Stanley Bridge marina from the air.


Watch this breathtaking aerial view of the newly completed work to the Stanley Bridge marina. If you’re a resident of the community you might actually catch a glimpse of your home on this video, accompanied by a beautiful, haunting musical track. The video was supplied by Stephen Dimond.


Historic house in Kensington demolished.

They waited and waited and waited. But after owning the 104-year-old Kennedy home for more than a year Bruce and Donna Bell, owners of Bell’s Esso, decided to demolish the Kensington landmark which had been around before the community had gotten electricity. The building was knocked down on Tuesday, Dec 6 and the land turned into a vacant plot.

Donna and Bruce didn’t take that drastic step without exhausting all other possibilities, including offering the home for free to anyone who would pick it up and move it to another location. Though the two-storey, four corner home had been empty for some time Bruce and his wife had still been paying taxes on it.

But it wasn’t just demolished, with the debris taken to the nearest landfill for disposal. Much of the home was salvaged, including all of the woodwork and the windows.

The Bells haven’t decided what to do with the vacant lot.
Story and photos by Jim Brown


Christmas spirit overflowing at Stanley Bridge WI craft fair

The Stanley Bridge Hall (WI) was filled to the rafters with shoppers during the December 3 Christmas craft fair featuring dozens of vendors from across the Island, including the Stanley Bridge Centre. Merry Christmas to everyone looking for the perfect gift for under the tree or as a stocking stuffer.





Craft fair Saturday, Dec 3 at Stanley Bridge WI

Photos are from last year’s craft fair at the Stanley Bridge Hall (WI). This year’s event, which features a wide range of vendors including the Stanley Bridge Centre, will be run from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, Dec 3.

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Don’t forget to bring your Christmas spirit! The WI is right next to the roundabout.



Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre

That’s what I thought immediately as I was escorted through the front doors of the almost finished $2.9 million Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre, going up on a 7.5 hectare property in Bayview, close to Cavendish and Stanley Bridge on Reid Road. The ecumenical retreat boasts approximately 38 guestrooms, each with a private bathroom.
The massive project for the Diocese of Charlottetown, which will replace the Belcourt Centre in Rustico, is truly astonishing to look at on the inside. There is still lots of finishing work to be completed, but all the heavy lifting is done. It should open its doors by February or March, but there is no firm timeline.

Striking views of woods and the waters of New London Bay greet the eye from several of the rooms I visitedchopsaw and there is a lingering scent of sawdust in the air. I had walked past the building many times since the groundbreaking in early spring and was always impressed at its imposing sight. Now, today, Friday, Nov 25, I was allowed inside. I think guests will be blown away by what they see. There’s still plenty of clutter – tools and debris scattered around, but the magnificent “bones” are fully visible.


Down the elevator shaft.


Kitchen in progress.



Truly a stunner.
Story and photos by Jim Brown


New Retreat Centre Coming

Anyone driving or walking along Reid Road, near Cavendish and Stanley Bridge, couldn’t help but notice this towering construction project.

retreat02Much of the exterior work is nearing completion and so is the outside paving. The Our Lady of Hope Retreat Centre, built at a cost of around $3 million for the Diocese of Charlottetown, is expected to be finished by the end of the year. Groundbreaking was in late March. The ecumenical retreat will boast approximately 38 guest rooms, each with a private bathroom, and house as many as 55 to 60 people.

The Rustico-based retreat it replaces, the Belcourt Centre, accommodates approximately 30 people. The Belcourt Centre is expected to close in February or March of 2017. Big things are definitely happening in the Stanley Bridge-Cavendish area.
Story and photos by Jim Brown


Canada Geese on the Island

The Clyde River at Hunter River was filled nearly as far as the eye could see with Canada Geese, who as late as mid-November seemed reluctant to fly south for the winter. Large numbers of Canada geese could also be seen at waterways throughout the Island.
Photos by Jim Brown


Trees, power lines toppled in heavy winds

Stanley Bridge was one of several communities hit by power outages on Sunday as fierce winds downed lines all over the province, including Charlottetown and a big swath of western PEI. This large tree was alsodsc_0001 toppled in North Rustico.