One thing I have to say though, is that there are a lot of people in foreign countries that think all Canadians live in igloos or that we live in the woods. I dont understand this because we live in a perfectly normal place. ~Kerri Bertram
It is surprising how people who live in Canada dont know a thing about P.E.I.. Many people have asked me if the bridge is bigger than the Island or if it really only takes an hour to walk around the whole island. It makes me mad we all know so much about other provinces, but they dont even have the time to learn about the province that started Canada. ~Lindsay Escoffery
Although many people believe we are secluded from any type of civilization, nothing could be farther from the truth. We do everything any city would, we just have smaller buildings. Not all of us say Aye, or wear rubber boots, and we go through the same troubles anyone would. We are not stupid, and our biggest headlines are not about whose cow got loose. ~Ashley Mann
To me, the island way of life is no different than any other persons way of life. I have lived here all my life and if there is something odd about the way we live, I have never noticed. To me its just normal. The tourists come like a swarm of bees every summer, and with them, some poorly perceived ideas of our ways. Ive heard stories of visitors planning to leave their cars on the mainland and walk around the island. We're not that small! My cousin from the States came to visit me once and was surprised to discover that fashion exists in P.E.I..
I can see why the tourists like it here, though. Beautiful bridge, bountiful beaches, and we do have large fishing and farming industries, but despite our quaintness, we still lead modern lives. I may live on a farm, but when I wake up in the morning I dont haul water, lead oxen or catch a dozen fish for breakfast. I go to school, rollerblade with my friends, struggle with my homework, and listen to music just like every other North American teenager. ~Ashley Crane
In P.E.I., people take a lot for granted. For instance, we take for granted the privilege of being able to go anywhere pretty quickly. Pretty much anywhere that you want to go doesnt take more than fifteen minutes. It is considered a long drive if you have to drive one hour. In other places it takes one hour to go to places that we consider fifteen minutes away. ~ Ashlea Ochsner
One thing that has made P.E.I. more popular in the past few years is the Confederation Bridge. The Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge over frozen water in the world, it links P.E.I. to the rest of Canada. For the many of years before the Confederation Bridge we had to take a ferry from P.E.I. to the mainland which took 45 to 60 minutes compared to the 15 minutes it takes to cross the bridge. ~Jenna Murphy
Things are pretty much the same here as they are in the rest of Canada. The biggest difference is that we live on an island, so we always need a way to get to anywhere else. First the iceboats, then the ferries, and now the bridge. For a while I guess the Island way of life included a frantic rush to catch the next boat, but not anymore, with the new Confederation Bridge. Since this is the place where Canada agreed to become a nation, people here leap at the chance to affiliate anything with Confederation. The Art Gallery, Mall, Bridge all have nothing to do with Confederation but in name.
In our hot summer, hordes of tourists flock to the Island to gape at something I have always taken for granted. I cannot find the same fascination within myself about the beach a mile from my house, or the red dirt, or the lobsters my father pulls from the sea. But when I went to Florida, or any big city, I gawked as much as they do at what they found common place. Since there is not a lot of people on P.E.I., but there is a whole lot of room for them, communities are spread out, and only people who live in town have the luxury of being able to walk to a friends house. You really need a car to get anywhere on the Island. ~Tom Murray
The Legacy of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Prince Edward Island is extremely cultural. We are renowned for Anne of Green Gables, and the books famous author, Lucy Maud Montgomery and many other series of books she has written. The most recently recognized work done by Montgomery is her series, Emily of New Moon. The books ere made into a television series on CBC. The great thing about this show is that it is filmed and produced right here on the Island, with Emily herself being played by P.E.I.s own Martha MacIsaac. The second season just aired and the third season has just finished filming. Many Islanders have a role to play with the Emily series. If not working for the crew, acting in the show.
All of my family works there. My mother works in the production office, and owns the catering company for the show. My older brother works up in the office too. My father works for the catering company, and my oldest brother is an electrician for the show. I even got to be a part of the team too. I was a background performer in a couple of the episodes. ~Heather MacDonald
People flock from all over the world to visit the Island in the summer: tourism is one of our biggest industries. A tourist said to me this summer the island is one of the most beautiful places shed ever been, something our young people often take for granted. ~Mitchell Chessman
Last summer my family had the chance to have a 26 year old girl from Japan stay with us for two weeks. Seeing her reaction of P.E.I. made me realize just how special we are here. Azusa is returning to the Island next summer. She loved Anne of Green Gables, our fresh seafood, and the handmade crafts found in many craft shops. ~Amanda Thompson
Always An Islander
For all Islanders, if youre born an Islander youre always an Islander. And for those who are from away, no matter how long they live on Prince Edward Island, they will never be considered a true, Islander. I believe this is probably caused by the closeness of Prince Edward Island. Everybody knows everybody. If you meet someone new, from P.E.I., theyll usually ask, Who are you?, meaning, who are your parents or grandparents. For example, even when applying for a job, the same thing happens. ~Megan Deighan
Islanders do many jobs in a wide range of fields. The most well known of Island artisans are farmers. The Islands red soil is rich with vitamins and minerals that plants thrive in. Its fertility makes it just a big flowerpot in the Gulf of St Lawrence. Also, it gives Prince Edward Island agricultural products a world renowned name. My parents are farmers. ~Stuart Cousins
People Helping People
My ancestors came over to the Island from Ireland and Im sure that they fell in love with the Island as soon as they stepped foot on it. I really love the Island at times and at other times I dont. Winter is probably the only time I dont like the Island because it gets so cold. In the winter though, everyone pulls together to get things done. Im talking about people helping people; it is hard to believe that someone would rather help you in a blizzard than stay warm in their own home. I have an elderly lady that lives beside me and a couple of years ago her son died. When that happened all of her neigbours were concerned about her so now there is a lady that goes over to take care of her once a day. ~Elizabeth Dowling
Islanders are known to be quite friendly. My theory on this is that we dont live with the constant fear of someone jumping out and mugging us; also if you say hi to everyone you know that you pass on the street, it becomes almost a habit to say hi to everyone you pass by. ...On the Island you can see that a lot of people believe in the quote, Life is as hard as you make it. ...Wherever I go, I know Ill always miss the Island. I guess you could say Im hooked, Im an Islander at heart. ~Allison Riley
The Island way of life is to make the best of what you have. ~Thomas Ogilvie
Quaint Little Island
It is hard to explain why Prince Edward Island is such a great place to live. Certainly, a visitor from a city would look at our tiny population, rural towns, and farms, and think that the Island is the most mundane place in the world. However, there is something about our province that makes it special in the hearts of all Islanders, both past and present. I think that it is the feeling of peace and friendliness that pervades every aspect of Island life. It seems to me that Prince Edward Island is an oasis of calm in a world of chaos. It reminds me of J.R. Tokiens masterpiece, The Hobbit. P.E.I. is like the shire, a pleasant land surrounded by a world of danger. This is why people who move away from the Island to escape the supposed tedium and boredom often move back years later with renewed appreciation for the calm lifestyle. ~Terry McCarvill
Prince Edward Island is a very beautiful place to live and to come to visit in the spring and summer. The scenery is just magnificent. Looking over the Clinton point is just breath taking; especially on a really calm day. You can see the bottom of the water in the not so deep parts. The beaches are also beautiful, especially Cavendish. The sand dunes are really fun to roll down if youre a kid, then again Im 15 and I still do it... ~Tessa Butler
I love sitting on the beach and watching the sun set and rise. It gives me time to just think, there are no noises, just me, and the water in peace. Some mornings, I will wake up early to watch the fisherman head out to the bay. They leave ripples in the water, that soon disappear, but always come back when they go through again. ~Katrina Thompson
The Island life is very simple, laid back and usually quite natural. My hometown, Kensington, has a population of approximately 1200 residents. Like many of the Islands small towns, folks are very helpful and friendly. Kensington is very ordinary; it does not possess any of the glamour and excitement of a big city lifestyle. There are no huge factories or tall sky scrapers but only a few quaint local businesses along the main street.
Having lived in this Island since I entered the world, I am very attached to this home. I treasure the tranquil summer walks along our sandy beaches and adore the scenery presently splashed with Fall colors of orange and red. The best feature the town has is its simplicity and the tradition it is draped in. ~Stephanie Thompson
My mothers ancestors travelled from France to Quebec in the 1500s. Then, in the 1800s, they moved to P.E.I. and settled in the western part of the Island. My fathers mothers ancestors came straight from England to P.E.I. in the 1700s. My grandfather's ancestors, on my father's side, traveled from Germany to New York state in America during the 1500s. They then traveled to P.E.I. in the 1700s because they wanted to be in a British controlled colony. ~Jayna Schurman
To read complete essays by Krista MacLellan, Karianne Champion, Jed MacKay, Jamie Urquhart click here.
A precious heirloom and
an interesting artifact; Tammy MacLeod.