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Prince Edward Island

Contributed by Leanne Guenther

mapPrince Edward Island is the smallest of Canada's ten provinces.  It is an Atlantic or "Maritime" province.  It can be found on the East Coast of the country, near the Atlantic Ocean.

The province joined Confederation on July 1, 1873.

You can find out a lot of interesting information about the province at http://www.gov.pe.ca/

 

pei red dirt road

Photo by Leanne Guenther
PEI is famous for it's red dirt -- great for growing
     potatoes and getting your shoes dirty!

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Provincial flag of Prince Edward Island

The Provincial Flag

Prince Edward Island’s flag was adopted on March 24, 1964.  It mimics the province's shield, showing an oak tree and three saplings.  The Oak is known as the "Oak of England"  the saplings represent the three counties of the province:  King's, Queen's and Prince.

The Provincial Flower

The Lady's Slipper was declared Prince Edward Island's provincial flower on April 25, 1947.  It is a type of orchid that blooms in late May and June and grows in shady and moist woodlands.

The Provincial Bird

PEI bird

Used with permission. Robert McDonald
Thanks to Robert for allowing us to use this picture.

The Blue Jay was made Prince Edward Island's provincial bird in 1977.  The birds lay 3 to 7 blue-green eggs each year.

They feed on fruits, nuts, acorns, seeds, insects and the eggs of other birds.

 

 

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