Happy Birthday Canada: 10 Fun Facts About Prince Edward Island

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Prince Edward Island, or P.E.I, is Canada's smallest province but that doesn't mean it isn't loaded with fun and interesting facts! The province was 8th to join the Confederation when it became a province in 1873 and includes the main island of the same name, but also 231 other minor islands.

Now that we know a little more about P.E.I., let's dive into some fun facts!

Prince Edward Island

  • P.E.I is the only province with no land boundary.
  • The island has had a few different names throughout history. The Mi'kmaq First Nations called it Epekwitik meaning "cradled on the waves". When French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered the island and claimed it for the French colony of Acadia the island was named Ile Saint-Jean. When it was taken over by the British it was re-named St. John's Island, however this became confusing with Saint John New Brunswick, and St. John's Newfoundland so it was given its current name of Prince Edward Island.
  • Charlottetown, P.E.I. hosted the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 which lead to the creation of Canada in 1867!
  • Charlottetown Conference

  • The famous P.E.I red dirt actually gets its colour from the high iron content which oxidizes when exposed to air.
  • The Confederation Bridge, completed in 1997, connects P.E.I. to New Brunswick and it is the longest bridge in the world over ice covered waters!
  • The famous book Anne of Green Gables was written by P.E.I. native Lucy Maud Montgomery and is set in the province! You can also visit the house that inspired the book which is a National Historic Site!
  • Anne of Green Gables House

  • Potatoes are big in P.E.I. as its the number one crop in the province!
  • There are 2 cities and 8 towns in the province and due to its size is the most densely populated province in Canada!
  • P.E.I. is so small that it accounts for only 0.1% of the total area of Canada!
  • P.E.I.'s population is only about 146,000, which is smaller than 21 Canadian cities!
  • We hope you had as much fun learning about P.E.I. as we did. As always comment below with your favourite fact or share one that you love that we missed! Up next: Quebec!

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