Prince Edward Island

Although the smallest province in the Maritimes; Prince Edward Island is well known as an inspirational spot for artists and promises plenty of natural beauty for anyone who's passionate about life outdoors. As PEI mainland is sliced with tributaries and inlets from the Gulf of St Lawrence it's no wonder that life tends to revolve around the tides and from canoeing to fishing, this is an excellent choice if you fancy spending a couple of weeks gazing wistfully over water. From the Victorian architecture of Charlottetown to the rolling agricultural hillsides inland, Prince Edward Island presents an exceptional example of rural island life in eastern Canada.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Starfish on beach

    Beaches and Beachcombing There are literally miles upon miles of sandy beaches surrounding Prince Edward Island and if you're a fan of paddling in icy waters or sitting with a glass of something as the sun sets then you won't be disappointed. One of the favourite pastimes of visitors and locals is the often overlooked art of beachcombing. Long providing inspiration for the island's artisan community, scouring the beach in search of shells, driftwood and treasure allows you to discover washed-up delights that can later be turned into whatever your imagination dictates - great fun!

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    Anne of Green Gables For anyone who has read the book or seen the theatre production, a visit to the location where Anne of Green Gables is set will no doubt conjure up many happy memories. There are plenty of notable points on a tour of the island and, from the Cavendish farmhouse (where Anne was raised) to the Balsam Hollow woodland trail (where she used to explore), this is a real opportunity to find out more about the character and, the author, Lucy Montgomery.

  • Horseriding

    Horse Riding Prince Edward Island tours on horse back are the perfect way to disappear into the woodlands, farmlands and the sea shore that make the island such a wonderful location to visit. Depending on your previous experience and ability, you'll be invited to mount your noble steed before setting off on a guided tour that will no doubt fuel your imagination and ignite a little romance, especially on a canter across the sand - billowing white shirts are optional.

  • Kayaks on the Prince Edward Island beach

    Canoeing Sea kayaks or river canoes are the perfect way to see Prince Edward Island in Nova Scotia from a completely new perspective and from seal spotting to discovering hidden coves, this is a great way to spend the day. Tours of the island in a one-berth or twin canoe or kayak are as educational as they are active and no matter how fast or how steady you wish to take the pace this is an excellent option for enjoying the great outdoors whilst afloat.

When to go
Temperature chart - Prince Edward Island

Summertime in PEI can often get pretty warm although the closer you are to the coast the cooler it will be. In the main: July and August are the warmest months and attract the most visitors with festivals, such as the Jazz & Blues Festival, usually held during the summer. If you're a fan of windswept beaches and thunderous waves then any time between January to April will be top of your list however, it does get cold so thick woolly jumpers are pretty much standard. Late April through to June can still be cool but less stormy and probably make the best time to visit if you're keen on fewer crowds and more walking as opposed to beach breaks. The autumn is pleasant and if you can visit from early September through to mid-October you'll find a mild climate that can be enjoyed prior to the annual deluge come mid to late October.

Insider Tip: Cows creamery
Cows grazing on Prince Edward Island

No trip to Prince Edward Island, or indeed the Maritimes, would be complete without indulging in a little bit of the local fare and although lobster is always on the menu, dessert is never far behind. Cows Creamery is as much a part of PEI folklore as Anne of Green Gables and bearded fishermen so a visit to the factory on the outskirts of Charlottetown can pretty much be ticked off as a cultural excursion. Voted as the best darn ice cream in Canada and boasting some delicious cheeses too, if you're looking for the perfect excuse to cool down then welcome to dairy heaven.

Tours that visit Prince Edward Island


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