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“Fun for the whole family plus delicious homemade meal!”

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 11 September 2015

Making the booking through experience PEI couldn't have been simpler! Quick email response and clear instructions. Gilbert and Goldie are very friendly and a wealth of stories, information and delicious homemade treats. Definitely the most memorable activity of our family vacation! We also visited Jackie and John (Gilbert's brother), they run the oyster lover's experience, and picked up some yummy fresh oysters.

Thank Tracy C
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Reviewed 28 August 2015

My daughters and I absolutely loved this experience!!! Gilbert and Goldie are wonderful, and so authentic. Gilbert taught us how to dig for clams and explained quite a bit about them during the first part of our adventure. Once we found enough clams, we went back to their house where Goldie taught us some more about different types of clams, while our catch steamed in the background. We had steamed clams, clam chowder and Goldie's famous blueberry pie for lunch - heavenly!! Gilbert and Goldie are so knowledgeable, interesting and talented! If you like experiences, this is one you should not miss!!

Thank Thempress
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

We found Happy Clammers through Experience PEI and tripadvisor.com, and it turned out to be our favorite excursion on the island. Gilbert and Goldie are excellent hosts, artists, and educators: my wife and I were warmly greeted by them and as we were waiting for other groups to show up, Gilbert showed us the art that they have made using various sea shells, drift wood, and sea glass. Once everyone showed up, we drove down to the beach area where we raked for quahog clams (a.k.a. little neck clams). Gilbert taught us all how to dig for clams quickly, and it was quite the zen experience. With our bounty of clams in tow, Gilbert and Goldie steamed the clams for eating, and we enjoyed exceptional chowder, delicious clams, and deserts with coffee. While the food was being prepared, Goldie taught us all about the other types of clams you can find.

This is the most complete experience you will find on the island: adventure, education, and tasty food! I can't recommend it enough!

Thank Neil L
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Reviewed 18 August 2015

We signed up for this tour the day before and at that time, we were the only two people signed up for the tour but by the time we arrived the following day, we learned that there was going to be 15 people made up of some adults and several children. The tour time is dependent on the tides as you need to go clamming for hard shell clams at low tide. So, we were told to arrive at 3:00 in the afternoon. We arrived at Gilbert And Goldie's home and had the opportunity to go to the washroom and learn a little about how we were going to find the clams when we got to our clamming destination. We were shown how to use the clamming rake and how to use the clam sizer to make sure that we were only taking clams that were of legal size. There was a large family group joining us and they were running late. We waited for a while and then the decision was made that those that were there would go and the other family could catch up with us when they arrived. The beach area where we were clamming was only about a 5-minute drive away and each group followed behind Gilbert In our own vehicles. When we arrived we walked out in the wet sand for a while and then we got to start clamming! It was so much fun! Gilbert was there to help us get the hang of it and then we were free to clam away! The kids in our group were having just as much fun as the adults! It really is a neat thing to do and we got so excited when we got a good one! About half way through, the other large family joined is and, by the time we were done, we had all collected an impressive amount of clams. We then returned to Gilbert and Goldie's home where the clams were cleaned and where we could clean off our filthy feet! Once in the home, Gilbert started cooking the clams while Goldie gave us a very interesting lesson on the different types of clams and the different methods of catching them. With perfect timing, at the conclusion of her presentation, Gilbert announced that the clams were ready. It was a beautiful day and they had prepared two tables on the deck for us. We were treated to fresh, homemade biscuits and our freshly caught clams served with a delicious garlic butter. I was taking part more for experience and would have been happy to catch and release, but I was surprised that I actually enjoyed eating a few clams! We then had some delicious clam chowder to finish off our meal. The kids at our table really enjoyed the clam chowder and biscuits. We enjoyed the company of the family we shared a table with, enjoyed the fresh food and enjoyed the sunshine. After the meal, they had freshly made blueberry cake or chocolate cake and ice cream ready for us for dessert. All in all, we had a really fun experience and a great meal. To improve, we feel that they should cap off the number of participants at a smaller number. Once all of us were there, we felt that there were too many people to make it truly enjoyable. Some tips-you may want to bring bug spray as there were some pesky ones around. Also, you want to where shoes that can get muddy, but for us, flip flops were not the answer! Every step we took, they would get caught in a bit of mud which would fling up on us in our next step. We ended up in bare feet which worked well for us! Overall, we left as happy clammers!

Thank Kristin E
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

The Gilbert & Goldie clamming experience came highly recommended by family members as a must do while visiting the beautiful Provence of PEI. Gilbert took us to a clamming mudflat at low tide to dig for our dinner. We were joined by several other tourists and once determined that we had dug enough, we returned to his beautiful home and Goldie steamed our freshly dug clams. Goldie also served her delicious clam chowder with home cooked biscuits for dinner and ended our dining pleasure with a strawberry shortcake with fresh strawberries and topped with ice cream. Absolutely a delightful experience that we would recommend to anyone visiting the area. Gilbert and Goldie have a long and interesting family history on PEI.

If you do decide to go clamming plan on leaving a couple of hours early. Take a short ride to the end of the road and visit the Prim Point Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse in the Provence of PEI. And a stones throw from the lighthouse is the Point Prim Chowder House waterfront restaurant and a must stop. Also along this same road keep an eye out for the bottle houses village, also a must see. These village replicas were built by a retired School Bus Driver who opens his yard to all. Donations are accepted and thousands of dollars have been raised to date for the Children's Hospital in Halifax. A memorable day on PEI.

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