Prince Edward Island (PEI) is one of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada. It is the smallest province in terms of land area and population, but the most densely populated. Prince Edward Island is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, west of Cape Breton Island, north of the Nova Scotia peninsula, and east of New Brunswick.
The Red Sands Shore area on the island has many beaches with crimson colors. Strolling on the brilliant beach at dawn or dusk is a popular activity here. The red comes from oxidized iron -in other words, rust. The soil and sandstone in PEI are iron-rich, and when they are exposed to air, the iron oxidizes and assumes that red color. The soft red sandstone has eroded over time, producing about 500 miles of rosy red beaches.
The Red Sands Shore Region has several warmer red sand beaches to walk on. It also has several inland trails that travel along streams and rivers.
The unique landscapes of Prince Edward Island inspired the settings in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel, Anne of Green Gables. The actual house known as Green Gables, is located in the town of Cavendish.