More than meets the eye
To be sure, a tour of Prince Edward Island will be a feast for all the senses, and the visual experience will be one that will persist in your memory long after you have returned home. You will find yourself thinking back to the Island’s particular combination of brilliant and complementary colours, the lay of the land that rolls on in gentle, tended waves and the light that can only be "island" light that both softens and intensifies the scenes so specific to Prince Edward Island.
Don't leave home without your Visitors Guide or pick one up at any of our Visitor Information, Provincial Destination Centres and Welcome Centres. The centres are located across the Island and friendly counsellors are ready to help you plan your itinerary, or give you the scoop on the latest local activities. Our activities search engine is packed with listings for hundreds of tourist operations. Above all, don't worry about getting lost; just remember this is an Island and you can never go too far astray!
To help protect the unspoiled beauty of the province, Prince Edward Island has an official signage program. Tourism operators register their businesses and standardized informational signs are provided at key locations.
If you are visiting on motorcycle, be sure to check the website www.motorcyclepei.com, a useful reference tool with details on motorcycle events held throughout the season. The authors, who are experienced PEI bikers, have put together this useful reference tool, and the booklet also gives details on motorcycle events held throughout the season.
PEI is a special treat for people who travel by recreational vehicle as the roads are quiet and there are many If you are travelling by bicycle, you will definitely want to have a copy of the Confederation Trail map or visit our trails page. You will find references to bike rental and repair shops as well as suggested trails and routes.
During your Island sightseeing tour, watch for:
- Scenic Heritage Roads- Many of the Island's traditional red clay roads have been protected, and a drive down Jack's Road, John Joe Road, the Klondyke or the County Line Road will be like a drive directly into the past. A required buffer zone means that many have a canopy of trees and all are unpaved (so don't attempt a drive too early in spring). Look for the brown two-tree symbol on the map. Visit our heritage roads page or pick up a brochure at a Visitor Information Centre.
- Heritage River - The Hillsborough River has been included in the country's system of Canadian Heritage Rivers. The Hillsborough offers a varied set of experiences from insights into the rich oyster fishery, the wildlife and birds of the river system, to the historical and cultural features of the area.
- Lighthouses - It's no surprise that as an Island PEI is blessed with a multitude of lighthouses, about 50 in total. Check the Highway Map for locations as almost all are accessible by car. And seven of the Island's lighthouses are open to the public in summer; imagine the thrill of climbing all the way up to the lantern room. The view alone is worth it, but there is a good chance you can learn about the history of lighthousekeeping and maybe even hear some old tales and legends of the sea.