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    PEI Gets The Best Of All Four Seasons, And Here Are 16 Photos That Prove It

    It's way more than just a beautiful summer destination.

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    1. There's gorgeous fall foliage as far as the eye can see...

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    Go for a drive anywhere on the island and you can't help but be hit by Mother Nature's warm hues. No wonder Anne Shirley said, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

    2. ...and more pumpkin patches than you could ever hope for.

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    We got your Great Pumpkin right here, Linus. PEI is home to dozens of pumpkin patches that open to the public starting in September or earlier where families can pick their own pumpkins, and snap endless pics for the 'gram.

    3. Autumnal foods have their own festival.

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    PEI's Fall Flavours Festival typically runs from the last week of August to the first week of October and features numerous foodie events, including appearances from Canadian celebrity chefs, and, of course, lots of potatoes, lobster and oysters.

    4. You can get lost in an actual corn maze.

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    No autumn is complete without a visit to a local corn maze. There are a number of homemade labyrinths throughout the island on farms that offer fresh produce and hay rides, too!

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    5. It's a goddamn winter wonderland.

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    Whether you're going for a drive around the coastline or strapping on a pair of snow shoes or cross-country skis and hitting the trails, there's beauty to behold no matter where you go on the island during the wintertime.

    6. Christmas looks like something out of a Hallmark card.

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    Charlottetown's Christmas Festival, traditionally held near the end of November, is filled with timeless holiday traditions which include an open-air Christmas market with artisans and food vendors, Christmas movies, horse and wagon rides, carolers, and public Christmas sing-alongs. It's like you just wandered into Stars Hollow.

    7. Think skiing is strictly for the West Coast? Think again.

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    Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park has lots of fun activities for outdoor winter enthusiasts of all ages: cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing.

    8. Kids are never bored in the colder months.

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    Held in February, the Jack Frost Winterfest is the largest winter festival east of Quebec City! With an outdoor snow kingdom and playground, ice carving demonstrations, and live entertainment, it's a good time for the whole family.

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    9. Lupins are everywhere.

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    Spring in PEI means bright lupins line the roadside, and they especially thrive in ditches. Who knew! Lupins usually make their annual appearance around the end of June and last until around the mid-summer. While lupins are loved by most Islanders, some see them as an invasive species. *shrug* Take a pic of 'em for the 'gram anyway.

    10. There are two — TWO! — lobster seasons.

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    PEI's first lobster season runs in the spring, from May until the end of June. The second one runs from August to October, but the first catch of the season is always the most exciting, and you can enjoy the spoils at a number of classic lobster supper restaurants around the island.

    11. There's (almost) enough theatre to rival New York City.

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    Spring kicks off PEI's abundant theater season, which runs throughout the island. From classic plays to comedies and musicals — including, of course, the long-running "Anne of Green Gables" musical — you can always find something exciting onstage to suit your taste.

    12. You can cycle far and wide.

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    PEI is a cyclist's dream. You can the hills at provincial parks like Mark Arendz Provincial Park or Bonshaw Hills, or check out the province-wide Confederation Trail.

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    13. Beaches, beaches, everywhere.

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    Is there anything more summery than a good beach? PEI is home to 90 beaches with over 1,100 kilometers of shoreline, which makes it a beach bum's paradise! Whether you're looking to swim, surf, kayak, or just lay low and tan, PEI will deliver.

    14. You can always find a peaceful place to paddle.

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    Summer isn't all social. With an epic coastline and scenic rivers, PEI waterways are the perfect place to escape when you need a moment of peace amidst the bustling summer crowds. Kayaking is a popular pastime for both islanders and tourists — bring your own or rent one from a local business!

    15. PEI has the best summer music festival for country lovers.

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    Cavendish Beach Music Festival in July has only grown throughout the years. It features major country talent like Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Yee — and I cannot stress this enough — haw.

    16. The ice cream is udderly delicious.

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    Nothing beats a scoop (or two) of Cows Ice Cream in the summer. Made from an old secret recipe with all-natural ingredients, Cow's Ice Cream is not only steepd in PEI tradition, but yummy, too.

    So just in case you thought Vancouver was the top all-season Canadian destination, think again! You can visit PEI whenever you want. Seriously.