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Connected to the rest of Canada by a nine-mile bridge from New Brunswick and by ferry service, Prince Edward Island is home to Charlottetown, the birthplace of modern Canada, where the Articles of Confederation were drawn up in 1867. The north-central part of the province has seen a boom in "Anne of Green Gables" tourism, based on the novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery. As "Anne's Land," PEI draws a few hundred thousand tourists each year, especially from Japan. Those who wish to avoid the crowds, theme parks and wedding parties at the Anne-related sites will find plenty of quiet places to enjoy the natural attractions of the island, including ...

Connected to the rest of Canada by a nine-mile bridge from New Brunswick and by ferry service, Prince Edward Island is home to Charlottetown, the birthplace of modern Canada, where the Articles of Confederation were drawn up in 1867. The north-central part of the province has seen a boom in "Anne of Green Gables" tourism, based on the novels of Lucy Maud Montgomery. As "Anne's Land," PEI draws a few hundred thousand tourists each year, especially from Japan. Those who wish to avoid the crowds, theme parks and wedding parties at the Anne-related sites will find plenty of quiet places to enjoy the natural attractions of the island, including the nearby long, sandy beaches at Cavendish, the best on the island. Visitors can explore a variety of coastal landscapes and wildlife habitats at Prince Edward Island National Park and in numerous Provincial Parks. The Confederation Trail, a former rail bed, provides backpackers, day hikers, cyclists, and even (when the temperate climate permits snow accumulation) snowmobilers access to long stretches of the province.

Stillman Rogers
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Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Any time; off-season offers fewer crowds and fee-free access to PEI National Park