Called “Garden of the Gulf” for its luxurious rolling farmlands, Prince Edward Island is 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 the island by car from the province of New Brunswick. In fact travellers need to cross the Confederation Bridge. Or they can use the ferry from the province of Nova Scotia. Moreover, they can go by air at the Charlottetown Airport.
Jacques Cartier was the first European explorer who 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. It was the birthplace of Confederation. In fact, 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 local restaurants or during food festivals. Moreover they can participate to guided tours on a lobster boat or a fishing dory.
What to do
Prince Edward Island has beautiful beaches, irregular bays, national parks (Greenwich) and extensive coastal dunes. It is also famous for its great golf courses. Travellers can enjoy walks and cycling excursions. Moreover, they can organise fishing adventures or kayaking expeditions.
The island offers craft and artisan shops with an assortment of pottery, woodworks, handmade soaps and paintings. Guests can experience a warm and charming atmosphere at the different guesthouses and rustic B&Bs.
Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery, writer of the popular novel Anne of Green Gables, was born on the North shore of Prince Edward Island. In fact, his story is about the sea and the people of the island. The novel was first published in 1908 and the readers didn’t know the existence of Prince Edward Island. They were dreaming about it and wanted to experience the magical setting. Meanwhile, now the island became a truistic attraction. In fact, hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world come every year to visit the Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home and the Anne of Green Gables Museum.
Photo credit: © Tourism PEI/Paul Baglole, Stephen DesRoches, Stephen Harris, Carrie Gregory, Chestnut Studios, John Sylvester