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Living in PEI

Prince Edward in pictures

Prince Edward Island is without question a Great Place to Live. There are many other great places to live around the world, but PEI’s advantage is that it is not only
a beautiful place, but is also a very safe location with affordable housing.

Recognized as one of the world’s ten most beautiful islands, PEI is a tourism destinationfor approximately a million visitors each year. Many of these visitors come during the summer season when they can enjoy our beautiful sandy beaches, world-class golf courses and an abundance of fresh produce and seafood. Throughout the year, there are many concerts, festivals and events including the Festival of Lights, Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest, the Jazz & Blues Festival, Festival of Fall Flavours, International Shellfish Festival, and Old Home Week. You can experience great music, cuisine, harness racing, and history in the “Birthplace of Confederation” any time of the year.

PEI has an excellent reputation for safety, quality of life, a friendly atmosphere, and has many more amenities than most jurisdictions of our size. Our size also results in a true sense of “community” – networks between developers, educators, businesses, and easily accessible members of all levels of government result in a cooperative environment to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Geography

Prince Edward Island (PEI), one of Canada's four Atlantic Provinces, is the smallest of the ten provinces in both size and population. The island is crescent shaped, measures 139 miles (224 kilometers) from tip to tip, is 4 to 40 miles (6 to 64 kilometers) wide. Its total area is 2,185 square miles (5,660 square kilometers). It is situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and is separated from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick by the Northumberland Strait.

The province has numerous lakes and rivers, most of which are quite small, and is known for its red soil, sand dunes and 500 miles (800 kilometers) of beaches. The highest point is 499 feet (152 meters) above sea level at Springton, Queen's County.

Climate

The climate is generally temperate, with chilly winters and mild summers. The most precipitation occurs between November and January. Average temperatures for Charlottetown are 19°F (-7°C) in January and 66°F (19°C) in July.

Economy 

Most of PEI's industrial activity involves the processing of agricultural and fisheries products. In recent years, technology-intensive industry has become more important, especially in the medical, electronics, and agricultural fields. Specialized manufacturing industries have been established in the province producing goods such as diagnostic medical kits, optical frames, and steel and aluminum cookware. PEI also has a growing number of firms in the aerospace, video game, life sciences and ICT industries.

Flights

Prince Edward Island has a newly expanded commercial airport in Charlottetown. A summary of flight services from Charlottetown Airport include: 

See www.flypei.com for complete flight schedules and airlines that service PEI.