Prince Edward Island

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Borden Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island© V. J. MatthewBorden Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island
© V. J. Matthew
P.E.I. may be Canada's smallest province, but it has a lot to offer travellers seeking an escape from the urban hustle.

Start in the capital, Charlottetown, with a visit to the Charlottetown Festival. Best known for a long-running musical based on the iconic island children's book, Anne of Green Gables, the festival also presents a wide-ranging summer program of other plays, concerts and more.

Speaking of Green Gables, you may want to make a foray to Cavendish to visit the house that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write her famous book. The town itself has become a bit of an Anne theme park, with many attractions named after characters or places in the book. You'll also find amusement parks, pizza parlours and all sorts of other family-friendly spots.

Too touristy for you? Don't worry. A few miles beyond Cavendish, you'll forget all about the mini-putt courses and take-out joints. Quiet roads edged with PEI's characteristic red soil take you deep into rolling farmland and along the edge of wind-swept beaches.

Those hills and dunes are part of the reason that P.E.I. has become one of North America's top golf destinations, with dozens of scenic courses. Golf Digest has rated one of them, The Links at Crowbush Cove, one of the world's "Sweet Sixteen" courses.

Lobster traps, Prince Edward Island© Keith LevitLobster traps, Prince Edward Island
© Keith Levit
Hidden among P.E.I's peaceful lanes and coves are restaurants that make the most of the island's fresh seafood and produce. The Inn at Bay Fortune, setting for the TV show "The Inn Chef," regularly makes lists of Canada's top dining spots. Savvy gourmets reserve the Chef's Table, where you get a front-row view of the kitchen.

World-class food and golf aside, many of the pleasures of P.E.I. are disarmingly simple. Rent a cottage. Attend a church lobster supper. Tap your toes to fiddle music. Browse in a quilt shop. Cycle the Confederation Trail, a former rail bed that stretches 210 miles (350 kilometres) from one tip of the island to the other.

by Laura Byrne Paquet

Prince Edward Island

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Stock Photos from 123RF