Shucking Around with John Bil on Prince Edward Island


It’s 6:15 am and the alarm just went off. We’re in Charlottetown at the Great George Hotel, and I wish I could enjoy my lovely room with hour longer.

But I’m too excited to sleep.  That’s because we’re meeting oyster shucker John Bil, Prince Edward Island’s one-and-only.  He is a 3 time Canadian Oyster Shucking Champion, and a 2 time North American Shucking Champion.  John already texted me yesterday welcoming us, he seemed in a great mood!

And why wouldn’t he be?  He has been on the Today Show, and is constantly mentioned in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and Time Out New York and the New Yorker magazines–to name a few.  The man is a legend and he is spending the day with us!

We’ll be in the Cavendish and Darnley areas, and then we’re off to lunch at his new restaurant called Ship to Shore.  I can’t wait to see John put his muscles to use.

This afternoon, we’re driving on the Confederation Bridge to Shediac, New Brunswick to catch the tail end of the Shediac Lobster Festival.  We will literally have to work for our dinners tonight.  We’re learning how to catch and cook lobsters.

Until then, and as John would say, we’ll just keep on schucking!

Victoria Revay
Victoria Revay is a broadcaster, journalist and on-air personality. She has worked at BCTV on the Global Desk and regularly filled in for Pia Shandel's show on CFUN 1410 am as a radio producer.

She was channel editor, citizen-journalism hustler and video presenter for Now Public, has appeared as a new media expert and trend/lifestyles expert on shows such as City TV's Breakfast Television, CKNW 980, CBC radio and the Leo Laporte Show on G4Tech TV.
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