|Before the very recent innovations in
information technology and telecommunications,
communication between individuals and communities
occurred only when people made the effort of displacing
themselves. Even indirect communication by mail depended
(and still depends) on travel by air, land, and sea.
Until the early years of the twentieth century, Islanders
were restricted by their ability and desire to walk and
by the navigability of rough trails through winter
blizzards and spring muck. Those wishing to come to or
leave the Island in winter were at the mercy of
unpredictable weather conditions while travelling between
9 to 23 kilometres across the Strait on iceboats. The
close-knit quality of Island communities, rich traditions
of storytelling and music-making in family homes, and our
famous friendly hospitality all have their roots in the
Islands limited transportation infrastructure that
prevailed until the middle of the twentieth century.
Today, however, we are innovators in modern
transportation and communications. Indeed, Prince Edward
Island is linked with the world and still we are able to
maintain the strong identity that forms our Island Way of
A mere two hundred years ago, Prince Edward Island had no roads to speak of. Today, however, we have more paved highway per capita than any province in Canada.
As we are separated from the mainland by the Northumberland Strait, travel to and from Prince Edward Island has depended on a reliable ferry service.
The worlds longest bridge over ice-covered water, the Confederation Bridge is the grandest addition to the Islands transportation infrastructure, signalling a new era in inter-provincial travel and transport.
The closing of the railway in Prince Edward Island ended an important part of the provinces transportation history. But that loss has been turned into a wonderful benefit in the form of a multi-use trail extending the length of the Island.
Maintaining an aero-link with the mainland has sometimes been a struggle for small Prince Edward Island. Nonetheless, the Charlottetown airport persists in providing Islanders and visitors alike with daily connections between the Island and the world.