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When to visit Prince Edward Island

by SmarterTravel Staff

Prince Edward Island (PEI) may experience cold winters, but the rest of the year offers pleasant getaways to vacationers. Summer is filled with warm afternoons, perfect for strolling along the beach or touring one of the many Anne of Green Gables sites. Temperatures are cooler in the spring and fall, when tourism slows down and prices drop a bit.

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  • high season: June to September
  • low season: November to April
  • shoulder season: May, October

Weather Information

The island is temperate during spring and fall. The summer heats up with heavy humidity and average highs of 90 degrees. Winter cools down with low temperatures ranging from 11 to 26 degrees.

Crowd Information

The highest amount of visitor traffic occurs in the summer months of July through September. During this time, major events such as the Canada Day Festival of Lights and International Shellfish Festival attract a large number of people.

Closure Information

Most shops, hotels, and venues close down in late October, reopening in early May. Because some shops close for the winter, it is important to do research before making travel arrangements.

When to Save

The least expensive time to travel is during the winter months, when prices for accommodations and airfare drop. Although not as cheap, the spring and fall offer lower prices as well, but also experience better weather than winter.

When to Book

Booking in the early months of winter will guarantee the best prices for summer travel. Waiting until the last minute isn't recommended, as hotel, airline, and tour prices tend to increase.

Information provided by Prince Edward Island Tourism.

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