Published:  12:35 PM, 14 May 2017

Prince Edward Island: Anne of Green Gables and so much more

Prince Edward Island: Anne of Green Gables and so much more
On the surface, figuring out what to do in Prince Edward Island -- or PEI as it's more commonly referred to -- might not seem like a challenging task.

After all, it's Canada's smallest province and only takes about three hours to drive from tip to tip.
Don't be deceived.

This is a destination that will leave you begging for more long after you've said goodbye to its rocky red shores.
Thanks to its relaxed maritime vibe backed by a long list of natural and historical attractions, PEI has been luring visitors for decades.

Much of the credit for its international tourism success lies with one fictional character alone -- Anne of Green Gables.

Whether or not you've read the Lucy Maud Montgomery classic, which is set on Prince Edward Island and has been translated into about 20 languages since being published in 1908, it's impossible to escape that feisty redhead's hold over the island.

Her name or likeness is plastered on everything from bottles of "raspberry cordial" soda to golf courses.
Expect interest in Anne to intensify now that the story is being revisited in a new series, "Anne with an E," which comes out on Netflix May 12.

But much like Anne, the island has evolved in recent years, offering a new wave of cultural and culinary experiences.

One thing to consider before you grab a bosom buddy and book that plane ticket -- PEI is a seasonal destination, which means most attractions are open from June to September.

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