The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip! {Letter “U”}

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I am very excited to be taking part in the Blogging A to Z Challenge 2013.  This is actually my third challenge; the first year I featured a recipe for each letter and last year I drew on  my nursing background and used “the human body” as my inspiration!

This year I have decided to change things up a bit.  I live in Canada and believe it is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet; so I have decided to feature a different Canadian “place”, for each letter of the challenge.

I am very much looking forward to seeing how everyone interprets the Challenge and I would love to have you join me, as I crisscross this vast country on my Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip!

So, without further ado, “U’ is for, Unable to omit Prince Edward Island

Recently I reviewed my posts, I was surprised to realize I had thus far not included Canada’s smallest province on the “road trip”.  I did some quick calculating and assigning of the letters remaining on the “road trip” and was sad to see, at this late date, I could not fit in PEI.  That is why the letter “U” in the challenge became “U’ is for, Unable to omit Prince Edward Island.

Because of its relatively close proximity to my home province of New Brunswick, I have had the opportunity to visit “the island” many times! When I first started to make the trip, it was by Ferry from Cape Tormentine, New Brunswick to Port Borden, Prince Edward Island; many of those trips aboard the much loved MV Abegweit.  On May 31, 1997, the opening of the Confederation Bridge signalled the end of Marine Atlantic Service from Borden to Cape Tormentine. For many Islanders, this represented the end of a tangible part of the “Island Way of Life.”

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 Confederation Bridge {Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images}

Brief History/Geography:  PEI has a population of 140,204 and the island’s landscape is pastoral rolling hills, woods, reddish white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil have given Prince Edward Island a reputation as a province of outstanding natural beauty.

A to Z ChallengePrince Edward Island is one of the three Maritime provinces and is the smallest province in the nation in land area and in population.  The island is sometimes called the “Birthplace of Confederation”, referring to the Charlottetown Conference in 1864, although PEI did not join Confederation until 1873, when it became the seventh Canadian province.

The island has two urban areas; the largest surrounds Charlottetown Harbour, situated centrally on the island’s southern shore, and consists of the capital city Charlottetown, and suburban towns Cornwall and Stratford and a developing urban fringe. A much smaller urban area surrounds Summerside Harbour, situated on the southern shore 40 km (25 mi) west of Charlottetown Harbour, and consists primarily of the city of Summerside. As with all natural harbours on the island, Charlottetown and Summerside harbours are created by rias.

Climate: During July and August, the average daytime high in PEI is 23 degrees Celsius (73º Fahrenheit), however, the temperature can sometimes exceed 30 degrees (86 Fahrenheit) during these months. In the winter months of January and February, the average daytime high is -3.3 degrees Celsius (26 F).

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Panmure Island Beach-PEI {Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images}

Economy:  The provincial economy is dominated by the seasonal industries of agriculture, tourism, and the fishery. The province is limited in terms of heavy industry and manufacturing.

Agriculture remains the dominant industry in the provincial economy, as it has since colonial times. During the 20th century, potatoes replaced mixed farming as the leading cash crop, accounting for one-third of provincial farm income.

Arts:  The island’s cultural traditions of art, music and creative writing are supported through the public education system. There is an annual arts festival, the Charlottetown Festival, hosted at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Lucy Maud Montgomery, who was born in Clifton (now New London) in 1874, wrote some 20 novels and numerous collections and anthologies. Her first Anne book Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908. The musical play Anne of Green Gables has run every year at the Charlottetown festival for more than four decades. The sequel, Anne & Gilbert, premiered in the Playhouse in Victoria in 2005. The actual location of Green Gables, the house featured in Montgomery’s Anne books, is in Cavendish, on the north shore of PEI.

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Lobster Cage-French River, PEI  {Photo attribution: Oak Lawn Images}
It was great to be back on beautiful Prince Edward Island and visiting many of my favourite places. I will see you  in the morning, get a good rest we have another long drive to arrive at tomorrow’s “V” destination.

Past visits on the A to Z Challenge 2013 – Road Trip:

Complete listing of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2013 participants.

CREDITS – Map source –    Information contained in this post was obtained from, PEI Tourism and Wikipedia.



  1. I’m so glad you were able to include Prince Edward Island. My daughter was married in a little country church in New London (Clifton), PEI, where Ms. Montgomery was born. It’s such a beautiful province. We try to visit as often as possible. Very creative way to include the ‘U’ post.
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

  2. Gorgeous! I’ve never been there. Maybe someday….

  3. Dying to see the Maritimes. Seriously. I have a PEI license plate in my collection w/ the bridge on it but I didn’t realize it opened fairly recently.

  4. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice says

    How lovely that U presented an opportunity to visit PE Island. I have to agree with everything you say about it… and it would also make a great “girls trip” one day! Love the warm water walks on the beach.

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