Saturday, 2 September 2017

Canadian province – Prince Edward Island

This is part of a series going through the 10 Provinces of Canada in alphabetical order to check out how they got named, what their flag is like and other things of interest. 

Location – This province is made up of a number of islands – the largest of which is, guess, Prince Edward Island. Not all that many people live in this Province – under 200,000.  The province is slightly larger than the US State, Delaware. In 1997 the Province was connected to the mainland by the Confederation Bridge.  The longest bridge in the world over ice covered waters.

Origin of name – named for Queen Victoria's father (who was the 4th son of George III)

Nicknames – Cradle of Confederation, Garden of the Gulf


Capital – Charlottetown

Flower – Pink Lady's Slipper

Tree Red Oak

Bird – Blue Jay

Signature foods – Lobster Mashed Potatoes, Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie, Oysters & Mussels, FWTW (Fries with The Works)

Famous places to visit – PEI National Park, St Dunstan's Basilica, Confederation Trail, Singing Sands, the Bottle houses

Famous businesses/brands – PEI is very fertile.  Despite its small size it grows about 25% of Canada's potatoes.

Famous people from Prince Edward Island – Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

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