Prince Edward Island is one of the three maritime provinces and is located off the Eastern coast of Canada, nestled between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is easy to reach the island either by ferry or by crossing the Northumberland Strait on the Confederation Bridge. I would definitely recommend the bridge. The Confederation Bridge is with its 12.9 kilometers the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. It takes about 10 minutes to cross it and if you happen to be the co-driver you can stretch yourself and catch some glimpses on either New Brunswick behind you or on PEI in front of you.
Located on the foot of the bridge on the Prince Edward Island side you will find Gateway Village, a little village with a visitors information center, a couple of restaurants and a full load of gift stores. Gateway Village gives every visitor the opportunity to find out more about PEI, about where to stay and what to do.
We started our round trip in Gateway Village and after lunch moved onwards to Charlottetown, the capital of PEI. Charlottetown is a nice starting point to explore the island further. You will find the Confederation Center of the Arts right in the city center and you can gain a lot of insights in the history of Canada. The issue of Canada's unity was first officially discussed here in 1864, and nowadays the capital is known as the birthplace of the Canadian confederation. Charlottetown offers a wide range of restaurants, shops and hotels, most of them moderately priced. I would recommend a walk along the waterfront, where the oldest part of the town is located.
After we left Charlottetown we drove onwards to Anne's Land and experienced the great landscape on PEI. The whole island gives you the feeling of being in a picture book, because everything is so cute, clean and lovely to look at. We reached Cavendish in the afternoon and now it was time for me to sink back into childhood memories as we visited the house which inspired L. M. Montgomery to write the novel Anne of Green Gables. I read all the books and watched the TV series when I was a kid and it was a nice experience for me to actually see the Anne-House.
Unfortunately we couldn't stay all day long as we had to drive back to Saint John. We crossed the bridge again and this time we had to pay $ 39 CAD to leave the island. Everybody who leaves the island has to pay that amount but it is still cheaper than the ferry.