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Why Visit PEI?

Prince Edward Island is Canada's smallest province, but still 400 kilometers from end to end, with lots of history and charm to explore. The coasts feature red cliffs, dunes, and sandy beaches. There are two ways to get to this idyllic island: a ferry from Nova Scotia or a bridge from New Brunswick.

Fort Amherst National Historic Site The Trans-Canada Highway in PEI (highway #1) loops across the southern mid-section of the island, though with PEI's size and leisurely pace, don't expect a four-lane divided highway! The 12 kilometre bridge crossing from New Brunswick takes half an hour, and you only pay a toll when you leave the Island.

Enjoy the ocean at beautiful PEI beaches The PEI stretch of the Trans-Canada highway begins at the northern end of the new Confederation Bridge (at Borden-Carleton).

Victoria Park's scenic waterfront Highway 1 then snakes northeast toward the city of Charlottetown, meeting the sea again at Cherry Valley on beautiful Pownal Bay.

After crossing the bridge, the highway curves around Orwell Bay, heading south through several small towns, and ends at Wood Islands at the ferry dock.

At the Wood Island Ferry Terminal, you can take a 75 minute ferry ride across the 14-mile Northumberland Strait to Pictou, Nova Scotia.

PEI's portion of the Trans-Canada

PEI Road Map Itineraries along the Trans-Canada:

Wood Islands Lighthouse, beside the ferry dock

To really enjoy the island, you have to leave the Trans-Canada and take to the narrow side roads that hug the coastline, winding through seaside resorts and villages, or meander through the countryside past extensive farmlands that grow the famous PEI potatoes.

From the bridge, you can take Highway 2 north to the Malpeque Bay area, through the pretty seaside town of Summerside, and then the North Cape peninsula.

You can take highway 2 all the way back, as it winds over 250 km through Charlottetown and to Souris and East Cape on the opposite end of the island. From Souris, you can catch a 134 km ferry to Iles des la Madelleines (Madgelan Islands), part of Quebec in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence.

TIP: The bridge toll is only paid on the way OFF the Island, so if you go east to west, you pay ferry + bridge toll, but if you travel west to east through PEI, you only pay the ferry toll.

History of the Trans-Canada in PEI

Some Useful Links

Our Pick of Useful Links:

Known Speedtraps in this province Large Roadside Attractions Trans-Canada Trail Gas Prices

Trans-Canada Highway Website Features for PEI:

Provinces with the Trans-Canada Highway Province Cities along the Trans-Canada Highway City Town along the Trans-Canada Highway Town Itinerary Transcanada Highway History History Trans-Canada Highway Ferries Ferry Trans-Canada Highway Ferries Tour

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Prince Edward Island Highway Features & Points of Interest

Cities to Visit

Here are some featured Prince Edward Island (PEI) cities & towns along or near the Trans Canada Highway:

Charlottetown, PEI Travel InformationCharlottetown, PEI Travel Information

PE: Charlottetown is nationally recognized as the \Birthplace of Confederation\,and is close to the province^s beaches and many historical sites.

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Routes & Itineraries

Here are some featured itineraries of Preince Edward Island segments of the Trans Canada Highway:

PEI: Charlottetown to Woods Island, via the Ferry to New Glasgow, Nova ScotiaPEI: Charlottetown to Woods Island, via the Ferry to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

PE: Here is the itinerary for the 84 kilometres (driving) along Route 1 from Charlottetown to Woods Island, via the Ferry to Pictou, Nova Scotia and via Route 108 to nearby New Glasgow:

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PEI: from Moncton, NB  to Charlottetown, via Confederation BridgePEI: from Moncton, NB to Charlottetown, via Confederation Bridge

PE: Here is the itinerary for the 168 km from Moncton, NB over the Confederation Bridge between Cape Tourmantine, NB and Borden-Carleton, PEI to Charlottetown

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