There are a lot of good reasons to have a vacation on Prince Edward Island (PEI). Not only do you get to enjoy stunning green hills, pristine beaches, and vibrant red sandstone cliffs, but you also get to enjoy several exciting activities such as local festivals, fishing and golfing. Prince Edward Island is the smallest of the Canadian provinces, but it makes up for in charm and hospitality.
Among the most common sights, you will discover on the island is the lighthouse. There are approximately 50 lighthouses dotting the shorelines of PEI. While most are still used as navigational aids for wayfaring sailors, seven of them are available to the general public, each boasting its own unique history. East Point Lighthouse, built in 1867, is one the earliest on Prince Edward Island; it stands at 67 feet. Tours are offered from mid-June to late August.
Traveling the Confederation Trail and Bridge
A vacation on Prince Edward Island may be a perfect escape for avid cyclists. You can drive bicycle 357 kilometers on the Confederation Trail, letting you stop and photograph some unbelievable terrain while visiting small villages along the way to discover the local culture. So as to leave Prince Edward Island by car, you must cross the renowned Confederation Bridge. Completed in May of 1997, the curved, one billion-dollar bridge connects Prince Edward Island with the state of New Brunswick. It spans 12.9 kilometers and takes about ten minutes to cross – approximately 4,000 vehicles cross it each day. A toll must be paid when motorists depart the Island.
See Anne of Green Gables
It was 1908 when Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote abolittle-redheadedeaded girl by the name of Anne Shirley, who went to live with an aging couple in the town of Avonlea in Prince Edward Island. The story became a legend. Fans can view the author’s home at Green Gables in PEI National Park. There’s even a county fair named after the publication where you can sip raspberry cordial and take in all of the country wonders of the region. A vacation here wouldn’t be complete without having a sense of Anne’s era.
Indulge in the Native Food
Since Prince Edward Island is located off the Atlantic Coast, there’s never a lack of fresh seafood. If you’re a lover of lobster, crab, oysters, mussels and fish, then you need to plan a vacation on Prince Edward Island. The perfect time to go is in September when the state celebrates its global Shellfish Festival. Besides enjoying the island’s typical live audio, you’ll find residents competing in a variety of competitions, such as Oyster shucking and Finest Potato Seafood Chowder. There’s so much to eat – your taste buds might never need to leave.
Golf on the Lush Greens
This unbelievable state is one of the greatest golfing destinations in Canada and no vacation on Prince Edward Island is complete without a day on the links. The Island boasts over 30 courses, ten of which fall in the list of Canada’s Top 100 golf destinations. PEI golf courses have welcomed such golf champs as Mike Weir and Fred Couples, in addition to other famous golfers. Rustico Resort Golf and Tennis Club provides seascape scenery from each hole and has been voted “Best to Play” by Golf Digest.
Fish at the Bountiful Waters
There are numerous deep sea fishing, pond fishing, and ice fishing activities to pick from. Deep-sea charters are available from mid-summer to early autumn. Fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and the chance of landing a big one is going to make your vacation on Prince Edward Island an unforgettable experience.
Explore Farming Country
The land is extremely fertile and home to many organic farms. You’ll find loads of homemade jams and jellies. Pay a visit to a local vineyard to see how they make their wine, tour a potato farm, or walk through an endless maze of corn. Many regional farmers provide tours of their operations and provide you the opportunity to experience what being a farmhand is really like. Rural PEI can be just as exciting as the beaches and cities.
A Province Rich in Canadian Culture and History
Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, was the birthplace of the Confederation, in which the leaders of Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia met in 1864 to make the new nation of Canada. For a history buff, a vacation on Prince Edward Island must have a visit to the Province House National Historic Site, where Canada was born.
A trip to the Abram Village at La Region Evangeline will provide you a flavor of authentic Acadian culture. If you’re there during the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival, you can tap your toes to the lively beat of the local music.
Museums like Basin Head Fisheries Museum, Elmira Railway Museum & Miniature Railway, and Green Park Shipbuilding Museum display Prince Edward Island’s history and unique culture, one which differs from the rest of Canada.