What is living on PEI all about? It is the salt in the air, the red cliffs that line our sandy beaches, the golf, the cuisine, and the people who welcome you into their homes and into their lives. It is all this and more. PEI might be small, but we are surprisingly abundant in adventure and economic activities.
- Population: 152,021 as of 2017 (1.7 % annual growth rate)
- International immigration increased for the second consecutive year, rising by 12.4%. The province has the highest immigration rate in the country.
In 1864, Charlottetown became known as the Birthplace of Confederation, when delegates from surrounding provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec) met in Charlottetown, PEI to discuss becoming a nation. This historic event is kept alive with the Confederation Players strolling around Charlottetown throughout the summer, performing as the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation.
Seasons and Weather
Spring in PEI is comfortable. June is alive with colour and temperatures ranging from 8-22 degrees celsius.
Summer is hot, but rarely very humid. The daily temperatures are usually in the 20s (celsius), and can go as high as 32 degrees celsius. The water at the beach is nice for swimming in July and August.
Autumn is clear and bright. September afternoons can be quite warm, evenings are cool. Temperatures range from 8-22 degrees celsius.
Winter is crisp and clean. Temperatures usually range from -3 to -11 degrees celsius.
PEI has three (3) coastal drives, each one is different and all beg to be explored. You will discover farmlands, fishing villages, cities, breathtaking views, and charming small towns.
In the North Cape Coastal drive you will find houses made of glass bottles, a potato museum, hear Acadian music, and see a wind turbine farm. The Central Coastal drive takes you through fishing villages, past Cavendish beach and attractions, into Victoria-by-the-sea. This coastal drive also highlights the stunning views of the Confederation Bridge. Points East Coastal drive is all about beaches; over 50 in fact, all part of the Eastern end of the island. Included in this coastal drive is the beautiful Greenwich National park, where you can walk a trail to shore and over bodies of water.