WeatherPrince Edward Island's weather is varied with four seasons. PEI is surrounded by the warm waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, so the climate can be milder here than some areas of Canada.
SummerMost PEI residents will tell you that summer is their favourite season. Temperatures in the summer typically range in the 20 to 34 degrees Celsius (70 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit). A day at the beach is a favourite way for many families to spend a summer day, and because there are so many beaches, they're rarely crowded. People often pack picnics and beach toys and spend hours relaxing on the sand and in the warmest waters north of the Carolinas.
There are more than 30 golf courses in PEI, and there are beautiful parks located across the province for everyone to enjoy. Islanders love digging clams, tending to their gardens, and just sitting outside relaxing on warm sunny days. Camping is another summer activity enjoyed by Islanders and it’s safe because there are no large wild animals in Prince Edward Island to worry about.
Autumn/FallAutumn temperatures range between 8 and 22 degrees Celsius (46 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit). The mornings are cooler than in summer, while the afternoons are still warm. The leaves change colour to beautiful shades of brown, orange, red, and yellow, and it is harvest time for farmers and gardeners.
Islanders love this time of year because it is beautiful and the temperatures are comfortable allowing many Islanders to enjoy the trails and bird watching this time of year. There is an abundance of seasonal food to enjoy and there's often a festival taking place where you can sample the harvest.
During the winter PEI receives an average total yearly snowfall of 290 centimeters (114 inches). Temperatures range between -3 to -11 degrees Celsius (26 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit), although cold winds can make it feel colder than it is, sometimes more like -25 degrees Celsius (-13 degrees Fahrenheit).
Snow generally arrives in November and lasts through April, though it sometimes arrives later and leaves earlier. When snowstorms occur, schools and some businesses may close for what is called "a snow day." Local radio stations and websites keep Islanders up-to-date on road conditions as well as business and school closures.
Stormy winter evenings can be romantic, watching the snow blow around outside while you’re warm inside with your family. Many Islanders enjoy winter sports: hockey, cross-country and alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, ice skating, curling, snowmobiling, and horse and sleigh rides, just to name a few.
SpringWhen the snow melts, flowers start to bloom, grass comes alive, and trees blossom. Temperatures are quite mild, ranging from 8 to 22 degrees Celsius (46 to 71 degrees Fahrenheit). Islanders enjoy being outside and getting their gardens ready as the days get warmer. Many begin cycling, running, bird watching and walking the trails. Lobster arrives in May. Arts, culture and heritage play a big part in PEI's lifestyle so there is always something to see or do.
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