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A Province Fit For A Prince

Posted on: November 5, 2022

“We Prince Edward Islanders are a loyal race. In our secret soul, we believe that there is no place like the little Province that gave us birth.” – Lucy Maude Montgomery, The Alpine Path

On my recent trip to Canada, I fulfilled another long-time dream – to visit the province of Prince Edward Island. Ever since reading Lucy Maude Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, I have longed to visit this island on the east coast of Canada. It was as charming and picturesque as I envisioned, with a rugged coastline, rich red earth, pastoral landscapes, alluring fishing villages and friendly down-to-earth folks.

Prince Edward Island was named after the son of King George III, Edward Duke of Kent, the commander of the British forces in North America.  It is the smallest and most densely populated of Canada’s 10 provinces with a population of one hundred and sixty-four thousand. It covers 5,683.91 square kilometres (2,194.57 square miles).

As the plane descended, I had a clear view of Confederation Bridge. Built in 1997, the 8-mile (12.9-km) long bridge is the world’s longest bridge over waters that freeze over in winter and connects the island to the neighbouring province of New Brunswick.

The 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) of shoreline, features fantastic red sandstone cliffs and red sand beaches.

And of course, lighthouses!

Cape Bear Lighthouse and Marconi Station, built in 1881, is still operational. On April 14,1912 it received the first distress signal in Canada from the sinking Titanic.

I love lighthouses!!

A common site on the island is lobster traps piled up. PEI is well known for its delicious lobsters.

I was intrigued by the lobster trap and lobster buoy Christmas trees.

And the huge apple trees laden with fruit.

We came upon an errant Blue Heron who posed politely for us.

I loved the charming houses; this one belonged to a friend.

And the colourful sheds

Interesting sculptures depicting marine life.

The Garden of the Gulf Museum, the oldest museum on the island, is housed in the former post office in the town of Montague and is full of interesting things from the past.

The island’s capital, Charlottetown, was named after the wife of King George III, Queen Charlotte. It is known as the Birthplace of Confederation after the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference which led to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.

Rich in history and culture, it’s a perfect place to wander the streets lined with Victorian buildings still intact, and take in the ambience of a former time. There are many places to enjoy a delicious seafood meal as well.

There are amazing old churches in downtown Charlottetown including St. Dunstan’s Basilica, built in 1916, and designated as a National Historic Site of Canada.

Parliamentarians debating the state of the world in front of a cathedral. It could be 1867 instead of 2022.

I loved my trip to this remarkable maritime province. Next time I’ll tell you about my visit to Green Gables House.

Have you been to Prince Edward Island?

89 Responses to "A Province Fit For A Prince"

Great photos, Darlene. Thank you. I nearly typed ‘Yes’ but -silly me, we visited Vancouver Island – which we loved and also found both scenic and fascinating. Happy memories… xx

Thanks, Joy. I visited Vancouver Island on the west coast this trip as well. Totally different scenery but also very beautiful.

What a wonderful adventure. Will Amanda be travelling to PEI!!!?

One never knows. Thanks, Rebecca.

Thanks for taking us along, Darlene. Great photos

Glad you enjoyed the pictures, John. I loved it there.

Great scenery, a historic lighthouse, and fresh lobster? Sign me up!

I know, right! A perfect place.

Wonderful photos, Darlene. I, too, love lighthouses. I’d love to spend a few days and nights in one of them!

There is something about a lighthouse. Spending time in one would be amazing!

Love the parliamentarians talking. It seems so civilized!

I loved the sculptures scattered around the city taking us back to another time.

Hi, Darlene – I agree that Prince Edward Island is an enchanted province. Richard and I were there this past May (to hike the Island Walk). Incredible! Your photos are beautiful!

I learned about the Island Walk while I was there. A perfect place for a walk!

Hi Darlene – I really enjoyed this post, especially since I just read House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg – I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables, but it’s on my list. So nice to see Prince Edward Island and imagine it all.

I haven’t read House of Dreams yet but picked up a copy of The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career, written by LM Montgomery. It’s very good. Anne of Green Gables was my mom’s favourite book, as well as mine, my daughters and my granddaughters’. We are a family of Anne Shirley fans.

Oh that’s wonderful. It’s on my list.

Fabulous details and photos – brought back fond memories. Hey, am thinking a great place for Amanda to visit :).

Thanks, Irene. I can’t believe it took me this long to get there. I’m sure Amanda would love it.

I haven’t been to PEI, so I really enjoyed your tour. The red sand is striking. Your photos are gorgeous.

Thanks, Anne for coming on this virtual tour with me.

I haven’t been to PEI, but like you, I’ve always wanted to go there. Some day…

I’m sure you’ll get there one day. In the meantime, you can visit virtually with me.

What a beautiful place, love the beaches, and that street with coloured benches.

It was so lovely and quite different from the rest of Canada. Very special actually.

Lovely trip and great photo, Darlene. My wife was a big fan of the books.

Thanks, Steve. The books are delightful and worth rereading at any age.

I’ve never been to Prince Edward Island, but you have just taken me there via your travelogue. I look forward to seeing the Green Gables house . 😀

Thanks for visiting the island with me, Marion.

That looks like a very special place. Some of my relatives are from there, including a great uncle who was a postmaster there and an aunt who was a teacher. I hope to go there someday. Great photos! Thanks for sharing your experience, Darlene.

That is so cool. You must go and visit one day. They may be buried in one of the cemeteries there. Wouldn’t it be great if your great-uncle worked at the post office that is now a museum?

What fun, Darlene! I love those brightly-painted picnic tables. They are inviting. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

I love them too. They offset the drab Victorian buildings. It seems the folks from PEI like colour as many of their homes were painted in bright colours.

What a fun adventure, Darlene! All great photos, but I love the picnic tabes and the marine sculptures. Thanks for taking us along.

I loved them too. There were so many photographic opportunities as it is such a picturesque place. Thanks for your comments.

What a charming place. No wonder you have always wanted to visit.

Sometimes you have such great expectations that you are disappointed when you finally get there. This was not the case in PEI!

HI Darlene, these are wonderful pictures. I am sure I would love this island.

You would love it for sure!

Wonderful tour and discoveries. The photos are radiant and lovely too and the places outstanding 👏❤

It was easy to get great pictures as everywhere I went on the island was beautiful. Thanks.

It certainly looks quite beautiful. I guess the people there too are welcoming and sociable.

Very much so.

That’s amazing to know. Thank you for sharing.

I’ve never been to PEI, but I read LMM’s Anne books. It does look quite different from Vancouver Island, not surprisingly. Thanks for sharing your photos and impressions!

Thanks, Audrey. Canada is such a large country and so diverse. PEI was different from any other province I’ve been to. So glad I finally made it.

I enjoyed having a look around Prince Edward Island with you, Darlene. The photos are beautiful. Thank you.

Glad you enjoyed the photos, Norah. Like Australia, Canada is very diverse in landscapes.

They are both big countries. 🙂

Lovely post, Darlene. I see many similarities to my own province in the photos. As I mentioned to you before, PEI is on our bucket list.

Thanks, Jennifer. How far away is Newfoundland from PEI?

500+ miles by plane, 6 to 8 hours by ferry. ☺️

I have never been but especially enjoyed Montgomery’s diaries. Have you read those?

I just finished The Alpine Path, a collection of articles about her early life written by her as well as some journal entries but just until 1917. It was excellent.

I visited PEI four decades ago, Darlene, and your pictures match my memory of the windswept place. I’m so glad you got to fulfill a dream and spend time there.

I’m so pleased the pictures brought back memories. I don’t believe it has changed much in 40 years. I can’t believe I left it so long to visit this amazing place.

Wonderful tour thank you Darlene and we are fans of Anne of Green Gables series and often wondered about the island. Great that they now have the bridge as it must have brought a great many more tourists to the island.. ♥

The bridge has made it so much easier for nearby provinces to get there and vice versa. As ferries can be unreliable at times as Barb Taub can attest.

Prince Edward Island is definitely a great spot to go on a scavenger hunt of lighthouses. The dramatic red sandstone cliffs are also stunning. I recently fell in love with the province this fall when we visited for the first time. We were only there for two days, which wasn’t nearly enough time.

I only had two days as well as I had a busy schedule on this last trip to Canada. We will all have to return and spend more time. I’m sure you loved it as much as I did and there are tons of hiking paths.

Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island are the only two provinces and territories I’ve never visited. Mom and Dad made an effort to show us a different part of our country every summer as kids. I have many wonderful memories of those loooooong car rides, lol.

That was great of your parents. My mom always wanted to go to PEI but we didn’t take holidays on the farm back then. For their 50th Anniversary, Dad took her on a trip to visit all 4 of the Atlantic provinces. She was in heaven.

I bet! Do they have family connections on the east coast? My great-grandfather came from Nove Scotia.

No connections at all. Our family were the Germans from Russia who helped settle the west in the early 1900s. But Mom had read Anne of Green Gables as a young girl and, like me, always wanted to see where the story was set. LM Montgomery did a lot for PEI tourism!

What an awesome post Darlene. You do a brilliant job with the descriptions and pictures….makes me feel like I’m there. The island looks so intriguing….have to put it on my bucket list!! Thanks for sharing!

You would love it there. It’s a photographer/painter’s dream. So many picturesque scenes.

Yes, it’s a wonderful island. Other highlights for us were the Anne of Green Gables musical show and Cows ice cream!

If I would have had time, I would have attended the musical. Thanks for commenting.

Just love PE – visited it once and if possible will do it again. Thanks for sharing at SSPS

It is such a delightful place. So glad I got there.

How wonderful, Darlene! I love the lighthouse. I have never been there.

There is something about lighthouses, isn’t There?

I would live to visit Prince Edward Island. I’ve been to British Columbia but never to the eastern part of Canada. I also love lighthouses.

This was my first trip to the East Coast, although
I lived in BC for 25 years. I know you would love it. Thanks for visiting my blog, Joan.

A beautiful and also very colorful island. I love the hilarious Christmas tree. Thanks for the entertaining tour, Darlene! Have a nice weekend! xx Michael

Thanks, Michael. It is a colourful island and the Christmas tree was very unique. Thanks for the reblog too. xo

Thanks for this beautiful little tour of one of our beautiful provinces. I’ve never been but would love to visit someday. ❤

Thanks, Debby. It took me a long time to get there but so glad I did. xo

Thanks for taking us along, Darlene… Great photos!

A gorgeous part of the world and not too far from you. Perhaps another time, I’ll make it to Maine. Glad you enjoyed the photos. If I was clever like you, I would have written some haikus to go along with them. xo

Hugs & Happy Holidays, Darlene!

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