PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

Prince Edward Island

PEI Overview:

Prince Edward Island is known as the Green Province. Although PEI is the smallest province in Canada in terms of both land area and population, it is the most densely populated at 24.7 persons per square kilometre.

Charlottetown is the capital and largest city in PEI with over 36,000 people that calls it home. Summerside comes in second with about close to 15,000 people. These towns offer an ideal mix of warm hospitality, history, charm, shopping, food, and culture. It’s a great place to either stay or visit. 

The backbone of the island’s economy is farming; it produces 25% of Canada’s potatoes. The second largest industry is tourism. Other important industries include food processing, the fisheries, aerospace, bio-science, IT, and renewable energy. The renewable energy in Prince Edward Island has established itself as a North American leader in wind energy and is positioned for leadership in emerging renewable energies.

PEI attracts more than 1.6 million travellers and spend more than $450 million in expenditures each year. PEI owns  33 golf clubs, 7 curling clubs, and 90 sandy beaches. Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and West Point Light House Museum are the most famous places that are synonymous with the culture of PEI. As part of the three Maritime provinces, PEI is known for some of the finest seafood in the world such as oysters, mussels, scallops, and lobsters. It is a culinary experience that is a must when visiting this rich island

Infrastructure and weather

The Confederation Bridge, which is the longest bridge over ice-covered water, joins New Brunswick and PEI. Ferries connect travellers between Caribou, Nova Scotia and Wood Island. During summer months, a ferry operates crossing from Souris, PEI to the Magdalene Island in Quebec.

In Prince Edward Island, the summers are comfortable; the winters are freezing, dry, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 14°F to 76°F and is rarely below -5°F or above 82°F.