Prince Edward Island, known as the “Gentle Province” or the “Garden Province,” is the smallest and greenest province in Canada. Nestled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, PEI boasts beautiful beaches, red cliffs, picturesque towns, friendly people, unique Acadian culture and more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. It’s also home to all things related to Anne of Green Gables, including the Green Gables farmhouse, Prince Edward Island’s most popular tourist destination.
But whether you’re a fan of Anne of Green Gables or not, you’ll never run out of things to do on PEI. Here are some of the top Prince Edward Island attractions:
Just outside Cavendish is Avonlea Village, a beautiful recreation of the fictional village featured in Anne of Green Gables. Go back in time 100 years and join your favourite Avonlea characters for a fun day of interaction experiences.
This family-friendly attraction features everything you’d expect from a 1908 town, including kitchen parties, oyster shucking, dance lessons and pig races. Have a taste of homemade chocolates, raspberry cordial and ice cream while you explore heritage buildings, exhibitors and spectacular gardens.
Avonlea Village is the #1 rated Prince Edward Island attraction on TripAdvisor.
Green Gables, the house made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, is one of the most notable literary landmarks in Canada. Located in Prince Edward Island National Park, this national historic site attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The exterior of the 19th century farmhouse hasn’t changed much over time, and its interior decor and artifacts depict the late Victorian Period in rural Prince Edward Island. You can explore the house with a guided or self-guided tour, then head outside to enjoy the 19th century gardens, farmyard and walking trails, including the Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane.
Prince Edward Island National Park
Prince Edward Island National Park covers 22 km² of sand dunes, sandstone cliffs, sandspits, beaches, barrier islands, wetlands and forests on the island’s north shore. It’s home to a variety of plants and animals, including the threatened Gulf of Saint Lawrence Aster and the endangered Piping Plover, as well as unique cultural treasures, including L. M. Montgomery’s Cavendish National Historic Site (home of Green Gables) and Dalvay-by-the-Sea National Historic Site. Archaeological findings dating back 10,000 years have also been discovered in Prince Edward Island National Park.
Prince Edward Island is Canada’s #1 golf destination. Even though it’s the smallest and least populated province, PEI boasts more golf courses per capita than any other place on the planet. It has 10 of the Top 100 Courses in Canada as rated by the Globe & Mail and 5% of the top 350 courses in North America as rated by Golf Digest—nearly 30 courses all within 45 minutes of each other.
The top 3 Prince Edward Island golf courses are:
Brudenell River: Long recognized as the most popular course on the Island. A picturesque garden and river course with six par 3’s, six par 4’s and six par 5’s.
Dundarave: A red sandstone, 18-hole championship golf course designed by award-winning architects, Dr. Michael Hurzdan and Dana Fry.
The Links at Crowbush Cove: A spectacular course designed around the seaside dunes of Prince Edward Island’s north shore, incorporating panoramic views and plenty of challenge.
The Confederation Bridge
With a length of 12.9 kilometres (8 miles), the Confederation Bridge is the world’s longest bridge over ice-covered water (in the winter only). It connects Borden-Carlton, PEI to Jourimain Island, New Brunswick and takes about 10 minutes to drive across. It’s a lot faster than taking the ferry and bridge tolls cover the round trip.
This $1 billion engineering wonder offers sweeping views of the Northumberland Strait. If you suffer from vertigo, you can ask one of the bridge personnel to drive your car across for you.