Prince Edward Island (PEI) is a tiny island on the eastern coast of Canada. The Mighty Island, as it’s affectionately referred to, is known for a few key things: Potatoes, seafood, hospitality, and red sand. More recently, however, PEI is becoming one of the hottest tourist destinations, especially for families.
The island is home to 160,000 people, but in the summer months the number of people who pass through the island is over a million!
With Canada celebrating it’s 150th birthday this year, we thought it would be a perfect reason to visit the island where it all began. Confederation was signed in Prince Edward Island (and Quebec) so visiting the island and travelling over the 13km Confederation Bridge that cost 1.3 billion dollars seemed like a great way to end our summer vacation.
We weren’t wrong, PEI delivered one of the best family vacations we’ve ever had. It truly was everything everyone said it would be.
Here are our top 5 reasons to visit PEI
1. It’s incredible for families.
It is safe, slow paced and full of traditional family fun. For more info on where we stayed and our family (and pet) friendly accommodations, click here!
2. The people.
East coasters are friendly, welcoming, and so quick to help.
3. The beaches.
Fun fact: The red sand is caused by iron oxide!
4. The food!
The seafood is incredible. We loved On The Dock Eatery. If you’re going, you need to try the nachos. They were my favourite! They were made with freshly sliced potatoes (rather than corn chips) and topped with fresh haddock.
The oysters at Blue Mussel Café were amazing, the fries were amazing EVERYWHERE, and my son was a HUGE fan of the lobster!
5. The history and the opportunity to experience our incredible Canadian landscape.
Canada is so diverse in its landscape, we have forests, oceans, Great Lakes, the arctic, and mountains. We truly have everything! We drove to Prince Edward Island from south central Ontario. It took us 1700km to arrive and it was a great opportunity for our children (and us) to see the diverse landscape of Canada.
We talked about confederation, we listened to CBC radio, we visited the wharf in Charlottetown, we talked about our political history and how the political parties were formed. We learned about PEI weather and how much more snow they get than us.
We had a magical vacation, I can assure you our children will remember it for the rest of their lives.
Travel is always amazing because it gives us one of the most precious gifts: memories.
Watch the vlog and let us know if you’ve been and what your favourite part of the island is or if you have any questions for us, please let us know!