Prince Edward Island, or PEI, as it’s more commonly known is a beautiful fisherman’s refuge in the upper north of Canada. Now that it’s become more of a tourist attraction, the charm of this island is just that more evident. It’s just one of the charms when you travel in Canada.
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You can go around the whole island in a day and the capital city of Charlottetown holds a great place in Canadian History; you’ll find that there is no loss of history nor of turn-of-the-century feel all over the whole island.
Prince Edward Island was made famous in the children’s series of â€śAnne of Avonlea,â€ť Avonlea being one of the cities found in PEI. â€śAnne of Green Gables,â€ť though, was set in Charlottetown. Be surprised, though. This is not the farmhouse featured in the movies, although this is the house described in the book. It’s a wonderfully preserved site and a place that people who had grown up with Anne must go to.
One memorial that is set in fact is Founder’s Hall, where the foundations of the Canadian Confederation were fleshed out. Restored to its former glory, you’ll be able to see the original furnishings and settings where the people that moved the whole country worked and sat, according to Kirk Lowdermilk, travel editor at US Reports Weekly. Interactive presentations certainly give a lot of information and additional tidbits on Canadian history.
Get an idea of how the people lived then with a visit to Beaconsfield Historic House. Constructed in 1877, it’s since been faithfully restored and the rooms are open to the public. Take in the view of the harbor and wonder what its owner, a wealthy shipbuilder, saw at the time he lived here.
The Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation teaches you more about what Charlottetown and indeed the whole PEI was founded on. There is a museum on shipbuilding and historical houses that you can visit. The Yeo house is wonderfully restored andÂ have costumed guides that demonstrate how Victorian life was, with live demos on baking, quilting, and spinning.