Welcome to Prince Edward Island


ISLANDNESS - What is it? There's something special about an island. Naturally separated and self-contained, it's disconnected from the rest of the world-but only in the most alluring ways. Rhythm, for one thing. Prince Edward Island will draw you into its comfortable, relaxed pace. Freed from the stresses of your regular routine, you'll soon find yourself living on Island Time, with too many unforgettable things to do, yet no pressure to do them. Personal interaction, for another. Just as the surrounding waters carve and mold the land, our people will shape your experience. A trip to PEI goes beyond the jagged red cliffs, peaceful sandy beaches, and rolling green hills. It's more than impossibly-fresh seafood, creative artisans, and world-class golf. It's all of those things, and something a little harder to identify. As you board our boats, tour our studios, and visit our homes, you'll realize that you've also been welcomed into our hearts. And that's what will keep pulling you back for yet another taste of life here, another sampling of our unique islandness. You'll be glad you came, and so will we.

Whether you approach PEI by land, sea, or air, you'll feel a strange excitement begin to stir as you wonder, "What will it be like there?" No guarantees, of course, except that your heart rate will slow, your smiles will last longer, and you'll sometimes forget where you left your shoes.

Prince Edward Island is located on the east coast of Canada and is connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge.  The province is also called 'PEI' or simply 'the Island'. The capital city is Charlottetown.

The population of Prince Edward Island is 145,855 and is evenly divided between urban and rural dwellers. By percentage of population, Prince Edward Island has the third highest rate of bilingualism in Canada; 12.7 per cent of the population self-identify as speaking both English and French (Source: 2011 Prince Edward Island Population Report, Department of Finance and Municipal Affairs).  

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest and greenest province.  The Island is a place of natural beauty where the air and water are fresh and clean.
The population of Prince Edward Island is 145,855 and is evenly divided between urban and rural dwellers. By percentage of population, Prince Edward Island has the third highest rate of bilingualism in Canada; 12.7 per cent of the population self-identify as speaking both English and French (Source: 2011 Prince Edward Island Population Report, Department of Finance and Municipal Affairs).  

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest and greenest province.  The Island is a place of natural beauty where the air and water are fresh and clean.

 

Motto: Parva Sub Ingenti (The small under the protection of the great)Capital: Charlottetown

Flower: Lady's Slipper

Population(1998): 136,196

The Land

One of the four Atlantic Provinces, Prince Edward Island (PEI) lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, separated from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the Northumberland Strait.Rich soil and a temperate climate make Prince Edward Island an ideal place for mixed farming. Half of its land is under cultivation, earning it the nickname "the Garden Province." It is renowned for its red soil, sand dunes and 800 kilometres of beaches.

The People

Approximately 80 percent of the people are of British (mainly Scottish and Irish) origin. About 15 percent are of French origin, and five percent speak French. Of this number, 62 percent live in the rural districts, including 8 percent on farms. The island population is quite young with about 38 percent of the people under 25 years of age.

Economy

Agriculture, tourism and fishing are the economic mainstays of Prince Edward Island. Most of the industrial activity has to do with food processing, although high-technology industry is becoming important, especially in the medical, electronics and agricultural fields. Although lobster is king of the waters off Prince Edward Island, about 30 other fish and seafood species are caught, notably cultivated mussels, herring, bluefin tuna and the renowned Malpeque oysters. Prince Edward island is known for its beauty, and over 800 km of beaches. Tourism has become a major industry on the Island and the new bridge to the Mainland has increased its tourist potential. PEI is the home site of Lucy Maude Montgomery, author of the 'Anne of Green Gables' and other books, and has become an international tourist phenomenon with people from all cultures coming to participate in cultural events and fairs.

 

*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.

 

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