Jana Hemphill

Owner, Storybook Adventures and Nature Retreat

Brookfield

I was born and raised in PEI. I am a writer/journalist by trade but an equestrian and an animal lover by heart, which led me to create a beautiful space where families can come reconnect with animals and nature in a fun, exciting and heartfelt way.

Where do you live in PEI?
Brookfield

Describe what are an average day looks like for you?
With three kids and more than 60 animals to care for, I am on the go from morning until dark. Looking after a bustling farm, teaching riding lessons, hosting school and community groups, planning summer camps, shuffling my own kids to-and-fro – and writing on the side – makes for a busy but enjoyable life!

What is your favorite thing about life in PEI?
The beaches – hands down!

What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
We have more horses per capita than any other province in the country.

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
Animals … as the owner of more than 60 (horses, goats, sheep, pigs, llama, donkey, cow, hens, roosters, rabbits, cats, dogs and more – many of whom are rescues) animals are not only my passion, they are my life! As the director of a non-profit horse rescue, as a rider, as a coach, a business owner and even as a writer, animals permeate every aspect of my day-to-day living.

If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Greenwich Beach

Any funny facts about yourself or factoids about the Island that you think people should know?
Islanders stay they are ‘storm-stayed’ when it is storming outside and the roads aren’t safe to be driving. I believe mainlanders use the term ‘snowed in.’

Islanders use the term ‘kit bag’ to describe everything from a duffle bag, to a gym bag, to a backpack … I don’t know why, we just do!