The national park on Prince Edward Island received a great deal of damage from the storm known as Fiona. Recently, after much work by park personnel, a few areas of the park, including Cavendish Grove, were opened to visitors. The last several weeks, high winds with lower temperatures have precluded picnics, but on a cold day, with less wind, we took a picnic and headed to the park, anxious to see for ourselves what was left of one of our favourite places on the island.
My husband and I stopped at Cavendish Grove to see how the old trees in the Grove fared with the storm. We had a quick look and decided to return there for lunch since, to our surprise, many of the trees in the Grove appeared to have survived.
The overlook at Oceanview in Cavendish is open in spite of damage to the viewing area. We could see Cavendish Beach in the distance, but people are not permitted on the beach due to the damaged dunes.
Off-shore, birds which I couldn’t identify at a distance provided a challenge for the camera. However, later looking at the photos, I saw Long-tailed Ducks, gulls
and Common Eiders.
We continued along the Gulf Shore Parkway to MacKenzies Brook where the sea arch, seen here in late October,
became a sea stack last month. The arch was weakened by the storm and it was only a matter of time for the top to collapse.
We drove on to North Rustico where down by the lighthouse, the damage from Fiona is evident.
Back at Cavendish Grove, we cleared the ice from one end of a picnic table and covered the bench with layers of towels against the cold.
The beef stew was delicious, piping hot and with the hot tea, warmed us to our toes.
A walk to the beach followed. The damage to the trees along the way was sad to see.
This trail used to be beneath a canopy. It will be different next summer. However, along the way, shots of colour from the wild flowers and shrubs lifted our spirits.
Nature does her best in the harshest of conditions.
The beach is closed to visitors but some dunes were visible through the trees.
The Lake of Shining Waters was shining with a skim of ice over its surface that day.
We only saw two other people in the park that day but it was good to see that the park will continue in spite of the damage.