Prince Edward Island is an idyllic jewel of North America, the land of Anne of Green Gables, rolling farmlands, waves crashing below lighthouses, and lobster suppers.
The Confederation Bridge linked PEI to New Brunswick in 1997, while Nova Scotia is still served by ferries. Flights to Charlottetown Airport (YYG) are primarily from Toronto, with a few other Canadian cities. The only flight from the US is a seasonal summer Delta flight from New York JFK, this year ending September 29. The Delta flight is $500+ roundtrip but, surprisingly, there is occasionally some low award availability (25,000 miles). The regional jet does not have first class and flying time is only about 90 minutes (JFK time, on the other hand, can be nearly infinite).
PEI is primarily a summer destination, much shuts down at the end of September, though hardy locals golf much later.
We had three goals for the quick weekend:
- Take scenic drives.
- Enjoy a B&B, and we had a gem: Knox’s Dam Bed and Breakfast.
- Eat seafood.
Those who know me and wife will surmise who did the goalsetting!
PEI has three formal scenic drives, each with helpful signposts for the route and interesting stops. Given that the rest of the signage on the island is not the best, these are a great traveler’s aid.
One warning: the locals generally drive very, very slowly, well under the already low speed limits. They make even the docile Nova Soctia tourists seem like road terrors. Most roads are two-lane. Plan accordingly.
The scenic drives are:
- North Cape Coastal Drive – 300 km in the least touristed section of the island.
- Central Coastal Drive – 253 km in the tourist heartland, Anne of Green Gables country.
- Points East Coastal Drive – 470 km along the east coast.