Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Even entering Prince Edward Island is elating. Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in Canada and the longest bridge over ice-covered waters worldwide, connects this island province with Canada's mainland, dramatically stretching far into the distance over shimmering blue waters. Once you enter Prince Edward Island, the countryside proves as memorable as this overpass. The entire island seems plunged in red: red soil, red sand and, in autumn, an incredible menagerie of reds transform the island's foliage. Since this province is an island, it is also surrounded by wonderful sandy beaches and terrific, lofty cliffs; from the rugged North Cape to the pretty bays around Prince Edward Island National Park.Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, nestled in the North Atlantic between the warm waters of the Northumberland Strait and the St Lawrence Seaway. It has a suitably small population, but one that is proud of its land. There is even a local saying that to be a true Prince Edward Islander you will have to have been born here. Yet Prince Edward Islanders enthusiastically welcome visitors, happy to share with them some of their delicious home-grown produce, such as the island's famed new potatoes or the abundance of tasty lobster.