Prince Edward Island: a journey through lighthouses, stories, good food and beaches

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province and has only 150,000 inhabitants. Despite this, the island has one and a half million tourists a year.
On the island there are 90 beaches, all particular and different from each other: to the north you can find white beaches with dunes, to the south red sand beaches with cliffs.
Prince Edward Island has 52 lighthouses, 38 of which are still active.

Anne of Green Gables

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This unique place is also home to the famous orphan Anne of Green Gables, a novel translated into 18 languages as well as a television series.
Although fictitious, Anne of Green Gables is very real in the hearts and minds of islanders and fans.
There are attractions all over the island dedicated to Anne and her author, Lucy Maud Montgomery.

You can visit the Anne Museum in Park Corner, then pop into Lower Bedeque to visit the school where she taught.
You can almost imagine Anne hitting Gilbert in the head with a blackboard! Feel the influence this island has had on Lucy Maud Montgomery and you will understand why Anne was so enchanted by life here. You intertwine them too your braids and come and explore the land of Anne.

And if you want to immerse yourself in the rich history that explains how Anne is become such a phenomenon, you also have to go through the life of Lucy Maud Montgomery.
She was born on the north coast of Prince Edward Island in 1874 and raised in Cavendish by her grandparents.
It was here that she wrote her most famous novel, Anne of Green Gables.
You can visit her birthplace, where she married, where she taught, and find out how she was inspired by Prince Edward Island to create her own novel.

Green Gables Museum aereal view

Parks Canada recently completed a full rehabilitation site in Green Gables, which includes a new visitor center with a lounge exhibit, a gift shop and a coffee shop, as well as items updated interpretative.

Culinary experiences

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Prince Edward Island produces some of the most sought after food products in the world. Traditional Mi’kmaq methods can be used, preparing the bannock and cooking it in the sand. Or you can pick up the clams on the beach and cook them over a high heat.

Island Flavours Culinary Bootcamp Culinary Institute of Canada

Find out why this dining experience was named one of Canada’s signature experiences by Destination Canada! The chef will take you on a delicious culinary journey through local bounty: shellfish, beef, pork and, of course, local potatoes.
Local produce will be used to create a flavorful menu that will include things like cooking lobster like an islander, incorporating seasonal fruit into recipes, and enjoying all of the seasonal vegetables.

Routes and paths

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Launched in autumn 2021, TheIsland Walk is a 700km walking trail that winds around the island. It takes about 32 days to complete (20-25 kilometers per day) and was inspired by other famous walks around the world.
There are plenty of opportunities to complete the island walk in sections and spend more time exploring certain areas than they could attract you more. The trail will take you along the ocean, through red dirt roads, beaches and quiet back roads along the outer perimeter of the island, with a mix of inland and coastal sections.

The route weaves through Prince Edward Island’s two main towns, Charlottetown, Summerside, and also through many small communities across the island – a large circle that allows walkers to finish the walk where they started.

Confederation trail

The tip-to-tip trail of the island runs on abandoned railway lines and leads into wetlands and deciduous forests, through quaint villages and along sparkling rivers. There is no better way to explore the natural beauty of Prince Edward Island than by hiking or biking along the trails.

Scenic coastal roads

Prince Edward Island’s three scenic trails are a perfect way to explore the island. With over 45 harbors scattered across the rugged coastline, fishing, villages, lighthouses, antique shops and restaurants serving the freshest of delicious island cuisine, there will always be reasons to stop and explore something new. Don’t miss the fairytale villages of Victoria, Cavendish, Georgetown, Souris, or Tignish.

The Confederation bridge

Confederation Bridge
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The Confederation bridge is an approximately 12km-long engineering marvel that connects the island to the mainland. It is the longest bridge in the world that crosses frozen waters in winter.

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