Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada (5,620 km2) with a population of 145,855. It is located on the east coast of Canada in the Atlantic Time Zone (UTC-4 h, i.e. 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time) and is connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge.
The island has an attractive coastal and agricultural landscape consisting of rolling hills, woods, reddish white sand beaches, ocean coves and the red soil.
It has more than 800 km of the warmest beaches north of the Carolinas in the USA. The climate is milder than the Canadian mainland. Summers are quite warm, but rarely humid. July and August are the warmest and driest months.
A range of interesting birds and other animals can be found on Prince Edward Island.
The original inhabitants of PEI were the Mi’kmaq followed by European settlers mainly from Scotland, England, Ireland and France. Most of the population speak English (about 13% speak both English and French, 4% have French and 1% have Chinese as their ‘mother tongue’).