Canadas Gentle Island: PEI

By: Rob Parker

Lupins growing wild, dairy cattle grazing on the hillside, ocean breezes misting salt water in the air, sunshine illuminating white sand dunes… Prince Edward Island will lure you to enjoy its fascinating charm, beauty and history as you explore the many gifts this Atlantic Canada province has to offer.

Is this the land where you belong? The white sandy shores of eastern Prince Edward Island offer up an oceanfront view of the Northumberland Strait, while the reds sands of Cavendish Beach present a unique and wonderful vista.

PEI depends on the sea and the land for its economy, its primary industries being farming, fishing and tourism. The concepts of stewardship and sustainability are regarded very seriously by the community, for the sake of all three of these interdependent industries.

Protecting and enhancing the resource lands allows crops to thrive and shellfish to flourish, while visitors and residents alike enjoy the beautiful side effects of a healthy environment.

If activity is what you want, PEI boasts a variety of sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, beach-combing and kayaking, as well as abundant spaces for cycling. As far as organized sports, soccer and hockey are popular on the island. The senior men's soccer league features 3 divisions and more than 20 teams from all over the island. For other tastes, PEI offers deep sea fishing, fine dining, shopping and some the best golf courses in Canada .

Family activities, festivals, theatre and the arts are all a part of island life. Fun for the whole family can be found at PEI 's amusement parks, lighthouses, museums, provincial parks and of course, Green Gables. The Celtic Festival is an opportunity to experience in true Island spirit the pipers, drummers, storytellers and dancers of the Highland Storm.

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is best described as a 'great big kitchen party' enjoyed by both young and young at heart. Kensington Water Gardens offers the opportunity to experience a journey back to medieval times. The Victoria Playhouse and the Charlottetown Festival present both historic and contemporary theatrical performances.

It's no wonder the island has so many inns andB&Bs! Come see for yourself, and you may find you never want to leave.

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