Birds of Prince Edward Island Specialties
- Blue jay
- Great blue heron
305 species in 43 families
Prince Edward Island lies in the Gulf of St Lawrence, separated from Nova Scotia to the south and New Brunswick to the west by the Northumberland Strait. It is a crescent shaped island 224 kilometres in length and varies from 6-64 kilometres in width. The total area of the province is 5,660 square kilometres, and its highest point is 152 metres above sea level.
Prince Edward Island is noted for its rich red soil, sand dunes and 800 kilometres of beaches. The rich soil and temperate climate make the island ideal for mixed farming, and the province is known as “the Garden Province,” or the Garden of the Gulf.”
The island’s landscape is pastoral: rolling hills, pristine forests, reddish white sand beaches, ocean coves and the famous red soil have given Prince Edward Island a reputation as a province of outstanding natural beauty.
The coastline consists of a combination of long beaches, dunes, red sandstone cliffs, salt water marshes and numerous bays and harbours. Large dune fields on the north shore can be found on barrier islands at the entrances to various bays and harbours. The dune system is home to a variety of birds and rare plants and is also a site of significant archaeological interest.
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