We have been lucky enough to have visited PEI twice. The first time Corey and I were not yet engaged. The second time Henna was just a little kid instead of her now big kid self. The place is truly magical. Dozens of little towns scattered around an island whose elongated shapes makes it impossible to ever be an hour away from the water. The sand is this rich, red, clay that you can easily mold into soft rocks (perfect for skipping). There are also small farms everywhere and lots of places to pick up fresh mussels, lobsters, and scallops. Seals swim the water and ospreys fly above (and fish below). The people are extremely friendly too. Both times we have gone to the island, people have approached struck up conversations with us. Sometimes it’s while laughing at us while we try to steam a lobster (after the woman was done laughing she tore it apart for us in maybe five seconds). Once while Corey and I were sipping wine and watching the moon rise above the water, a man came out of the shadows and approached the fire. Although we were in a busy campground, our site was somewhat isolated. As the man came closer he stopped and said, “I can’t sleep, mind for some conversation.” His family was sleeping in an RV close by. His house was walking distance from the campground. He accepted a beer, talked about island life, and then was gone. You gotta love this island.
If you go, make sure you plan ahead. The islanders like to camp out at their beaches. We met a couple from England who had to spend one night in their car after arriving on a Friday. Besides beaches, PEI offers very dramatic rolling hills as well as Anne of Green Gables themed points of interest.
Last note: Our favorite beach/ campground is featured above. Cedar Dunes Provincial Park on the northwest corner of the island. Warmer water due to it not facing the Atlantic (in fact it faces New Brunswick), a working lighthouse with a good diner at the base, and a lot more quieter than points closer to Charlottetown. I should make it clear; we at Hennacornoelidays always choose sunsets over sunrises. Otherwise Jacques Cartier Provincial Park, where the sites are closer to the beach, is pretty cool too.