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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.
There are a number of car ferries to PEI:
Throughout the summer months, cruise liners stop in Charlottetown for one day visits.
Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:
As Prince Edward Island is small, in the summer cycling is popular. Although most roads do not have wide shoulders or designated bike lanes, drivers tend to be quite courteous to cyclists. The landscape consists mostly of rolling hills; there are few steep hills to climb. Additionally, the Confederation Trail stretches from one end of the island to the other. Built on a disused rail bed, the trail has low grades and is reserved for cyclists and pedestrians. Cycling maps, sample itineraries and other cycling resources are available from different companies.
In recent years, Prince Edward Island has seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of its restaurants. The traditional tourist restaurants serving boiled lobsters with all-you-can-eat coleslaw still exist, and can be a lot of fun, but those looking for a more refined or exotic meal now have several options.
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.
The legal drinking age in Prince Edward Island is 19. Bars, clubs and liquor stores will typically ask for a government-issued ID from anyone who looks under 25. Retail alcohol sale on the island is restricted to the government controlled PEI Liquor Commission. Their stores carry a reasonable selection of wine, beer and liquor.
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