About Prince Edward Island
- PEI’s motto is “parva sub ingenti”. It means the small under the protection of the great. PEI is Canada’s smallest province.
- Prince Edward Island was named after Prince Edward, who was the fourth son of King George III and the father of Queen Victoria.
- PEI is very green. It is also known as “Garden of the Gulf.” The Gulf refers to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which is the water surrounding PEI. This water warms up a lot in summer, making PEI’s beaches warm.
- PEI’s provincial bird is the Blue Jay. It doesn’t migrate south in winter. Instead, it lives on the island all winter long.
- PEI’s population is growing! PEI’s population growth for 2011 was the highest in Canada. As of July 1, 2011, Prince Edward Island’s population is estimated to be 145,855. This is na increase of 2,460 persons and a 1.7 per cent growth rate! If you visit, you’ll see why so many people are choosing to come here.
- PEI’s main industries are farming, fishing, and tourism.
Zagat, the pre-eminent food authority, just crowned PEI the second best foodie getaway in the world! The land in PEI is rich, producing a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and meat and dairy products. Our waters teem with fish, as well as lobster, oysters, and other shellfish.
- A vibrant seaside capital city. It has historic charm, pride of place and many festive celebrations.
- The Confederation Centre of The Arts is home to Canada’s longest running, award-winning Musical: Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.
- Birthplace of Canada
- A network of walking trails and waterside boardwalks, craft and speciality shops, restaurants that feature Island seafood and agricultural products.
PEI’s beautiful rolling hills and its Confederation Trail, which is over 400 km longs and runs all over the island, make PEI a great place to bicycle. There aren’t any tall mountains to prevent you from going everywhere. The highest point in PEI is in Springton, and it is 152 metres above sea level!
PEI is a world-class golf destination. It has over 33 golf courses. Even professional golfers such as Tom Watson, John Daly and Fred Couples like to test their skills on PEI’s golf courses.
PEI also offers lots of camping. Popular spots include Red Point Provincial Park, Brudenell River Provincial Park, and Mill River Provincial Park. You’ll be able to see wildlife such as eagles, Canada geese, and the beautiful red fox. In fact, PEI’s largest wild animals are the fox and coyote. Unlike other parts of Canada, PEI has no bears or moose.
In PEI, beaches are everywhere! We could go on and on, but our PERSONAL favorites are: Basin Head Beach, Greenwich Provincial Beach, Panmure Island and North Rustico Beach. Check out more at www.tourismpei.com
PEI Visitors Guide & Map