While Canada has many islands that boast scenic beauty, visiting Prince Edward Island is a memorable experience for everyone. Read Here!
Reasons to Visit Prince Edward Island (PIE)
Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province, located in the Maritimes. As the name suggests, it’s an island connected to the rest of Canada by the Confederation Bridge, ferries, and an airport.
Despite its small size, there are many things to do and places to see. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Canada, boasting picturesque natural beauty, unique landscapes, rich culture, and delectable food. Here are the top five reasons to visit Prince Edward Island. Read on!
Located on the southern shore of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is home to more than 36,000 people. The town has a rich culture, history, vibrancy, charm, hospitality, food, and a shopping scene.
Charlottetown is a beautiful city with interesting English architecture. The red soil of the province gives its color to the buildings. Many quilts and coffee (Bed & Breakfast) will welcome you to charming old houses. Go for a walk in the city center to discover some good restaurants and don’t forget to taste lobster and chowder.
2. Lobster Fishing
Served in restaurants in a thousand and one ways, lobster is an essential resource for anglers who take great care of it. Since 2014, the Marine Stewardship Council has certified that the lobster fishery in Prince Edward Island is sustainable and well-managed according to its official, global, scientific standard.
So, you can sign up for the various excursions offered by real lobster fishermen and experience lobster fishing on the island. You can also learn how to fish lobster, cook it, and the right way to eat it not to lose any of its delicious flesh.
3. Pristine Beaches and Lighthouses
With its golden sand, dunes, and access to beautiful red cliffs, Cavendish Beach is a must to visit Prince Edward Island. However, it is not the only beach to discover on the island. With 1100 km of coastline, there are many beaches that even the islanders cannot tell how many.
In addition, the waters off Prince Edward Island are the warmest north of Virginia. Canada’s smallest province is just 224 km long and 64 km wide, but its rugged shoreline and dunes are home to 63 lighthouses, eight of which are open to the public.
Among these, the Point Prim lighthouse is the oldest on the island, a perfect place for families and friends to spend quality time and enjoy. There is also Panmure Head Lighthouse (1853), the oldest wooden lighthouse in the province. Another one is the West Point Lighthouse (1875), the highest on the island. Don’t forget to visit the Cape Bear Lighthouse (1881).
4. National Park
The national and provincial parks strive to protect the island’s most beautiful sites and landscapes. It is mandatory to go to the national park of Prince Edward Island. On 40 kilometers along the island’s north coast, there are observation points with state-of-the-art camping sites and places for picnicking.
There are many hiking and biking trails to participate in adventurous activities. We recommend the Confederation Trail, a 435-kilometer bike path that crosses the island from west to east. You will love the gorgeous scenery to soothe your eyes.
5. The Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge holds a significant value because it connects Prince Edward Island and other eastern Canadian Provinces, including New Brunswick. Not only does this bridge make travel convenient and streamlined, but it also offers tourists an opportunity to relish the region’s picturesque beauty.
To enter the island, you have to take the plane, the ferry from Nova Scotia, or the Confederation Bridge, which connects it to New Brunswick. At 12.9 kilometers long, this engineering masterpiece is the longest bridge in the world to span waters that become covered in ice in winter.
Green hills, jagged red cliffs, colorful lupines, powdery dunes, golden or red beaches, and blue sea are a few things that attract people to Prince Edward Island. However, the things to do and places to see on this small island are endless. Anyway, in this post, we have mentioned the top five reasons that can convince anyone to visit this beautiful island. Until Next Time!
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.