Canada is not all mountains and snow but also tiny coastal villages cosy-ing up to the surrounding oceans! Victoria-by-the Sea - it's the ‘by-the-sea’ that attracts us to this tiny, sleepy fishing village in our drive path, never mind the detour, between Charlottetown and Summerside, on the shores of Northumberland Strait. We were driving down the Trans Canada Highway towards Borden Carleton (Confederation Bridge) for New Brunswick.

The village was waking from its winter slumber, literally, as it was early June and official summer (July 1) was still weeks away. The tranquility (a continuing phenomenon of Prince Edward Island, aka PEI, one of Canada's most bucolic provinces), with just a handful of visitors and locals gives us space and opportunity for slow-paced meandering on tree-lined avenues. The village is a mere four blocks, with maximum 200 residents residing in dazzlingly brightly painted Victorian era homes - fast converting into hotels, art galleries, and studios for pottery and candle making; a possible tourist attraction.

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