Prince Edward Island is a province of Canada consisting of one larger island (the province’s namesake) and several, smaller islands. This is one of the three Maritime Provinces in Canada, and it is the smallest province in both land area and population—with just 142,907 residents, the entire province has fewer people than most cities. Prince Edward Island became a British colony in the 1700s and was federated into Canada as a province in 1873. Known for farming, fishing, and other maritime industries, Prince Edward Island is the perfect escape for any ocean lover.
Prince Edward Island has welcomed visitors of all age for hundreds of years, creating authentic northern Island experiences for everyone to enjoy. The coastline offers some of the most stunning views in the world, and further inland, tourists can spy rolling green hills and scenic farmland wherever they go. The island is also home to dozens of world-class golf courses, a diverse culinary scene, and some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever experience.
This part of Canada has something to offer every member of the family. If you want to experience some adventure without exerting yourself physically, take a coastal drive around the province. In need of a relaxing vacation? The island is full of stunning beaches ready to help you soak up the sun. There are hundreds of public parks, thousands of outdoor recreation opportunities, excellent museums and theaters, and some of the most picturesque lighthouses in the world.
Prince Edward Island is located around 120 miles north of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and around 370 miles east of Quebec City. The entire province consists of the main island and 231 minor islands. Altogether, the entire province has a land area of around 2,195 square miles, but the main island comprises 2,170 of that land. The main island’s transportation network has historically revolved around its seaports (Charlottetown, Summerside, Borden, Georgetown, and Souris), making ferry one of the most popular modes of transport. However, there is a bridge for those who want to drive as well as an airport in Charlottetown and Summerside.