Valerie Flynn

Tourism PEI Vacation Planner

Were you born in PEI or are you an Islander by choice?
I am an Islander by choice, but I would like the record to state that I was "made in PEI". My Mom was pregnant with me when she and my Dad moved from St. Charles, P.E.I. to Sudbury, Ontario. The Island was always calling me and I moved to P.E.I. when I was about 18. I now live in the same home that I came to visit every summer when I was a kid, where my Mom grew up and her father before her. I am the 5th generation to live there.

Describe what an average day looks like for you?
My average day starts with a coffee that I get from a place where they greet me by name and ask me how I am. Then I get to spend the day greeting and assisting our eager visitors to get the most out of their stay here on the Island. My day ends spent with family and if lucky a nice walk on the beach just before sunset.

What is your favourite thing about life in PEI?
My favourite thing about life on the Island is that everyone is on a first name basis, and we are completely surrounded by beauty and not just in the scenery but in the people too.

What is something people wouldn't know if they're not from the island?
Most of the Island is within 8 kilometers of the sea or a tidal inlet, and no spot is more than 16 kilometers from salt water so keep a beach chair in your trunk at all times!

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
There is so much that it changes almost daily! I love promoting P.E.I. and local businesses. Summers on P.E.I. can't be beat, but I love all of our seasons...even winter!

If you had to choose one spot on the island to take someone who has never been here, where would it be?
I would take them to Naufrage Harbour to smell the salt air, then to Cow River beach for the beautiful white sand and crashing waves. Abel's Cape in Fortune for a walk on the flats at low tide to look for sand dollars and many stops in between!