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          Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Prince Edward Island is the smallest of Canada's Maritime provinces, known for its red-sand beaches, lighthouses and fertile farmland. A popular tourist activity is to rent a car and circumnavigate the island visiting its many beaches and villages.

Charlottetown, the capital of P.E.I., is a popular cruise ship destination. Passengers take self-guided walking tours or excursions to other points on the island.

Charlottetown is home to charming Victorian streetscapes, historical government buildings and delightful shops, galleries and restaurants.

Confederation Centre for the Arts is a cultural centre dedicated to visual and performing arts.

     There are hundreds of designated historical buildings in P.E.I.

The 13-kilometer long Confederation Bridge carries the Trans-Canada Highway across the Northumberland Strait to connect Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

P.E. I. can also be reached by ferry from Pictou, Nova Scotia. Whichever method is chosen, people only pay the fare when they leave the island.

Peake's Wharf historical waterfront has a boardwalk, a performance space and pleasant shops and cafes.

The Charlottetown National Historic site is the birthplace of Canadian Confederation.

The Dunes Studio Gallery and Cafe is set amid a luxurious garden in Brackley Beach.

Summerside is the second largest city in P.E.I. It boasts a lively culture and music scene, such as the Celtic performances at the College of Piping.

Green Gables Heritage Place is a 19th Century farm that was the inspiration for widely-popular Anne of Green Gables stories.

The north shore of P.E.I. is dotted with charming fishing villages such as St. Peters Harbour.

Prince Edward Island National Park lies along P.E.I.'s north shore, fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It's 60 km. length has stretches of pretty red-sand beaches.

P.E.I. has 25 provincial parks to access a variety of recreational areas including beaches, sand dunes, historical sites, offshore islands and riversides.

Great blue heron by Ahmon Katz, 2013

Fathers of Confederation by Nathan Scott, 1990

The fictional Ann of Green Gables,  by ubiquitous commercial venues

   Art walks in Charlottetown highlight dozens of pieces of public art celebrating local fauna, historical figures and fictional characters.

Local shops and cafes specialize in the foods of the region, especially seafood including fish, mussels, oysters and lobster.

P.E.I. is proud of being "Canada's food island," with a wide array of fruits, potatoes, vegetables, meat and dairy products.

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