The maritime province of Prince Edward Island is the smallest in Canada, in both land area and population (excluding the territories). The island has a few other names: "Garden of the Gulf," referring to the pastoral scenery and lush agricultural lands throughout the province, and "Birthplace of Confederation," referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, although Prince Edward Island did not join the Confederation itself until 1873 when it became the seventh Canadian province.
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. As you tour the North Shore area, brief photo stops will be made at quaint little villages, lighthouses, and the world-class Cavendish Beach. Fronting the Gulf of St. Lawrence, this broad natural sand beach stretches for five miles, from the entrance to New London Bay in the west, to the red sandstone cliffs at Cavendish East in the east. The entire beach is located in the Prince Edward Island National Park.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the Anne of Green Gables House. Anne of Green Gables is a bestselling novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, published in 1908. Set in 1878, it was written as fiction for readers of all ages, but in recent decades has been considered a children's book. Montgomery found her inspiration for the book on an old piece of paper that she had written at a young age, describing a couple that was mistakenly sent an orphan girl instead of a boy, yet decided to keep her. Montgomery also drew upon her own childhood experiences in rural Prince Edward Island. As a result, the Green Gables farmhouse was designated a national historic site for its importance in literary history, and is one of the most visited historic sites in the country. The farmhouse exterior has not changed remarkably over time, and its interior decor and artifacts depict the late Victorian Period in rural Prince Edward Island. Various rooms in the house have been named according to the Anne of Green Gables story.
A stop will be made at the Prince Edward Island Preserve Company, located in one of Canada's prettiest villages. The company uses locally grown fruit to make delicious jams and marmalades.
Reviewer: Debra Bennett
This tour was an exciting and informative trip through Charlottetown all the way to Cavendish. Our guide Mr. Lewis gave us a lighthearted view of traditions on the island. Though I had been to PEI many times before, I still enjoyed hearing an islander's view. Of course Anne's house was beautiful. On our way back, we passed a large home in Charlottetown which Mr. Lewis said he had visited many times. Turns out his father is the governor of PEI!! Wonderfully done
Reviewer: Linda Moon
Really enjoyed this excursion. Now I want to read the book!
Reviewer: Barbara Ammann
Great overview of the Island. Driver exceptionally knowledgeable. His love for theIsland cane through as well as introducing us to the feel of the Island, the love if the and,as well as beauty, and even arranged for the owner of a local tea manufacturing facility to tell us his story and love of community. . Not your normal souvenir shop, very interesting. Green Gables OK but Drive and talk about the community excellent.
Reviewer: Barry Denofsky
The itinerary was great and the weather cooperated. The island tour with a stop at the Ann of Green Gables cottage and a local factory producing jams and other condiments was most interesting. The bus driver and tour guide were very good and provided informed commentary throughout the excursion. One issue, probably not worth mentioning, related to the late arrival of two of the passengers. While trying to be accommodating, I am of the opinion that late arrivals should be given an opportunity to participate in another excursion, but, not at the expense of the majority. After a five minute wait the tour should begin. The late arrivals did not seem to care that everyone was waiting. It is up to the tour company to set the standards and then adhere to them. Island hospitality was great and probably reflected in the decision to wait for the latecomers. All in all a great tour.
Reviewer: Vanessa Barditzky
Not sure what I was expecting having read the book, wanted to see the Lake of Shining Waters etc., but this didn't disappoint --- able to go into the house and take photos inside, which was lovely - really captured the feel of the book. Definitely worth seeing. However, the tour itself took in other stops that I wasn't impressed with - would rather have had more time at the Anne of Green Gables home.