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Cooking and music are the main themes of this waterfront festival. Seafood chowder, freshly steamed mussels and clams, oysters and quahogs are all...


The Charlottetown Festival takes place at the three stages of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. It features professional musical theatre and...

Harbour Light, Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island
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Prince Edward Island Travel Guide

Key Facts

5,660 sq km (2,185 sq miles).


145,200 (2013).

Population density

25.7 per sq km.



Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, nestled in the North Atlantic between the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St Lawrence. It has a suitably small population, but one that is proud of its land. There is even a local saying that to be a true Prince Edward Islander you have to have been born here. Yet Prince Edward Islanders enthusiastically welcome visitors, happy to share with them some of their delicious home-grown produce, such as the island's famed new potatoes, or the abundance of tasty lobster. Life on Prince Edward Island is a way of life most people could get used to.

Even entering Prince Edward Island is elating. Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada and the longest bridge over ice-covered waters worldwide, connects this island province with Canada's mainland, dramatically stretching far into the distance over shimmering blue waters.

Once you enter Prince Edward Island, the countryside proves as memorable as this overpass. The entire island seems plunged in red: red soil, red sand and, in autumn, an incredible array of reds transform the island's foliage. Since this province is an island, it is also surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches and terrific, lofty cliffs, from the rugged North Cape to the pretty bays around Prince Edward Island National Park.