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Prince Edward Island Canada
Along with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is one of the destinations you’ll visit on the east coast of Canada during our Caravan Maritime Provinces tour.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest of the three Maritime Provinces but in terms of land size and population, PEI is also smaller than any other province or territory in Canada. PEI was initially part of the land owned by the Mi’kmaq indigenous people; it became a British colony in the 1700s, and officially a Canadian province on July 1st 1873.
PEI is the only North American jurisdiction outside the Caribbean to have no mainland territory and is the only one to have no land boundary. Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island, was incorporated in 1855.
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The pastoral nature of PEI is known for its reddish and white sandy beaches, rolling hills and wooded areas, and the abundance of red soil. It is reputed for its outstanding red sandstone cliffs, marshes, numerous bays, and many harbors.
White silica sand at Basin Head has a unique geological property that causes the sand to create a scrubbing noise when walked upon. For this reason, it has notably been called the “singing” sand.
The capital of PEI is Charlottetown. In 1864, a gathering of Maritime and Canadian statesman was held in Charlottetown to debate the British North American Union, now known as the Canadian Federation. As a result of this important meeting, Charlottetown has become recognized as the Birthplace of Confederation.
Located at the confluence of three rivers, Charlottetown is situated on a harbor of the same name, which opens onto Northumberland Strait. Beautifully painted historic homes and well-maintained gardens are deeply rooted in the island’s tradition of hospitality.
Anne of Green Gables Part of PEI History
Infamous for being the home of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island welcomes hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic visitors each year, who come to see the place that inspired the book. There are numerous museums dedicated to the author and the surrounding areas where the novel took place, such as the Haunted Woods and Balsam trails, as described in the book.
PEI Has More to Offer
Music festivals, celebratory events, and world-renowned East Coast hospitality all help make PEI a culturally vibrant island filled with music, food, and dozens of historical points of reference.
From shellfish festivals and seafood restaurants to the Fathers and Ladies of Confederation dressed in period costumes, or the marvel of St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown is a historic gem carefully cradled on the waves of history and the cultural diversity that is Prince Edward Island.
L.M. Montgomery once wrote, “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.” She could very well have been writing her thoughts about your visit to Prince Edward Island, Canada.
About Caravan Tours
Caravan first opened its doors as a family run all inclusive tour company back in 1952. Since then, we’ve grown to become one of North America’s most affordable all inclusive tour companies.
Each year we escort guests from all over the world to destinations in the United States, Central America, and Canada. We welcome you to join us on our tour of eastern Canada to see the Maritime Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Why Travel with Caravan?
Why Travel with Caravan?
Excellence Since 1952
You can trust our years of experience with tours of superb quality and excellent value. Caravan has enjoyed the same family management and ownership since 1952.
Caravan's Proud History
In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two-hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then, Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel. You can trust in our stability, experience and dedication to quality.
Stay at park lodges, scenic resorts, and excellent hotels in great locations. See hotel descriptions on each tour page.
In Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala, Caravan includes all meals. For USA and Canada tours, included meals are listed on each itinerary page. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals.
Enjoy complete sightseeing with more visits, extra features, and local guides.
Fully Guided by Tour Directors
All tours conducted from start to finish by professional tour directors, who are fluent in English, experienced, and fun.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.
Caravan will not bring you to overpriced shops in exchange for payments. Caravan gives you ample opportunity and time for great shopping, and the freedom to choose where and when to shop.
Great Value, Book Early
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. In a typical year, most of our tours sell out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
How does Caravan Tours sell these tours for such a low cost?
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices. We in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
Trade Association Memberships
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).