Reason 1. PEI is never crowded.
Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest and arguably most beautiful province. Located on Canada’s Atlantic Coast, it is surrounded by Nova Scotia to the east, New Brunswick to south and Newfoundland to the northeast.
Only 140,000 people live on the island. It’s quiet. It’s safe. And it’s charming.
Reason 2: PEI is easy to get to.
Reason 4: PEI may be small, but it is rich in history and culture.
Charlottetown is a small town by international standards. It only has 40,000 people, but it has all the amenities you would find in any city in North America. It has one of the top ten comprehensive universities in Canada, the University of Prince Edward Island, and a thriving vocational college, Holland College.
If you’re coming from another country, you might be interested to know that the PEI government is very interested in recruiting people to work and set up businesses on the island. For more information, check out the PEI immigration website by clicking here
The island has a complicated and sometimes violent history beneath its rolling hills and beautiful farmlands. French colonists, known as Acadians, brokered a deal with the Abegweit Mi’kmaq people and established colonies on the coastline around the island beginning in 1604. They referred to the island as “Isle de Saint Jean” or “Saint John’s Island.”
They were removed by English troops in 1758. Some relocated to New Orleans or other parts of French North America where their descendants are now known as “Cajuns”. Some Acadians relocated back to PEI later in the 1800s and their specific dialect of French is still spoken in parts of western PEI.
Beginning the early 19th century, the province was further colonized by Scots and Irish. The impact of these Celtic people still resonates today. Folk music inspired by this history and tradition is still widely performed around the island during the summer.
Today, the province is very cosmopolitan with people from everywhere choosing to make their home here. It’s a place that celebrates summer. Tourists come from all over the world to play on the beaches and see world famous sites, like the Anne of Green Gables Museum.
Reason 5: It has a nationally-funded art museum
Don’t be fooled by its Brutalist 1960s grey, concrete architecture. The Confederation Centre for the Arts is a treasure dropped into the centre of historic Charlottetown. It has a fantastic collection of historic and contemporary Canadian art and its curators are always working hard to make their exhibits more provocative, entertaining and thought-provoking. Click on the image and explore the Centre’s online collection.
Reason 6: The weather
Prince Edward Island has four distinct seasons. Winter can be cold and snowy, but it also has its own beauty. From May to the end of November, the weather here is spectacular. It’s never too cold or too hot or too wet. And there’s a reason why the island comes alive during the summer and swells with literally millions of tourists each year. You just can’t beat a PEI summer.
Reason 7: The Food
It’s also an island that celebrates food. It’s famous for its seafood, especially lobster and mussels, but there is a lot to explore. For more information on restaurants in Charlottetown, click here.
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