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Charlottetown The Cradle of Confederation

Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, played a giant role in the creation of the nation. It was here, at the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, that discussions on the subject of union were held by representatives of the colonies of British North America. The often heated debate formed the basis of agreement that resulted in Confederation of the colonies to form the Dominion of Canada. Most of the debate took place in Province House, located in the centre of Charlottetown. This imposing Georgian building had served as the legislative assembly of the colony of Prince Edward Island since 1847. The […]

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A Festival for Every Taste on PEI

Prince Edward Island has an abundance of festivals and events that will tickle the fancy of any visitor. On the island there are events celebrating everything from the beauty of sea glass to the indescribable taste of fresh shellfish. Jazz, bluegrass, Irish, Acadian and Scottish music are presented in special events and almost every day during the summer one can join a Ceilidh (Kaylee) in a community hall. These public kitchen parties include music that will set your feet atapping and Irish dancing that will set your eyes a reeling. If you come to the Island in the early summer […]

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PEI Golf For All

Prince Edward Island was named the 2011 Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year by the International Association of Golf Travel Operators. PEI might qualify as undiscovered by the international community of golf enthusiasts but it has long been known as Canada’s number one golf destination. There are more golf courses on PEI per capita than any other province in Canada. They cater to all tastes and all levels of proficiency. They are all within a few minutes’ drive from the capital Charlottetown or Summerside, PEI’s second city. Located in spectacular settings PEI’s golf courses have the advantage of being close […]

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Adventures on the Water in PEI

You can’t visit PEI without spending time on one of Prince Edward Island’s famous beaches. But to experience fully the Atlantic Ocean you must get out on the water. There are several ways you can do this. A favourite excursion for vacationers is to go on a seal watching expedition. One of the best of the best seal watching tours is run out of Murray Harbour, located just south of Montague on the east of the island. On the well equipped boats that sail down the Murray River to a protected ocean bay you are brought to PEI’s largest seal […]

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Anne of Green Gables

For many, what comes to mind when thinking of Prince Edward Island, is Anne of Green Gables. A visit to the island will confirm that the internationally popular tale of a spunky red-haired girl is alive and well. An Anne themed tour of PEI will be a memorable experience for your entire family. Most travellers arriving on the island whether at the Charlottetown airport or after crossing the spectacular Confederation Bridge or disembarking from the ferry at Wood-Islands immediately make their way to the Cavendish to visit the House of Green Gables. This site, inspired the setting for Lucy Maud […]

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Driving is a Pleasure on Prince Edward Island

Whether you drive to Prince Edward Island or rent a car at the airport you are in for some pleasant surprises. Driving around the island is simple and hassle free. This goes a long way to making your vacation completely stress free. The first surprise is to be found on the road map that you pick up at one of the tourist information centers located at the entrances to the island. At Wood Islands where the ferry from Nova Scotia arrives and at the end of the Confederation Bridge your adventure will begin with a quick study of a map […]

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Walk or Cycle the Confederation Trail

On PEI you can get close to nature by riding or walking on the Confederation Trail. This tip-to-tip, groomed pathway built on a former railway right-of-way is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Cycling or hiking the entire trail from

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Shopping for Crafts on Prince Edward Island

If you don’t go shopping for crafts on Prince Edward Island you are missing a rare treat. Canada’s smallest province might have the nation’s highest number of artists per capita. With a little pleasant sleuthing you can bring home one or more treasures for the island is dotted with home workshops and studios. These are often located in spectacular country settings. If you prefer to look at samplings of a variety of crafts in a single shop there are several stores that are well worth your visiting. The Showcase Gift Shop located in the Confederation Centre of the Arts in […]

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The Endless Sand Beaches of Prince Edward Island

Surrounded by beaches, Prince Edward Island is the ideal vacation spot for sunbathers, swimmers, sea-kyakers, sandcastle builders, seashell collectors and strollers. The beaches with the warmest water and the least wind are located along the southern shore of PEI. It is said that PEI has the warmest ocean water north of South Carolina. Sometimes the sea on the southern beaches can be as warm as the Caribbean. This happens when the tide is coming in over sand that has been heated by the sun. The public beaches along the Northumberland Straight include those in provincial parks at Cedar Dunes, Union […]

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Prince Edward Island is an Awesome Foodie Getaway

Prince Edward Island has long been a secret destination for foodies who savour fine meals created from locally produced ingredients. Zagat, the famous and trusted restaurant review guide, has blown the lid off this secret destination for extraordinary cuisine. Prince Edward Island is among Zagat’s 8 Awesome Foodie Getaways Around the World, a group that includes such destinations as Okinawa, Cairo and Kuala Lumpur. PEI is praised by Zagat as a unique getaway for lovers of shellfish. The lobsters are freshly caught just offshore. The oysters, in particular the world famous bivalves from Malpeque Bay, are shucked fresh from their […]

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