State Detail - Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island


Prince Edward Island, though the smallest of the Canadian provinces, has a lot of possibilities no matter what your interests. It has breathtaking coastal routes for biking and running, and is dotted with provincial parks that offer great hiking, camping, and beach activities. Charlottetown, the provincial capital, has historic architecture, picturesque shores, prime shopping, and great seafood.

PEI is known as the birthplace of Canada. The 1864 Conference on Confederation took place in Charlottetown's Province House, now a national historic site and seat of the provincial legislature. Other historic sites nearby include Fort Amherst, built on the earthworks of a former French fort, and Government House, home of the lieutenant governor.

Prince Edward Island National Park has 25 miles of beautifully landscaped beaches, as well as campgrounds, water ponds, and marshes. The park and many of the island's other attractions lie along a marked scenic route called Blue Heron Drive, one of three such routes that circle the island (the other two are Lady Slipper and Kings Byway). Panmure Island has some spectacular scenery in a placid rural setting noted for smooth sand and a charming old lighthouse.


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