18 Photos to Lure you to Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island National Park

Last Updated on August 25, 2022

Prince Edward Island National Park
Hole in the rock along the rugged coastline of Prince Edward Island National Park.

Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province, packs more than its weight when it comes to photogenic possibilities. We find everything from long stretches of magnificent beaches to rugged red cliffs, sand dunes, picturesque fishing villages, gorgeous country roads with a view around every corner, lighthouses galore, pastoral farming scenes, historic sites, and more – all in a compact package.

Lighthouse, Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
The lighthouse at Victoria-by-the-Sea along PEI’s south coast.

In future postings we will be looking at specific places in more detail. This time around is meant as an introduction – places and scenes that caught our eye as photo subjects. This was our first visit to PEI, so everything was new. Despite this being a relatively small island, we could only see a small selection of places in our week-long visit, and the weather didn’t cooperate all of the time. If we had one top recommendation to make to those considering a trip to PEI, and especially to photographers, is to be sure to allow enough time. Even though places are close to each other, our progress was quite slow because it seemed like we were stopping around every corner for another photo op.

Lupins, Prince Edward Island
Lupins and other wildflowers along a country road.

One thing that really stands out on PEI is the colour red – red cliffs, red sand, even the farmland soil is red. Tourism PEI even calls the central south coast the Red Sands Shore. The red cliffs and sand are striking throughout the day, but if you can visit in the early morning or late in the afternoon or evening, the colour looks almost unreal.

South shore, Prince Edward Island
The south shore, known as the Red Sands Shore, at low tide.
Prince Edward Island National Park
The red cliffs in PEI National Park along the island’s north shore.

Another defining feature of PEI is the melding of coastal scenery and rural agriculture. Both fishing and farming are major aspects of PEI life. The Island is justifiably famous as the Canada’s top potato producer. It is even home to the Canadian Potato Museum (the subject of a future article). While many other parts of the country have coastal landscapes or rural landscapes, here they seem to come together in perfect harmony. It’s not unusual to have potato fields next to the sea or grazing dairy cattle with a backdrop of brilliant red cliffs.

Potato crop, Prince Edward Island
A potato crop planted in PEI’s famous red soil.

Depending on the season, the wildflowers can be phenomenal. Early summer is lupin season. During our travels, there were so many lupins that we had to discipline ourselves not to stop every time that we found yet another brilliant display.

 Lupins in bloom, Prince Edward Island
Lupins in bloom.
Lupins, Prince Edward Island
Lupins and other wildflowers.
Mussels, Prince Edward Island
PEI abounds in a variety of seafood, and is especially famous for its mussels. Here were make a meal, a very big meal, of mussels at Richard’s takeout restaurant in Victoria-by-the-Sea.
St. Mary's Church, Prince Edward Island
The PEI countryside is dotted with picturesque country churches, such as St Mary’s Church near Indian River.
Howard's Cove lighthouse, Prince Edward Island
PEI’s smallest lighthouses at Howard’s Cove.
Covehead Lighthouse, Prince Edward Island
Covehead Harbour Lighthouse in PEI National Park is unique in that it sits among the sand dunes just back of the beach.
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island
PEI is famous for its beaches, with Cavendish Beach being one of the most popular.
French River, Prince Edward Island
The fishing village of French River.
Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
Boat houses at Victoria-by-the-Sea.
The wharf at Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island
The wharf at Victoria-by-the-Sea.
Greenwich, Prince Edward Island National Park
Exploring the sand dunes at Greenwich in PEI National Park.
Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island
Half the fun is just getting here. The Confederation Bridge linking the Canadian mainland with PEI. At 12.9 kilometres, it’s the longest bridge in the world over ice-covered waters.

For another important aspect of Prince Edward Island, check out our article on Anne of Green Gables “Real” Home

Resources

  • Tourism PEI
  • PEI National Park
  • For photographers, we also recommend the book A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island by John Sylvester and Stephen DesRoches.
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