted on two occasions in Vancouver, is the bomb. And guess what? It’s from PEI and they offer these free tours of their factory. I wonder if it tastes even better in its hometown.
Prince Edward Island may be small, but I can already feel its pull and authenticity just by looking at its pictures. Its charm definitely more than makes up for its size. We’re just looking forward to what the island life has in store for us! As always, if there’s anything you want to ask, feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you as soon as I can! Alternatively, we’ve also set up a Twitter account @tropics2rockies, so we can also talk there.