Cold and sunny, one of those glorious days when the wind didn't try to cut through to your bones. The park, near the entrance to the Confederation Bridge on Prince Edward Island, Canada, is frozen in time and place.
Marine and rail history of the island are featured here. While the history of the railway
and the ferries is important,
I cannot help but think of the history of the ice boats as I look out over the frozen Northumberland Strait.
Imagine crossing that strait, 14.5 kilometers, or 9 miles, in a small wooden craft, pushed and pulled over the ice by the crew, who jumped into the boat in areas of open water. The primary purpose of the boats was to deliver the mail but passengers travelled in them too, some helping with the journey for a cheaper ticket.
Cape Traverse, one of the ice boat ports, is east of where the Confederation Bridge is today.
Looking out over that icy water in the strait today, I can only imagine what that journey was like in those days. The cold, wind, ice and water required brave workers and passengers too.
This history is another reason I love this island.
P.S. A blizzard is forecast for later today. Winter's last gasp, we hope!