Prince Edward Island is separated from Canadian mainland by the Northumberland Strait, over which the Confederation Bridge was build only in 1997. Today it is the fastest way to get to Charlottetown, the capital of the province.
Over the last centuries, the population of the island underwent several essential transformations, unlike the countryside, which only changed slightly due to the sand dunes. Initially, the Mi’kmaq Indians inhabited these areas, but they were replaced by the French in the 1820s, which were in turn replaced by the British 30 years later.
Like all capitals, Charlottetown is famous for its historical, cultural and architectural attractions. Among them is the meetinghouse of Charlottetown Conference, where the process leading to Canada creation started in 1864. There is also a post-modern style Confederation Centre of the Arts, a combined cultural complex: this building has a library, an art gallery, a theater and even a museum.
Canadians do not forget about the international origins of the country. One can study playing traditional bagpipes and Scottish folk dancing at a local community college. In addition, there are Celtic festivals held in Summerside, the carnival of lobsters, which are the island’s specialty as well as the Atlantic arm wrestling championship.