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Jewel in Canada: Prince Edward Island

Each of the Maritime Provinces has its charm but none so much as Prince Edward Island. Nestled like a jewel in a setting, this lovely island holds endless potential adventure or relaxation. The possible ways to arrive on the island is almost as endless as the activities you’ll find there. You can fly into either the Charolettetown or Summerside airports; take a ferry from the mainland or drive from New Brunswick  to Borden-Carleton across the world's longest bridge spanning ice-covered waters, the Confederation Bridge.

Despite being the smallest Canadian province and somewhat remote Prince Edward Island is steeped in history. It is the birth site of the Canadian Confederation. Moreover, PEI is surprisingly affordable and, when you take advantage of house swapping for vacation fun, the value is even greater. There are beautiful beaches, virtually endless miles of pathways for hiking, walking, and cycling, stunning woodlands, and countless other natural wonders to explore.

Additionally, Prince Edward Island hosts a panoply of events, festivals, historical reenactments, and other events to lure you away from your high end vacation exchange property. You can visit the actual setting for the Anne of Green Gables stories in Cavendish on the northern tip of the island.
Or perhaps you love music festivals. The island is replete with music events running from Gaelic to rock; from Acadian to folk. There’s pretty much a music festival for every taste.

And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. The good folks of Prince Edward Island enjoy many after dark entertainments as well. In addition to  motion picture theatres, you can enjoy  live performances at such venues as the Victoria Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival, Montgomery Theatre, or the Kings Playhouse to name only a few.

For those more inclined to the sporting life, PEI offers some scenic and challenging golf courses.
If sports fishing is your passion the island features some of the finest deep sea and big game fishing in the world. The waters around the island are teeming with mackerel and blue fin tuna. Lobsters, mollusks, and other shellfish can also be found. Talk about an island adventure! What could be better than returning home with your fresh catch and putting it on the barbecue!

One of the more unusual adventures you can have on PEI is touring the more than twenty lighthouses which dot the coastline. Many are accompanied by museums detailing the fascinating history of these vital beacons.

If you’re inclined to have a bit of a flutter, there are harness races held at tracks in Charolettetown and Summerside. Perhaps the most charming track we’ve heard of is the Pinette Raceway which is tucked away in a small copse of woods. It’s accessed via a clay road and announced by  a handmade sign featuring the silhouette of a horse pulling a sulky and driver.

Such handcrafts are a hallmark of the island. Remarkable craftsmen abound and they produce a plethora of unique items which make wonderful remembrances of you time on the island or one of a kind gifts for your friends and family back home.

Regardless of how you choose to pass your time on Prince Edward Island, we’re sure that the friendly, outgoing and hospitable islanders will make sure that your visit is a memorable one. For a unique P.E.I. experience, in in this exclusive vacation home.  
Thank you to the MA Scott writing team for this blog post.


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