Hi everyone! Tour Coordinator Emilie here. I had the amazing opportunity on April 5th to experience my first Island’s Finest Tour. Although it was a bit chilly and most places are not open for the season quite yet, I was able to get a guided tour with experienced Driver-Guide Duncan Conrad, and new Driver-Guides Mark Lanigan and Donalda Docherty.
We visited The Great Canadian Soap Company, located on Portage Rd in Oyster Bed. As soon as we walked towards the door we could smell the wonderful sent of their handmade soaps and bath bombs created from the goats they have on site.
Their bath bombs come is various scents. Such as Bubblegum, Peach, Butterscotch, Raspberry and Birthday cake. This may have become my new favorite place!
We made a quick stop at Dalvay by the Sea. Still closed for the season, but the exterior of this historic home is just as beautiful as the inside. Built in 1895 by Alexander MacDonald. You can see a glimpse of the amazing island sand stone that surrounds the home.
St. Augustine’s Church in South Rustico was a stop on our tour! It is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches on PEI, built in 1838.
Last but not least, Farmers’ Bank of Rustico. Built out of Island stand stone, Farmers’ Bank is one of Canada’s first Credit Unions. Built by Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt to help villagers who were unable to obtain loans from larger banks, this pillar of the community served its local residents until 1894.
It has now been turned into a museum which displays the banks history, Acadian culture, and historical memorabilia of Father Georges-Antoine Belcourt.
I can not wait to take this tour again in the summer months when I am able to have a full experience of all the wonderful things the tour has to offer.