Just because it’s small, doesn’t mean it can’t pack a real punch! Ever heard of Anne of Green Gables? Yeah, the little red-headed orphan who loves to jibber jabber and get into trouble on adventures. The story spawned multiple retellings via television shows and movies — it also put Canada’s tiniest province, Prince Edward Island, on the map.
The small province’s most narrow point is a mere four miles wide, while the overall length is only 140 miles — North Cape to East Point. To give you a better idea, that’s nine cities of Toronto (via square miles).
Known as “cradle in the waves” or Abegweit by the Mi’kmaq, who are the earliest residents in the region. While it’s possible there were migrations every season, there’s no evidence of permanent residence. At the very least, the Mi’kmaq have resided on PEI for 2,000 years permanently. On record, the first to visitor was Jacques Cartier in 1534 but it wouldn’t be for another two centuries that permanent settlements would begin popping up.
The 1720s is when the first colony would appear on the small island and barely reached 700 inhabitants by 1748. The population increased significantly, to around 4,000, when Britain decided to move the residents from Nova Scotia. That 4,000 increased to 62,000 by the year 1850.
Charlottetown is the province’s capital and it was where the country of Canada was founded. The city housed the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, an action which helped get the ball rolling to formally create the country.
Don’t exclude this province from your must-see list. Charlottetown is bursting at the seam with life; shopping, arts and culture, adventure, and fitness/wellness are abundant here.