Prince Edward Island

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Confederation Bridge (the longest continuous multi-span bridge in the western hemisphere), this island province is where the Dominion of Canada was born in 1867. The smallest of Canada's provinces, it is framed by powdery beaches and sweeping dunes that stretch for miles. The home of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables (Anne and potato farming are two of the province's main industries), fans from around the world come to see the musical version of the story at the annual Charlottetown Festival, or to visit "Green Gables" the setting for many of L.M. Montgomery's stories.

Explore the island's national park's 40 km coastline of sand dunes, salt marshes and endless beaches. Wander through turn-of-the-century villages and stay at quaint historic inns. Hike or bike the Confederation Trail more than 200 km of trails winding through picturesque corners of the province. PEI is a golfer's haven. There are over a dozen courses, many situated along winding rivers, marsh-lands, and a spectacular coastline making them some of North America's top-rated courses.

* Text: Chris Aucoin, Pride Guide Publishing

Quick Facts

Population: 135,000

Capital City: Charlottetown

GLBT Legislation: The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Size isn't everything: Prince Edward Island is the smallest of the Canadian provinces both in size and population. While it is densely populated, it is not overcrowded.

Claim to Fame: home to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of the famed "Anne of Green Gables".

What's in a Name: Use PEI or the Island if you want to try to pass for a local.

Noteworthy: Connecting PEI to the mainland is the 12.9 km long Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge over ice-covered waters in the world. Officially opened on May 31, 1997, it carries two lanes of traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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