Prince Edward Island: you may never have heard of it, but once you have been here your friends may wish you had never gone because you will want to talk about it for years to come. There are many reasons why people come to Prince Edward Island; according to local travel experts, the three biggest are beaches, seafood and music. Prince Edward Island has miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. Many of the beaches are quite secluded, and definitely not crowded. Fresh seafood like lobster, oysters, mussels, clams and delicious fish abound at numerous restaurants and festivals across the island. The island has a rich heritage of indigenous, Acadian, Irish, and Scottish heritage that is reflected in vibrant cultural and musical events throughout the year.

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In 2010 a group of hospitality experts started the PEI Gay Tourism Association to promote the island as an LGBT welcoming destination because they believed Prince Edward Island had everything gay travelers were looking for: a beautiful safe location, amazing food, interesting cultural activities, and experiential opportunities to become connected with locals.  There are no gay bars or nightlife, but there’s everything else a tourist could want, and the locals will ensure a warm welcome.

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For foodies, Prince Edward Island is known as Canada’s Food Island. Every September the Fall Flavours Festival is a month-long celebration of the fresh locally produced foods and drinks. In partnership with the Food Network, celebrity chefs join island chefs to create unique dinners and events focused on island foods — a unique culinary adventure highlighting authentic Prince Edward Island tastes & traditions. The festival features incredible food, delightful venues, entertaining hosts, and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences — some of the most fabulous and intimate food experiences you can imagine, including signature events hosted by popular celebrity chef personalities. This year’s festival features Lynn Crawford, a world-renowned lesbian chef from Toronto.

When you are finished eating and need a workout, check out the Confederation Trails, with more than 250 miles of rolled stone dust trails. And if you prefer hiking or mountain biking, you will not be disappointed. Dedicated hiking/biking trails are spread over the entire island. If you would like to burn calories on water instead of on land, you can kayak and canoe on the sea or rivers. Prince Edward Island, with its shallow bays and consistent winds, is also an excellent choice for kiteboarding.

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Be the first of your friends to visit Prince Edward Island. Better yet, bring them along when you go.  Then you can share the fun, and talk about it with friends who shared it with you.

What the locals say:

Dian M:  "Prince Edward Island is one of those places where you instantly feel at peace. Not only is the scenery breathtaking but the people are friendly and welcoming. The LGBTQ2S+ community is thriving and growing and we're always looking for new ways to come together and celebrate our diversity."

Ainsley K:   "I think PEI is a treasure of a place and it shouldn't be missed. We have beautiful beaches, an amazing culinary scene and pretty epic festivals throughout the year. We don't have a huge queer scene like most big cities, but the community is active and connected. People are so friendly it won't take you long to make new friends!"

Jim C:  "Safe; Friendly; Accepting; Easy to get from point A to B So many venues to see from Culture; Culinary, Sport to Historic Venues.  Come play on my Island!"

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