Prince Edward Island
As Canada’s only province surrounded completely by water, Prince Edward Island (PEI) sits in the Gulf of St. Lawrence along the Northumberland Strait. PEI attractions reflect the province’s nautical culture and farming traditions. Balmy beaches, lighthouses, marinas and straight-from-the-water seafood together with endless green pastures, farmland, gardens, vineyards and locally grown products have earned the province the nicknames “Garden of the Gulf” and “Gentle Island.”
Northumberland ferries and the famed Confederation Bridge lead tourists and islanders to and from PEI, just a ferry ride up from Nova Scotia and a 12-minute bridge ride away from New Brunswick to the west.
The 8-mile long Confederation Bridge takes visitors straight to Prince County on PEI’s western end. Prince County, one of the province’s three counties, is where travellers visiting PEI can get a feel for the island’s nautical vibe and discover North Cape Coastal Drive’s tucked-away beaches and warm, oyster-rich waters. Seafood lovers spend summer evenings here dining on lobster at the annual Summerside Lobster Carnival in Summerside or a fall day savouring meals of mussels, oysters and clams at the annual Clammin n’ Jammin Culinary Music Festival in Abram-Village.
To the east of Prince County is Queens County, anchoring central PEI. Here, tourists visiting farms and barns can go pumpkin picking, wander through corn mazes and pet farm animals during the annual Open Farm Day in September. In Cavendish, tourists visiting PEI can see all things relevant to Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, including the Green Gables and Avonlea farm settings made popular by the novel. During the annual Charlottetown Festival in the capital city of Charlottetown, performances of “Anne the Musical” are held at the Confederation Centre.
Continuing east from Queens County is Kings County, hugging the easternmost stretch of PEI. Tourists here discover that PEI’s lush lands are also good for rounds of golf at Crowbush Cove and Brudenell River, two of many PEI attractions for golfers. Visitors can trek back westward on the Confederation Trail, a former rail pathway cutting through the countrysides of the province’s three counties.