Called “Garden of the Gulf” for its luxurious rolling farmlands, Prince Edward Island, a Canadian province, is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence north of Nova Scotia. The Island has two cities, Charlottetown, the capital and Summerside; it is possible to reach by car from the province of New Brunswick, crossing the Confederation Bridge, with ferries from the province of Nova Scotia or by air at the Charlottetown Airport.
Jacques Cartier, the first European explorer came in 1534 in Prince Edward Island. Immigrants from Scotland, England and Ireland have had an influence on the culture and the music of the island. Known as the birthplace of Confederation, in 1864 the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Québec met in Charlottetown to form the new nation.
The food industry is the primary activity of the island and visitors can try the local produce (vegetables, dairy products and seafood) in restaurants, during food festivals or participate to guided tours on a lobster boat or a fishing dory.
Surrounded by sand, Prince Edward Island is known for its beautiful beaches, irregular bays, national parks (Greenwich), extensive coastal dunes and great golf courses. Solitary walks, bird watching, picnics, cycling excursions, fishing adventures and kayaking expeditions are what the island offers to its visitors.
Craft and artisan shops with an assortment of pottery, woodworks, handmade soaps and paintings can be found all over the island and guests can experience a warm and charming atmosphere at the different guesthouses and rustic B&Bs.
L.M. Montgomery, writer of the popular novel Anne of Green Gables, was born on the north shore of Prince Edward Island and based the story on the sea and the people around her. When the novel was first published in 1908, most people had no idea where Prince Edward Island was and many readers dreamed of visiting the magical setting. Now, each year hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world come to visit the Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home, the Avonlea village of Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables Museum.
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