Kelly Ripa praises Prince Edward Island as favourite family destination

When asked in a recent interview what her favourite destination has been for family getaways, Ripa’s answer is surprising. She loves the British Virgin Islands and goes to Colorado every year to ski and snowshoe. But if she had to pick just one?

“Prince Edward Island has stayed with me,” says Ripa, who travelled there in July 2010 for four episodes of what was then Live! with Regis and Kelly.

“It’s left its mark on me. I think about it, I dream about it. I remember seeing my children happier there than they’ve ever been. We did amazing things, but we did the real things that matter in life: we took walks, the kids played in the ocean. We did things that didn’t require gadgets and equipment. Because we are raising our kids in New York City, we love the wilderness and I think children need that. We like to bring them to unspoiled places.”

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Regis and Kelly in PEI - Prince Edward Island

Live! with Regis and Kelly logoRegis Philbin and Kelly Ripa brought LIVE’s own brand of entertainment-oriented talk to the Island, with the natural beauty of the province providing a colorful backdrop to the show’s celebrity guests and musical performances. LIVE’s viewers joined them in experiencing the wide range of activities that PEI has to offer, as they explored the Island from end to end, and delved into the region’s history, food and culture.

"I want to thank Islanders for their warm embrace and gracious hospitality," said Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Vessey. "I am so impressed with how the entire Island contributed to the success of this project. We are very proud of Prince Edward Island and hearing celebrities like Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa express a strong interest in our Island helps us expose millions of people to who we are, where we are and all the great things we have to offer."

According to a recent news release issued by CTV, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” in PEI was the most-watched episode ever, reaching nearly one million viewers on CTV. A total audience of 968,000 viewers tuned-in to watch. The popular and highly discussed broadcast from Confederation Landing Park was the most-watched episode ever for the series. Additionally, the first Canadian-based episode more than doubled the average audience of 417,000 viewers this season, seeing an increase of 132 per cent.

Earlier in the week, Prince Edward Island ranked number two in the top Google searches in the United States. In addition, the traffic on the provincial government website was so great, bandwidth had to be increased. Daily traffic to the government website, thanks to LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, experienced 100 per cent increase in volume.

Media outlets from Canada and the US featured many stories of LIVE! with Regis and Kelly in PEI on the Confederation Landing Park. CTV Atlantic, Canada AM, CTV National news channel, Live at 5, E-Talk, ET, Extra, Atlanta station, WSB, CBC Radio Canada, CBC National, Globe and Mail, national and regional radio stations, additional local and regional media outlets all reported on Regis and Kelly’s visit to PEI.

LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” is executive produced by Michael Gelman, and is distributed in national syndication by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.  Produced by WABC-TV in New York, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” airs in more than 200 markets across the U.S., and airs on the CTV network in Canada.