The word "Abegweit" is derived from the Mi'kmaq word Epekwit'k which means "cradled on the waves". Prince Edward Island is a crescent shaped island located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the east coast of Canada.
Prince Edward Island is the smallest province in Canada, both in size and in population (currently approximately 152,000). A province with incredible natural beauty, Prince Edward Island is known for its red soil, white sand beaches and rolling hills, as well as its potatoes and fresh seafood. It consists of the capital city of Charlottetown, as well as the city of Summerside and many smaller towns and communities in rural areas. Prince Edward Island boasts a slower pace of life, particularly in its smaller rural communities. Agriculture, tourism and fisheries are the main industries on Prince Edward Island. Developing sectors of the Prince Edward Island economy include aerospace, bioscience, renewable energy and information technology.
Prince Edward Island is a friendly and peaceful province. It boasts an excellent public school system (grades K-12) as well as post-secondary education oppotunities at the University of Prince Edward Island and Holland College. It has a low crime rate and a lower cost of living than many other parts of Canada. There are many opportunities for sports and recreation, including the Prince Edward Island National Park, Confederation Trail, organized sports leagues and community parks. Its four distinct seasons offer the opportunity for many types of outdoor activities and there are many festivals and events held throughout the year.