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Prince Edward Island is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, west of Cape Breton Island, north of the Nova Scotia peninsula, and east of New Brunswick. Its southern shore bounds the Northumberland Strait. The island's landscape is pastoral. Rolling hills, woods, reddish white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil have given Prince Edward Island a reputation as a province of outstanding natural beauty. The coastline has a combination of long beaches, dunes, red sandstone cliffs, salt water marshes, and numerous bays and harbours. The beaches, dunes and sandstone cliffs consist of sedimentary rock and other material with a high iron concentration, which oxidises upon exposure to the air. Large dune fields on the north shore can be found on barrier islands at the entrances to various bays and harbours. The magnificent sand dunes at Greenwich are of particular significance. The shifting, parabolic dune system is home to a variety of birds and rare plants
Prince Edward Island is home to many festivals and events throughout the year. A few of the annual events that take place throughout the year are the following:
For more information on these and other Festivals and Events visit Discover Charlottetown.
Prince Edward Island has generally warm summers and cold winters. Temperatures in summer (June to September) are between 20º C and 23º C during the day, while in winter (December to February) temperatures are below 0 º C during the day, nights averaging below -10º C in January. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year with snowfall in winter. There is ample precipitation throughout the year, although it is heaviest in the late autumn and early winter and mid spring. The island receives an average yearly rainfall of 855 mm and an average yearly snowfall of 285 cm. From December to April, the island usually has many storms (which may produce rain as well as snow) and blizzards. Springtime temperatures typically remain cool until the sea ice has melted, usually in late April or early May. Autumn is a pleasant season, as the moderating Gulf waters delay the onset of frost, although storm activity increases compared to the summer.
Charlottetown Airport (YYG) functions as the main gateway to Prince Edward Island by air.
Destinations are mainly to other Canadian cities like Montreal and Toronto with for example Air Canada. There are however seasonal flights to Detroit, New York and even to La Romana in the Dominican Republic.
The Confederation Bridge links Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick. It's reached from the mainland on TCH Route 16 near Aulac, and stretches 13 kilometers across open water to the island. The CDN $44.25 toll, based on the 2012 rates, is collected on the PEI side when returning to the mainland.
You can reach Prince Edward Island by ferry from Quebec (seasonally) and Nova Scotia.
Contact details for the latter connection:
Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, to Caribou, Nova Scotia, daily service May 1 to December 20, operated by Northumberland Ferries Ltd., 94 Water Street, P.O. Box 634, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7L3. In Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, call toll-free 1-800-565-0201. From other areas, call (902) 566-3838.
Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:
PEI is known for its great seafood selection, primarily in the summertime. Three of the most popular locations are New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, Lobster on the Wharf, and St. Ann's Lobster Suppers.
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