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“Happy with Happy Clammers”

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.
Stratford, Canada
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Happy with Happy Clammers”
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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English first
Winnipeg, Manitoba
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“The Best Experience of our Trip!”
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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