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Prince Edward Island

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Introduction

Confederation Bridge ©Nicolas Raymond

Known as the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation and often referred to as the 'Garden of the Gulf', Prince Edward Island is situated on the east coast of Canada and is by far the country's smallest province.


Next to agriculture, tourism is the province's largest industry and visitors flock to visit the home of , the beloved novel by Lucy Maude Montgomery which was inspired by the island's landscape and people. One of the world's longest continuous multi-span bridges, the Confederation Bridge, connects Prince Edward Island to the mainland at New Brunswick. Stretching over shimmering ocean, it is a spectacular point of arrival, although many still prefer to reach the island by ferry, which allows for a more leisurely approach.


With its distinctive red soil and diverse landscape, Prince Edward Island is a beautiful and captivating place. Prince Edward Island's charming and compact capital city, Charlottetown, proudly lays claim to its heritage as the birthplace of the Confederation as well as other top attractions, which include Founders Hall, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and Province House (the second oldest active Canadian legislature) with its fully restored Confederation Chamber. The city also has plenty of other activites and sights to explore; visitors can enjoy a stroll along the historic waterfront boardwalks, shop or dine at Peake's Wharf, or enjoy a walking tour with historic re-enactment group, the Confederation Players.


There is plenty to do on the rest of the island, from deep-sea fishing and windsurfing to golf, skiing and cycling. The north shore has a number of beautiful unspoiled beaches, including Brackley Beach and Cavendish, which are both located in Prince Edward Island National Park. For those a little less active, there are scenic drives, intriguing museums to visit, and plenty of fine dining. A particular delicacy is the island's famous shellfish, celebrated at the International Shellfish Festival in the Charlottetown Waterfront each September.


Rolling farmland contrasts with sand dunes and sandstone cliffs, while sandy beaches compete with evergreen forests and saltwater marshes - there is always something new to explore. Although locals refer to those not born and bred on Prince Edward Island as being 'from away', they are always happy to welcome visitors to their picturesque province with a smile.


Climate Info

The Prince Edward Island climate is mild, tempered by the warm Gulf of St Lawrence waters. Summers, between June and August, tend to be warm, with very low humidity and average temperatures ranging between 70°F (21°C) and 79°F (26°C), sometimes reaching 90°F (32°C), with July and August being the warmest months. Winters can be cold and snow is common from November to April. Temperatures range from 26°F (-3°C) to 11°F (-11°C) and storms in winter can be severe. Spring and autumn are great times to travel to Prince Edward Island as both seasons bring a riot of colour to the island and temperatures are moderate.


Green Gables House


Nestled in the Prince Edward Island National Park in Cavendish is the charming and picturesque Green Gables House that, in the early 1900s, inspired author Lucy Maude Montgomery to create her much-loved story about precocious red-headed orphan Anne Shirley, entitled . Thousands of visit
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Green Gables House ©David Mertl



Confederation Centre for the Arts


Founded in 1964 as a National Memorial to the Fathers of the Confederation, the Confederation Centre of the Arts is more than a tribute to those who formed the notion of a united country; it is also a celebration of the diversity, talent and character of Canada and its history. Situated
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The Confederation Centre for the Arts ©Charles Hoffman



Confederation Trail


Perhaps one of the best ways to explore Prince Edward Island is via the Confederation Trail. Following what was once the railway line, the trail stretches from tip to tip of the island, through forests, wetlands, villages and waterways, for 173 miles (279km). The trail is almost entirely
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Confederation Trail ©Vanessa Danison



Founders Hall


Founder's Hall is one of Prince Edward Island's highly popular attractions, located on the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront. Also known rather grandly as Canada's Birthplace Pavilion, the hall is a well-designed heritage attraction set in a restored 1906 building that previously housed
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Founder's Hall ©Aconcagua



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