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Prince Edward Island, Canada

General Tourism Information
Prince Edward Island Facts

Population - 138,000
Cities - Charlottetown and Summerside
Time Zone - Atlantic
Soil - Red, due to iron oxide which rusts on exposure to air
Land Area - 280 km from tip to tip. Total land area 5,656 sq km
Provincial Bird - Blue Jay
Coat of Arms - Armorial Bearings
Provincial Flower - Lady’s Slipper
Provincial Tree - Red Oak
The PEI tartan was adopted in 1960.
The Island Hymn was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in the spring of 1908.
Major industries - agriculture, tourism, fisheries

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest and greenest province. Cradled on the waves of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Island is known for the vivid colours of its gently rolling landscape. Prince Edward Island is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs and is sized just right for touring.

As a small island province, Prince Edward Island depends on the land and the sea as the basis for its three primary industries –farming, tourism and the fishery. The Island has a turbulent history when it comes to land ownership and from the moment property rights were seized from absentee landowners, Islanders have taken seriously issues surrounding land use and stewardship. All three industries are interdependent, and all contingent on a healthy environment where crops flourish, shellfish thrive and visitors reap the scenic benefits. The residents of PEI are aware that all this hangs in a delicate balance, and the provincial government and the community are taking measures to protect what they believe to be a special and magical place.

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