Tong and ShuckMeet the Neighbours
The way oysters are fished on Prince Edward Island hasn't changed much in the past hundred years. Fishers still set out in small boats with tongs and crates the way their fathers and grandfathers did.
But at one time the world famous Malpeque oysters were almost completely destroyed by a disease that struck in 1915 and it took decades to bring the industry to its present multi-million dollar status. Today, oysters are both fished and farmed and one of the leading producers of quality oysters is our neighbour on Salutation Cove, Future Seafoods.
Their Rocky Bay Oysters can be found on menus in some of the finest seafood restaurants across North America and we have arranged for you to learn where these succulent delicacies come from, how they are harvested and most importantly, how they taste!
You'll meet our neighbours Erskine & Brian Lewis, co-owners of Future Seafoods at Salutation Cove near Bedeque. Oysters harvested elsewhere on the Island are brought here to be cleansed by the pure waters of the Cove. They will show you how they farm oysters to produce the highest quality product. One of them will take you out just offshore in an oyster dory and you'll get to try your hand at tonging!
Therese from Calgary had never been on salt water before and certainly never been in an oyster dory. "This was the most amazing experience I've ever had. Brian is so funny....and so passionate about oyster fishing. I had such a great time and learned so much."
After you come back into shore with your oyster catch, you'll pay a visit to the nearby Future Seafoods packing plant where thousands of oysters are graded and packed for shipping every day. You'll learn how to determine the freshness of an oyster, what to look for when selecting oysters at a store and what to ask for when ordering oysters at a seafood restaurant.
And Ted Boutilier, co-owner of Future Seafoods will give you a lesson in oyster shucking....an art that will amaze your friends when you get back home. And most importantly, you'll get a chance to sample the finest oysters you'll ever taste.
Oysters are like fine wine...every kind has its own unique flavour. Here's the way Rocky Bay Oysters have been described:
"Salutation Cove oysters are very delicate in texture, very salty with a sweet, crisp finish that leaves your mouth feeling clean and refreshed. A perfect appetizer!"
Tong & Shuck is available on a daily basis at high tide (Mon-Fri) beginning in mid-June until the end of November but should be booked at least 48 hours in advance to assure availability. Outside activity is weather dependent. We provide rubber boots but just in case we don't have a pair in your size have footwear that won't be ruined if it gets wet.
This experience takes place in Fernwood (near Bedeque/20 minutes east of Summerside/an hour west of Charlottetown)
$85.00/person + HST (2-3participants)
$65.00/person + HST (4-5 participants)
$55.00/person + HST (6-8 participants)
Named by the Canadian Tourism Commission as one of Canada's top 50 Signature Experiences.
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