Sunday Special – Prince Edward Island, Canada

Summer here in Canada is not that bad. It can actually get very very warm and right now our dollar is somewhat weak so it could be an option for some of you to come visit. Of course I love to see all manner of cool things around this big blue marble of ours but there are places I want to see within my own “backyard”, so to speak. Canada’s smallest province is one of them. Prince Edward Island (PEI) is second only to the Yukon on my Canadian bucket list. Located in Atlantic Canada (east coast), this province may be small in size and population but is still historically significant as it is the birthplace of Confederation.

When I think of PEI two things come to mind: potatoes and Anne of Green Gables. Growing up it seemed most potatoes in grocery stores were from PEI. Today, agriculture is still a main industry along with tourism and fishing. As for Anne of Green Gables, well author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1884 – 1942) brought PEI to life with her story of a feisty ginger orphan named Anne. As many Canadians, I grew up reading some or all of the Green Gables series and then watching the TV mini-series staring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst and Jonathan Crombie. I really enjoyed that series. Though there is more to PEI than those two. Beaches, golfing, water sports, food (seafood at its finest), history, theatre and good music beckon. It seems to have something for just about everyone. With a small population of under 150,000 people in the whole of the province it speaks to me of a laid-back and chill vibe. Perhaps that is why it is referred to as “The Gentle Isle”. I hope you visit it one day just as I plan to do.

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View of downtown Charlottetown, capital of PEI – Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Martin Cathrae

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Cavendish Beach, PEI – Photo is Public Domain

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