Charlottetown PEI – 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green GablesNestled just off the Northern shores of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is the picturesque island of PEI. Prince Edward Island makes a relaxing vacation for couples and seniors. Plenty of golf courses, scenic roads, hotels, and bed and breakfast inns make this destination all about relaxation. Movie and television viewers are congregating this year in a place they have only seen portrayed in a popular literary and television production. They will find it perfect for relaxation.PEI is on the other side of the Northumberland Straight which is about 20 miles across. Ferry boats used to be the sole means of transportation for islanders to get to the mainland, however the completion of construction of the 9 mile long Confederation Bridge has allowed unlimited and quick access to and from the island. The bridge is an engineering marvel and has been a boon for tourism. This year in 2008 has seen a record number of visitors to the Island.2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of the book Anne of Green Gables. The popular novel series by Canadian Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, has a global best seller and droves of avid fans of the author and story are flocking here to celebrate. Lucy Maud Montgomery drew upon her own experiences in growing up in PEI to write the series of novels. The book is particularly popular in Japan. It’s odd that a work of fictional writing could be the inspiration for a global tourism destination, but the romanticism and warmth of the novel depicting Victorian life in 19th century Atlantic Canada appealed to a lot of people.The Gentle IslandThe Prince Edward Travel Guide uses the term “The Gentle Island” to describe a visit to PEI. The gently rolling landscape with vivid colours is surrounded by miles of sandy beaches and red sandstone cliffs. The flatness of the island makes it perfect for easy touring by car or bike. No hard work necessary if you just want to walk the beaches or ride a country road.PEI is not all rural despite the promotion of the island as a throwback to turn of the century agricultural life. Charlottetown and Summerside are the two major cities. Charlottetown’s population and geographic area is just the right size to keep things very personal here and compared to Toronto and Montreal, the lifestyle is very laid back.For those that need a little more excitement on their vacation, the Bay of Fundy and Moncton, New Brunswick are not far away. Either makes a nice day trip for those in Charlottetown. The Bay of Fundy and its world record tidal flows makes it a haven for fisherman, whalewatchers and beachcombers.Things to See in CharlottetownConfederation Centre of the ArtsCharlottetown’s Confederation Centre of the Arts showcases more than 15,000 pieces of historical, modern and contemporary Canadian works of art. It was established in 1964 and is the largest art gallery east of Montreal. The Gallery is also home to a number of musical and theatrical performances including Anne of Green Gables – The Musical.Historic Charlottetown WaterfrontThe Historic Charlottetown Waterfront takes visitors along a boardwalk, through areas of historic interest. Beginning with Charlottetown and Victoria Park to Fanningbank Historic House you can continue to Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront and Peaks Quay, the island’s largest outdoor patio on the marina. Peake’s Wharf still has a lot of the character of late 1800′s. You’ll find plenty of waterfront boutiques, craft shops, restaurants, bars, bistros, cafes and free outdoor concerts. Restaurants offer your choice of great Maritime seafood dinners including fresh lobsters, swordfish, shellfish, oysters, scallops and mussels.The Hillsborough River, a Canadian Heritage River is fed by the Hillsborough River Watershed, the main river system on Prince Edward Island. It contains the largest saltwater and freshwater marshlands on the Island, and you can take walking tours, from Founder’s Hall and guided by the Fathers or Ladies of Confederation.Golf PEIThere are 29 golf courses on PEI, more than enough to appeal to golfers of all skill levels. PEI is quickly becoming Canada’s number one golf destination. Highly recommended is the scenic, ocean-side golf course, Green Gables course which has a distance of 6,459 yards. Built in 1939, this classic golf course has rolling greens protected by deep bunkers and water holes. Some of the Charlottetown hotels offer golf package deals and CAA and seniors discounts and are worth investigating.For senior couples looking for a nice vacation spot, PEI is the perfect choice. Enjoy the easygoing charm of Maritime Canadians and an island where everything is close enough to do at your leisure.