August 10 to 24, 2019

Prince Edward Island and Southeast New Brunswick
There are many reasons to visit Prince Edward Island. The birthplace of the Canadian Confederation has a large number of adventures for everyone. While it’s true that PEI is the smallest Canadian province, the region is vibrant and innovative. Its economic activity rests on agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. Close to 5% of the population of 143,000 is composed of native French speakers.

The island’s Acadian communities are located across the province and every single one is very lively and innovative. Since the 1990s they have ensured the transmission of the French language and culture thanks in part to an ever-growing school system. The Acadian and Francophone community has also availed itself of many organizations to ensure its development on all fronts. PEI’s Acadian community opens its arms to all: youth, women, entrepreneurs, artists, newcomers are all invited to help the province grow.

The island’s first inhabitants were the Mi’kmaq. They named it Epekwitk, which means “lying in water.” The first European colonists mistook the word for “Abegweit” and adopted the name. When Jacques Cartier discovered the island in 1534, he baptized it “Île St-Jean.” In 1758, when the British took possession of the territory, they simply translated the name to St. John’s Island. It was in 1799 that it was renamed Prince Edward Island in honour of Queen Victoria’s father.