Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

June 17, 2008 12:50 ET

Prince Edward Island's Favourite Redhead Celebrates 100th

Year-long celebrations on PEI to commemorate Anne of Green Gables and much, much, more

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) -

Editors Note: Two photos and a video are included with this press release

What better time to visit the Gentle Island than during the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery's classic novel has been a huge success since its debut in 1908. For lovers of Anne literature and culture, this is definitely the year to visit Prince Edward Island to participate in the festivals and events honouring everything Anne.

"We like to say that L.M. Montgomery was the first travel writer in Canada," states Greg Arsenault, Director of Marketing Tourism PEI. "Montgomery's depiction of PEI resonates in the pages of her work and truly captures the astounding beauty of this graceful and Gentle Island."

Whether it's Anne's fiery red hair, creative imagination or strong determination, she is and remains an iconic figure in Canadian literature and around the world. Fans relate to her on so many different levels and she has truly become a role model for women everywhere. This year in particular, tourists will be able to experience a variety of events devoted to Anne. There is the Anne of Green Gables Country Fair, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical(TM), tours of Cavendish (home of Anne and characters from the novel) and ANNE-imated (an art exhibition featuring the life of Anne and L.M. Montgomery), just to name a few.

A Facebook page dedicated to Anne of Green Gables and the characters made famous in the novel launched on May 12th. Anne fans can take a personality quiz on the site and find out which character best describes them. There will also be links on the home page with details on all the events taking place commemorating Anne's 100th anniversary as well as Anne fun facts, excerpts from the novel and other Anne lore.

Beyond Anne, PEI also offers inspiration for those loving great food, golf, charming Bed and Breakfasts, antique hunting and family-friendly getaways. For the daring adventurers, there are several full-day and half-day jaunts on the Island filled with action-packed activities such as Geocaching, Oyster Shucking 101, White Sands Tour and Tea and kayaking.

With more than 26 courses, PEI golf is known for rolling greens and breathtaking views of the Island. PEI is also home to some of the most challenging golf courses such as Crowbush Cove and Eagles Glenn. Given the size of the Island, it is possible to play more than one course a day and still have time to soak up the rays on the sandy red beaches, take a stroll, check out the local museums and go antique hunting.

The Island also offers an array of delicacies from the sea that will stimulate your palate. If you are craving lobster, oysters or mussels, then PEI is where you need to be. There are many restaurants located on the Island that offer some of the most exquisite menus. Dayboat and Flex Mussels are just two, known to serve some of the best oysters and mussels in the world. This year, PEI is hosting two big events, the International Shellfish Festival and Fall Flavours, hosted by local chef Michael Smith.

For a romantic getaway or some peaceful rest, PEI offers a wide range of Bed & Breakfasts. Located across the Island, these Inns vary in size and amenities so visitors are sure to find the perfect place for secluded getaways, family-fun or much-deserved rest and relaxation.

About PEI Tourism

Tourism is one of Prince Edward Island's largest industries with cash receipts of over $350 million. About one million tourists visit the Island each year. To learn about Prince Edward Island, visit www.gentleisland.com.

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