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South Eastern Prince Edward Island
to the Hills & Harbour Area of Prince Edward Island. As
you tour this eastern area you will be continually surprised
at the sheer beauty of this region - the line of cultivated
fields stretching to cliff edges, the unexpected forests of
trees, white farmhouses with laundry blowing in the breeze,
a tantalizing stretch of red dirt road to an unknown destination,
the clear blue waters of the Northumberland Strait and fishing
harbours. Listen for the sound of the steady drone of the fishing
boats, while the fishermen work their traps traveling effortlessly
across the water. Smell the tantalizing smells of cultivated
earth as the farmers work the red soil and the wild rose bushes
mingled with the salt air.
Fishing Boat off Murray River
a microcosm of the Island as a whole, this area offers diversity encompassing
not only the three major industries of fishing, farming and forestry,
but a variety of landscapes that include coastal cliffs and beaches,
forests, rolling farmland, pastoral rivers, and the ever present waterways.
You’ll experience the sense of peace and quiet, of an unhurried,
timeless lifestyle that remains so elusive today in the eastern region.
Geese in Southern PEI
Perhaps what you will feel most strongly in this region is
its peaceful, old-world qualities. For it is here, away from
the crowds and amusement parks, that one can best experience
what really personifies Island living - a sense of sharing
yet remaining separate, of moving with the times while retaining
qualities of the past.
invite you to come and experience the Hills & Harbours
area of eastern Prince Edward Island.
(pronounced ‘kay-lees’) originated as “kitchen
parties” and have grown into popular events. For anyone who
can play an instrument, sing or dance in the traditional style,
they will find that the many ceilidhs provide an opportunity to
perform, thus capturing the true essence of these spontaneous musical
gatherings. Feel the hospitable charm of the local inhabitants of
the Hills & Harbour area, which is predominantly the Irish and
Scottish heritage of the region.
native Mi’kmaq people honor their spiritual traditions
at the Abegweit Pow Wow held annually in mid August. The Cliffside
views from the Panmure Island grounds provide the perfect
backdrop for this celebration. All are welcome!
and cabers abound at the annual Highland Games held in early
August in Eldon at the Belfast Highland Provincial Park. Piping,
highland dancing and traditional athletic competitions pay tribute
to the Scottish heritage of the Island. Sign up for the Belfast
Highland Greens Golf tournament and be sure to wear your kilts.
Panmure Island Lighthouse
addition, many communities in our area host annual festivals that
feature local entertainers. Discover our local craft and gift shops
that are filled with island handcrafts. View quilts, pottery, paintings,
jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, music CD’s, knitted items
and more, made on the island for you!
the year, nature displays an ever-changing array of colours.
You may find our roadsides abloom with lupins & wild roses,
while fields fill with fireweed, daisies, brown-eyed susan,
Queen Anne’s Lace and other wildflowers. Wooded areas
are home to our provincial flower, the delicate “Lady
On a sunny day, sun and swim on one of our beautiful beaches,
we a surrounded by them. Overcast or raining try beach comb
for shells, driftwood and pieces of sea glass. Our region
is dotted with trails and other opportunities to experience
wildlife in it natural habitat.
community festivals to church suppers, country auctions, to the
’70 Mile Yard Sale’, friendly faces abound on ‘the
island’. We enjoy meeting people that “come from away”
and sharing the island ways. During our “wee” chat you
will find the best spots to go for music, a feast of lobster or
a secluded picnic.
…………..our Island flavors
island is know around the world for our ‘Island Blue Mussels’,
which you’ll see throughout the waterways. The island also
produces P.E.I. potatoes, lobster, scallops, lamb, and strawberries,
high and low bush blueberries, dairy products and fresh vegetables.
Freshly served to you from the local wharf, family farms or restaurants,
they are all island delights!
Country Lane in Little Sands
provincial government has ‘preserved the past’
by designating select roads “Scenic Heritage Roads”.
While enjoying these drives, along these red dirt roads, imagine
the horse drawing carriages or sleigh and the horseback riders
of days gone by.
lighthouses, architecture of older homes, churches, barns
and commercial buildings whisper of times past. Our museum
artifacts, photos, displays and exhibits will inform and entertain
you with stories of our past. The names of many villages and
towns tell of the former communities from which our earliest
settlers came. Our churches range in style from simple country
chapels, to island stone structures designed by William Critchlow
Cape Bear Lighthouse
harbours that are in the Hills & Harbours area are excellent
for those of you who love to travel by water. You can travel the
eastern end of the island visiting all the fishing villages by the
water and drop anchor at beautiful wharfs.
surfing our web site and learn more about what the Hills & Harbours
area has to offer you when you come and explore southeastern Prince