Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is one of eastern Canada’s maritime provinces, off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The large island is marked by red-sand beaches, lighthouses, and fertile farmland, and is renowned for seafood like lobster and mussels. Charlottetown, the capital, is home to Victorian government buildings & the modern Confederation Centre of the Arts, with a theatre and art gallery.

Also in Charlottetown is Victoria Row, a Victorian-era commercial district lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. The north-coast town of Cavendish is famed as the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” novels, and is the site of the author’s childhood home. Nearby is the Green Gables complex, which inspired the farm in the series and has a farmhouse-turned-museum furnished with Victorian artifacts. Outdoor pursuits include golfing, deep-sea fishing, camping at the beachfront Prince Edward Island National Park, and cycling the Confederation Trail, a former railway.

When to travel

Peak travel season is during the warm summer months (Jul–Aug). Deep-sea fishing charters run Jul–Sep. During shoulder months (Jun & Sep) some attractions may be closed. Popular annual events include the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest (Feb–Mar), Cavendish Beach’s country music festival (Jul), the GranFondo bike race (Aug), the International Shellfish Festival (Sep), and the Acadian cultural and agricultural festival (Sep). Due to the surrounding warm gulf waters, Prince Edward Island’s winters (Dec–Mar) are fairly mild.