There’s a certain charm to Prince Edward Island that visitors are aware of as soon as they set foot on the island.
From the red sand shores and farmers’ fields, to the great sand dunes at Dalvay, every which way you look, there are stunning vistas. It is a veritable feast for the eyes.
This song from the Avonlea Showband struck a chord in me and illustrated just how deeply rooted people are to Prince Edward Island and home. There is a great sense of pride that is quite apparent. PEI is rich in culture and history, and we were fortunate enough to be able to have that shared with us.
The Avonlea Showband (Leon Gallant, Mike Pendergast, Remi Arsenault and Brendon Peters) is a musical group that captures the hearts of locals and visitors alike with their feet-tapping songs influenced by “down home” people, places and stories.
I wish I had taken a photo of a sign I saw in PEI that read: “A Place Where There Are No Strangers, Just Friends We Haven’t Met”.
The birthplace of Confederation and the seat of PEI’s provincial legislature since 1847, Province House National Historic Site is Charlottetown’s most significant cultural landmark. It was exciting to visit the place where 150 years ago, a small group of elected officials gathered to discuss uniting three Maritime jurisdictions, only for something even greater to develop. That conference in Charlottetown in 1864 led to a larger union and the creation of a country.
Of course, our trip was planned around our Anne of Green Gables package. Being literature and history buffs, my friend and I had to visit the place L.M. Montgomery was born. I’ll save that for another blog post though!
Prince Edward Island is a magical and very special place. Inhabitants of the island are blessed to be able to call PEI their home.
Still to come:
The International PEI Shellfish Festival
Cows Ice Cream
PEI seafood…LOTS of it!
Dalvay by the Sea