Along with Alberta, Prince Edward Island seems to have the most nicknames. Islanders love their Island and sometimes just call it “The Island.” The Government of PEI has a page called The Island Today where you can glance at weather, news and things to do.
PEI is known for potatoes. Therefore it is a good fit to call it the Spud Island. Even the online Dictionary defines Spud Island as PEI. Google search for Spud Island will yield all sorts of interesting things like potato recipes.
Million Acre Farm
Along with the potato theme, we also have the Million Acre Farm. A drive through PEI in the summer will quickly illustrate. While you may see some wooded areas, on many roads you will see field after field of various crops like potato, corn, canola, barley, etc. Prince Edward Island is known as the “million acre farm” for its red fertile soil, temperate climate, and abundance of mixed and specialized family farms.
Garden of the Gulf
Nestled in the middle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, PEI is also known as the Garden of the Gulf. The Museum in Montague, chose Garden of the Gulf as a fitting title.
Meaning Cradle on the waves, Abegweit is the Mi’kmaq name for Prince Edward Island. Look at a map of Atlantic Canada. It does look like a cradle. Now we have to wonder which Indian Legend flew over the Island to determine its shape. The name Abegweit is associated with many PEI subjects.
The legend of the origins of Prince Edward Island includes Glooscap and Minegoo. This is a colourful tale that incorporates the features of PEI.
The Gentle Island
Play in PEI
My favourite way of reaching the PEI tourism site is peiplay.com. This is short and easy to remember.
I hope you are planning on including Prince Edward Island on your next holiday. Check back here often to see why I love PEI.