Known for its relaxing aura and quaint scenery, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) is a place that many people continue to come back to each year. It has a special feeling of rustic history, but still offers many opportunities for entertainment and relaxation. Some, like me, are lucky enough to be on Prince Edward Island during the Charlottetown Festival, an elaborate event hosted each year at the Confederation Center of the Arts. Definitely it’s something to check out if on the island during this time.
It’s not often that you can see a real version of something depicted in a fictional book. On P.E.I. this magic is possible, as Green Gables, known from the world famous books by L.M. Montgomery, is located in the town of Cavendish.
Another yearly event that is pure enjoyment even for the non-jazz enthusiast is the Prince Edward Island Annual Jazz and Blues Festival. Lasting a full week, this festival essentially takes you all over Charlottetown, while you enjoy the sounds of many different local and non-local blues and jazz musicians. As I said, even for the non-jazz enthusiast, the ambiance and atmosphere during this special festival is in its own right, addictive.
Don’t let the serenity of Prince Edward Island fool you into thinking it’s a boring place. During the summer, those who seek activity and entertainment will get more than they bargained for. Prince Edward Island is home to many water sports activities. The Northumberland Strait, for example, is a booming and busy water sports area. The waters here and in the Gulf of St Lawrence are generally warmer than those off the coast of New England. This makes Prince Edward Island one of the preferred vacation hot-spots in the area.
Maybe its beauty can be attributed to the way it was created. 15,000 years ago, the area we now know as Prince Edward Island was originally covered by glaciers. The receding of these glaciers gave way to the island. This could also be the reason why P.E.I. has some of the richest soil in Canada.
If you are an avid golfer, then Prince Edward Island is also a definite must-visit location. Aside from the fact that golf is one of the most popular sports on the island, its beautiful courses and greens are not found anywhere else. It would be a shame not to experience the game of golf in the environment in which it was meant to be played!