Why Prince Edward Island is aptly nicknamed the Garden of The Gulf
We don’t need to tell you that Canada is home to some impressive scenery. While the Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains definitely steal the show with their larger-than-life demeanour, there’s a charming simplicity that can be found in Canada’s other natural wonders.
Prince Edward Island, in particular, is a pretty province, with a luscious green landscape that isn’t interrupted by skyscrapers or modern tourism. It’s a place where people go to get away from the hustle and bustle of life; and feel their lungs fill up with the crisp air of the seaside after a fast-paced urban adventure in one of Ontario or Quebec’s great cities. As such as it has earned the nickname Garden of the Gulf due its untouched and natural landscape – and for good reason.
1. There are only two urban areas
In the 21st Century it’s hard to find a beautiful landscape that isn’t adjacent to a modern city. While we love cities, there’s still something peaceful about the idea of an island where you can drive for miles and never see anything but an organic landscape. Its delightful capital, Charlottetown, is home to just over 34,000 people and its skyline is punctuated by church turrets and sailing boats. Over on the southwest coast of the island lies Summerside, the only other major hub on the island.
2. The world’s oldest estuary
Along the North Shore, you’ll find the Gulf of Saint Lawrence: a gulf that serves as an outlet of the North American Great Lakes – via the Saint Lawrence River – to the Atlantic Ocean
3. It inspired Anne of Green Gables
If you’ve read the famous pages from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s 1908 work of fiction and were immediately smitten with her enchanting descriptions of the beautiful landscape that surrounded her – then Prince Edward Island has a present for you. Deep in the Prince Edward Island National Park, you’ll find the rural area of Cavendish, the inspiration for this classic Canadian piece of literature. Here you can wander through the Green Gables House, stroll around several museums, and take an afternoon walk along the Haunted Woods and Balsam Hollow trails as described in the book.
4. Singing sand
Singing sand isn’t a term you ever expected to read – but keep with us. The sand found along Basin Head is a unique white silica sand that makes a “squeaking” noise when walked on. As you walk along the hearty coastline, you’ll also notice that the sand (and cliffs) are of a reddish hue, thanks to the high iron concentration that oxidises upon exposure to the air.
5. Natural Harbours
Maritime and Atlantic Canada has a long history with boating and sailing, thanks to the many natural harbours that are found across the region. Arguably another of Canada’s natural wonders, Murray Harbour, Charlottetown and Summerside harbours are all natural, caused by rias.
6. Acadian Forests
Canada’s Maritime provinces (and parts of New England) are included in the Acadian Forest Region (one of the eight regions found in Canada). Geographically speaking, the Acadian Forest Region is actually a combination of the Northern Hardwood and Boreal forests – creating a unique blend of hardwood and softwood trees found nowhere else on earth.