After sitting on the fence for almost four years, we decided to take the plunge and retire to PEI.
We had lived in Ontario for over 60 years!
Reading our story might help you make the right decision for yourself if you are contemplating visiting or moving to this sweet little province.
My love of PEI began when I was a young girl of just eleven years old.
Friends of my parents offered to take me to visit their relatives and explore the three Maritime Provinces of: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
I was thrilled to be able to go. It was an experience I never forgot.
I loved the smell in the air at the beach when the tide rolled out.
I remember feeling the salty ocean breeze on my face as I climbed the rocks grabbing onto slippery seaweed that clung to the red cliffs.
I had so much fun combing through the sand looking for washed up treasures and critters.
I spent countless hours putting sea urchins and star fish back into the water trying to save their tiny lives.
I recall playing with a live lobster inside the front porch of our host's home then eating the poor thing for supper that night. (The lobster, not the host that is...lol).
I felt sad that we cooked up our playmate for dinner but boy did I acquire a taste for lobster pretty quick!
I have vivid memories of picking wild blueberries in the open fields and discovering dried up snake skins stretched across the rocks as I gathered my fruit.
There was so much to explore that I never wanted the days to end. I was one happy girl.
Over the years I often thought of the East Coast and my joyful experience there.
I always thought I'd like to visit again but I never really pursued that desire until just a few summers ago when my husband and I visited the island for a summer vacation.
We took three weeks traveling from Ontario through New Brunswick to Nova Scotia and then on to Prince Edward Island.
We were really enjoying our leisurely trip and chatted incessantly about how we might like to move to Nova Scotia and retire there some day.
We even checked out a few places for sale in N.S.
We eventually ended up crossing the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island. Wow!
As soon as we entered PEI we immediately felt different.
Although we really liked Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island had a different "aura" about it.
We followed the Coastal Drives exploring each little nook and cranny.
Many dirt roads we ventured down led to a beautiful sandy beach.
We had never seen so many miles of beaches anywhere before. Certainly not in Canada!
Most of which were entirely void of people. Many days we were the only ones on the beach!
We took snap shots of historical homes full of character, charming cottages, fish shacks, lobster traps, and lots of pictures of colourful fishing boats docked in the harbours.
We found many quaint restaurants where we usually chose yummy fish and chips from the menu.
It was a trip we didn't want to end but we would soon be back!
We felt very drawn to visit Prince Edward Island again and again on subsequent vacations.
It was feeling more and more like home to us and so we started making serious plans to retire to this awesome little Island.
In September of 2016, we purchased a house in PEI that we are planning to turn into a Bed and Breakfast.
We moved here with our dog, parrot, cat, and rescue sparrow.
Caution: Object in the mirror is closer than it appears...
Since then, we've added another dog, fourteen bunnies, a chicken, and two ducks to our barnyard critter collection.
(Don't worry. That doesn't happen to everyone who moves to Prince Edward Island! lol )
Although it was VERY difficult to leave family, friends, and our church, we are happy that we made Prince Edward Island our forever home "this side of Heaven".
I asked my husband, Roger, if he'd write a little blurb about how he feels about retiring to Prince Edward Island.
Here's what he said...
We hope that our Prince Edward Island website will be a blessing to you and that you will find the information you are searching for whether you are contemplating a visit, planning a move, or wanting to retire to PEI just like we did.
Roger and Linda