quick facts about pei
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is one of four Atlantic provinces located on Canada's east coast. The Island is crescent-shaped and resembles a cradle, thus the Mi'kmaq name of Abegweit, which means "the land cradled on the waves." Our rich culture and heritage offer much to be seen and explored and our warm hospitality sets us apart. The green pastoral landscape and water views make our Island way of life unique. They also allow us to produce some of the tastiest food experiences found globally. And our miles of sandy beaches are some of the best in the world. PEI is 2,200 sq mi of land area being our smallest Canadian Province and smallest population of 145,000 residents. Big history though, 150 years ago it was the birthplace of our Confederation.
The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, making travel throughout the Maritimes easy and convenient. The curved, 12.9 kilometre (8 mile) long bridge is the longest in the world crossing ice-covered water, and more than a decade after its construction, it endures as one of Canada’s top engineering achievements of the 20th century. (Maritimer talk tips: 'The Link' or 'The Bridge Over' or 'The Bridge Back' :) Cost: $18.50 for a motorcycle, regardless of what you're towing or if you have 3 wheels, or if you have a cranky passenger, etc. Here's a link to the photo gallery and a informative site about this world class structure. It's just as cool as riding to Key West!
Northumberland Ferries Limited – The Ships
Let our ferries, the mv Confederation and the mv Holiday Island take you on a journey across the Northumberland Strait. This 75 minute route runs between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, Nova Scotia outside of Pictou. Summertime crossings feature onboard entertainment during peak hours, and an outdoor seating area allows passengers to enjoy the fresh sea air during the crossing. 9 departure times (each side) during the riding season. Northumberland Ferries has been in service between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou, NS since 1941!
Bikes are so welcome here, that they don't let you book! (honestly, if you are traveling by motorcycle, they won't accept a booking in advance). Just find your sailing time, show up 15 minutes early, and they'll send you to the front of the line. A motorcycle is a ticket to ride with the ferry. Cost: Free to go to PEI, $40 for a motorcycle to leave PEI by Ferry, including riders. $45 for sidecars and bike trailers. CanAms and Trikes are the same as bikes for base cost. Verify with NFL's Website. Remember it is only $18.50 to leave by the bridge to New Brunswick.