Moving to Prince Edward Island

Hello and welcome to my new blog: Atlantic Sander!

This blog will be the place where I write about our new lives on Prince Edward Island, the 3rd island we’ll call home since our move to Canada in 2008.

Our very first island home was Newfoundland, a place so ruggedly beautiful I still think about it every day. We lived in Newfoundland until the summer of 2014, when Marije found a new job on Vancouver Island, all the way out on Canada’s west coast. When we leave Vancouver Island this summer we will surely miss its lush forests and pristine river canyons, but in their place we’ll get peaceful rolling hills, long sandy beaches, and hopefully a return to quiet country life.

For a quick size comparison of the island, have a look here:

a fictitious ocean that conveniently shows the size of each island

a fictitious ocean that conveniently shows the size of each island

Except for it’s relatively small size, I don’t know much about Prince Edward Island (PEI) as I’ve never been there before, not even when we drove from Newfoundland to British Columbia. In fact, until next month, PEI is the one Canadian province I haven’t seen yet.

Marije spent a little time there when she applied for her new job, and she told me it bears some resemblance to Holland, where we lived before we moved to Canada. PEI’s rolling hills are apparently somewhat similar to the hills of Limburg, while its long sandy beaches and dunes are reminiscent of the North Sea shore.

The weather in PEI will be something new all together, similar in temperament to Newfoundland, but colder in winter, warmer in summer, with less rain, less snow, and of course far less fog.

We are currently still in the early stages of our big move, but soon we’ll be able to set a moving date. Our cross-continent drive will be an 8 day adventure this time, and we already know one thing about that: it’s going to be awesome!



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