Prince Edward Island // Canada: Practical Information for Getting On and Off the Island and the Confederation Bridge

October 12, 2021

Happy Tuesday friends! I am excited to spend the next couple of weeks sharing with y'all some recap posts from the girls trip that I took four years ago through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia (along with some new posts from this time that I never shared also!)! I hope that it encourages you to consider taking a road trip (in part or in whole depending on your circumstances) this fall to these beautiful places in the world. 

Today I am so excited to continue to share more about my recent trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia! And today I am very excited to start sharing about our time in Prince Edward Island! 

I created this map to use for these posts on Prince Edward Island above and hope that it will be helpful for those of you who are interested in planning a similar trip to see the places that we drove to and saw. By the end of our time in PEI we had covered most of the Island and had gotten to all of the four major sections. We spent most of our time in Green Gables Shore area, but did have the chance to explore the rest of the island on our adventures. 

Today I want to share about the practical aspect of getting on and off Prince Edward Island. Aside from flying into Charlottetown airport, there are two ways of getting on and off the Island. Since the pain part of our stay would be in Green Gables/Kensington area, we decided to drive over the Confederation Bridge (which would take us into Borden-Carleton) and then take the ferry at Woods Island into Nova Scotia. Depending on your route that you are approaching the Island you probably will want to do something similar for getting on and off.

First, getting on to the Island is free- it only costs to get off. The cost for both the bridge and the ferry are comparable- both cost approximately $50. 
The Confederation Bridge (which we took from New Brunswick into PEI) is a 13km bridge that spans over the Northcumberland Strait and connects Cape Tormentine to Borden-Carleton, PEI. Crossing the bridge takes approximately 10-15 minutes. 

The bridge took almost four years to construct and uses innovate technology to resist the ever-changing harsh weather conditions that can arise in this area. The curved bridge is also the longest in the world that covers ice-covered waters. The Confederation Bridge is also regarded as one of Canada's top engineering achievements in the 20th century. 
For those who would prefer not to drive it the bridge does offer a shuttle service if you need it. While the ferry only runs from May to Mid-December, the Confederation Bridge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
I will be honest with you that I was a bit nervous about the bridge due to what I had read about the high winds- specifically in the middle of the highest curved point. We were traveling in a light car and I didn't want to blow off- hahaha. Several people on the Island who asked how we had come would say to me, "Oh wow- you drove that?" with big eyes when they heard that I had driven the Bridge. And to be frank I get it... its a different kind of bridge and at one point I thought we may blow off. *smiles* At the same time though the bridge was incredibly safe, very convenient for the route that we were taking, and I would definitely recommend taking it - at least one way depending on your route. 

I will be sharing more about our ferry ride and leaving the Island in the next couple of weeks. If you want to learn more about the Confederation Bridge you can do so on the website HERE. Also available on the website is daily and real-time information on crossing delays, weather conditions, and other information that can help your trip!

If you are interested in reading more from my recent trip through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. You can read all of the posts from the trip by clicking on the links below:
Happy Tuesday friends! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 

A huge thank you to the Prince Edward Island Tourism Board that sponsored my trip to the Island, provided so much helpful information, and a special thank you to Laura who worked to organize everything for our time in PEI. Information on the Confederation Bridge and pictures of the bridge were taken from the Confederation Bridge website

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