Prince Edward Island holidays will offer you a perfect blend of relaxation and nature. The island is Canada’s smallest province and has been immortalised by L.M Montgomery’s literary classic Anne of Green Gables. Wander over rolling green hills before ambling through quaint villages. Watch the sun as it sets over scenic farmlands, and stretch out on sandy beaches. Be sure to stop and enjoy picturesque views from the island’s iconic red cliffs.
Prince Edward Island boasts eleven hundred kilometres of shoreline. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway then we recommend you head to the quaint Brackley Beach. Picnic by the golden sand dunes. Enjoy a romantic meal for two at the nearby Dunes Studio Gallery and Café and walk it off with an after-dinner amble in the stunning gardens.
If you’re travelling as a family then you will fall in love with PEI National Park. At over 60km in length, there’s a whole world to be discovered that is suitable for all ages. You can hike through woodland that bursts with native plants and animals, or try your hand at kayaking in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Holidays in PEI: Packed with Culture, Cuisine and Curiosity
Explore Prince Edward Island’s rich history with a trip to Lennox Island. You’ll learn about PEI’s aboriginal heritage and if you visit in August, you’ll be able to visit the annual Abegweit Pow Wow, an event dedicated to celebrating the culture. You’ll learn the details of the renowned 1864 Charlottetown Conference that led to the unification of the British North American colonies, and is one of the most significant events in Canadian history.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment at Charlottestown’s Confederation Centre of the Arts. By day why not wander the art exhibitions and enjoy a spot of souvenir shopping in the gift shop before you leave? By night you can delight in the upbeat plays and musicals. We especially recommend the PEI Symphony Orchestra for a romantic evening.
Stroll hand in hand down the many Scenic Heritage Roads. Head to Millman Road in Irishtown where you can stroll through daisy-speckled meadows while the delightfully delicate scents of apple blossom fills your nostrils. Head under forest canopies before lapping up the panoramic views from the high hills. Finish your day with some fine dining: indulge in a luxurious meal of fresh lobster, accompanied by organic vegetables grown on the island.
If you’re not ready to give up this wonderful relaxed pace of island life, book an island hopping adventure. Cruise across mainland Canada to the west coast and uncover the delights of Vancouver Island. The luxury of PEI holidays can be continued with a trip to the Galapagos Islands and for unspoilt beaches, head to Florida Keys.
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Explore Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island was made for fun and unique adventures. Don't be put off by the Island's size, there is still plenty of experiences here and it so easy to travel around, meaning you can see and do more. From solo travellers to large families, there are activities to suit everyone from biking, kayaking and fishing to history, lighthouses and festivals. Below are just a few of our favourite things about Canada's smallest and most charming province.
Anne of Green Gables
First published by L.M. Montgomery in 1908, Anne of Green Gables has since become popular around the world and millions of fans still visit Prince Edward Island today to visit the magical setting of these books. Discover the Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish in Prince Edward Island National Park, the museum offers a interesting insight into the inspiration for the stories or watch a popular musical version of the story every summer at the Charlottetown Festival.
There is no shortage of incredible things to do in Prince Edward Island and all the best attractions are in the great outdoors. Hire a bike and cycle along the picturesque 207 mile Confederate Trail, canoe or kayak in the warm summer waters or head to any of the fantastic festivals that the island hold each year, from joining in a ceilidh at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival to delighting your taste buds at the Fall Flavours Festival.
History & Culture
Prince Edward Island is known for its fascinating blend of First Nations, French, English, Irish, and Scottish cultures as well as its role in Canada's confederation history. Visit Lennox Island to learn more about PEI's aboriginal heritage and see the annual Abegweit Pow Wow in August. Learn about the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, one of the most significant political events in Canadian history that led to Canada officially becoming a nation in 1867. Kids will love visiting any of the interesting living history museums to discover how European Immigrants lived in the 1800's.
Parks & Beaches
With eleven hundred kilometres of shoreline and miles of rolling green farmland, it's easy to see why Prince Edward Island is known as Canada's 'Garden Province'. Discover stunning beauty of the Island's North Shore with its unique dune formations, rare plants and animals and over 50 km of hiking and cycling trails in PEI National Park. With so many leafy parks and pristine beaches, whether you prefer to relax in the sun, enjoy a leisurely stroll or capturing an unforgettable sunset, PEI has a park or beach that is perfect for you.
There are many advantages to this small island, the land is rich, producing a bounty of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products just asking to be sampled. Take the Culinary Trail to discover Island's most unique and exciting culinary attractions from a fresh lobster supper or Malpeque oysters to a PEI potato cooked to perfection. So much of the cuisine here is locally sourced and produced, meaning the shortest possible route from the farm or sea to your plate. If your visit to PEI is in the fall, make sure to arrive hungry as September is Culinary Month, with the International Shellfish Festival and over 75 different culinary events at the annual Fall Flavours Festival.
“Prince Edward Island tours are perfect for families. Not only are there plenty of beaches to play or relax on, there are also bike and boat trips to keep you busy. Many of the island’s provincial parks offer free family orientated activities so you won’t be short of something to do.”
“Visit the new Green Gables visitor centre. Opened in 2019, it’s five times bigger than the old one. The redevelopment of the centre has allowed for existing exhibits to be revitalised and new exhibits to be established. It’s great for kids and nostalgic adults alike.”
PEI Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival
Head to Prince Edward Island on the first weekend of July to enjoy the jaunty rhythms of traditional bluegrass music. Groups from all over North America play here. Held annually, the festival has been running for over 30 years.
Fall Flavours Festival
If you’re a food lover, this festival is a must-visit - and the good news it lasts over a month and boasts over 60 events. Celebrate and feast on culinary delights from across Prince Edward Island and Canada and features the tastiest locally sourced produce.
Prince Edward Island is renowned for its seafood, especially Malpeque oysters. It’s no surprise they were once crowned the world’s tastiest oyster: they are clean in both look and flavour. Malpeque oysters come in two grades: Choice or Standard.
Organic fruits and vegetables
Prince Edward Island’s rich and fertile land results in impeccably fresh fruits and vegetables. Bite into a crisp and juicy apple plucked straight from the island’s orchards, or opt for the creamiest, most flavourful potatoes to accompany your locally-sourced lobster dinner. Delicious.
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