Trudeau sets off on brief, but busy sweep through P.E.I. and N.B.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau began a fast-paced tour of two Maritime provinces Thursday by meeting with Prince Edward Island's premier on a golf course and then heading to a town hall at a curling club.

Trudeau sat with Wade MacLauchlan outside a resort near Cardigan on Island's eastern shore, telling the provincial leader he hears frequently from "fiercely proud" Island MPs in his caucus on issues ranging from ferry service to improving supports for seniors.

The prime minister told MacLauchlan that he is visiting to "enjoy the beauties of the gentle Island," and also to hear about what's on the minds of its citizens.

He is scheduled to give a news conference after a tour of the C3 Expedition Ship in Charlottetown, and then head to New Brunswick later in the day for more meet-and-greets.

The crowd at the Montague Curling Club included Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay as well as monks from a local Buddhist community.

In New Brunswick, the prime minister is slated to meet with athletes competing in the 38th Acadian Games at the Sainte-Anne Community Centre in Fredericton.

Trudeau will end the day at a Canada Day kick-off and ice cream social in Grand Bay-Westfield, a suburb of Saint John, at the Brundage Point River Centre.