Prince Edward Island in eastern Canada is a jewel sitting in the Atlantic off the coast of New Brunswick. Considered the birthplace of Canada, Prince Edward Island today is a vacationer's dream.
PEI can be reached via regularly scheduled car ferry or by driving the Confederation Bridge. Constructed in 1997 and spanning 12.9 kilometers, the Confederation Bridge, linking Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island, is the longest bridge in the world spanning ice-covered salt water.
The center spans of the bridge are high enough to allow oceangoing freighters and cruise ships to pass through and continue along the Northumberland Straits. A toll of $38.50 per automobile is charged for use of the bridge.
Once on the Island, the first impression is the red clay soil that surrounds you. Clever tee-shirts and other novelty items carrying the brand 'Dirt Shirt' or 'Dirt Bag' can be purchased all across the island. These items are dyed using only the red soil and natural fixatives to preserve the color. They offer a unique remembrance from the island.
Charlottetown, located about an hour's drive east from the Bridge, is the capital of the Island and has numerous interesting historical sites and beautiful old architecture. Quaint shops and streets blocked to all but pedestrian traffic make it a walking friendly location. The waterfront, which has been restored and is complete with shops and restaurants, is a short walk from the center of the city. This is a place to eat one's fill of seafood and, in particular, lobster.
Directly across the island from Charlottestown is "Anne's Land." PEI is the home of L. M. Montgomery, author of the universally beloved Anne of Green Gables. Ms. Montogmery lived in Cavendish until she married at age 36. The house inspiring the tales is now located in a Provincial Park in Cavendish. The Anne of Green Gables story is enacted on stage throughout the year and is so well attended that reservations must be made in advance for peak summer travel months. In addition to the Anne of Green Gables house, the homestead site of L. M. Montgomery is open to visitors.
A car is a necessity to enjoy the Island. Driving is quite easy and the roads are well marked with many, many bed & breakfasts as well as major hotel accommodations available. The countryside is gently rolling and one sees acres and acres of the island's principal crop, white potatoes. If you travel to PEI during the harvest season for the potatoes, be sure to purchase a bagful. The flavor is excellent!!!
For those with a sweet tooth, a not-to-be missed shop is the COWS Ice Cream Shop. It is the best ice cream I have enjoyed in some time and the shop has lots of novelty "COWS" items. Really cute tees and sweatshirts!
PEI is dotted with challenging and beautiful golf courses and home to both PGA and LPGA pros. The Crown Jewel of PEI courses is the Links at Crowbush in Lakeside. It is championship rated by the PGA and was the host site of the 1998 PGA Skins Game. Over 25 courses are located throughout the Island.