We were on a quest for starfish. They are plentiful around the mussel farms of Prince Edward Island but we never see them on the beaches. On-line searches revealed Point Prim as a location with starfish in the tidal pools but the information was several years old. Since we could see the area from the beach house, we took the kids for a short drive to check it out.
The bonus this day was the lighthouse at the Point. It is the oldest lighthouse on Prince Edward Island, a tapered cylinder which is an unusual design for a lighthouse in Canada. Also unusual, it is made of brick covered in wooden shingles. Built in 1845, it looks good for its advanced years.
The girls went into the museum and up the tower with their mother while their younger brother stayed with their grandfather and me. Every summer we visit some of the lighthouses around the island and the kids have been to the top of several of them.
Low tide meant there were numerous tidal pools around the Point and the girls were anxious to search for starfish. Their brother is delighted with everything we do.
We spent an hour exploring the area, without finding any starfish. We did enjoy watching the hermit crabs which are plentiful in the tidal pools. The most interesting feature however was the “white” sandstone which covered the outer area of the beach.
When we looked more closely, we could see the tiny barnacles which covered every available surface of sandstone. Such a curious sight! Barnacles by the millions waited for the sea to return.
While we didn’t have any luck with starfish, we had a great excursion with the kids.