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What to Do on Prince Edward Island
The beautiful and charming province of Prince Edward Island was discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1534, and settled by Europeans in the 1720s. Since it’s an island, there are beaches almost everywhere, and bird-watching enthusiasts enjoy more than 315 different species of birds. Deep-sea fishing, bicycling and hiking are some of the best ways to enjoy the Island.
RVers looking for expansive terrain and unparalleled beauty should consider an in-depth Canadian trek.
It’s easy to get to Prince Edward Island, and one of the quickest ways is via the 8.5-mile (12.9 km) long Confederation Bridge that links Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. The bridge is a modern engineering marvel and is the world’s longest bridge over open water. Joining Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, the trip over the bridge takes about 10 minutes, rather than the hour-long ferry ride.
From the Acadian Shore take the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island where you'll find days worth of adventure at the Prince Edward Island National Park (P.E.I.). Canada's smallest national park, the P.E.I. is also one of the country's most popular. Much like the Acadian Shore, this area has been blessed with shallow waters, which warm up greatly during warmer months. Beaches dot this 25-mile stretch, beckoning visitors to this quiet, sandy haven. The park diversity is quite remarkable as well. Lush, evergreen forests give way to impressive red sand dunes, accessible via a series of boardwalks. From there, the landscape transforms into impressive sandstone cliffs over the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The Kings Byway Scenic Drive, the longest scenic route on the island at 234 miles, takes visitors along the eastern coast of Prince Edward Island, and though it follows the Trans- Canada Highway for awhile, much of the drive winds through rural areas leading to small towns and hamlets. The Lady Slipper Scenic Drive is a great way to see the western region of the island with its famous oysters and interesting Acadian culture. The Blue Heron Drive (124 miles) takes visitors to many of the Anne of Greene Gables sites on to Charlottetown. As you traverse the Island you’ll discover the small shops and cafes that dot the landscape. Beautiful, locally made items such as woolens, antiques and more await you. Local artists and crafters offer a treasure trove of woodworkings, pottery, quilts, tapestries and paintings. Other unique items found here include soaps, handmade shoes, folk furniture and hammocks.
For more information on Prince Edward Island, contact www.gove.pe.ca