Stephen DesRoches

Photographer and Website Designer

West Royalty

Born in rural PEI near Summerside, Stephen loved art from the very beginning, and his early years focused on traditional brushes, inks and paints. An introduction to computers opened a whole new world of creativity, and inspired a career as a designer, illustrator, and ultimately, a photographer. Stephen feels photography is a way of looking at the changing world around us: documenting our surroundings and drawing attention to the beauty of the light, colors and shapes we sometimes miss.

Red Cliffs and Beach

Where do you live in PEI?
On the outer edges of Charlottetown in West Royalty. 

What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
PEI is rich with scenic views spanning four distinctive seasons of weather and activities. It's small enough to move around quickly, but big enough for a great variety of vistas: colourful farmland, fishing harbours, red sandstone cliffs and many kilometers of beaches to explore. 

What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
The island's coastline can lose as much as 1.5 meters each year due to erosion.   

If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
Cavendish and the drive from Ocean View to North Rustico. You’ll pass through rolling farm hills on the way and enjoy a view of the sand spit stretching out to New London Bay; then along the steep red cliff shoreline with perfect places to stop on the way until you end up at the fishing village of North Rustico. It’s a beautiful stretch of coastline. 

Any fun facts about yourself or the Island that you think people should know?

French River

Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in both size and population, but claims the title of most roads per capita. As we say, everything is only 20 minutes away. And if you reach water, you went too far.

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