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“Irish Moss with Goldie and Gilbert”

Experience PEI - Happy Clammers
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The original providers of Happy Clammers, Gilbert and Goldie Gillis have decided to retire but Gilbert's brother John and his wife Jackie have stepped in to take their place continuing to provide their unique clam digging experience in front of their house on the beautiful Pinette River. You'll dig your own soft-shelled and hard shelled clams (quahogs). After digging, you'll go back up to their house overlooking the river where Jackie will steam and grill the clams for you to enjoy. You're welcome to bring additional food with you...bread, cheese, wine, beer to make a full meal. The experience takes place half an hour east of Charlottetown and is offered daily Monday-Friday subject to John & Jackie's availability. All equipment needed is provided. We have some rubber boots you can use but we suggest everyone come with footwear that won't be damaged if it gets wet.
Reviewed July 1, 2012

My husband and I were in PEI for our very first time and had all our tours booked but had no time in our schedule to do the IRISH MOSS - SEAWEED SURPRISE TOUR. We did, however, arrange to meet and purchse some irish moss from the Gillis' and drove out to Point Prim to meet with them at their home. Well, this was just as good as a tour...so worthwhile that I am writing this review. Full disclosure: we did not purchase a tour so this review is about their warmth, knowledge, passion and friendly nature. If this is what they were willing to do (without charge) on a Sunday (Canada Day no less) for strangers, one can only imagine what a paid customer would receive! With the short amount of time we were with Gilbert and Goldie, we learned so much about irish moss. Goldie shared recipes with us and a pamphlet which she authored on this topic. Gilbert shared stories and all of his other talents (driftwood artwork) with us and regaled us with stories of the lighthouse in the area and the relationship to his family. Additionally, Goldie is quite the craftsperson and showed us the beautiful handmade mirrors rimmed in shells that she and her husband, together, make for sale. Oh, I want one of those so much! These are lovely, sharing people and I was so very much impressed with them. There is a warmness and delight in just being in their company. I would recommend their tour even though we were not fortunate enough to go on it with them...which surely will be rectified when we return to PEI.

Thank lucyanne1
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

My wife and I got to go Clamming with Gilbert as a gift for our recent wedding. Gilbert was very generous with his time, and explained his clamming method to us on our way to Point Prim. We learned a great deal about fishing in PEI, and when we were done clamming we went back to the house where his wife Goldie had prepared her signature clam chowder for dinner. She then cooked up the clams we had just 'caught' and we all had a very nice dinner together. Gilbert and Goldie are very kind people and this was a great experience for my wife and I - one of the highlights of our trip for sure.

2  Thank Rajmaha5678
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

It was a great experience and a very tasty dinner. Goldie and Gilbert were very accommodating, we only called two days in advance but they received us with warmth and gave us a tour of their house. We got to know them throughout the whole experience and learned quite a lot about the region's history and we had the tastiest clams prepared fresh and served with their homemade rhubarb juice. We even got to take the extra clams home.

3  Thank Yuj
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

We just returned from our first visit to Prince Edward Island. We toured Light Houses, Charlettown, parks, a vine yard saw the Shell Fish Festival. The highlight of our tour was "Happy Clammers"
Goldie and Gilbert Gillis (Happy Clammer hosts)are excellent teachers, Islanders and just nice people. When we arrived at their place we were invited in to visit before clamming. We were outfitted in our clamming garb which was a pair of rubber boots and a clam rake.
Gilbert took us to one of his favourite clamming spots. Our group incuded a wee child who was the 100th Happy Clammer for 2010 season. Gilbert showed us how to look for clams. he explained the size limit. We had to measure each clam to make sure each was big enough to keep. Gilbert washed them all after we had finished clamming and rechecked in case some of the ones we had put in the pail were too small. There were some that were too small. The clamming time went very quickly. In no time we had enough clams for our meal.
Gilbert was very good at explaing the various types of clams, how to find the big ones, how to dig them without breaking them.
After we returned and washed up we were invited into the Gillis's home to enjoy a fanatastic meal. We had clam chowder, fresh made biscuits and the clams we had dug. We were also served another type of clam that John and Goldie had dug.
The conversation around the table was great. We were told stories about the island and other events.
We had Goldie's delicious rhubarb drink, great tea and then HOME MADE BLUEBERRY PIE AND ICE CREAM. The blue berries were wild blue berries from the island.
All in all a great time.

3  Thank cabinlog
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Reviewed July 21, 2010

We can't recommend this experience highly enough!!
It begins with a drive down Point Prim Road, to the home of Gilbert and Goldie. From our arrival, we were offered a cold drink, and warm hospitality. We had to wait for the others to arrive, and we sat in the living room and talked with these delightful and knowledgeable people. Gilbert has been making a living from the sea for his entire life, and he is fascinating to listen to.
Once everyone had arrived, Gilbert led us to the beach where we would be clamming. He gave us a thorough demonstration, and gave us our tools and sent us to work! The digging of the clams was so much fun that we were sorry when we'd gotten enough! The time flew by.
We went back to their home, where we were treated like invited guests. Everyone chipped in to set the table while the clams were steaming.
Once the clams were ready, Gilbert and Goldie joined us at the table, and he showed us how to eat the clams. Even the hesitant amongst us soon had it figured out and they were among the best seafood we ate - even before we tried dipping them in the melted butter!
Once we had eaten our fill of the steamed fresh clams, Goldie called us in to the kitchen to serve ourselves big bowls of her famous clam chowder and fresh homemade biscuits. There was even offers of seconds!
This would have been perfect enough, but soon enough Goldie served us our dessert - fresh homemade sweet biscuits, with Island strawberries and whipped cream - delicious!
We ate until we couldn't possibly eat another bite, and all sat around their dining room table laughing and talking - like being at home!
Goldie very graciously refused help with the clean up, and all too soon (it seemed, although we were there for almost 4 hours!) it was time to leave.
This experience was partly about clamming, and partly about delicious food, but mostly about the remarkable warmth and graciousness of the hosts. Our teenage sons ranked this experience as the best of their entire holiday, and all of us agreed that of all the people we met on our two week holiday,Goldie and Gilbert stood out as the kindest and most friendly.
Ask Goldie for a taste of her homemade rhubarb juice!

5  Thank mrsmcdlt
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