- 40 foodie events at the Fall Flavours Festival
- 357 km of Confederation Trail to hike
- 50 million Anne of Green Gables books sold worldwide
From the moment you step onto Prince Edward Island you'll feel the difference. Life is celebrated at a different pace here. It's a lifestyle as gentle as the rolling green hills that rise up to greet you and as warm as the deep red of its cliffs. Fall in love with the small town charm of an island that is an easy drive and brings the promise of camera worthy pictures around every corner.
Soon you'll completely understand what draws so many to the tiny island each year : the people. From the fisherman teaching you the right way to catch your Bluefin Tuna to the lobster suppers at a quaint church as the sun sets, you'll forget you've come just to visit and completely understand why it was the perfect setting for the much loved story of a girl named Anne.
- Take advantage of your island locale by hitting the pristine waters in a kayak or canoe.
- Fine tune your fishing skills among the best and come face-to-face with a giant bluefin tuna while you're out there.
- Set out with a local fisherman at the Charlottetown harbour to learn the tricks of the trade of lobster fishing, or simply enjoy the ocean sounds from the shore.
- Explore our three Scenic Coastal Drives, each with ocean vistas and shoreline views alternating from red sandstone cliffs to soft pink beach scenes.
- Hike or bike your way across PEI's famous red sands and green rolling hills, on the Confederation Trail or within the PEI National Park.
Arts & Culture
- Follow the footsteps of Anne; stroll along The Haunted Wood trail outside the Green Gables Heritage Place, visit Lucy Maud Montgomery's birthplace, and take in Canada's longest running musical - Anne of Green Gables™.
- Live like an Islander - work with local artisans to create your own Island keepsake and memories that will last a lifetime.
- Have a chat with a father of Confederation's costumed look-alike on a morning stroll through Charlottetown.
- Experience a traditional Celidh (Gaelic word for kitchen party) in small halls across the Island.
Food & Drink
- Grab your snorkel and mask and join the pros while digging for your lunch on a Giant Bar Clam Dig.
- Sign up for a Culinary Boot Camp at the Culinary Institute of Canada and learn to prepare mouth watering dishes using local ingredients.
- Explore all Island flavours through the PEI Culiary Trail.
- Leave the work to our talented Island chefs and dine at one of our many award-winning restaurants.
Events & Festivals
- Enjoy some of the world's best opera, classical, jazz and celtic music at the Indian River Festival each summer.
- Celebrate one of the biggest benefits of island life at the annual PEI Shellfish Festival .
- Ring in the winter with all of the fun the season demands at the Jack Frost Children's Winterfest each February.
- Choose from a variety of events and festivals in PEI year round.
- Enjoy temperatures between 19 and 23 degrees Celsius in the summer months when beaches are popular and waters are warm
- January and February in PEI bring the coldest temps and snowiest months. Expect lows down to -3 degrees Celsisus.
- Spring may bring cooler temperatures but by late April and early May they start to rise. Expect bright, light jacket-worthy weather and chances of rain throughout.
- Fall has ideal temperatures for road trips to watch the leaves change colour across the province. A light jacket is all you need to enjoy the temperatures that range from 12- 18 degrees Celsius.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Area: 5650 sq-km
Capital City: Charlottetown
Largest City: Charlottetown
Total Population: 145,855
Official Languages: English
Provincial Motto: “Parva Sub Ingenti” (the small under the protection of the great)
- In the summer PEI is at its glorious best. Beach weather and warm swimmable waters as well as plentiful seafood are celebrated island wide.
- Fishing season begins and birdwatchers converge on the province each spring.
- Autumn is a great time to hit the Confederation Trail on bike or foot. Or take a road trip along one of several provicial scenic routes with stops that celebrate the fall harvest.
- Winter brings almost 1000km of snowmobile trails, cross country trails and snowshoe paths. Winter carnivals will keep spirits up outside but there are also plenty of cozy inns and winterized cabins complete with roaring fires.
- Plan your vacation to enjoy Prince Edward Island's incredible festivals and events.
- Prince Edward Island is located on Canada’s East Coast and can be accessed via the Confederation Bridge or car ferry from New Brunswick.
- You can also take the train. Both Via Rail and Amtrak will get you as far as Moncton, NB or Halifax,NS where you can transfer to bus, shuttle or rental car onto the island.
- If you'd prefer you can also take a bus from the Maritime Bus line. Buses connect from Moncton into Borden-Carleton, Summerside and Charlottetown.
- You can fly direct to Charlottetown International Airport from Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto year round.
- Several major cruiseline dock in Charlottetown.
- Drive one of 3 scenic coastal routes around Prince Edward Island: The North Cape Drive, The Central Coastal Drive and The Points East Drive all deliver stunning views.
- Grab your bike or your favourite pair of sneakers and head out on to the Confederation Trail or one of 5 cycling itineraries on the island.
- Trius Tours has bus lines with routes connecting Stratford, Cornwall and Summerside to Charlottetown.
- The easiest way to make the most of the island is to drive/rent a car.